After the massive Six Senses acquisition, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is making waves in India. Under the IHG-SAMHI partnership, it today announced the opening of seven more Holiday Inn Express hotels tier-two cities in India – Pune, Hyderabad, Nashik, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru.

IHG and SAMHI entered a partnership in 2017 to rebrand 14 hotels (approximately 2,000 rooms, operating and under construction) in India to Holiday Inn Express hotels. All hotels in the portfolio were closed while they were being refurbished and upgraded with the latest design directives, to ensure the portfolio is fully representative of the Holiday Inn Express brand globally. With this, the total Holiday Inn Express hotels from the IHG – SAMHI partnership across India now hits 10.

Located strategically, the Holiday Inn Express is built to provide easy access to local shopping centres, tourist attractions and business hubs along with contemporary rooms with a range of in-room amenities, branded service culture and feature the brand’s signature ‘Great Room’, a dynamic space to socialise as well as relax and unwind.

“Commitment to strengthen our midscale portfolio in India”

Commenting on the announcement, Vivek Bhalla, regional VP, SWA, IHG said: “We are very excited to announce the opening of seven more Holiday Inn Express hotels in India. The brand has gained tremendous momentum in the country and we have also made significant progress towards our commitment to strengthen our midscale portfolio in India. We are confident that all newly opened Holiday Inn Express hotels in partnership with SAMHI, will successfully cater to the needs of the modern business and leisure travellers, across cities.”

“Cater to the business as well as leisure travellers”

Ashish Jakhanwala, founder, MD and CEO, SAHMI added: “We began this journey with IHG in 2017 when we signed an agreement for 14 Holiday Inn Express hotels in India. With the opening of 10 Holiday Inn Express hotels from the portfolio, across seven key markets, we are excited and ‘more than ready’ to empower our guests to achieve their travel goals. Holiday Inn Express is a powerful offering that combines great design and a strong service culture, and therefore, we are confident that the newly opened hotels are well positioned to cater to the business as well as leisure travellers visiting these cities.”

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Holiday Inn Express Bengaluru Yeshwantpur – located near the World Trade Centre and major tourist attractions in the city it is a 118-room hotel and a 40-minute drive from the airport and a 5-minute drive from the Yeshwantpur Junction railway station.

Strengthening the brand portfolio in Hyderabad, IHG has opened two more Holiday Inn Express hotels in the city. The 148-room Holiday Inn Express Hyderabad HITEC City is located at a 5km radius from major technology parks, local shopping centres and tourist landmarks. The 168-room Holiday Inn Express Hyderabad Banjara Hills is a 7-minute walk from City Centre Mall and within 2kms of city’s tourist attractions like Jalavihar Waterpark, Hussain Sagar Lake and Ravindra Bharathi Auditorium.

Marking IHG’s debut in Nashik infamous as a religious place, Holiday Inn Express Nashik Indira Nagar is close to many city attractions such as Ratangad Fort, Ram Lakshman Tirtha, Veda Mandir Temple and Sita Gufaa. The 101-room hotel is also a short 20-minute drive from Nashik Road Railway Station.

The 132-room hotel, Holiday Inn Express Ahmedabad Prahlad Nagar hotel is just 10kms from Ahmedabad Junction and 17kms from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport. Conveniently situated between Venus Atlantis Corporate Park and SG Road, the new hotel provides easy access to the nearby business and industrial hubs, including the capital city Gandhinagar and other popular tourist attractions in Ahmedabad.

Expanding the portfolio in Pune, IHG has opened two Holiday Inn Express hotels in the city – Holiday Inn Express Pune Pimpri and Holiday Inn Express Pune Hinjewadi. With more than 240 rooms combined, both properties are located in close proximity to major technology hubs and local shopping centres. Holiday Inn Express Pune Pimpri is 1-km away from Pimpri Railway Station and 15kms from Pune Junction. Centrally located Holiday Inn Express Pune Hinjewadi offers easy connectivity to the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

There are currently 2,726 Holiday Inn Express hotels open across the world with another 784 in the pipeline.


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