"the Croydon Holiday Inn"
A Holiday Inn sign used by roadsides in America in the 50s and 60s - Credit: JMG717
is a brand of economy hotels which was founded in Tennessee in 1952. Its founder, Charles Kemmons Wilson
, was disappointed by the poor standard of American roadside motels and vowed to do something about the problem. It is now one of the world’s largest hotel chains with over 1,300 properties worldwide. It is part of the InterContinental Hotel Group.
Croydon is a town and borough in South London which is one of the largest shopping districts in southern England, due in part to its location – many road and rail links to London from the south pass through Croydon.