IHG has announced the signing of eight new Holiday Inn hotels in Germany.

The announcement comes as IHG reports three record years of signings, including 17 hotels in 2016.

The new hotels will feature innovations developed as part of the Holiday Inn brand family transformation. This includes the Open Lobby, in which guests can relax in a combined restaurant, bar and lounge area while Holiday Inn Express hotels will feature the next-generation room design featuring new technology to enhance guest service.

Commenting on the openings, vice president of development, Germany, Martin Bowen said:

“We have a tailored offer for the German market, and this has paid off. Several of these new hotels are all with long-standing MDA partners who have established relationships with IHG, and understand the returns both Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express deliver.”

Germany is the hotel group’s second biggest market in Europe with 69 hotels and 38 in the pipeline.

The Holiday Inn Munich – North will have 156 rooms, a gym, 11 meeting rooms and four smaller meeting spaces while the Holiday Inn Express Munich North (Ingolstaedter Strasse) will run as a dual-branded property, with 236 rooms and a shared restaurant, just a short drive from the Allianz Arena and BMW Museum.

The Holiday Inn Express Berlin – City Kurfuerstendamm will feature the next-generation room design in its 177 rooms, near to the Kurfürstendamm, one of Berlin’s main shopping districts.

The 168-room Holiday Inn Express Leipzig – City Hauptbahnhof (Brandenburgerstr) will be located next to Leipzig central station. It will be 10-15 minute walk away from downtown Leipzig and the city’s university. Car manufacturers BMW and Porsche are also based in the area.

Located in the Bavarian city of Fürth, the Holiday Inn Express Fürth will be situated opposite the city’s Stadthalle auditorium and within walking distance of restaurants, pubs and the main station. The new build will feature next-generation rooms, a refurbished lobby and parking. IHG has also signed Holiday Inn Express Saarbrücken, a 163-room conversion of a post-war office building, with two large meeting areas and parking.

The 186-room Holiday Inn Express Erlangen will be located within the city centre, in walking distance of the main train station and part of a wider urban development with access to residential and shopping facilities.

In the district of Merzig-Wadern, the Holiday Inn Express Merzig will offer 86 rooms in a new build hotel, located within a new business park with direct access from the motorway and within walking distance of the town centre and the Yachting Club Merzig.