Large new international hotel unveiled for Geelong
The vibrant Victorian coastal city of Geelong is to get a new international hotel with the announcement of the Holiday Inn and Suites Geelong, which will be the largest hotel in the city.
Opening in 2020, the 190-room property will be the first new hotel in Geelong in more than 20 years. It is also IHG's first Holiday Inn hotel in Australia to include a 'suites' offering: with 40 suites intended for the longer-stay segment.
Franzé Developments announced that it had acquired the central CBD site in April, highlighting plans to that include retail and office space along with the flagship hotel.
The hotel will feature an all-day dining restaurant and bar, swimming pool, gym, parking and a meeting facilities including a function room for 250 people.
Paul Franzé, founder and managing director at Franzé Developments, said: “Geelong welcomes around 2.2 million overnight visitors annually, but is dramatically underrepresented by quality hotels.
"The Holiday Inn brand is known and loved by travellers all around the world, so I can't imagine a better fit for a world-class city like Geelong. With a prime CBD location in close proximity to the station, hospital, university, offices and government entities, I am confident that Holiday Inn and Suites Geelong is going to be a story of success.”
IHG currently has 47 hotels operating under four brands across Australasia: InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn Express with a further 15 in the pipeline including Hotel Indigo and EVEN Hotels. The new hotel is good news for anyone wanting to visit the Bellarine Peninsula and Moorabool Valley wine regions, both of which are short of quality accommodation.