Holiday Inn to open in Jesmond
Hotel giant InterContinental plans to open the doors of a Holiday Inn in Jesmond next month.
InterContinental, which is the world’s largest hotel group in terms of number of rooms, is in the final phase of a £3.5m refurbishment of the former Imperial Hotel on Jesmond Road. The 116-room hotel will be owned by the Cairn Group, but branded and operated as a Holiday Inn.
The hotel, which used to be branded the Swallow Imperial, was badly damaged in a fire in 2008. It’s also said that John Lennon and Paul McCartney composed She Loves You in the Imperial Hotel.