TORONTO — InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened the Candlewood Suites and
Holiday Inn Express property located near the West Edmonton Mall — its first dual-branded property in Canada.
The 77-room Candlewood Suites West Edmonton – Mall Area and 137-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites West Edmonton – Mall Area hotel debuted on Dec. 20, 2016. The Holiday Inn Express property features a contemporary design offering modern guestrooms, a 24-hour fitness center, business center, meeting space capable of seating 130 people, indoor pool and hot tub. The Candlewood Suites hotel offers spacious suites with fully equipped kitchens and the Lending Locker, a place within the hotel where guests can borrow common household items — such as a crock pot, blender and extra lighting — to use during their stay. Shared amenities between the two brands include outdoor gazebo grills, an indoor pool, fitness center, game room and business center.
“IHG is excited about the opening of this new dual-branded property in West Edmonton — our first in Canada,” says Jonathan Lund, regional vice-president, Canada Franchise Performance Support, IHG. “The Holiday Inn Express and Candlewood Suites brands complement each other, bringing an offer to both short- and long-term travellers with design-led guestrooms and public spaces, while also creating a distinctive guest experience at each individual hotel brand.”
The Candlewood Suites West Edmonton – Mall Area hotel will provide guests staying for weeks or months at a time with studio and one bedroom suites. The full kitchens include a full-size refrigerator, microwave, stovetop, dishwasher and coffee pot. Guests can also enjoy the 24-hour Candlewood Cupboard, which allows guests to stock up on breakfast items, beverages, late night snacks and frozen entrees — all on the honor system.
The Holiday Inn Express & Suites West Edmonton – Mall Area hotel boasts the Holiday Inn Express brand’s newest design solution and features with modern rooms and suites, complete with Keurig brewers, microwave oven, mini fridge, kettle, work desk, free Wi-Fi and complimentary Express Start breakfast bar.
The hotel is owned by Perfect Hospitality Inc. and PHI Hotel Group. “We’re extremely pleased to be partnering with IHG to open Canada’s first dual-branded property — a hotel to support both business and leisure travellers coming to the area,” says Jon Sholter, director of Operations at Perfect Hospitality Inc. “The modern design of our guest rooms coupled with innovative design and technology features throughout the hotel are sure to impress.”