InterContinental Hotels Group has signed three
new Holiday Inn Express hotels in Colombia.
The hotels, owned and managed by Grupo
Contempo S.A., under a license agreement with a company in the
InterContinental Hotels Group, will be located in the key cities
of Bogota, Cartagena and Barranquilla.
IHG’s relationship with Grupo Contempo
began in 2008 with the signing and opening of the Holiday Inn
Express Bogota in the vibrant neighborhood of Parque de la 93.
The new properties, scheduled to open in 2014,
will add 450 rooms to IHG’s existing portfolio in Colombia, which
currently includes eight hotels and 1,910 rooms. The new hotels
will also complement IHG’s four existing Holiday Inn and Holiday
Inn Express properties in the country.
“Expanding in the Colombia market is one of
IHG’s main focuses in Latin America,” said Joel Eisemann, chief
development officer, IHG, the Americas. “With a growing economy
and an expanding middle class, we foresee a strong demand for
midscale hotels in the country. Holiday Inn Express is one of the
fastest growing midscale hotel brands, and these three signings
are a testament to the strength and winning formula the brand
The Holiday Inn Express Bogota OXO 67th
will be the second hotel that Grupo Contempo will develop in
Colombia’s capital city, Bogota. The hotel will be part of a
mixed-use complex, consisting of an office tower, a hotel tower
and retail on the ground floor. The seven-story, 100-room hotel
will be located in the heart of the financial district, close to
the main corporate offices of major multinational companies;
embassies and consulates; the National Theater; and Zona G (G
Zone), renowned for its restaurants and bars.
Holiday Inn Express Cartagena will be located in the heart of the
Bocagrande district, one of the city’s most popular tourist spots.
Encircled by a vibrant commercial and residential area, the
15-story hotel will be within close proximity to a variety of popular restaurants, shops, cafes and bars. The Holiday Inn
Express Cartagena will boast a business center, a swimming pool
and a fitness facility.
The Holiday Inn Express
Barranquilla will be situated adjacent to the modern Buenavista
Shopping Mall & Entertainment Center in one of Barranquilla’s most
exclusive neighborhoods. The 18-story, 150-room hotel is within
walking distance to a variety of high-end boutiques, shops and
restaurants. The hotel will also feature a swimming pool, a
business center and a fitness facility.
Guests at the new hotels will be able to enjoy
the complimentary Express Start breakfast bar that will feature a
full range of breakfast items including a rotation of egg and meat
selections, biscuits, yogurt, fruit and the brand’s proprietary
cinnamon roll and Smart Roast coffee.
Rooms will feature the SimplySmart shower
which incorporates a proprietary Stay Smart Kohler showerhead,
signature shower curtain with curved rod, upgraded 100%
cotton terry towels and a custom line of cinnamon-scented bath
products. Rooms will also feature IHG’s SimplySmart bedding collection
that includes a decorative throw, a medium-weight duvet blanket and
soft 200-threadcount sheets. Standard Holiday Inn Express
guest rooms also feature comfortable queen or king-sized beds, a
sitting area with a lounge chair, in room coffee machine, large desks with ergonomic chairs and free
high-speed internet access.
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