InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has announced the signing of Holiday Inn London – Kensington, which will be one of the largest Holiday Inn hotels in Europe when it reopens at the end of the year.
This 694-room franchised hotel will be rebranding from the independent Kensington Close Hotel, one of the largest hotels in London, and is due to open as a Holiday Inn in December 2016.
Holiday Inn London – Kensington will operate under a franchise agreement with Kensington Close Hotel Limited. Central to the hotel’s refurbishment will be the development of the Holiday Inn® Open Lobby, an open space at the centre of our Holiday Inn® hotels, which enable dwell time for our guests and an inviting environment in which they can work and enjoy leisure time within the heart of the hotel.
As with all Holiday Inn® hotels, all guests will be offered free WiFi. Holiday Inn® London – Kensington will also feature twelve meeting rooms, the largest of which can hold 230 delegates, ideal for corporate travellers, and an extensive Health Club and Spa which includes an 18 metre swimming pool.
Situated less than five minutes’ walk from High Street Kensington and its shops, restaurants and bars, the hotel is perfectly situated for leisure guests wanting to enjoy a central London atmosphere in a relaxed environment.
Philip Lassman, Director, Development, UK & Ireland, IHG, said: “IHG is delighted to be partnering with Kensington Close Hotel Limited, owners of this landmark hotel. I am delighted that they have chosen IHG as their first franchise partner. Holiday Inn is one of the most iconic hotel brands in the world and the Open Lobby is going to create the perfect space for Kensington visitors and residents to come together. We are incredibly excited to be opening one of our largest Holiday Inn® hotels within Europe with Kensington Close Hotel Limited.”
Azad Cola, Director, Kensington Close Hotel Limited, commented, “As experienced operators in this space, we took time to decide where and with whom we wanted to enter into our first franchise agreement with. We are very excited to be entering into this partnership with IHG, especially given this hotel will be a landmark property within the Holiday Inn brand family. IHG and the Holiday Inn brand was a natural choice for us when deciding how to evolve our hotel.”