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Holiday Inn to be built near airport

Holiday Inn to be built near airport

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BLOOMINGTON - A $10 million Holiday Inn & Suites will open next spring on East Empire Street, just north of the Central Illinois Regional Airport.

A national chain restaurant will abut the hotel. Details about the restaurant won't be released until a contract is finalized.

"It will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as provide our banquet services that we'll offer at the hotel. It'll be an upscale national chain," said John Brinkman, president of Hundman Hotel Management, which obtained the hotel license after the Holiday Inn in Normal switched names last year.

The new Bloomington hotel will have a 4,000-square-foot conference center to accommodate banquets and business meetings for up to 250 people.

"We'll be able to breakout rooms also … so we can have a couple different conferences going on at the same time," Brinkman said.

The 120-room hotel also includes a fitness center, indoor pool, business center, wireless Internet access, laundry facility and 24-hour guest service. Two-room suites and Jacuzzi suites also will be available, and business rooms include work stations and computer ports. Approximately 40 percent of rooms will be suites, Brinkman said.

Construction of the property begins in late May or early June on 4.5 acres just east of Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar. The Holiday Inn should open in April 2007.

The hotel will participate in a loyalty program offered by InterContinental Hotels Group, which franchises Holiday Inn. Through the Priority Club Rewards program, guests can earn free nights at more than 3,500 participating hotels in 100 countries, merchandise or frequent flier miles.

Hundman Hotel Management also operates the two Country Inn & Suites hotels in the Twin Cities and the Ramada Limited & Suites in west Bloomington, as well as hotels in Champaign and St. Louis.

A group of local investors will own the new hotel.

The former Holiday Inn in Normal, 8 Traders Circle, became the Staywood Inn Hotel & Conference Center, after facing a series of fines and other problems from unpaid taxes and utility bills.

Holiday Inn would not comment on franchise changes but said the hotel chain is upgrading facilities around the country.

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