Holiday Inn Express To Open Most Hotel Rooms In U S A

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Holiday Inn Express is the busiest hotel chain in the USA in terms of construction, with nearly 21,000 guest rooms expected to open between now and 2014.

That's according to, which compiled the Top 15 hotel chain list by ranking those with the most guest rooms in the USA's active pipeline. The list is based on data from parent Smith Travel Research and McGraw Hill Dodge Construction.

By 2014, the list (below) says, we're more likely see a new Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn and Suites, Courtyard by Marriott or Holiday Inn hotel rise during our travels than all other chains.

TWITTER: Follow Hotel Check-In for hotel chain news PHOTO GALLERY: USA TODAY tours Bellagio's newly revamped rooms PHOTO GALLERY: Hotel restaurants with fantastic views CAPTION By If you're a fan of Homewood Suites, Home2Suites, Comfort Suites or Hampton Inn, then you may not be as happy as Holiday Inn Express fans. These chains took the bottom spots on the Top 15 list. Of course, there are chains with far fewer hotels under construction, given the scores of brands fighting for developers' attention.

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS: Chicago's Magnificent Mile location gets new look STARWOOD's ALOFT: Chain to open 50th hotel Hotel developers stick with what they know In his piece, HotelNewsNow's news editor Jason Freed notes that only one of the many new brands launched in recent years made it into the Top 15.

For the most part, hotel developers are sticking with the same, established brands from InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott and Hilton since they - and their bankers - know what they're getting.

The exception: Hilton's Home2Suites, which was launched during the recession in January 2009. The brand already has three newly built hotels open and eight more hotels with 871 rooms under construction, which - according to Smith Travel Research data - makes it the fastest-growing new hotel brand.

When it comes to new brands, Home2Suites has succeeded in landing more development deals than Starwood's new Edition and Element brands and the independent NYLO.

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