InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced the signing of two new Candlewood Suites hotels in Nebraska, U.S., with Younes Hospitality. Both hotels are owned by Paul and Linda Younes and will be the first Candlewood Suites hotels in their respective cities, Grand Island and Kearney.
Paul Younes began his career in the hospitality industry at a motel in Kearney, Neb., and is now President of Younes Hospitality, which currently owns and operates six IHG hotels in Nebraska across the Holiday Inn® and Holiday Inn Express® brands. Younes Hospitality was named the winner of the Candlewood Suites Developer of the Year Award at IHG's Annual Owners Conference.
Chris Drazba, Vice President, Development, The Americas, IHG said: "We are pleased to continue to grow the Candlewood Suites brand with a trusted owner like Younes Hospitality. We are confident that Paul Younes and his team will deliver the relaxed and home-like experience that the Candlewood Suites brand is known for." Both hotels will be new build developments with 88 suites, including 54 studio suites, 24 one-bedroom suites and 10 two-bedroom suites. The Candlewood Suites Grand Island hotel will be located on Allen Drive, near the St. Francis Medical Center and the Conestoga Mall. The Candlewood Suites Kearney hotel will be located on West Talmadge Street, close to the Younes Conference Center and the Viaero Event Center.
Paul Younes, President, Younes Hospitality, said: "We believe the unique extended stay amenities of the Candlewood Suites brand are a strong fit for these two markets. With convenient locations near budding educational and healthcare facilities, we expect to welcome many travelers from these industries staying for weeks or months at a time."
Providing friendly, yet non-intrusive service, the Candlewood Suites brand offers independent guests room to be themselves. At the hotels, guests can expect to find spacious studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens and executive desks. The brand has unique offerings including the Candlewood Cupboard®, a 24-hour in-hotel convenience store which sells products including breakfast items, snacks, refreshments and easy to prepare meals, and the Lending Locker, where guests can borrow common household items to use during their stay.
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