IHG Hotels & Resorts, in collaboration with Franzé Developments, has opened a new hotel called Holiday Inn & Suites Geelong in Victoria, Australia.

Situated within the Geelong Quarter, which is Franzé Developments’ A$200m ($129m) mixed-use development, Holiday Inn & Suites Geelong is claimed to be the largest hotel in the Geelong and Bellarine regions of Victoria.

It is also the first new-build hotel in the region in almost two decades.

IHG Hotels & Resorts managing director for Australasia & Pacific Matt Tripolone said: “We are thrilled to introduce Holiday Inn & Suites Geelong to the city’s hospitality landscape, continuing the strong momentum of the Holiday Inn brand in Australasia.

“The opening is a testament to our strong partnership with Franzé Developments who have brought the Holiday Inn vision to life with our Open Lobby concept to functional, design-led rooms and culinary offerings. This stand-out addition to our portfolio is an exceptional example of the brand’s next-generation design offering an authentic travel experience for visitors to Geelong.”

It boasts 180 rooms, including 23 suites, with many rooms featuring balconies and offering views of the Geelong waterfront.

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The hotel targets both local and international visitors and claims to provide value for both leisure and business travellers.

Its Open Lobby combines the reception area, restaurant, bar, lounge, as well as a business centre to serve as a collaborative space.

Its Maestro restaurant serves dishes curated by Australian chef Adrian Richardson.

The hotel features flexible guest areas that can host up to 110 people for a range of social events.

For the guests, the hotel offers complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, a dedicated e-bar which serves as a space to stay plugged in for work purposes or news updates, a heated indoor pool and a gym.

Claiming to prioritise sustainability while maintaining guest comfort, the hotel is located within an hour’s drive from Melbourne’s central business district in Victoria, offering guests access to Bellarine Peninsula and Great Ocean Road.

Among the nearby local attractions include the restored Little Malop Street precinct, Geelong Stadium and the city’s waterfront.