IHG Hotels & Resorts and Franzé Developments have opened a brand-new Holiday Inn & Suites in Geelong, Australia.

The opening of Holiday Inn & Suites Geelong marks a significant milestone as the first major new-build hotel in the area in almost 20 years.

Located within Franzé Developments’ expansive $200 million mixed-use development, Geelong Quarter, the property is the largest hotel in the Geelong and Bellarine region, featuring 180 rooms (including 23 suites), Holiday Inn’s signature open lobby, all-day dining, meeting, and event spaces, plus a heated indoor pool and gym.

The open lobby combines the reception area, restaurant, lounge, and business centre into one open, collaborative space giving guests the most flexibility, whether they’re looking to eat, relax, work, or have fun, in the one location.

In addition to the open lobby dining and bar, the hotel’s restaurant Maestro offers a menu that celebrates quality local ingredients and expertly curated dishes from award-winning Australian chef Adrian Richardson.

Many rooms at Holiday Inn & Suites Geelong feature views of the Geelong waterfront (Corio Bay) and balconies to enjoy the city.

The hotel integrates rainwater harvesting irrigation to cater to water needs throughout the property, and guest bathrooms feature energy-efficient shower heads. Other noteworthy features include fresh air tempered throughout the building, supported by individual split-system air conditioning, and motion-sensor-controlled LED lighting.

The hotel is set to welcome both local and international visitors with the region’s growing reputation as a global destination, offering value stays for both leisure and business travellers.

Just an hour’s drive from Melbourne’s central business district, the hotel is perfectly positioned as a gateway to explore the Bellarine Peninsula and Great Ocean Road.