City of Alachua welcomes Holiday Inn Express & Suites

The City of Alachua has waited a long time for a new hotel and were thrilled when Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alachua, recently had their grand opening.

The hotel is located next to Publix and close to the entrance of Hwy I75. It is owned and managed by MPH Hotels. The Holiday Inn Express brand is part of IHG’s diverse family of brands in nearly 100 countries and territories. MPH Hotels specializes in developing limited service hotels, typically 75 to 150 rooms in secondary markets. The City of Alachua was a perfect location for MPH Hotels to expand.

MPH stands for Mike P. Holtz, President and Founder of MPH Hotels. MPH Hotels was formed in early 2003 to develop, manage and sell limited service hotels throughout the United States. Its sole shareholder, Michael P. Holtz, has developed over 150 hotels in the US. As president of Arlington Hospitality Inc., Mr. Holtz was responsible for the creation and growth of the Ameri-Host Inn hotel brand. During his tenure with Arlington, he developed nearly 100 AmeriHost Inn hotels. MPH Hotels currently manages 12 hotels in 4 different states under 5 different Brands; Comfort Suites, Wingate by Wyndham, Holiday Inn Express and Hampton. Since its inception, MPH Hotels has developed/acquired and/or constructed over 26 hotels in seven states. Holtz was on hand for the Grand Opening and thrilled to see the local excitement from the Alachua Community.

Jessica Neville, Micael P. Hotz & Trish Utter

“We are very excited to be in Alachua. The residents and business people here have been extremely welcoming. We thought that the brand of Holiday Inn Express Hotels was a perfect fit for the City of Alachua and since we know this brand well from an operation and construction standpoint. The City of Alachua needed a quality mid-scale brand and with the Bio-Tech and government business flourishing in this area it made it a no brainer, and we are happy to say that we have employed 25 local staff.” said Jessica Neville, VP of Operations.

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alachua-Gainesville hotel features the brand’s newest design solution which was created to meet the evolving needs of the brand’s target guest. The design features an appealing combination of fresh, energetic and engaging elements, creating a distinctive style that is evident at every touch point of the Holiday Inn Express brand experience. The property has a variety of room types available, both standard and suites and king, queen and handicap accessible. The room type spilt is about 75/25 with 75% of the rooms being 2 Queens and 25% being King.

Mathew Ryon & Jennifer Watsonreddish

Bill Miller, Micelle Drifka Hinson & Colt Utter

Elizabeth Miller Sales Manager, Carolyn Evans GM, Kaley Zappini Front Office Manager