26 July 2016

IHG Signs Landmark Property Holiday Inn® London – Kensington

New signing will become one of Europe’s largest Holiday Inn® Hotels

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, is delighted to announce the signing of Holiday Inn® London – Kensington, which will be one of the largest Holiday Inn® hotels in Europe.

This 694-room franchised hotel will be rebranding from the independent Kensington Close Hotel, one of the largest hotels in London, and is due to open as a Holiday Inn in December 2016.

Holiday Inn® London – Kensington will operate under a franchise agreement with Kensington Close Hotel Limited. Central to the hotel’s refurbishment will be the development of the Holiday Inn® Open Lobby, an open space at the centre of our Holiday Inn® hotels, which enable dwell time for our guests and an inviting environment in which they can work and enjoy leisure time within the heart of the hotel.

As with all Holiday Inn® hotels, all guests will be offered free WiFi. Holiday Inn® London – Kensington will also feature twelve meeting rooms, the largest of which can hold 230 delegates, ideal for corporate travellers, and an extensive Health Club and Spa which includes an 18 metre swimming pool.

Situated less than five minutes’ walk from High Street Kensington and its shops, restaurants and bars, the hotel is perfectly situated for leisure guests wanting to enjoy a central London atmosphere in a relaxed environment.

Philip Lassman, Director, Development, UK & Ireland, IHG, said: “IHG is delighted to be partnering with Kensington Close Hotel Limited, owners of this landmark hotel. I am delighted that they have chosen IHG as their first franchise partner. Holiday Inn is one of the most iconic hotel brands in the world and the Open Lobby is going to create the perfect space for Kensington visitors and residents to come together. We are incredibly excited to be opening one of our largest Holiday Inn® hotels within Europe with Kensington Close Hotel Limited.”

Azad Cola, Director, Kensington Close Hotel Limited, commented, “As experienced operators in this space, we took time to decide where and with whom we wanted to enter into our first franchise agreement with. We are very excited to be entering into this partnership with IHG, especially given this hotel will be a landmark property within the Holiday Inn brand family. IHG and the Holiday Inn brand was a natural choice for us when deciding how to evolve our hotel.”

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For further information please contact:

Iman Denney-Brown
iman.denneybrown@ihg.com
+44 (0) 1895 512 267

About IHG®

IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & ResortsKimpton® Hotels & RestaurantsHUALUXE Hotels and ResortsCrowne Plaza® Hotels & ResortsHotel Indigo®EVEN® HotelsHoliday Inn® Hotels & ResortsHoliday Inn Express®Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 5,000 hotels and 742,000 guest rooms in almost 100 countries, with nearly 1,400 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with nearly 94 million members worldwide.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 350,000 people work across IHG’s hotels and corporate offices globally.

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