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IHG opens first Holiday Inn Express in Jakarta, Indonesia
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is opening the first Holiday Inn Express in the city of Jakarta, Indonesia. The brand new 101-room Holiday Inn Express Jakarta Thamrin is the first Holiday Inn Express hotel to open in the region this year and is situated in the heart of Jakarta's Central Business District.
"The New Year has kicked-off to a great start with the opening of Holiday Inn Express Jakarta, making it the second Holiday Inn Express to open in Indonesia in the last three months. With 12 more Holiday Inn Express hotels in the pipeline, Indonesia will continue to be an important growth market for us over the next few years. Jakarta sees more than two million visitors each year and is known as one of the region's top shopping destinations. With the new hotel situated on the city's busiest road, this makes it the smart choice for travellers wanting to stay close to major business hubs and tourist attractions," said Clarence Tan, Chief Operating Officer, South East Asia and Resorts, IHG.
Getting to Holiday Inn Express Jakarta Thamrin upon arrival is a one hour drive from Soekarno Hatta International Airport. For business travellers, the hotel's location at Thamrin means they will be minutes away from major multinational business headquarters, banks, embassies and government offices. Tourists can also take a walk along Thamrin's broad sidewalks to famous shopping malls such as Plaza Indonesia and Grand Indonesia or have an exciting night out at stylish bars, such as Zen Bar and Skye Bar, popular among tourists and locals alike.
Guests staying at Holiday Inn Express Jakarta Thamrin during the weekends will also be in for a treat as the locals celebrate Car Free Day along Thamrin and neighbouring streets every Sunday from 6.00am to 11.00am. During this weekly affair, the busy boulevards in Jakarta's CBD are transformed into effervescent, people-friendly zones where thousands of locals gather to enjoy a refreshing morning away from traffic.
Holiday Inn Express Thamrin is the fifth Holiday Inn Express hotel in South East Asia, and the second in Indonesia. The hotel opening follows the launch of Holiday Inn Express hotels in Semarang, Bangkok, Phuket and Singapore.
In the coming months, Indonesia will welcome three more Holiday Inn Express hotels: Holiday Inn Express Bali Kuta Square, Holiday Inn Express Bali Raya Kuta and Holiday Inn Express Jakarta Pluit Citygate.
Over the next few years, the brand will continue to grow in South East Asia with 19 more Holiday Inn Express hotels in the development pipeline.
There will be an opening special rate for guests from USD 54++ per night for bookings from now until 30 June 2014.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts expands in Switzerland with the new Sheraton Zurich Hotel
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has opened the new Sheraton Zurich Hotel, marking the brand's second hotel in the financial capital of Switzerland since the brand was introduced into the country more than 40 years ago. The property is owned by ZUFA Immobilien AG and opened under an agreement between Starwood and Arabella Hospitality SE.
Sheraton Zurich is located in the former industrial hub around Hardturm-Area in the heart of Zurich West. It includes 197 guest rooms, including 32 suites, all equipped with the signature all-white Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed.
Situated on the 10th floor, the Sheraton Club Lounge serves breakfast, refreshments and light snacks all day, evening drinks and hors d'oeuvres, alongside views over the city from the 10th floor. Guests staying in the Sheraton Club rooms will enjoy complimentary wireless internet access in the room as well as in the Club Lounge.
Sheraton Zurich offers more than 600 square metres of meeting and event space equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including eight multifunctional meeting and event rooms and a pre-function area. The hotel's fitness facilities feature the brand's health and fitness programme Sheraton Fitness by Core Performance, designed exclusively for Sheraton guests.
On the ground floor, the Swiss grill restaurant, Route twenty-six, offers a dining concept that showcases the best from the 26 Swiss cantons, freshly prepared from the open show kitchen. This includes local specialties such as capuns, a traditional Swiss chard-wrapped dish from Graubünden; züri gschnätzlets, a typical Zurich dish consisting of thinly sliced veal cooked in a cream sauce with mushrooms and served with rösti, fried grated potato cake; and grilled pike perch from Lake Neuchâtel. A gathering place to work and meet friends, the hotel's Italian café and bar, Nuovo, offers take-away and dine-in meals throughout the day, as well as after-work drinks.
Starwood currently operates six hotels in Switzerland under four of its distinct lifestyle brands. This includes the recently opened W Verbier - the first ski retreat from W Hotels, as well as Sheraton Zurich, Sheraton Neues Schloss and Four Points by Sheraton Sihlcity in Zurich. Starwood also operates Sheraton Davos Hotel Waldhuus and Hotel President Wilson, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Geneva.
IHG signs Crowne Plaza Barcelona - Fira Center
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a franchise agreement with Hotel Fira S.A.U to open its first Crowne Plaza in Barcelona - Crowne Plaza Barcelona Fira Center. The hotel will open during the first quarter this year.
Revealing 3, 000m2 of meeting space, the hotel will have the largest conference and meeting facilities across the entire portfolio of Crowne Plaza properties in Europe. It will be converted from an existing building to a 276 room hotel complete with a new Wellness Centre, a fitness room and a VIP club lounge.
Occupying a prime location in the city centre, the hotel is less than 100 metres away from the Fira Barcelona Convention Center next to Plaza Espana Square, one of Barcelona's most renowned public spaces.
There are currently 82 Crowne Plaza Properties in Europe with a further 12 in the pipeline due to open in the next three to five years.
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