Holiday Inn reveals next evolution of hotel design

Hotel features include indoor pool, fitness center and conference rooms

REEDSVILLE — Tailored for business travelers and families, the new Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Reedsville offers its guests a clean, friendly, comfortable experience during their stay.

Opened in June, the new 48,000 square foot, four-story hotel, offers 83 guest rooms including 18 suites, an indoor pool, fitness center, two conference rooms, breakfast area and guest laundry facilities. As part of International Hotel Groups (IHG), this Holiday Inn Express and Suites facility features the next evolution of hotel design called Formula Blue, Smart Design for Smart Travel, which was developed by hotel owners and guest insight.

As a hotel guest, access to all the hotel’s amenities is available including, a 24/7 business center with computer access and copying, printing and faxing capabilities, a free, fresh, hot breakfast buffet with Cinnabon brand cinnamon rolls offered as a specialty item and rooms featuring a refrigerator, microwave, flat screen television, foyer area, and an all-in-one desk, closet and television console, all to help each guest feel at home. In the front lobby, a market place is available to purchase beverages, snacks and frozen dinners.

The lobby is also a reflection of the new design with a modern, bright feel with hints of blue throughout. Upon entering the lobby, owner Dip Smith, of Lewistown, said guests will be greeted by his friendly staff who offer excellent customer service.

“In this area we have a lot of repeat customers,” Smith said. “Getting to know our guests from out of town, that’s the rewarding part.”

Attracting people who are attending sporting events, fairs and festivals, attractions, weddings or just visiting family in the area, Smith said the hotel brings important benefits to the local community. Being a cornerstone for local economic activity, providing increased tax revenue, tourism-related development and promotion and bringing jobs to the area, the hotel brings direct and collateral benefits.

“We are trying to fill a need our clientele had,” Smith said, who also is owns Best Western, Smitty’s Bar and Grill and Subway, all in Milroy. “We’re a pretty busy hotel.”

Part of the need of his clientele was a upper mid-scale brand hotel, which he said also pulls in frequent travelers who are part of the IHG Rewards Club. Members of the club earn points towards, reward nights at any of the thousands of hotels and resorts worldwide, turning points into travel with the hotel’s airline and car rental partners, boosting points with activities like shopping and dining and save money when booking direct with IHG.

“With this loyalty program with IHG, we can pull in State College traffic since this service is new to our area,” Smith said.

Area residents can also take advantage of the new facility by renting the indoor pool, board room or the Happy Valley Room, which is a classroom style meeting space, for parties or meetings.

Smith is no stranger to the hospitality industry. As part owner of the Best Western since it opened in 2006, Smith studied at Temple University Fox School of Business where he interned at all different types of industries and enjoyed hospitality the most. Wanting to do something on his own, Smith is excited for this opportunity after two and half years of working with this new hotel project in the community he lives in.

“I live here and I like it,” Smith said. “I want to thank my parents and my wife for their support.”

Being involved in the community is also important to Smith as he on the Board of Directors for the Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau, president of the Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology’s Foundation and he has a working relationship with South Hills School of Business and Technology.

“I like working with them,” he said. “These jobs can take you anywhere. All age ranges can work here. You can get insight into an industry in the area that is worldwide.”

Currently, the hotel has 23 employees during its peak season.

Future plans include adding a restaurant to the hotel grounds.

The hotel is located at 30 Happy Valley Drive, next to Elmcroft Senior Living in Reedsville.

For more information, call (717) 946-0777.

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