Those Lenny Henry ads seem to be working - Whitbread, owner of the UK's largest hotel chain, Premier Inn, and purveyor of coffee to the nation through its Costa brand, has knocked InterContinental Hotels Group off the top spot. Premier Inn's modest prices and good locations remain popular with value-conscious punters - it has announced plans to almost double in size, while sales across the Whitbread group are up 10.8% in the second quarter. Meanwhile, IHG's partnership deal with India's Brigade brings the number of hotels it will open there in coming months to 57. Blackstone Group, owner of third-placed Hilton since 2008, is rumoured to be preparing a $30bn IPO for December. Q3 earnings at Marriott rose to $160m.