InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has announced the signing of a dual branded hotel development at Heathrow Terminal 4. The two hotels – Crowne Plaza London – Heathrow Terminal 4 and Holiday Inn Express® London – Heathrow Terminal 4 will operate under a franchise agreement with Arora Hotels who will also manage the soon to open InterContinental® London – The O2.
Due to open in early 2018, the new build hotels will be directly connected to Terminal 4 via an air bridge and also offer direct access to the London Underground, Heathrow Express train service and nearby motorways.
Crowne Plaza London – Heathrow T4 will feature 300 bedrooms and a range of business and meeting facilities including five meeting rooms and two boardrooms, to enable guests to be the most productive during their stay.
Meanwhile the 450-room Holiday Inn Express London – Heathrow T4 hotel will be a ‘next generation’ Holiday Inn Express hotel featuring the latest technology, an Express Café and Bar and larger cosier beds. The new guest experience has been developed with industry-leading experts to meet the changing needs of today’s ‘smart traveller’ who seeks a short stay hotel experience that is efficient and uncomplicated.
Heathrow Airport is one of the World’s leading international airports, serving 75 million air passengers annually. Terminal 4 receives 10 million passengers per year, and is the base for Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and the SkyTeam Airline Alliance, which counts Air France, Delta Airlines, KLM, Aeroflot and China Eastern Airlines amongst its members.
With both hotels in the same building, the dual branded model allows for operational efficiencies through shared team members and facilities such as meeting space, leisure and fitness facilities and back of house areas.
Robert Shepherd, Chief Development Officer, Europe, IHG said:“We’re delighted to be working with Surinder Arora and his team on another exciting development. Dual branded hotel developments are attractive for hotel investors because of the significant cost savings and operating efficiencies; and they give guests a choice of two great hotels in the one location depending on their needs. We’re confident this fantastic combination, coupled with the hotels’ great location will make these two hotels the number one choice for business and leisure guests travelling to and from Heathrow.”
Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts is located in nearly 65 countries around the world in major urban centres, gateway cities and resort destinations. As the fourth largest upscale full-service hotel brand in the world and one of the fastest growing, the Crowne Plaza brand has a solid foundation for future growth. The portfolio has doubled since 2003 to over 400 hotels, and the global pipeline has increased fourfold to almost 100 hotels*.
Holiday Inn Express hotels are modern hotels for guests on the go. Fresh, clean and uncomplicated, Holiday Inn Express hotels offer competitive rates for both business and leisure guests. Guests at Holiday Inn Express hotels can enjoy a free breakfast and Wi-Fi included in the room price. There are currently over 2,400 Holiday Inn Express hotel locations around the globe and a further 573 in the pipeline.
*Figures as at 30th September 2015.