IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) announces the opening of the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites Houston North Intercontinental. The 109-room hotel, which includes 50 suites, is ideally located just off Interstate 45 close to major shopping, sports and entertainment venues. Formerly a Guesthouse Inn & Suites, the hotel underwent a major renovation, giving it a more modern and up-to-date look.
As the newest Holiday Inn Express & Suites in the Houston area, the hotel offers a free shuttle to George Bush Intercontinental Airport as well as locations within five miles of the hotel. Among the nearby attractions are the Greenpoint Mall, Splash Tower Water Park and Sam Houston Race Track. Also nearby are the shops in Old Town Spring, the Woodland Mall and Houston River Front. Several of North Houston’s many popular restaurants are also within walking distance.
The new hotel includes features in keeping with the $1 billion Holiday Inn relaunch, the largest project of its kind in the history of the hospitality industry. First announced in 2007, the relaunch program creates a more contemporary brand image as part of the drive to increase quality and consistency across the global portfolio. The program focuses on arrival and welcome services, guestroom and guest-bath comfort, and a redesigned logo and signage.
“Holiday Inn Express & Suites hotels are designed to be the smart choice for value-conscious business and leisure travelers,” said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Brand Management, The Americas, IHG. “With more than 2,000 properties worldwide and hundreds more in the pipeline, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites portfolio continues to provide our guests with an enhanced-stay experience at a great value. We welcome this new hotel into the Holiday Inn family.”
With its North Houston location close to several major corporations, including Baker Hughes, Nabors Drilling, Smith International, Exterran, Exxon-Mobil and Continental Airlines, the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites Houston North Intercontinentalis a perfect location for business travelers. The hotel offers free high-speed wireless Internet connections throughout the hotel, a 24-hour business center and more than 1,000 square feet of flexible meeting space for up to 75 people. Other amenities at the property include a state-of-the-art fitness center and an outdoor pool and whirlpool.
“We’re excited to be joining the Holiday Inn brand family and to be able to provide visitors to the area with outstanding service and a great value,” said Upendra Patel, general manager, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Houston North Intercontinental. “Holiday Inn Express is relevant for today’s traveler and the updates we’ve completed throughout the entire hotel provide a relaxing and convenient lodging experience.”
Guests will experience a comfortable and smart environment with innovative, preferred-guest upgrades to ensure a productive stay while traveling for business or leisure. The hotel’s complimentary Express Start® breakfast bar features a full range of breakfast items including a rotation of egg and meat selections, biscuits, yogurt, fruit and the brand’s proprietary cinnamon roll and Smart Roast® coffee.
The SimplySmart™shower incorporates a proprietary Stay Smart™ Kohler showerhead, signature shower curtain with curved rod, upgraded 100 percent cotton terry towels and a custom line of cinnamon-scented bath products. Guests will enjoy the SimplySmart™ bedding collection, where they will find new crisp fresh bedding, which features an attractive decorative throw, a medium-weight duvet blanket and soft, 200-thread-count sheets.
Guest rooms have been completely refreshed and offer new furniture, including comfortable queen or king-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair and an in-room coffee machine featuring complimentary Smart Roast® 100% Arabica coffee. All rooms include granite countertops and an urban design scheme with a mix of green and java-colored furnishings. Business travelers will find large desks with ergonomic chairs, free local and toll-free phone service with private voicemail and complimentary USA TODAY® newspapers.
The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Houston North Intercontinental is owned by OPA Hospitality Inc. and managed by OPA Hospitality under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group.