New Holiday Inn Express opens in Derry~Londonderry
From left, Stephen Redden, general manager; Emmett McErlane, operations manager; Patricia Campbell, IHGR director new hotel openings Europe.
From left, staff Vivien Narcisco, Emmett McErlane, Dominic Barr, Thomas Duddy, Stephen Redden, Helen Crawford and Charlotte Kyle, pictured with Glenavon FC.
A new Holiday Inn Express Derry~Londonderry has opened its doors in the city centre, with the £7m investment generating 44 new jobs while enhancing employment and business opportunities for service providers in the region.
The hotel features 119 modern bedrooms offered at competitive rates and is a five-minute walk to popular attractions such as the historic 17th century walls, the Peace Bridge and the Guildhall, as well as a range of retail outlets and the city’s bars and restaurants.
An Express Start Breakfast is included in the rate for all guests, while super connected bedrooms offer appealing amenities such as Smart TVs, blackout blinds and a choice of pillows. The hotel has two meeting rooms ideal for small board meetings, interviews or brainstorming sessions.
Phase one of the development will focus on the opening of the hotel, with plans to add another 31 bedrooms by the end of the year.
Phase two will elevate the hotel offering by introducing a new bar and restaurant, whilst phase three will bring the development of 25 self-catering apartments in 2020, ideal for corporate events or longer stays.
“We are delighted to open the doors of Holiday Inn Express, adding a fresh and exciting dimension to the city’s accommodation offering,” said Stephen Redden, general manager. “We are proud to generate 44 local jobs, whilst greatly adding to the continued growth of the destination. To be based in the heart of Derry-Londonderry, we are confident that we will be adding to the great vibrancy of Strand Road, complimenting the many emerging and existing businesses.”
The hotel is part of the IHG (Intercontinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies representing 17 hotel brands with over 5,600 partner hotels worldwide. IHG Rewards Club gives guests the opportunity to build loyalty points with every stay and avail of exclusive member benefits including discounted or free hotel stays at any IHG property worldwide, free airmiles and discounted brand name merchandise.