We love spending time getting to know our hotel group suppliers so that we can pass on all that valuable knowledge to our clients. Recently, Account Manager Hannah Ferguson spent the day with InterContinental Hotels Group. This is what she learned.
IHG has over 742,000 rooms and 5,028 hotels across nearly 100 countries. Its brands include Candlewood Suites, Crowne Plaza, Even, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo, Hualuxe, InterContinental, Kimpton Hotels and Resorts and Staybridge Suites.
During my day in London, I visited several IHG properties, which ranged from the budget Holiday Inn Express at London City, through to the luxury of Park Lane’s InterContinental.
Holiday Inn Express, London City
Friendly staff make the Holiday Inn Express a great little find for an overnight stay in the city whether for business or pleasure. A convenient meeting venue near the City of London, the hotel’s five air-conditioned, naturally lit meeting rooms can host up to 80 people. WiFi is free, audio visual equipment is available, and you can grab drinks at the bar or arrange a sit-down lunch.
Crowne Plaza London The City
Crowne Plaza London The City is a stylish and modern hotel steeped in an intriguing history having been built on the foundations of King Henry VIII’s former Bridewell Palace.
The property offers five meeting rooms for up to 200 delegates, as well as unique spaces such as the Voltaire Cocktail and Champagne Bar.
Voltaire, which was once a prison and then a bank, features plush furnishings, a decadent vibe and the opportunity to host meetings and receptions in the original cells and latterly vaults, which are now unique heated private dens.
Alongside a cocktail list, Champagne selection and cigar menu. Voltaire also serves a Cocktail Afternoon Tea during the day and gourmet burgers in the evening.
The hotels two restaurants, the AA Rosette award-winning Diciannove and the Chinese Cricket Club Restaurant, offer guests a choice of traditional but delicious Italian cuisine or a mouth-watering range of Sichuan and hand crafted dim sum specialties. There is even the opportunity to take part in Dim Sum master classes.
Holiday Inn London Kensington
The 706-room Holiday Inn London Kensington immediately welcomes you inside with a spacious lobby and walkway to the meeting rooms which is populated with comfortable and luxurious seating areas.
You can host small events or a conference for up to 230 delegates in the hotel’s 13 meeting rooms. They are well equipped with data projectors or 52-inch plasma screens and free WiFi. Catering can be arranged upon request and a private garden is ideal for outdoor events.
The Holiday Inn London Kensington is also home to the largest swimming pool in the Kensington area.
Intercontinental London Park Lane
The Intercontinental London Park Lane’s luxury status is evident the moment you arrive.
Welcoming door staff and impressive fresh floral displays, sees this property ooze sophistication and elegance.
The contemporary dedicated events floor offers a 750-capacity ballroom and a further 12 suites featuring floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Park Lane and the Royal Parks:
I would highly recommend a visit to Theo Randall at the InterContinental for a taster of award winning cuisine, not missing the hotels Arch Bar on the ground floor with over 40 varieties of gin on the menu. The grand and executive meeting spaces have incredible views, natural daylight their own private on street entrance for VIP or red-carpet arrivals.