Holiday Inn Express Pullman opens after renovation

Holiday Inn Express PullmanPullman, Wash.--This month the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, located at 1190 SE Bishop Blvd., celebrated 16 years of service within the Pullman area and its completion of a $1.8-million renovation by holding an open house. During the "Sweet 16" event, city officials, local businesses and Washington State university representatives toured the 130-room facility (including 24 suites) which was decked out in true 1980s teen-party fashion for the event, complete with "Sixteen Candles" and "Pretty in Pink" theme suites.

"The third time certainly was the charm," said Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites General Manager Meghan Wiley, referring to the third renovation since the property opened in 1994. "It's hard to believe this property is 16 years young. It's absolutely beautiful! We owe a lot to our brand company InterContinental Hotels Group, and our management company, The Hotel Group, for seeing us through this renovation and helping us to reintroduce the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Pullman. It's a property that we are quite proud to operate, and it's one the community and our valued guests are extremely excited to visit. Not only was our party a huge success, but this hotel is a big hit with all who walk through our doors.” 

Holiday Inn Express PullmanMore than 150 guests explored the upgraded facility, designed by Vandervert Construction of Spokane, Wash. Guestrooms boast new furnishings, fixtures and equipment, including: 32-inch flat screen plasma TVs, ergonomic desk chairs, carpet, drapes, wall paper, furniture, bedding, in-room microwaves and refrigerators. Guest bathrooms now feature new granite countertops, tiled floors, new tubs and vanities, while the lobby area boasts new tiled and carpeted floors, and additional breakfast bar space. Other public-space upgrades include new wallpaper and lighting in the guest hallways, along with new indoor pool/patio furnishings and new computers for the business center. The property also features 1,100 square-feet of flexible meeting space.

Tammy Lewis, Executive Director, Pullman Chamber of Commerce, said as she was touring the new facility, the hallways were filled with "oohs" and "aahs" at every turn.

"The Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Pullman is a real beauty," Lewis said. "Quality hotel space is in high demand in Pullman. With visitors coming from all over the world to visit Washington State University and the surrounding areas, we need hotels we can be proud of and that keep visitors coming back to the area. Local hotel owners Wenzel and Julanne Leff did an outstanding job with this renovation. Not only is Pullman the 'place to be' in the Northwest, but the same can now be said of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites."

The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites is situated less than one mile from Washington State University, less than four miles from WSU’s Palouse Ridge Golf Course, less than eight miles from the University of Idaho and only 10 minutes from the Pullman/Moscow (Idaho) Regional Airport.

“We are thrilled that the Pullman community was so receptive and supportive of the revamped Holiday Inn Express & Suites," said Douglas Dreher, President and CEO of The Hotel Group. "The renovation program coincided with a corporate re-launch conducted by IHG to create a more contemporary brand image and consistency in all 3,125 IHG brand products, which includes all Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites around the world. Based on the feedback from those who attended our Sweet 16 party, the upgrades were right on the mark. "


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