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The Challenge

Revamp the Holiday Inn Express brand in Europe.

Impact

Mike Greenup, Vice President, Brand Management, Holiday Inn Brand Family, Europe, said the “investment in guest insight and innovation is helping us stay ahead of the game”.

The Outcome

A high-touch, well-designed experience for travelers that’s expressed in every detail.

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A room designed for flexibility and flow.

Whether it’s the receptionist’s smile at check-in, the tasty snack at the bar, the thoughtfully designed lobby, or an easy-to-use mobile app, a hotel is no longer just a place to sleep—every detail plays a part in how much customers enjoy their stay.

Multinational hotel company IHG asked IDEO to help revamp its Holiday Inn Express brand in Europe—everything from public spaces to food and beverage, digital, and guest room interiors. Through their research, designers learned that the brand’s guests are independent and value-conscious, and appreciate a human touch. And yes, they prize good design.

Designers created a series of principles that informed every part of the hotel chain’s next-generation experience—things like a to-go concept for breakfast, an easy way for guests to stream their own media through their room’s TV, and assigned quiet floors for business-weary travelers.

As IHG rolls out the next-generation guest experience in the UK and across Europe, smart travelers can expect to check in to a high-touch, well-designed hotel.

“A hotel room is no longer just a place to sleep. This investment in guest insight and innovation is enabling us to stay ahead of the game,” said Mike Greenup, Vice President, Brand Management, Holiday Inn Brand Family, Europe.

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A newly designed, more flexible work and rest area.