Holiday Inn vs Crowne Plaza: Features, amenities and prices, compared

Contrasting Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza, to help you find the hotel that's right for you.

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Finding it hard to single out which hotel to stay at on your next trip? We analyse the offerings at Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza to see how they compare to each other.

Is one cheaper? Do they offer loyalty schemes? Are they pet friendly? We find out the answer to these questions and more.


Holiday Inn vs Crowne Plaza

FeatureHoliday InnCrowne PlazaVerdict
Where are its hotels?
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Caribbean
  • Central America
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • New Zealand
  • South America
  • USA
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Caribbean
  • Central America
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • New Zealand
  • South America
  • USA
Both brands are based in the same destinations
Is there free breakfast?Breakfast is included at Holiday Inn Express hotelsNoHoliday Inn offers free breakfast; Crowne Plaza does not
Is there a loyalty program? Is it free to join?IHG Rewards Club - free to joinIHG Rewards Club - free to joinBoth run the same loyalty club
Which chains is it partnered with?Holiday Inn is part of IHG Hotels group. Its sister brands include:
  • InterContinental
  • Kimpton
  • Hualuxe
  • Holiday Inn
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Staybridge Suites
  • Hotel Indigo
  • Holiday Inn Resort
  • Holiday Inn Club Vacations
  • Crowne Plaza
  • Even Hotels
  • Candlewood Suites
Crowne Plaza is also part of IHG Hotels groupBoth brands belong to the same parent company
Is there free Wi-Fi?Free Wi-Fi is available in Holiday Inn Express HotelsAt most Crowne Plaza hotelsCrowne Plaza offers more free Wi-Fi
Is there an executive lounge?In some hotelsMany hotels have Club LoungeBoth offer executive lounges
How many stars does it have?Mid-high rangeMid-high rangeBoth offer mid-range and upscale hotels
Are hotels pet friendly?Some areSome areBoth offer pet-friendly hotels
Is there online chat?YesYesBoth offer online chat
What are my payment options?
  • American Express
  • Business Advantage
  • Carte Blanche
  • Diners Club
  • Discover
  • JCB
  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • American Express
  • Business Advantage
  • Carte Blanche
  • Diners Club
  • Discover
  • JCB
  • Mastercard
  • Visa
They offer the same payment options.
Can I price match?YesYesBoth price match
Does it allow for cancellations / changes?Cancellation depends on the booking and hotel. Many rooms can be cancelled at 24 hours noticeCancellation depends on the booking and hotel. Many rooms can be cancelled at 24 hours noticeBoth have similar cancellation policies
Does it have smoking rooms?YesYesBoth brands offer some smoking rooms
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Who offers the best price?

A double room at Holiday Inn Kensington in London cost £119 ($206.33) in a rate search at the time of writing in March 2018.

In a rate search carried out on the same day, a room at Crowne Plaza Kensington in London cost £140 ($242.74).

The verdict?

Holiday Inn came out cheaper than Crowne Plaza, despite being in the same location and having similar facilities such as a gym, restaurant and bar.


Any other differences worth noting?

Holiday Inn allows up to two children to stay for free with a paying adult. Plus children are also entitled to eat for free from the kids’ menu when they are dining with an adult. These policies apply at most hotels, although there are exceptions.

Crowne Plaza hotels feature quiet zones where loud conversations and ringing phones are discouraged.


What are the deals like?

Both Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza offer deals like 10 percent off weekend breaks and deals on airport parking.

The verdict?

Both brands offer similar deals.


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