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Next Generation $12 million Holiday Inn with Iconic Artwork
and Enhanced Guestrooms Opens in Williamsburg, Virginia

ATLANTA (Oct. 17, 2006) – InterContinental Hotels Group announced today that a 96-room Holiday Inn hotel in Williamsburg, Va. has recently opened. Developed to be more efficient to build, operate and maintain, the five-story property brings the iconic heritage of the Holiday Inn brand to life in a modern, innovative design that will set new standards for business travelers and families alike. 

Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts is currently experiencing a 20-year record-high pipeline with 182 hotels; 80 percent of the pipeline is comprised of new builds like the property in Williamsburg. 

The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Williamsburg-Historic Gateway is the 14th hotel to open in the next-generation design. The Holiday Inn’s prototype next-generation hotel opened in Duluth, Ga., a few miles north of Atlanta, in January 2004. 

“A home-away-from-home for generations of travelers, Holiday Inn has always represented quality and comfort, and this new hotel takes the Holiday Inn experience to a whole new level,” said Hitesh Patel, president, HMP Properties. “We’re proud to be a part of the next generation of Holiday Inn.” 

The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Williamsburg-Historic Gateway which is owned and managed by HMP Properties, under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group is located at 515 Bypass Rd., Williamsburg, Va., 23185. Telephone: 757-229-9990; Facsimile: 757-229-8889. 

“We are pleased to welcome this property to the Holiday Inn family of hotels.  Holiday Inn hotels are specifically designed for business and family oriented leisure travelers in need of a full-service lodging experience, and this property fits well within that offering,” said Mark Snyder, senior vice president, Brand Management, Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts. “Development in the Williamsburg area is key in expanding our Holiday Inn consumer base and growing a strong presence in one of America's most popular tourist destinations.”

Throughout the 79,000 sq.-ft. hotel, guests will see artwork reflecting memorable images from the Holiday Inn brand history, including founder Kemmons Wilson departing his Holiday Inn jet, a stylized version of the Great Sign – the iconic beacon that came to embody the brand – and the Great Sign as a ‘50s-style movie set backdrop. 

The hotel’s full-service restaurant, Bistro 515, offers the standard Holiday Inn Best-4-Breakfast? menu, featuring signature items such as Cinnamon Supreme French Toast™, Low-Carb Inspirations™ and Skillet Inspirations™. The restaurant also serves dinner and features such entrees as the Bistro Tender and Grilled Marinated Rock Shrimp. Kids 12 and younger eat free at Holiday Inn when ordering from the kids’ menu in the hotel restaurant and accompanied by a dining adult. Room Service Right…On Time™, also a standard at all Holiday Inn hotels, ensures that guests’ room service orders are accurate and delivered on time, every time.  

The next-generation design debuts a bold change in room décor for Holiday Inn, creating a residential atmosphere that features iconic representations of the brand’s history throughout the hotel. The bedspread and carpet display simple, organic patterns in stand-out colors like eggplant, and each guestroom features a newly designed breakaway armoire that allows guests to see the TV from anywhere in the room. Upgraded features like faux leather ottomans, a variety of lamps, refrigerators and granite vanities will all be standard in each room.  The residential design includes business-focused necessities like an ergonomic work station, data ports, complimentary high speed Internet access, WiFi capabilities and AT&T VoIP phone systems, which will allow guests to conduct conference calls for up to six participants even while using their computer online. In addition, each room has the standard Holiday Inn guestroom accommodations – comfortable double, queen or king-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair, cable television, hairdryer, coffee maker, iron and ironing board.  


Brad Minor
 Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts

Also See: The Hotel Coffee Shop is Beyond Passe; Holiday Inns and Resorts Teams with the Sporting News to Create a Prototype Grill and Sports Bar at the Holiday Inn Select/Dallas Love Field / September 2006
Building Up Instead of Out, Minimalist Lobby, Room Refrigerators All Part of Holiday Inn's New Prototype / January 2003

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