SYDNEY, Australia—InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Oscars Hotels have signed a franchise agreement for a 146-room Holiday Inn hotel at Warwick Farm in Sydney’s south west. Oscars Hotels purchased the Sunnybrook Hotel in April 2011 and with this agreement will undertake a multimillion-dollar refurbishment of the guestrooms and restaurant. The hotel will reopen as Holiday Inn Warwick Farm in September.
Facilities include an all-day dining restaurant, a tavern adjacent to the hotel with gaming facilities, gymnasium, a meetings and events center, heated outdoor swimming pool, and onsite parking.
Following the refurbishment of all guestrooms and the hotel restaurant, the gymnasium and swimming pool will be fully upgraded, as will the adjoining Oscars Tavern and the meeting and events center—both due for completion in early 2014.
“The signing of Holiday Inn Warwick Farm is significant to our strategy of expanding the Holiday Inn brand across New South Wales. The Liverpool local government area has been earmarked by the state as a major regional centre in Sydney, and this Holiday Inn will be ideally positioned to cater to growing demand for hotel accommodation there, offering a great guest experience” said IHG Australasia Head of Development, Phil Kasselis.
“This hotel has a real opportunity to significantly increase its share of corporate, meetings and leisure business in Sydney’s south west, and IHG is the best partner to help us realise that potential. We have been impressed with IHG’s support to date, and in them we believe we have a partner that will assist us to maximize the asset’s value and deliver a great guest experience”, said Bill Gravanis, owner of Oscars Hotels.
Holiday Inn Warwick Farm will be the 22nd Holiday Inn in Australia.