Arora Group readies for UK’s largest hotel opening of 2018
Arora Group has announced that it has entered the final stage in the two-year construction of its two linked Heathrow Terminal 4 hotels. The dual-branded property, Crowne Plaza London – Heathrow Terminal 4, and Holiday Inn Express® London – Heathrow Terminal 4, between them boast 761 bedrooms.
The hotels are a three-minute walk to the terminal building and when finished in October, will be the largest hotel complex directly connected to a British airport terminal.
Crowne Plaza London ‒ Heathrow T4 is a 42,363sqm development, which will feature 304 bedrooms and a range of business and meeting facilities, including ﬁve meeting rooms.
The 457-room Holiday Inn Express London ‒ Heathrow T4 represents the ‘next generation’ Holiday Inn Express hotel, featuring the latest technology, an Express Bar and Café and the brand’s new larger beds. Over 100 guest parking spaces will be available at the hotels.
Andrew Brown, who is the opening general manager for the two hotels, joined the Arora Group in 2014 and was previously GMat Macdonald Hotels, Q hotels, De Vere Group and Trust House Forte Group. He has launched various conference, leisure, golf and spa hotels within the UK.
Kaushal Niraula, group strategy director, The Arora Group, said: “We are delighted to be nearing completion on this fantastic project. “Constructing hotels on such a scale in such close proximity to Europe’s busiest airport was a challenge, but we have a very experienced team and we are hugely proud of the achievement. The two new Terminal 4 hotels will be superbly positioned to cater to the leisure and business travel market.”
By 2019 the Arora Group will be the first company to serve all airport terminals at Britain’s two largest airports, Heathrow and Gatwick.
The two hotels will operate under a franchise agreement with IHG and will be managed by Arora Hotels, a division of the Arora Group. The joint venture is being granted a ground lease for the one-hectare site. The construction of the hotels has been managed by Grove Developments, the construction division of the Arora Group.