June 25, 2012 · 0 Comments
MIAMI – (www.hospitalitybusinessnews.com) IHG today announced the opening of the Holiday Inn Express Maceio Ponta Verde in Brazil. The new-build, 160-room hotel is located one block from beautiful Ponta Verde beach in Maceió, the capital of the coastal state Alagoas, in Northeast Brazil and one of the top tourist destinations in the country.
Boasting a modern architectural design, the Holiday Inn Express Maceio Ponta Verde’s interior is decorated with a collection of local artworks and folk-art inspired crafts from the area, blending the richness of Maceió’s cultural heritage with the hotel’s contemporary and fresh style. The property also features an array of amenities, including free high-speed wireless Internet connections throughout the hotel and four meeting rooms, totaling 1,614 square feet (150 square meters) and a 100-person capacity. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, fitness center and business center.
Situated between Mundaú Lake and the Atlantic Ocean, Maceió is surrounded by beaches and lagoons, lending itself to a number of aquatic activities, from diving and fishing to snorkeling and boat excursions. The property is close to several historic attractions, museums and restaurants. Among the city’s main attractions are the Theo Brandao Museum, the Craft Fair in Pajuçara and the EcoPark Water Maceió, one of the largest water parks in Alagoas. Also near the hotel is the Ruth Cardoso Convention Center.
“We are delighted to continue to grow the Holiday Inn Express brand in the Northeastern part of Brazil by opening a hotel in a city like Maceio, well-known year-round for its powdery, white-sand beaches, emerald green waters, fabulous water sports and laid-back charm,” said Alvaro Diago, COO, IHG, Latin America and the Caribbean. “We are devoted to continued expansion in the Brazilian market while maintaining our pledge to offer guests the highest quality services.”
“This new property exemplifies IHG’s goal of finding the right opportunities to introduce the Holiday Inn Express brand in destinations with a strong demand for high-quality yet affordable hotels.” added Ricardo Lopez, vice president, sales & marketing, IHG, Latin America and the Caribbean. “Holiday Inn Express is designed to offer a comfortable, uncomplicated, fresh and modern experience at a great value for both leisure and business travelers. We are confident this hotel and the brand’s strong value proposition will provide an excellent opportunity to continue to build guest loyalty and reach new customers.”
Guests will experience a comfortable and smart environment with innovative preferred guest upgrades to ensure a productive stay while traveling for business or leisure. The hotel’s complimentary Express Start® breakfast bar will feature a full range of breakfast items including a rotation of egg and meat selections, biscuits, yogurt, fruit and coffee.
Guest rooms feature comfortable queen or king-sized beds and a sitting area with a lounge chair. Business travelers will find large desks with ergonomic chairs, free high-speed Internet. The SimplySmart™ shower incorporates a proprietary Stay Smart™ Kohler showerhead, signature shower curtain with curved rod, upgraded 100 percent cotton terry towels and a custom line of cinnamon-scented bath products. Guests will enjoy the SimplySmart™ bedding collection where they will find new crisp fresh bedding which features an attractive decorative throw, a medium-weight duvet blanket and soft 200 thread-count sheets.
“The Holiday Inn Express brand is world-renowned and we strongly believe its commitment to excellence will allow our hotel to flourish,” said Cristovao Aparecido Ferreira, MC3 Imóveis Ltda, the hotel’s ownership and management company. “We could not be happier to be working with IHG, and we hope our partnership develops for many years to come.”