Avid Hotels Lands in Illinois at Chicago O’hare International Airport

United Kingdom, Denham. June 22, 2022

IHG Hotels & Resorts announces the opening of avid hotel Chicago O'Hare - Des Plaines, located less than three miles from one of the world's busiest airports and the first hotel in Illinois for the rapidly growing brand. With this most recent opening, avid hotels now has 53 locations open across the U.S and Mexico.

Like every avid hotel, the avid hotel Chicago O-Hare - Des Plaines is built from the ground up to deliver on the brand's promise to provide the basics done exceptionally well at a fair price. The brand features guest-centric hallmarks such as rooms designed for sound sleep, with high-quality mattresses and linens, choice of firm and soft pillows, and a purposeful design that reduces noise. All avid hotels stays are backed by the IHG Clean Promise, which guarantees that the room will be ‘just right' upon arrival and is cleaned against a 50-point checklist.

Karim Lakhani, head of Development for Lakhani Hospitality, avid hotel O'Hare - Des Plaines, commented: "We're thrilled to bring the first avid hotel to Illinois and open our doors to welcome travelers to Chicago. This city is a hub for business and leisure travelers and as they land in the Windy City, the avid hotel Chicago O'Hare - Des Plaines is sure to provide them with everything they need from a comfortable bed and a high-quality grab and go breakfast in the morning every time they stay with us."

With this new location, avid hotels welcomes guests to America's third-largest city, giving travelers the opportunity to discover its unique combination of big-city culture and Midwestern hospitality. Whether it's a trip for meetings at the country's largest convention center, or a day exploring a handful of the city's 60 museums, guests who book a stay at the avid hotel Chicago O'Hare - Des Plaines are set to experience the signature features that propelled the brand's growth and quickly gained a faithful following of avid hotels fans.

Karen Gilbride, VP of avid hotels and Atwell Suites, added: "With each new hotel opening we are able to welcome travelers to experience avid hotels for the first time, as well as welcome back our passionate fans who eagerly look for our hotels wherever they go. We're proud to add the avid hotel Chicago O'Hare - Des Plains to our growing portfolio and this most recent opening demonstrates the brand's continued momentum across North America."

Along with this new property, the following avid hotels have recently opened:

- avid hotel Detroit-Warren: Opened on Feb. 15 and is owned by United Hospitality Group, this property is the ideal hotel for those meeting clients in the region with major companies like General Motors Technical Center, Chrysler, US Army TACOM and General Dynamics minutes away. The hotel's location puts guests near notable attractions including the Detroit Zoo, Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum.

- avid hotel Ocala: Opened on April 8 and is owned by Ocala Investment One, LLC., this property is minutes from downtown Ocala and the Ocala International Airport-Jim Taylor Field as well as the area's most popular sites like the Appleton Museum of Art, Silver Springs State Park, Ocala National Forest, and HITS Post Time Farm.

Since opening the first avid hotel in 2018, the brand has quickly grown across North America. In addition to the 53 properties open today, there are more than 150 hotels in the pipeline. The first avid hotel in Canada is expected to open later in 2022 in Vaughan, Ontario. Additional avid hotels are opening soon in great locations like Wenatchee, Washington, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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