We're delighted to announce that 5 of our hotels have been awarded IHG Quality Excellence Awards. Holiday Inn Express carefully monitor our guests' satisfaction to ensure that they always have a great experience with us and Quality Excellence Awards are given to those hotels who continuously exceptional levels of excellence.
We are thrilled that our Holiday Inn Express hotels in Warwick, Derby, Taunton, Newport and Inverness have all been recognised with Quality Excellence Awards and commend the hotel teams on all of their hard work over the past year.
Free WiFi now available in over 20 Somerston hotels
Thanks to the tireless efforts of our IT team, guests at over 20 of our hotels can now take advantage of free WiFi when they stay with us. In addition to the free access in our lounges, our guests can also now take advantage of great value premium access in our comfortable guestrooms.
We hope to offer free WiFi in every hotel in the coming months so come back soon to learn about our progress!
Best Budget Hotel Group win for Holiday Inn Express
Holiday Inn Express has beaten off competition from the likes of Premier Inn and Travelodge to be crowned Best Budget Hotel Group at the annual Business Traveller awards.
All room rates at Holiday Inn Express include complimentary hot breakfast which, when coupled with great facilities like wireless internet, comfortable guestrooms and convenient locations, make our hotels the perfect choice for the value conscious business traveller.
Having fun and celebrating service
Somerston has no more valuable asset than it's people, which is why we decided to dedicate a whole week to recognising and celebrating their contribution to the business.
Each hotel and team was given the opportunity to come up with some fun activities to show just how much the team means to us and they showed their usual ingenuinity and sense of fun! Events ranged from home-cooked meals for the whole team to a pirate treasure hunt, car washing and a school-style sports day.
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Gearing up for Let's Go Green Day
As a company Somerston has made a commitment to reduce the negative environmental impact of our business and to use energy more efficiently. To continue this commitment and to ensure that it remains a key focus we are delighted to announce the date of our second Let's Go Green Day will be Friday 27th August 2010.
Let's Go Green Day is an opportunity for our hotel and corporate teams to go that extra mile and make a personal contribution to us being an eco-friendly organisation. We'll be handing our prizes to those hotels which make the best endeavour to reduce energy and we'll encourage changes in the way we work, including simple changes such as switching off unnecessary lights, unplugging electrical equipment, stopping using standby and cutting our energy consumption.
We're delighted to confirm that the last of our Express hotels has now relaunched and Holiday Inn Express Bath now boasts the great new signage, landscaping, hot breakfast, pillow choice and improved service that you find at the rejuvenated brand!
You know what you want in a hotel and that's why we're making big changes at Holiday Inn Express. Our new sign is the first thing you'll notice, the biggest changes are taking place on the inside. We've improved our room experience and we're raising our service standards across the globe. We think you'll appreciate the effort!
World Cup fever hits hotels
Football frenzy has arrived at Somerston Hotels with a number of special promotions taking place in our bars. Many hotels are offering prize draws with Budweiser hold-alls, t-shirts and more available for the lucky winners. Guests at Holiday Inn Express London Hammersmith even have the opportunity to win a replica Jules Rimet trophy.
All of our hotels have large screen TVs in the guest lounge and will be showing all the big matches, so you needn't miss the game just because you're away from home!
Our hotel teams feature people from all over the world so there's sure to be plenty of good-natured banter as the nations compete for sport's most coveted prize. We wish all the teams the very best of luck!
Free wifi roll out continues at Holiday Inn Express
Holiday Inn Express Droitwich M5, Jct 5 is the latest hotel in our group to get free WiFi across the Great Room lounge, ensuring that our guests can stay connected while on their travels! Ideal for checking emails and browsing the web this great new facility further confirms that Holiday Inn Express is the brand of choice for great value, convenient accommodation.
Other hotels within our group where you can enjoy free WiFi are the Holiday Inn Express hotels in Hammersmith, Milton Keynes, London Luton Airport, Swindon, East Midlands Airport, Cambridge, Newport and Swansea. Holiday Inn Express hotels in Northampton and Hemel Hempstead are next in line to get this great facility in the coming weeks, with more hotels to follow throughout the year.
Top tips from locals
Knowing where you can grab a great bite to eat and the best places to visit can really make a short break extra special. That's why our teams have been working hard on producing an Insider's Guide to their local area, recommending everything from little known attractions, to great pubs and parks for the family.
Take a sneak peak at our Insider's Guides and start planning your next trip today...
We're very excited to report that a new advertising campaign for the Holiday Inn family debuted on British TV on May 3rd. The new Stay You campaign tells of our guests staying true to themselves and shows that we celebrate the diversity and individuality of each and every guest.