Holiday Inn Express enjoys growing interest in first week
Occupancy is slowly growing at Lake Havasu City’s newest hotel.
The first hotel project of its kind in more than a decade, Holiday Inn Express opened less than a week ago at the intersection of Mesquite Boulevard and State Route 95. The 96-room property greeted its first guests Friday, Sept. 7, offering brand-new accommodations to Havasu’s annual visitors.
“Business is picking up,” said the hotel’s general manager Mark Hanscom. “It started slow, but we’ve had a lot of walk-in traffic. People are curious, and want to check it out. I think people will take to the Holiday Inn brand well – it’s the newest thing in Havasu.”
This hasn’t been Hanscom’s first foray into Havasu’s hospitality industry, however. Hanscom first arrived in Havasu in 1980, and worked for companies including the London Bridge Resort, the Nautical Beachfront Resort and for Ramada Inn (now Quality Inn) before his career led him to Florida. According to Hanscom, he returned to Havasu specifically to work at Havasu’s new Holiday Inn Express.
“From the people I’ve talked to at events and around town, everyone is so excited that we’re here,” Hanscom said. “We’ve been greeted with open arms by the Havasu community.”
The business features close proximity to restaurants, shops, watercraft rental establishments and entertainment venues. The hotel is also host to a complimentary breakfast bar, gym and pool area, as well as a 330 square-foot meeting space for business travelers.
Holiday Inn Express, alongside the London Bridge Resort and the Heat Hotel, will also share a view Havasu’s London Bridge.