15 May 2019

IHG® continues to innovate its mainstream portfolio with the unveiling of new brand prototypes

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Updated designs and food and beverage solutions for three of the company’s mainstream brands set to roll out this year

IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading global hotel companies, unveiled its latest brand updates and innovations to its mainstream hotel owners this week. During its 2019 Americas Investors and Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, IHG shared the next phase of design prototypes for Holiday Inn®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.

Heather Balsley, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing Mainstream Brands, IHG, commented: “We are continually evolving and investing in our brands, and at the center of our latest enhancements sits extensive customer research and close collaboration with our owners. This is crucial to delivering brand experiences that fit the ever-evolving needs of mainstream travelers and drive performance for our hotel owners. As these new prototypes start rolling out across the market, we know they will take guest satisfaction and brand strength to the next level.”

As an industry icon, Holiday Inn continues to innovate the guest experience through H4 Design. Launched in 2017, this flexible solution empowers guests to adapt the space to meet their individual needs and is a brand standard for all new hotel openings, conversions and hotels undergoing renovations.

This week, the brand introduced the H4 prototype, an evolution of H4 Design, which provides owners with a more modern and efficient building that flexes to meet the needs of individual markets, including:

  • Flexible, open public spaces that allow guests to be productive while maintaining their connection to the wider social environment.
  • Multiple restaurant and bar concepts which can be tailored to the available space, allowing for flexibility while offering guests high quality dining in an inviting environment.
  • Adaptable meeting space which can be quickly and easily adjusted to the needs of both business and leisure groups.
  • Welcoming guest room design including thoughtful touches to ensure a great night’s sleep, abundant power and connectivity points, and the signature “Welcome Nook” that provides multi-functional storage so guests can unpack in a way that works for them.

Both of IHG’s extended stay brands, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites, also unveiled prototypes and interior design solutions for new build hotels and properties going through renovations. These have been designed to help create an inviting space for guests while maintaining a cost per key for hotel owners that is in line with the previous prototype.

The new design solution for Staybridge Suites, Next Generation 7.0, will roll out in October 2019 and includes: 

  • A new exterior design with a front porch to create a more vibrant sense of arrival. 
  • A reimagined public space designed to create a wide-open sense of arrival with shared workspaces, areas to socialize, more seating, a breakfast space that seamlessly transitions to a comfortable lounge area, and stronger connection to the outdoor space.
  • Updated suites with distinct zones for working, relaxing and sleeping, ample storage options, contemporary kitchens and furniture that is easy to move so that guests can easily make the space their own. 

Candlewood Suites revealed a new brand logo alongside its new design program, Beacon 4.0. Starting this summer, the logo will appear on all new hotel openings, refurbished hotels and across marketing platforms. This is ahead of the full Beacon 4.0 roll out, which will commence in December 2019. 

While updating the public spaces and hotel exterior, the brand is introducing significant changes to the guest suites to better meet the changing needs of extended stay travelers, including:

  • A distinctive building exterior that delivers storefront windows that let in more natural light and an updated Gazebo Grill with bar-like seating. 
  • An open and modern lobby with spacious communal areas offering a variety of seating; and a refreshed Candlewood Cupboard – the 24-hour market – which is now integrated into the lobby itself. 
  • Enhanced comfort in the guest suites featuring the brand’s signature recliner, larger TVs, twice as much storage, contemporary kitchens and easy-to-move end tables with integrated cupholders.
  • A signature “welcome perch” in the one-bedroom suites where guests can immediately begin the process of settling in by dropping their bags or taking off their shoes.

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For further information please contact:

Abby Jensen
abby.jensen@ihg.com
+1 (770) 604 2475

Whitney Jones
whitney.jones1@ihg.com
+1 (770) 604-8147

About IHG®

IHG ® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including Six Senses Hotels Resorts SpasRegent Hotels & ResortsInterContinental® Hotels & ResortsKimpton® Hotels & RestaurantsHotel Indigo®
EVEN Hotels ®HUALUXE® Hotels and ResortsCrowne Plaza® Hotels & Resortsvoco™ Hotels
Holiday Inn®Holiday Inn Express®Holiday Inn Club Vacations®Holiday Inn Resort®
avid™ hotelsStaybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.

 

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 5,600 hotels and nearly 843,000 guest rooms in more than 100 countries, with over 1,900 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, our global loyalty programme, which has more than 100 million enrolled members.

 

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 400,000 people work across IHG's hotels and corporate offices globally.

 

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About Candlewood Suites®

Candlewood Suites® is the extended stay hotel brand providing a more casual kind of longer stay and room for travelers to settle in while they are on the road. Guests can find spacious studio and one-bedroom suites, each with their own fully equipped kitchen, at any of the properties located throughout the Americas. For more information about the Candlewood Suites brand, visit www.candlewoodsuites.com. Find us on Twitter twitter.com/Candlewood, Facebook www.Facebook.com/CandlewoodSuites or Instagram www.instagram.com/candlewoodsuites.  

About Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts

The Holiday Inn® brand, with hotels around the world, has helped millions of travelers discover the joy of travel since its inception in 1952. Designed to meet the needs of both business and leisure travelers, Holiday Inn hotels deliver memorable experiences through warm and welcoming service, contemporary design that blends the familiar with the new, and a sense of comfort unique to the brand and its iconic green sign. At Holiday Inn hotels, guests can find amenities to help them work and play, including full-service restaurants where Kids Eat Free, meeting and business facilities, bright swimming pools and comfortable public spaces all designed to help guests relax and refresh, making travel more enjoyable for all. For more information about the Holiday Inn brand, visit www.holidayinn.com or call 1-888-HOLIDAY. Find us on Twitter www.twitter.com/holidayinn, Facebook www.facebook.com/holidayinnhotels or Instagram www.instagram.com/holidayinn.  

 

 

About Staybridge Suites®

Staybridge Suites® is an all-suite hotel brand designed to meet the needs of extended stay guests seeking a break from the travel norm. The Staybridge Suites brand offers guests a hugely different travel experience, whether for business or leisure, with spacious suites, fully-equipped kitchens in each room and a free social happy hour. The brand has more than doubled in size over the past decade, with hotels open across the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. For more information about Staybridge Suites, visit www.StaybridgeSuites.com. Find us on Twitter www.twitter.com/Staybridge, Facebook www.facebook.com/StaybridgeSuites or Instagram www.instagram.com/staybridge.