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Look no further than the Award-Winning Donegal Holiday Inn Express & Suites!

The Donegal Holiday Inn Express & Suites offers discounted package pricing on various family attractions and destinations, all just minutes away from the Hotel.  We are located near Exit 91 off the PA Turnpike and I-76/I-70!

For example, you could stay with us at the Donegal Holiday Inn Express and Suites for two nights, spend one day visiting the Idlewild & SoakZone and then the other day visiting the newly renovated Caddie Shak Family Entertainment Center.  Caddie Shak has go-carts, mini-golf, golf driving range, large gaming arcade, paint-ball target shooting gallery and a new playground area for the kids, plus they have a Snack Shak with great food that the kids will certainly enjoy.

We are sure your kids will love staying with us at the Donegal Holiday Inn Express & Suites, because after a long day at Idlewild/SoakZone or Caddie Shak they’ll be able to enjoy our indoor pool & spa, which is open from 8:30 AM until 10:30 PM daily. 

For reservations or to get more information about these great offers, call the Donegal Holiday Inn Express & Suites today at 724-593-1881.

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Contact:  Amy N. Rugg, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Donegal  724-593-1881                   Celeste Sauls, IHG  770-604-5415


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ATLANTA (May 17th, 2017) – The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Donegal, Pa received the IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) 2016 Torchbearer Award, the company’s most prestigious award.

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Donegal Pa is one of 454 properties within the Americas chosen from the IHG system of more than 5,100 hotels for achieving the highest levels of excellence in all aspects of operation — from quality to customer satisfaction.

“It is my pleasure to award the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Donegal, Pa as one of the top-notch hotels in our industry,” said Elie Maalouf, Chief Executive Officer – IHG, The Americas.  “This hotel embodies the heart of our brand promise and continues to make IHG properties known and admired throughout the world, continuing our mission to deliver on great brands and Great Hotels Guests Love.”

“We are very proud to have received for the second year in a row, national recognition from IHG Corporation, parent Company of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites brand.  This is a true testament of the commitment to guest satisfaction by our owners, the Liprando and Toohey families, who consistently provide us the resources to run an elite hotel that guests love!” added Ms. Amy N. Rugg, General Manager.

A 2016 Torchbearer trophy, the company’s symbol of top excellence, will be on permanent display at the hotel.

IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organization with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN® Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.  IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns nearly 5,100 hotels and more than 750,000 guest rooms in almost 100 countries, with nearly 1,500 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme, with nearly 99 million members worldwide.  InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 350,000 people work across IHG’s hotels and corporate offices globally.  Visit www.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations and www.ihgrewardsclub.com for more on IHG Rewards Club. For our latest news, visit: www.ihg.com/media and follow us on social media at: www.twitter.com/ihg, www.facebook.com/ihg and www.youtube.com/ihgplc.

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Today the Donegal Holiday Inn Express & Suites named Ms. Amy N. Rugg as their new General Manager, effective immediately.

Ms. Rugg has been with the Donegal Holiday Inn Express & Suites since 2014 when she started as our Night Auditor. She was promoted to Assistant General Manager in January of 2015 and General Manager, March 2017.  Ms. Rugg has played an instrumental role in the success of our Hotel Operations, particularly with our Award Winning service which has been recognized by the Intercontinental Hotel Group, parent of the Holiday Inn Brand with the 2015 Quality Excellence and the 2016 Torchbearer Awards.

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Planning a Laurel Highlands Summer Vacation?
Book NOW and SAVE 20%!

The Donegal Holiday Inn Express & Suites is having a sale! If you are an early bird planning your Laurel Highlands summer vacation, we have a deal for you!

Book your reservation now through April 30, 2017 and SAVE 20% off our regular purchase rate, when staying with us (Sunday through Thursday night stays only) for vacation dates May 21, 2017 through November 2, 2017!

Included in your stay are our daily full hot complementary breakfast, indoor pool & jacuzzi and free high speed Wi-Fi! While vacationing in the Laurel Highlands are just minutes away from attractions such as: Idlewild Park & SoakZone, Fallingwater & Kentuck Knob, the Living Treasures Wild Animal Park, the Caddie-Shak fun center, Flight 93 National Memorial, Fort Ligonier and the Ohiopyle State Park and many more!

Don’t Delay, Book Now and Save!
Call 724-593-1881 or go online to http:///www.HolidayInnDonegal.com to make your reservations!

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Today our General Manager, Tim Pisula had the honor of presenting Cassondra Kalp, 6th grade student at the Donegal Elementary School with the Student of the Month Award. The award which is facilitated by the Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce and this month was sponsored by the Donegal Holiday Inn is presented to area school students who are nominated by teachers and/or faculty for academic excellence.

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The Donegal Holiday Inn Express and Suites was recently named a 2016 Certificate of Excellence winner by TripAdvisor.

This is the 3rd time the Donegal Holiday Inn Express and Suites has been recognized with this distinction, having earned this award in 2013 as well as 2014.

Recipients of this award are recognized for delivering consistently great service, as defined by the reviews of travelers.  This recognition distinguishes us from competitors – and gives customers more reason to choose the Holiday Inn Express and Suites of Donegal, PA.

TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan the perfect trip. The TripAdvisor.com web site offers trusted advice from travelers to travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features. We are very proud to have earned the TripAdvisor® Circle of Excellence Award for two consecutive years 2013 and 2014 and well on our way to achieving this distinction in 2015 as well. TripAdvisor® Circle of Excellence Awards are provided to those hotel properties rated the highest in guest satisfaction among TripAdvisor® customer experience and feedback.

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As teachers watch the children leave the classrooms for the last day of school, they all run home for fun and relaxation, but for the parents it is now time to plan that family vacation.  Some plan for the beach, some plan to visit family, and more than you would think visit the Laurel Highlands.

With the Laurel Highlands covering more than 3,000 square miles of region, and covering 3 counties (Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland) there is a lot to do and see.  Tourism is taking off in the Laurel Highlands annually taking in a whopping 1.8 Billion dollars!  On average each day families are spending from $100 to $400 per day.  Which is great, not only for the money that is generated for state and local taxes which is about 120 Million dollars, but for the people living and working in the area.  There is about 19,200 jobs created by the tourism industry in the Laurel Highlands.

According to the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau visitor survey conducted in August 2015, Pennsylvania was ranked number 1 with family fun being the most sought after experience.  So get your family ready and make a trip to the Laurel Highlands for a family fun vacation.

With over 100 local attractions to visit, the Donegal Holiday Inn Express & Suites is the place to stay when you want to be in the heart of the Laurel Highlands.  We have a staff of local experts who can help you plan your next Laurel Highlands vacation so that you get the most out of your time in the area.  Our Vacation Planning Service enables our guests to quickly plan a vacation experience whose memories will last a lifetime!

Give us a call today at 724-593-1881 to plan your Laurel Highlands Vacation!

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April 15, 2016  –  The Donegal Holiday Inn Express and Suites today announced an exciting new partnership with Ripples on the Water.  Ripples on the Water is a Laurel Highlands based group of certified fishing experts that will provide “guided fishing tours” to enthusiasts, tourists and visitors to the Laurel Highlands area.  Guests of the Holiday Inn will benefit from an all-inclusive discount lodging & fishing package, featuring round-trip transportation service, equipment rental, hands on tour guides and fishing instruction.


“We are excited to partner with Jeff and Loretta Ripple from Ripples on the Water, said Timothy J. Pisula, General Manager of the Donegal Holiday Inn Express and Suites.  The Laurel Highlands has many streams and rivers that serve as spectacular venues for fishing and we now can offer an all-inclusive package of discounted room accommodations and guided fishing tours for visitors to the area.


Ripples on the Water offers both full and half day fishing tours of the Laurel Highlands that feature equipment rental, certified guides and round trip transportation to/from the Hotel.  For more information and package pricing, please call and ask for one of our vacation planning experts at: 724-593-1881 or visit with us at: http://www.HolidayInnDonegal.com


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When is the best time to go fishing?  Whenever you can get away!


Come join us in the Laurel Highlands for fun times and great fly fishing on some of the best streams in the area. You can fly fish everything from cold mountain creeks, limestone spring waters and our tailrace rivers for everything from wild and native trout to trophy size trout and everything in between.  Our streams offer excellent fly fishing and breathe taking scenery that will relax the soul and rejuvenate the spirit.  Not into trout?  Not a problem; there is some excellent smallmouth fishing in the region or maybe try your hand for “golden bones” (aka, carp) on the fly rod – what a rush to hook into these bruisers and have the reel screaming as the fish takes you into your backing.


The Laurel Highlands of Southwest Pennsylvania is one of the best kept secrets in the State for quality fly fishing and outdoor enjoyment.  Don’t wait for the first day of trout season to visit us.  We have plenty of waters that can be fished year round.


As the sport of fly fishing grows, more and more women are taking up the sport.  We welcome the opportunity to help the female fly fishers enjoy the sport in such a grand outdoor setting.


Are you staying in the area for business and didn’t bring your gear?  We got you covered; we can set you up with all the equipment you need to spend some time on our pristine waters.


New to fly fishing or you’ve wanted to learn?  Not a problem:  Ripples on the Water offers lessons for fly casting and fly fishing for men, women, children – the whole family can participate.  Spend the day with them and immerse yourself in a new sport while enjoying the company of your whole family.  Learn proper casting techniques, basic aquatic entomology, how to read the water to learn where the fish like to hide-out and have fun while you learn.


Written by: Jeff & Loretta Ripple