Holiday Inn Express has opened its first airport hotel in Australia.

Holiday Inn Express Sydney Airport, opened in partnership with Pro-invest Group, is located in Sydney’s domestic airport terminal and minutes away from the international terminal, according to the hotel.

“With the Trans-Tasman travel bubble established between Sydney and New Zealand, and international arrivals increasing, we expect demand for this type of accommodation to grow,” said  Ronald Barrott, chief executive officer of Pro-invest Group.

The 247-room, 8-storey hotel is inspired by the “jet-setting ambiance of the local surrounds”, featuring aeronautically-themed motifs throughout the hotel.

IHG says starting at the lobby entrance, two large vintage propellers are displayed, followed by wayfinding signage in the guest lifts as a “nod to those found around the airport terminal”.

The gym and meeting room walls are reminiscent of runways, and the hotel has its own ‘business lounge’ inspired by the classic airport concept, says IHG.

The airport motifs continue throughout the hotel guest-rooms, with bathroom shower screens printed with airport arrival and departure signage.

Each room at Holiday Inn Express Sydney Airport features “power showerheads”, a choice of pillows, black-out blinds, “high-quality” bedding, and free uncapped Wifi.

The hotel also features two meeting rooms, flexible workspaces, free business centre, self-service laundry and on-site car parking.

“Early departures and late arrivals will also appreciate extra steps taken for convenience, including Grab and Go breakfast options and snacks, beverages, and barista-made coffee available 24/7,” reads a statement from the hotel.

Holiday Inn Express Sydney Airport is the seventh Holiday Inn Express hotel opened by Pro-invest Group, since 2016, following the launch of Sydney Macquarie Park, Brisbane, Adelaide, Newcastle and Melbourne Southbank hotels in Australia, and Queenstown in New Zealand.

Pro-invest Group operates Holiday Inn Express hotels in Australia and New Zealand under a franchise agreement with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).