InterContinental Hotels Group has opened its Holiday Inn Express brand in Chennai and Delhi.

The 136-room Holiday Inn Express situated on the Old Mahabalipuram Road in Chennai offers connectivity to the city’s Special Economic Zones, IT parks and commercial centres.

In Delhi, IHG has also found a home for the Holiday Inn Express brand by rebranding India’s first airport terminal hotel as Holiday Inn Express Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3.

The property originally opened as an Eaton hotel (see news, March, 2011) The Eaton Smart – New Delhi Airport Transit Hotel. A rebranding took place earlier this year.

Bookings for the two new hotels are now open at an advance purchase rate starting at Rs2,975 for Holiday Inn Express Chennai Old Mahabalipuram Road and Rs8,500 for Holiday Inn Express New Delhi — International Airport Terminal 3.

Shantha de Silva, Head of South West Asia, IHG, said: “We always look for the right partner to grow our brands with and are delighted to be working with Radius Developers to launch our Holiday Inn Express brand at a great location in New Delhi. We see a real opportunity to draw transit guests into our hotel with our Holiday Inn Express brand offering and look forward to delivering great guest experiences to even more people when the expansion of the new terminal is complete.

“Holiday Inn Express is really gaining momentum in India as we continue to expand our brand portfolio across the country. The brand offers guests everything they need and nothing they don’t while being situated in easily accessible locations. We’re excited to open the doors of these two hotels and we’re confident they will be the number one choice for smart travellers visiting New Delhi and Chennai.”

IHG operates 26 properties in 14 cities in India across its InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express brands.Another 42 hotels are in the pipeline which will add a further 11 cities in India when they are open over the next five years.

In 2015, IHG signed 5 hotels:

InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort
Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park
Holiday Inn Express New Delhi International Airport
HIEX Gurgaon sector 70A
Holiday Inn & Suites Bengaluru

In 2015 IHG opened 5 hotels:
Holiday Inn Chandigarh Panchkula: 10th Holiday Inn in India
Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bengaluru Whitefield
InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort
Crowne Plaza Jaipur Tonk: 10th Crowne Plaza property in India

Akanksha Maker