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KFK Hospitality and Affiliates Complete $13 million Conversion
of the the 181-room Holiday Inn New Orleans West Bank Tower
ATLANTA (March 27, 2009) – IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms announced today that the 181-room Holiday Inn New Orleans West Bank Tower has opened.
The property is the first Holiday Inn in the New Orleans market to showcase the brand’s new sign, which is the seal of approval that this hotel exemplifies the standards of the $1 billion brand relaunch program. First announced in 2007, the relaunch program was established to create a more contemporary brand image, increase quality and drive consistency. The global estate of more than 3,200 Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express properties is expected to be relaunched by the end of 2010.
“We invested $13 million to convert this property in line with the Holiday Inn brand relaunch standards, and we’re pleased to be the first Holiday Inn in the New Orleans area to display the new sign,” said Lee Cuicchi, general manager. “We’re looking forward to providing what matters most to our guests whether they’re traveling to New Orleans for business or leisure, and we’re proud to be a part of the evolution of the Holiday Inn brand.”
The Holiday Inn New Orleans West Bank Tower is owned by Hotel 360, LLC, an affiliate of KFK Hospitality and the KFK Group, and is managed by Integral Hospitality Solutions, under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group. The hotel is located at 275 Whitney Ave., Gretna, La., 70053. Telephone: 504-366-8535; Facsimile: 504-367-9070.
Situated in the New Orleans suburb of Gretna, the hotel underwent a complete renovation before converting to a Holiday Inn. The renovations included an overhaul of the building’s exterior, including the replacement of all windows and a new roof, while still maintaining the unique round shape of the existing structure. The hotel’s interior includes all-new furniture, carpet, bedding, tile, artwork and lighting.
Elements of the Holiday Inn brand relaunch include:
Redesigned Brand Signage“We are thrilled to continue the momentum of the Holiday Inn relaunch and to introduce our new sign and hallmarks to the New Orleans market,” said John Merkin, senior vice president, Brand Management, Holiday Inn Brands, The Americas. “With 600 hotels relaunched globally, we’re in the midst of one of the most exciting times for the Holiday Inn brand. The new sign at this hotel signifies changes inside and out that should make guests feel confident that they’re going to experience fantastic service with a more up-to-date look.”
The property is just two miles from the historic French Quarter, the Louisiana Superdome and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The Jefferson Parish Government Complex, the Mississippi River and the Harvey Canal are also a short drive from the hotel. The Holiday Inn New Orleans West Bank Tower offers a variety of amenities, including a 24-hour fitness center, outdoor swimming pool and on-site 24-hour guest laundry facilities.
The hotel’s dining facility the Round House Bar & Grill features the Holiday Inn Best-4-Breakfast menu, featuring signature items such as Cinnamon Supreme French Toast™ and Skillet Inspirations™, along with traditional New Orleans favorites like shrimp po’boys and crabmeat au gratin. 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. With more than 2.000-sq. ft. of function space, the hotel will also be available for business meetings and banquets. The Crescent Room, located on the top floor, looks out over the Mississippi River and Crescent City skyline.
Standard Holiday Inn guestroom accommodations feature comfortable double queen or king-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair, cable television, hairdryer, coffee maker, iron and ironing board. Guest beds are made using crisp, white bedding with pillows that come in two comfort levels: “soft” and “firm.” Bathrooms include a specially designed showerhead that offers superior pressure, as well as a signature shower curtain with curved rod and new amenities. Guestrooms provide a work desk and ergonomic chair, data ports and complimentary USA TODAY® newspapers. Complimentary high speed Internet access is also available.
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