New Martinsville's Riverview Plaza will begin to look a bit different as plans to build a Holiday Inn Express are underway at the location.
At the Bayer Heritage Federal Credit Union Business After Hours on March 20, representatives from Holiday Inn Express announced the plans to build the 79-room hotel, as well as their partnership with Bayer HFCU.
The Holiday Inn Express New Martinsville will be the area's first Holiday Inn Express & Suites hotel. The hotel will be hiring 25 employees, ranging from management, front desk, housekeeping, maintenance, to breakfast.
A Holiday Inn Express &?Suites owned by MPH?Hotels, is expected to break ground at the Riverview Plaza, located in New Martinsville. MPH?Hotels currently owns 15 hotels, with four more hotels, including the Holiday Inn Express & Suites of New Martinsville, under construction or development. (Photo by Lauren Matthews)
The new 45,702 sq.-ft. property will offer a variety of amenities such as: 24-hour fitness center, front desk, 24-hour indoor-pool, and complimentary full hot breakfast. Standard Holiday Inn Express guest rooms feature comfortable 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.
"More than $7 million will be invested to build this property and we are looking forward to the end result," said Michael Holtz, president of MPH Hotels, Inc. "Holiday Inn Express & Suites" is modern, fresh, clean, and uncomplicated and a perfect fit for New Martinsville."
Guests at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites New Martinsville 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 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 Holiday Inn Express 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 brand family's $1 billion global brand re-launch, the largest project of its kind in hospitality history, continues to drive increased quality and consistency across the global portfolio. The new hotel will feature a contemporary image with emphasis on arrival and welcome services, guestroom and guest bath comfort, and a redesigned logo and signage. The re-launch focuses on the things research shows matter most to guests-a modern, contemporary hotel with efficient, friendly service and a great night's sleep. All Holiday Inn employees also go through an extensive "Stay Real" training program to ensure guests receive the level of service they expect.
"Holiday Inn Express & Suites hotels are designed to be the smart choice for value-conscious business and leisure travelers," said Heather Balsley, senior vice president, Brand Management, the Holiday Inn brand family, the Americas, IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group). "With more than 2,100 properties worldwide, the Holiday Inn Express portfolio continues to expand in markets like New Martinsville, providing our guests with an enhanced stay experience at a great value. We are proud to welcome this hotel into the Holiday Inn brand family with the brand new sign and everything it represents."
Alan Hardway, Vice President of MPH Hotels, Inc., stated the decision to bring a Holiday Inn Express to the area was "based on the need."
"We have locations south of (New Martinsville), and we received business at our hotels coming from that area, so we saw the need in that respect."
Hardway stated that construction is expected to begin "hopefully within the next 90 days," with opening of the new hotel slated for spring 2015.
MPH Hotels currently owns 15 hotels, with four more hotels, including the Holiday Inn Express & Suites of New Martinsville, under construction or development. MPH Hotels brands include Lady Luck Hotel, Comfort Suites, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Wingate by Wyndham, Fairfield Inn & Suites/Marriot, Hampton Inn & Suites, and Baymont Inn & Suites. MPH Hotels are located in Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, West Virginia, and Florida.
"We are very excited to be building in the New Martinsville area," Hardway stated. "That's something we like to do, is work with the community." Hardway stated the hotel would be located in the Riverview Plaza area.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites participates in IHG's guest loyalty program, IHG Rewards. The industry's first and largest guest loyalty program has 71 million members. IHG Rewards membership is free and guests can enroll by logging on at priorityclub.com, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of this hotel or any of IHG's more than 4,600 hotels worldwide.
The Holiday Inn Express & Suites New Martinsville, owned by New Martinsville, WV 1213 LLC and managed by MPH Hotels, Inc., is franchised by an affiliate of IHG. MPH Hotels, Inc. also owns three other Holiday Inn Express and Suites along with 15 other properties including Comfort Suites, Hampton Inn and Suites, and Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott.