IHG Expands EVEN Hotels Footprint With Three New Signings

WHY IT RATES: EVEN’s expansion comes in response to demand for wellness-focused hotels. These properties feature gyms that are larger than typical hotels and in-room fitness zones.—Mia Taylor, TravelPulse Senior Writer.

InterContinental Hotels Group, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, today announces the development of three EVEN Hotels properties in Michigan, North Carolina, and Texas.

All three properties—EVEN Hotel Ann Arbor, EVEN Hotel Charlotte and EVEN Hotel Austin—are expected to open before the first quarter of 2020.

Craig Mueller, Vice President, Development, Upscale & Luxury, Americas, IHG, commented: “The brand’s expansion to these key markets speaks to the increased demand for wellness-focused hotels from both owners and guests. The EVEN Hotels brand incorporates wellness from every angle of the stay experience and consistently earns top guest satisfaction scores. We look forward to working with Graham Hotel Systems, Mayfair Street Partners and Mopac Hotel Development LP to bring these hotels to life.”

EVEN Hotel Ann Arbor – The 111-room, four-story hotel will be located off of I-94 and close to the University of Michigan campus, one of the preeminent research universities in the U.S.

The hotel will also be in close proximity to various biotechnology, healthcare, consumer product and technology companies, and located 27 miles west of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW).

The EVEN Hotel Ann Arbor will have 2,432 square feet of meeting space, Athletic Studio, a business center, an indoor pool and spa, an outdoor garden and patio and on-site parking. Expected to open in Q3 2019, the hotel is owned by Graham Hotel Systems. This will be the first EVEN Hotel in Michigan.

EVEN Hotel Charlotte – The 181-room, nine-story hotel will be located in downtown Charlotte, close to numerous banking, financial and corporate offices, as well as major attractions including the Bank of America Stadium, the Spectrum Center, NASCAR Headquarters and the Charlotte Convention Center.

This new-build hotel will have 1,600 square feet of meeting space, a business center, athletic studio and onsite parking. Expected to open in Q1 2019, the EVEN Hotel Charlotte is owned by Mayfair Street Partners, which is also developing a new Hotel Indigo property in Winston-Salem. This will be the first EVEN Hotel for North Carolina.

EVEN Hotel Austin – The 123-room, five-story hotel will be located in The Domain area of Austin, close to the city’s prominent technology corridor, which includes a strong concentration of high-tech companies such as Dell, IBM, Amazon, Apple and Hewlett-Packard.

This new-build hotel will have 2,500 square feet of meeting space, a business center, Athletic Studio and onsite parking. Expected to open in Q1 2020, the EVEN Hotel Austin is owned by Mopac Hotel Development LP, which also owns the Holiday Inn Austin Airport. This will be the first EVEN Hotel to open in Texas.

All three hotels will feature a best-in-class fitness experience with the brand’s signature Athletic Studio that is larger than typical hotel gyms.

Every guest room will include an in-room fitness zone with a dedicated workout space with fitness equipment and 18 different workout videos, ranging from 10 to 30 minutes in length.

The hotels will also feature the brand’s signature Cork & Kale café, offering a menu that emphasizes variety, dine-in meals and quicker options like breakfast sandwiches and fresh salads from the Grab-and-Go marketplace that will be available 24/7 for guests’ convenience.

EVEN Hotels is IHG’s lifestyle hotel brand created with wellness at its core. EVEN Hotels empowers business travelers and guests with access to options so they can maintain their health and wellness routines while on the road.

The brand has intentionally designed every aspect of the hotel experience, in every square foot across all properties, with an emphasis on four components: eating well, resting easy, keeping active and accomplishing more.

All EVEN Hotels offer a signature sleep experience with premium natural fiber and high-thread-count linens and fitness equipment in all guest rooms, ergonomically designed workspaces, and running maps at the front desk for guests who want to explore the area on their own.

Continuing the brand’s expansion in key cities across the U.S. and abroad, IHG has announced recent openings in Seattle and Sarasota, with additional hotels under development in Miami, Atlanta, and Pittsburgh. Internationally, there are additional EVEN Hotels projects underway in Greater China, Australia, and New Zealand.

SOURCE: IHG press release

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