Holiday Inn Express to open

A soft opening is planned shortly after noon Thursday for the 83-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites Morgan City Southwest, property of IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), a news release from the company stated.
The facility is a few blocks away from the full-service Holiday Inn with its 221 rooms, Morgan’s Restaurant and Legend’s Lounge.
A grand opening is planned in January.
The property will showcase the brand’s new sign, which is the seal of approval that this hotel exemplifies the standards of the $1 billion Holiday Inn brand relaunch program, the news release stated. The Holiday Inn brand relaunch is the largest in the history of the hospitality industry, with more than 3,300 hotels around the world being updated — improving quality and driving consistency at Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels around the world.
The relaunch focuses on the things research has shown matter most to guests — a modern, contemporary hotel with efficient, friendly service and a great night’s sleep. Relaunched hotels such as the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Morgan City Southwest feature:
—Upgraded and decluttered lobby areas.
—A Holiday Inn Express signature scent and sound.
—New exterior lighting and landscaping.
—New signage with the redesigned logo.
—All Holiday Inn employees also go through an extensive “Stay Real” training program to ensure guests receive the level of service they expect.
The hotel’s newly enhanced 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 the brand’s proprietary cinnamon roll and Smart Roast coffee.
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.
Gina LaBarre, vice president, Brand Delivery, the Americas, IHG, said, “With more than 2,000 properties worldwide and more than 600 properties in the pipeline, the Holiday Inn Express portfolio continues to expand in markets like Morgan City, providing our guests with an enhanced stay experience at a great value. We welcome this hotel into the Holiday Inn family with the brand new sign and everything it represents.”
The 54,000 sq.-ft. property offers a variety of amenities including Morgan City’s first indoor hotel pool, a complimentary 24-hour fitness center, and 1,500 square feet of meeting space for business functions and special events.
Standard Holiday Inn Express guest rooms feature queen or king-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair and an in-room coffee machine featuring complimentary Smart Roast 100 percent Arabica coffee. Business travelers will find large desks with ergonomic chairs, free high-speed Internet access and free local phone and toll-free (U.S. and Canada only), phones with private voicemail and complimentary USA Today newspapers.
Danny Donham, general manager, said, “Kilpatrick Hotels has made a significant investment to build this property and exceed our guests’ expectations, so we are looking forward to the end result. Holiday Inn Express is modern, fresh, clean and uncomplicated and a perfect fit for the Morgan City area.”

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