IHG launched avid hotels in September 2017 as its new midscale brand. Champak “Champ” Patel, founder and CEO of Champion Hotels, broke ground for the 87-room, four-story hotel in December. Champion Hotels is building a second avid hotel next to its Holiday Inn Express, an IHG Hotel, in Oklahoma City’s airport district. Champ Patel expects that hotel to open in March.
Patel was among a group of owners who advised IHG during the development of the brand. He was joined by his son, Harshil, and several other Asian American owners, including Bruce Patel, a former AAHOA chairman.
The newly opened avid hotel is on a 1.3-acre site near Quail Springs Mall, a shopping, dining and entertainment district in the northern reaches of the city.