Holiday Inn Express expansion reaches Melbourne Southbank

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Melbourne is now home to InterContinental Hotels Group®’s (IHG®) fastest growing hotel brand, with doors to Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank now open to guests.

With 345 well-appointed rooms, the hotel is in Melbourne’s premier cultural and entertainment precinct (35-47 City Road, Southbank). It is the fifth Holiday Inn Express to open in Australia by boutique investment firm, Pro-invest Group, since 2016 following the launch of the Sydney Macquarie Park, Brisbane, Adelaide and Newcastle hotels.

Pro-invest Group Chief Executive, Ronald Barrott, said since opening Macquarie Park, the brand had gone from strength to strength, with a further two hotels due to open in the first half of 2020 in Sydney and New Zealand, and more in the pipeline.

“Construction works are well underway on our Sydney Airport site which is due to open early this year,” said Mr Barrott.

Holiday Inn Express Sydney Airport will feature 247 guest rooms and is in close proximity to both domestic and international terminals, offering hassle-free to business and leisure travelers with early departures or late arrivals.

“We are also building a Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Queenstown, New Zealand, which has more of a family resort feel – complete with alfresco terrace and fire pit – and is scheduled for completion and opening in mid-2020,” Barrott said.

“This property will feature 227 guest rooms, including spacious self-contained suites, and offers breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range.”

Mr Barrott said over the next five years the Group expects to nearly double its hotel assets in Australia and New Zealand as hotels continue to exceed booking expectations and to help meet growing demand for the quality select service segment.

“Projects in Auckland and the Sunshine Coast are underway, as are plans for a second hotel in Melbourne (Little Collins),” he remarked.

“By 2021 we anticipate a total room count of 2,458 rooms across 11 properties.”

Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank

Leanne Hardwood, Managing Director, Australasia and Japan IHG said: “It is tremendously rewarding to grow the Holiday Inn Express brand in partnership with Pro-invest, taking the brand from Macquarie Park’s opening in 2016 all the way to the newest flagship in the heart of Melbourne. The brand continues to resonate with savvy travellers both domestically and abroad, and we cannot wait to open the doors in new exciting destinations in 2020.”

Pro-invest Group is reducing its carbon footprint through a range of energy saving initiatives across its portfolio of hotels, with Melbourne Southbank leading the way targeting a 5-Star NABERS Energy Rating through a partnership with Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).

Mr Barrott said green features such as high performance glazing, high efficiency air-cooled chillers, rooftop solar and regenerative lift drives provided substantial energy savings which is what we know our guests expect of organisations – and rightly so.

“This includes a recycling partnership with Scouts Australia, replacing plastic water bottles with refillable glass bottles, removing plastic drinking draws and introducing our ‘A Greener Stay’ initiative,” he stated.

IHG’s ‘A Greener Stay’ initiative offers guests staying two or more nights the opportunity to forego housekeeping services and receive 500 IHG Rewards Club points in return, to reward guests for reducing their environmental footprint.

Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank is within close proximity to many of the city’s most renowned restaurants and bars and walking distance to the Crown Casino Complex and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Each room at Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank features black-out blinds, power showerheads, high-quality bedding, a choice of pillows, uncapped Wi-Fi and free Express Start Buffet Breakfast or Grab and Go options.

With its striking interior design by acclaimed architect Joseph Pang, the hotel boasts contemporary shared spaces such as The Great Room, with its urban-style fit out featuring timber, splashes of colour and quality furnishings. The hotel also features a gym, four flexible meeting spaces for up to 84 people, self-service laundry, on-site parking and a free business centre.

The hotel’s location allows for easy access to Melbourne’s sporting precinct which hosts the Melbourne Cricket Ground, AAMI Park and Rod Laver Arena, the CBD, Docklands and St Kilda Road.

“Our rooms provide all the quality in-room conveniences that make you feel at home, even when you’re away. Melbourne’s top things to see, eat and do are on our doorstep,” said General Manager Kirra Stott.

“We are looking forward to showcasing what smart, simple travel is all about. We can’t wait to welcome to our hotel locals looking for a staycation, business travelers, and those exploring the city.”

Pro-invest Group operates the Holiday Inn Express hotels in Australia and New Zealand under a franchise agreement with IHG.