IHG Signs With Borealis Hotel Group to Open Holiday Inn Express Rome – Airport

United Kingdom, Denham. November 24, 2021

IHG Hotels & Resorts, one of the world's leading hotel companies, has signed a franchised agreement with Borealis Hotel Group to open Holiday Inn Express Rome - Airport. Planned to open in 2023, the 224-room hotel will add a simple and smart option for travellers on the go by providing the perfect place to rest, relax and recharge, whether for business or leisure.

The project will be developed in Parco Leonardo by Fonte (Leonardo Caltagirone Group), one of Italy's largest developers, and will showcase the fresh and contemporary style of the brand's Next Generation design, a first for the Holiday Inn Express brand in Italy.

This agreement builds growth momentum for IHG Hotels & Resorts in Italy and follows the recent signings and openings of airport locations for the Holiday Inn Express brand across Europe.

Holiday Inn Express Rome - Airport brings a new and refreshed offering to visitors; whether travelling for business or leisure. Created with guest comforts in mind, the Next Generation design rooms offer more where it matters most - free Wi-Fi, powerful showers, comfortable beds and added extras for a great night's sleep. All Holiday Inn Express hotels also offer an Express Start breakfast included as standard.

The location of the hotel offers convenient access to Fiumicino Rome International Airport, which is currently undergoing a multi-billon development. Situated in the Parco Leonardo shopping and business centre with a dedicated metro-train stop, the hotel will be perfectly situated to connect locals and guests alike to the heart of the inner city in just 20 minutes. Various retail outlets, restaurants and bars are near the hotel, creating a truly convenient experience for guests travelling to and from Italy.

Willemijn Geels, Vice President Development Europe at IHG Hotels & Resorts, commented: "Holiday Inn Express Rome - Airport is a great addition to the existing presence IHG Hotels & Resorts has within the city. There is such a great travel and construction appetite for Rome, with this signing alongside another two monumental signings within our Luxury & Lifestyle collection of brands; InterContinental Rome and Six Senses Rome. The accessibility to the airport and the surrounding areas means that Holiday Inn Express Rome - Airport becomes the bridge between local and international guests who are visiting this historical city. This signing shows the continued trust our owners and partners place in IHG Hotels & Resorts and our brands. We are excited to continue and build our partnership with Borealis Hotel Group and open what will be a great hotel in a great market."

Bart van de Kamp, CEO and Founder of Borealis Hotel Group, added: "We are very excited to sign Holiday Inn Express Rome - Airport and support in partnership with IHG Hotels & Resorts' presence in such an iconic city. Focused on smart travel by providing a launchpad for guests to make their next connection, whether for business or leisure, Holiday Inn Express is a great fit for this location. Borealis and IHG Hotels & Resorts have a longstanding partnership and have developed multiple hotels across Europe, and with the entrance into the Italian market, we are pleased to further strengthens our position as a pan-European player. Our track record, together with IHG's strong and reputable enterprise will enable a successful continued partnership and I am looking forward to working together on this project."

Edoardo Francesco Caltagirone, Owner of Leonardo Caltagirone Group, said: "As one of Italy's major real estate developers, we are very pleased to welcome two global operators of the hotel industry to our Parco Leonardo project in Rome, which is a truly unique city in the global scene. It has been a pleasure to work with IHG and Borealis Hotel Group and we appreciate their level of professionalism. Parco Leonardo's modern layout, services, infrastructures and transportation once again confirm its quality as a prime location. We are more than delighted to develop and open Holiday Inn Express Rome - Airport and to start operating together with Borealis and IHG on this exciting project."

Holiday Inn Express aims to enable real, human connections for our guests by providing a simple, smart travel experience. For owners, the brand offers the ability to drive higher returns by delivering exceptional stays and leveraging IHG's powerful systems, including IHG Rewards, one of the world's largest hotel loyalty programmes.

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