Construction begins on Holiday Inn Express in Covington, Ga.

Royal Hotel Investment began construction on a new 110-room, six-floor Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Covington, Ga., approximately 35 miles east of Atlanta. The hotel, which represents an investment of almost $13 million, is expected to open in November of 2016. Amenities will include a business center; fitness center; outdoor swimming pool; 400-square-foot board room; 1,000 square feet of meeting space; guest laundry; and an outdoor patio with two fire pits.  

The property will be one of the first Holiday Inn Express hotels in the country to be built using the brand’s recently-introduced “Formula Blue” design direction. The updated design includes an open lobby and “great room” area for social or business gatherings; re-designed case goods; and a headboard that minimizes noise transfer between rooms.   

Atlanta-based Royal Hotel Investment, which was formed in 2002, currently owns and operates two Hampton Inn hotels in metropolitan Atlanta -- a 105-room property in Covington and a 99-room property in Conyers -- plus a 20,000-square-foot shopping center in Covington. The company also plans to add another two hotels within the next year.