By Lori Kimbel
November 15 is the target date for the opening of Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Hermiston, located at 245 North 1st Street.
There are 93 rooms at the Hermiston Holiday Inn Express, which include 17 suites. A pool, guest laundry, fitness center, and 374 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space are also a part of this new property. Wireless internet and a 24-hour business center will make it easy for those who travel for business, or for those who need to stay connected.
“We do a really good job of knowing what the customers want and delivering on it,” said Holiday Inn Express General Manager Steve Arrasmith. “We make it easy to buy this brand. We are consistent, which makes it great when you are traveling; it takes some of the mystery out of where you are staying. At Holiday Inn Express our service becomes the real focus. We add a local touch by hiring people from the area that know where to eat, where to shop and what places to visit. It gives it more of a personal touch the way hospitality used to be.”
Holiday Inn Express has recently gone through a rebranding. “We have a brand new vision with a very modern look,” said Arrasmith. “It is a totally different design concept than the older Holiday Inn Express brands.
Inside the lobby modular pods create a more private check in experience, with a truly one on one feel. A ‘market’ has been incorporated with items such as food, wine, beer, sodas and sundries, all of which can be purchased, or simply charged to your room.
The breakfast area has been upgraded to include a variation in the heights of the tables, which creates an atmosphere of connectivity among guests. The full continental breakfast is included with your stay and is just what travelers need before they continue on with their journey.
“If you have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express before, you should really come to this property to experience our improvements” said Arrasmith. “This will be a really good fit for Hermiston.”
A grand opening is planned for some time after the holiday season.
By Lori Kimbel