This article is sponsored by the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Queensbury – Lake George.
You might have noticed some construction happening recently by Exit 18 – the brand new Holiday Inn Express & Suites Queensbury – Lake George is officially open for business! We met with Amanda Berrigan, Director of Sales, who gave us the inside scoop behind the newest hotel in Queensbury.
Beautiful Colors & Attention to Detail
From the moment you walk into the spacious lobby you’re greeted with vibrant colors and comfortable accommodations. The lobby opens up into the breakfast area – there’s also outdoor seating! – and there’s a business center to the right with computers available for business travelers.
Right by the front desk you can find a “pantry” with snacks and refreshments available for sale in lieu of vending machines – this small detail really makes the hotel feel that much more intimate. By the elevators, you can find the two meeting rooms, each with a pleasant and professional feel perfect for small conferences or seminars. One meeting room is about 300 feet square feet, the other about 900.
Also on the first floor, you’ll be able to find the indoor pool, set to open on August 1st. And, for something really unique and awesome, there is going to be an outdoor whirlpool! The whirlpool is also slated to open the first of August.
The Holiday Inn Express & Suites officially opened on Wednesday, June 21st and they had their first guests at about 4am on the 22nd! A family of five was visiting people in the area, they happened to arrive in the middle of the night, and they didn’t want to bother their friends so they reached out to the folks at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites – they were only too happy to accommodate them.
Unusual in the hotel industry and an extra perk: this Holiday Inn Express & Suites has more king beds than queen beds, which is ideal for business travelers! King suites include a pull-out couch for extra accommodations. The hotel holds nearly 100 rooms, almost all of which are finished at this point.
What Sets the Hotel Apart
One of the best aspects of this Holiday Inn Express & Suites is undoubtedly its location. If you stay here, you’ll be right next to the highway, just minutes from downtown Glens Falls, 15 minutes from Lake George, and 15 minutes from Saratoga. If you’re looking to enjoy all Lake George has to offer, but maybe don’t want to stay amongst the crowds of the village, this is the hotel for you.
If you’ve never been to a Holiday Inn Express & Suites, they’re known for their amazing breakfasts and this hotel is no exception! Here you can find a one-touch pancake machine, cinnamon rolls, Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, bacon, eggs, and more.
When asked what sets this Holiday Inn Express & Suites apart from other Holiday Inns, Director of Sales Amanda Berrigan said, “We have what they call the ‘formula blue design’ – it’s the newest design of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites brand.” Anything new and exciting the Holiday Inn has to offer, they have it here.
In addition to expecting guests who will be exploring the Lake George area – remember, they’re only 15 minutes from all the action in Lake George! – the Holiday Inn Express & Suites is also aiming to attract business travelers, particularly during the Sunday through Thursday time frame. Already, they’ve been working with local companies in the area to negotiate renting out meeting space.
About Prestige Hospitality
Prestige Hospitality is the management company running the show at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites. This company is a full-service hospitality organization that has a number of hotels under its umbrella.
“My impression right away was that they have it together – it’s easy to see why they’re successful,” Berrigan said. “They keep everyone focused, they offer support, and they don’t let things fall through the cracks.”
Who the Owner Is
Owner/developer Jerry Nudi is a name you might have heard before – he’s a prominent businessman in the area. He currently owns Tech Warehousing, co-owns Ergo Robotic Solutions, and he’s the former owner of Warren Electric.
“Jerry is great to work with, and he’s local – people know who he is, he’s very respected in the area. He’s already handing out my business cards!” Berrigan laughs.
About the Director of Sales & General Manager
When Amanda Berrigan saw the Holiday Inn Express & Suites being built she immediately recognized a great opportunity and reached out to management.
Berrigan brings a lot to the table as Director of Sales – she was previously the Assistant General Manager at Clarion for about six years; she was also an event planner at Panza’s Restaurant, and has worked at The Wishing Well as well. And, she has a degree in hotel management. In addition, Berrigan is familiar with the area, local trends, and has many relationships and contacts in the region.
“Jessica Van Hall worked at the Holiday Inn Express in Clifton Park,” Berrigan told us about the General Manager. “She is very familiar with the brand and the expectations.”
A Final Rundown
Here are the stats for the hotel:
- 4 stories
- 90 rooms
- An indoor pool
- A unique outdoor whirlpool area
- A state-of-the-art fitness center
- Two meeting spaces
- An amazing breakfast
They’re also looking into shuttle services to provide transportation around the immediate area.
Check It Out for Yourself
Whether you’re local to the area or looking to visit the Lake George and Queensbury area, you will not be disappointed with a stay at this Holiday Inn Express & Suites. This hotel combines the quality associated with the brand Holiday Inn with local people who care about and are involved in this area that we all know and love.