InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has announced plans for a dual branded hotel development at Heathrow Terminal 4.
The hotels – Crowne Plaza London – Heathrow Terminal 4 and Holiday Inn Express London – Heathrow Terminal 4 – will operate under a franchise agreement with Arora Hotels. Arora Hotels will also manage the soon to open InterContinental London – The O2.
With 300 bedrooms, Crowne Plaza London – Heathrow T4 will have a range of business and meeting facilities including five meeting rooms and two boardrooms for the convenience of business travellers. The 450-room Holiday Inn Express London – Heathrow T4 hotel will be a ‘next generation’ Holiday Inn Express hotel featuring the latest technology, an Express Cafe and Bar and larger beds.
Expected to open in early 2018, the new hotels will be directly connected to Terminal 4 via an air bridge, and will also offer direct access to the London Underground, Heathrow Express train service and nearby motorways. With both hotels in the same building, the dual branded model enables operational efficiencies through shared team members and facilities such as meeting space, leisure and fitness facilities and back of house areas.
Robert Shepherd, Chief Development Officer, Europe, IHG said: ‘We’re delighted to be working with Surinder Arora and his team on another exciting development. Dual branded hotel developments are attractive for hotel investors because of the significant cost savings and operating efficiencies; and they give guests a choice of two great hotels in the one location depending on their needs. We’re confident this fantastic combination, coupled with the hotels’ great location will make these two hotels the number one choice for business and leisure guests travelling to and from Heathrow.’
One of the world’s leading international airports, Heathrow Airport serves 75 million air passengers annually. Terminal 4 receives 10 million passengers per year, and is the base for Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and the SkyTeam Airline Alliance, which counts Air France, Delta Airlines, KLM, Aeroflot and China Eastern Airlines amongst its members.