U.K.-based InterContinental Hotels Group, also known as IHG, has opened a new Holiday Inn Express at Mission Bay, following a $1.5 million renovation and conversion of a former Comfort Inn.

The 113-room hotel is at 4540 Mission Bay Drive. A Dec. 15 statement from IHG said the renovation included an expanded breakfast area and enhancements to the lobby, fitness center and guest rooms.

The renovation is part of IHG’s global $1 billion relaunch of the Holiday Inn brand, first announced in 2007, aimed at creating “a more contemporary brand image” and increasing quality and consistency. The program focuses on arrival and welcome services, room comfort and a redesigned logo and signage.

IHG operates and franchises hospitality properties under brands including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn. There are more than 2,000 locations of the value-oriented Holiday Inn Express.

Earlier this year, IHG announced multimillion-dollar investments expected to be made over the next two years by its franchisees, who plan to open seven new hotels throughout San Diego County under banners including Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Candlewood Suites.

In June, IHG sold the 210-room Hotel Indigo in San Diego to Maryland-based Chesapeake Lodging Trust for $55.5 million.

— Lou Hirsh