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IHG Hotels & Resorts adds almost 1,000 rooms to Portuguese pipeline

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Top left: Hotel Indigo Faro; Top right: Holiday Inn Express Evora; Bottom left: Holiday Inn Express Porto - Boavista; Bottom right: Holiday Inn Braga.

IHG Hotels & Resorts announces nine new hotels across Portugal, adding 976 rooms under luxury, lifestyle, and essentials brands, enhancing its presence and affirming growth in the hospitality sector.

LONDON, UK – IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG) announces the signing of nine hotels across Portugal, adding 976 rooms to the country’s growing and strong pipeline, as it continues to benefit from rapid growth. The signings cover two IHG brand collections including luxury and lifestyle, with the announcement of Kimpton Lisbon, Hotel Indigo Albufeira and Hotel Indigo Faro – and its Essentials Collection which comprises six signings across the Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express brands – including suites offerings.

Willemijn Geels, Vice President, Development, Europe, IHG Hotels & Resorts, commented: “It is wonderful to see Kimpton Lisbon, Hotel Indigo Faro and Hotel Indigo Albufeira added to our luxury and lifestyle presence in Portugal, alongside the continued strong momentum of our Essentials Collection throughout the market. Two thirds of the 976 rooms announced today are part of our Holiday Inn brand family, confirming the confidence owners continue to have in our powerhouse brands.

“It is great to be able to nurture new and existing relationships with owners in one of our key markets. We are confident on the growing number of opportunities across our portfolio in Portugal, as consumers and owners maintain a strong appetite and interest for IHG brands.”

Portugal is a key priority market for IHG Hotels & Resorts and has seen tremendous growth in recent years, including brand debuts with the openings of Vignette Collection Casa da Companhia and Vignette Collection Lisbon Convent Square, alongside the signing of Kimpton Algarve São Rafael Atlántico, which is set to open in 2025.

Essentials Collection signings

Four Holiday Inn Express properties have joined the Portuguese pipeline – each offering all the essentials required for a comfortable and peaceful ‘overnight recharge’. This includes; free wi-fi, tea and coffee facilities and our Express Start Breakfast, providing hot fresh breakfast, making it an ideal stay for guests looking for a simple, smart travel experience.

  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lisbon – Amoreiras: Owned by Real Hotels Group, the 192-room converted hotel in Amoreiras, is set to open its doors towards the beginning of 2025, and will be the first Holiday Inn Express & Suites offering in Portugal. Situated within walking distance to major city attractions and located in one of Lisbon’s financial districts, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lisbon – Amoreiras will be the ideal launchpad for leisure and business guests.
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Portimão: The 60-room hotel is owned by Harland & Poston Group. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Portimão is expected to welcome guests in the first half of 2025. Located in a popular tourist destination in the Algarve, the hotel will be a short walk to the marina and numerous beaches.
  • Holiday Inn Express Porto – Boavista: The 91-room hotel set to open in the second half of 2024 will be in the Boavista neighbourhood, dubbed as the “new” centre of Porto, and one of the first collaborations with Mercan Properties in this announcement. The neighbourhood is conveniently located near to the city centre, the airport and key tourist hotspots including the seaside, making it an ideal location for every type of traveller.
  • Holiday Inn Express Evora: Set to open its doors in the second half of 2024, the 76-room Holiday Inn Express Evora has also been signed with Mercan Properties. Converted from a historic building, the hotel is set in a key secondary Portuguese city, close to business parks and tourist hotspots making it an ideal location for business and leisure travellers alike.

Also signed to the Holiday Inn brand family in Portugal are two Holiday Inn properties. Both hotels will include hallmarks such as its “Kids Stay & Eat Free” programme and open lobby concept to provide guests the most flexibility, whether they’re looking to eat, relax, work, or have fun in one space.

  • Holiday Inn Braga – Owned by Soliteight Hotel Projects SA, the 114-room hotel will be the first IHG property in their portfolio and one of the few branded hotels in the city. Braga is known for its religious history and summer festivals making the Holiday Inn Braga an ideal location for leisure guests looking to immerse themselves in the local culture. The hotel will attract both corporate and leisure guests when it opens in the second half of 2024.
  • Holiday Inn Beja – Also owned by Mercan Properties, Holiday Inn Beja will be a short walking distance to the city centre and ideally situated on the main highway system connecting Lisbon with Sevilla and Huelva in Spain. The 95-room hotel located inside the renowned medieval walls of Beja Castle is set to open in the second half of 2024. It will fast become the go-to destination with its year-round hot climate and diverse tourist attractions, from its famous wine industry to the variety of historical buildings and museums.
Luxury & Lifestyle Collection signings
  • Kimpton Lisbon – Signed earlier this month, the 141-room Kimpton Lisbon will be the first Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants-branded property in Lisbon and the eighth property in partnership with Real Hotels Group. Set to open in early 2026, the hotel will feature unique, design-forward spaces from inspiring high-quality finishes to seasonally-inspired restaurants and bars. The hotel will benefit from key tourist attractions including the Eduardo VII Park, Marquês de Pombal Square and Avenida Liberdade, as well as museums, and the city’s vibrant restaurants and bar scene, all being in close proximity.
  • Hotel Indigo Albufeira – Signed with Mercan Properties, sees the development of a one-of-a-kind, 80-room hotel in the popular tourist destination in the Algarve. The hotel will provide an immersive hospitality experience in the lively neighbourhood by featuring a rooftop pool and bar, restaurant serving local produce and a stylish bar. Once opened in mid-2025, Hotel Indigo Albufeira will fast become the ultimate destination for leisure travellers, due to the area’s historical charm, captivating architecture, and picturesque natural landscape.
  • Hotel Indigo Faro – Signed in 2023, the 127-room hotel is the fifth property signed with Mercan Properties in this announcement, and will reflect the rich neighbourhood story, creating an impressive and warm atmosphere for guests and locals. Set to open in late 2026, the hotel will be perfectly located in front of the Marina in central Faro and feature a rooftop with picturesque views of both the lagoon and marina.

IHG Hotels & Resorts operates 20 open hotels in Portugal across seven brands – including Six Senses, InterContinental, Vignette Collection, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Iberostar – and has a robust pipeline of 15 hotels*.

 

*Numbers as at 31 March 2024

Vicky Karantzavelou
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Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.

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