Duke opens Holiday Inn Express as Euro award is targeted

The Duke of Gloucester (centre), with Hermann Beck (left) and John Conroy of Amber Hotels study the plans of the new Sheffield Holiday Inn Express hotel, at the official opening
The Duke of Gloucester (centre), with Hermann Beck (left) and John Conroy of Amber Hotels study the plans of the new Sheffield Holiday Inn Express hotel, at the official opening
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Sheffield’s latest hotel is aiming for European honours after being officially opened by the Duke of Gloucester.

The 161-bedroom new generation Holiday Inn Express is being nominated for the New Build of the Year award in the 2011 European Hospitality Awards.

The Duke of Gloucester (right) and Hermann Beck at the opening of the new Sheffield Holiday Inn Express hotel.

The Duke of Gloucester (right) and Hermann Beck at the opening of the new Sheffield Holiday Inn Express hotel.

The seven-storey hotel, off Blonk Street, pioneers a new concept for a Holiday Inn Express branded hotel and was chosen by brand owner, InterContinental Hotel Group, as its sole nominee for the awards ahead of a number of boutique and five star hotels which have opened bearing one of the group’s seven hotel brand names.

Hermann Beck, director of Amber Hotel, which operates the new Blonk Street hotel, said: “IHG was allowed to put only one property forward in this category and they have chosen our hotel even though they have opened quite a lot of hotels in Europe during the past year.”

Mr Beck, and fellow director John Conroy, also operate the nearby Holiday Inn Royal Victoria Hotel.