Intercontinental Hotels Group has added two Crowne Plaza hotels in London and Paris, by converting existing Holiday Inn properties.
Kirk Kinsell, IHG's President of Europe, Middle East & Africa, said of the two new hotels: "With their high levels of comfort, service and facilities, these two new properties will certainly help our guests enjoy a productive stay when visiting Paris and London."
Both hotels are operated by Crowne Plaza under franchise agreements and had significant upgrades before reopening as Crowne Plazas.
The 162-room Crowne Plaza London Kensington, located opposite Gloucester Road tube station, has reopened after an £8 million refurbishment. There are five other Crowne Plaza properties in central London, and one at London Heathrow Airport.
The hotel has six meeting rooms for up to 110 people theatre-style, all with natural daylight. The hotel also has a private garden, and its restaurant, StreetSide, serves modern British cuisine.
The Crowne Plaza République has become the second property by the brand in Paris (the other being the Crowne Plaza Champs Elysées), and is housed in a 19th century building close to République metro station.
The 328-room hotel has a bar, called 10 Bar, and a restaurant, 10 Restaurant, serving French cuisine. There are 18 meeting rooms, the largest of which can host up to 400 people for a reception, and all have wifi access. Crowne Plaza République also has a gym and a business centre.
Holiday Inn Paris République originally opened in 1982 while Holiday Inn London Kensington opened in 1991.
Report by Sara Turner