IHG plans new Holiday Inn Sydney Central hotel

Holiday Inn Sydney Central

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has just signed an agreement to open a new Holiday Inn hotel in the 430 Pitt Street development in Sydney’s central business district. The Holiday Inn Sydney Central, which will offer 305 rooms when it opens in 2020, is claimed by IHG to be “the largest midscale property in the Sydney CBD pipeline”.

In addition to its own restaurant, terrace bar and meeting space with capacity for 120 people, the Holiday Inn Sydney Central will have access to a retail concourse and a 1,000sqm private art gallery that will be part of the 430 Pitt Street mixed-use development.

“The property will be a jewel in the Sydney CBD landscape with its unique wedge-shaped design and green flowing rooftops,” said Jing Wen Lin, director at Linzhu (Australia) Pty Ltd, which signed the agreement with IHG for the new property. “Sydney continues to experience significant demand so it’s a great time to be opening a new hotel, and I can’t imagine a better partner than IHG nor a better brand than Holiday Inn to make the most of this rare space.”

Holiday Inn opened its first property in Sydney in 1952 and currently operates six hotels in the city not including the upcoming Holiday Inn Sydney Central. IHG’s overall portfolio in Australia includes 26 hotels under the Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express brands.

Meanwhile in related news, IHG on Tuesday (March 7) announced it had signed eight new Holiday Inn hotels to open in Germany.


Ten new and upcoming Kuala Lumpur hotels

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia city skyline.

Hotel Cosmo Kuala Lumpur

Opening its doors on December 1, 2016, the Hotel Cosmo Kuala Lumpur is one of the latest midscale additions to Kuala Lumpur’s hotel scene. Its 347 rooms range from family-style and studio suites to regular guestrooms, and its location near the Masjid Jamek Interchange Station – two stops from KL Sentral – make it convenient for business travellers entering the city via the KLIA Express. The Leboh Ampang-district hotel is also located close to a number of the city’s banking institutions and Central Market.


Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur

Along with The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, YTL Hotels’ Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur is among the first properties in Southeast Asia to join the Autograph Collection – a group of more than 110 independent hotels worldwide. Opened in February 2017, the Hotel Stripes is situated in the business hub on Jalan Kamunting, an area replete with 1940s shop houses and once known as the Asian Heritage Row, and features 184 bespoke guestrooms and suites.


Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade

The Mercure brand debuted in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month with the opening of the Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade hotel. Located in the city’s Bukit Bintang district, the 213-room property features a number of distinctly local touches – a common theme among Mercure hotels – including Peranakan motifs in its all-day Chorak Restaurant. The hotel also has a lobby lounge, rooftop pool bar and adjacent fitness centre, and three meeting and events spaces.


Element Kuala Lumpur

The Element Hotels brand will be making its Southeast Asia debut when the Element Kuala Lumpur opens on April 9, 2017 in the 275-metre Ilham Baru Tower. Nearly half of the guestrooms in the property will be suites (120 out of a total 252 rooms), with small kitchenettes being a key feature of many of the eco-themed hotel’s accommodations. A variety of recreational services and amenities are also planned to be available in this green vein, including bicycle rental and electric vehicle charging stations.



Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur

Four Seasons’ new 209-room property in the Malaysian capital is scheduled for an early 2018 opening and will make up part of a 65-storey mixed-use tower that will offer a total of 242 Four Seasons-branded residences and 27 serviced apartments. A five-floor 27,900-sqm luxury shopping complex known as the Four Seasons Place Kuala Lumpur will also occupy the tower.


CitizenM Kuala Lumpur

Set to open in the second quarter of 2018, Artyzen Hospitality Group’s third CitizenM hotel in Asia will be its smallest in the region with 198 rooms – upcoming properties in Taipei and Shanghai will have 267 and 303 rooms, respectively. Announced last week, the Bukit Bintang district CitizenM Kuala Lumpur has been confirmed to feature a 24-hour CanteenM eatery, though other facilities have yet to be announced.


So Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Hotel and Residences, and Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara

Accorhotels’ new So Sofitel offering in the Malaysian capital actually comprises two properties – the So Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Hotel and the So Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Residences. Both are scheduled to open their doors in 2020 and, like many of the city’s new hotels, are situated a short distance from the Petronas Twin Towers and the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The hotel will offer 207 guestrooms while the serviced residences will include 590 units. Each features a spa, fitness centre and event spaces, among other facilities, while guests at the residences will be able to make use of the rooftop sky garden foyer for barbecues.

In addition to these properties, Accorhotels is also set to open its Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara on June 1, 2017, located about one hour from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Larger than the So Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Hotel, the Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara will include some 312 rooms.


Crowne Plaza Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Intercontinental Hotel Group’s (IHG) Crowne Plaza Kuala Lumpur City Centre is currently scheduled for a 2021 opening with a specific focus on business travellers. This is evident in the hotel’s central business district location on Jalan Yap Kwan Seng road, walking distance from the Kuala Lumpur City Centre and Petronas Twin Towers, and its business centre and seven meeting spaces. A total of 338 rooms, an all-day dining restaurant, numerous specialty restaurants and a Sky Bar round will be available, along with leisure facilities such as an outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre.


Radisson Red Kuala Lumpur City Center

Announced back in October 2016, the Radisson Red Kuala Lumpur City Centre will stand about 800 metres from the Petronas Twin Towers when it opens in 2022, marking the brand’s debut in Malaysia. While the upscale lifestyle hotel brand focuses particularly on design, art and fashion, its business facilities are also a key component and the Radisson Red Kuala Lumpur will offer 166 rooms across 27 floors along with meetings and events spaces with views of the twin towers. A rooftop swimming pool and gym will also be included.


Hotel Indigo opens second Edinburgh property

Hotel Indigo, Edinburgh, Princes Street

IHG’s boutique brand Hotel Indigo has opened a second Edinburgh property.

Located in the city’s main shopping district on Princes Street, the 64-room hotel’s design reflects its local Scottish heritage with paintings of famous authors, poets and artists and modern Harris Tweed furnishings.

The hotel also includes the Twenty Princes Street restaurant, helmed by former head chef at the Old Bailey, Tony Sarton, which offers a seasonal menu using local produce. The Juniper bar joins the hotel’s food and beverage offering, with a menu of traditional cocktails, and experimental cocktails using locally sourced ingredients, home-made juices and infusions.

Nearby attractions include the Scott Monument and the National Portrait Gallery, as well as the main shopping strip on Princes Street.

Tom Rowntree, IHG’s vice president for Hotel Indigo, Europe, said: “Boutique is the fastest growing segment in our industry and we have a strong pipeline for Hotel Indigo next year, with 14 hotels due to open in vibrant city locations around Europe.”

There are currently 20 Hotel Indigo properties in Europe, while Edinburgh has nine IHG properties.


InterContinental Hotels Group to debut in Kolkata

Holiday Inn

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) will launch its mid-market brand, Holiday Inn near Kolkata Airport in the last quarter of this year. It will mark IHG’s entry in West Bengal’s capital.

The hospitality group has partnered with city-based real estate developer, Jain Group for the project.

“It is positioned very close to the city airport and is expected to attract travellers in business and leisure segment. We are hopeful to attract tourists in the festive season this year as it is the first hotel from the airport while entering New Town,” says Rishi Jain, the executive director at Jain Group.

He goes on to reveal that the IHG-Jain partnership has led to signing a deal for the launch of two more hotels in the state — in Durgapur and Siliguri. Their opening dates haven’t been confirmed yet.

All 137 rooms and suites at Holiday Inn Kolkata Airport will have an iron and ironing board, black-out shades, minibar, tea/coffee maker, free water bottles, a LCD television, iPod docking station, and a work desk.

For business meets, the property has 605 sqm of banqueting space, a meeting room and a business centre with a printer, scanner and copy machine.

An outdoor pool and a gym are the leisure facilities on the property. Wifi is free for IHG Rewards Club members.

“IHG has a strong sales and marketing initiatives utilising both technology as well as people to people contact. With the hotel’s location advantage and marketing initiatives, we are optimistic that there will not be any issues with occupancy,” says Kenneth Scott, general manager at Holiday Inn Kolkata Airport.

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport is a ten-minute drive to the hotel, and within proximity to one of the IT hubs of Kolkata.


Kimpton to open Paris property

Paris skyline - image provided by IHG

Intercontinental Hotels Group has announced its second European Kimpton property, located in the French capital’s 2nd arrondissement close to the Paris Opera.

The hotel is scheduled to open 2020, and will be situated within a converted office building on Boulevard des Capucines and Rue Daunou.

The building formerly housed the luxury Samaritaine de Luxe department store between 1917 and 1981.

Features will 149 rooms and 27 suites, as well as a spa, fitness facilities and meeting space.

IHG acquired the Kimpton brand in early 2015, and the Paris announcement follows the development of the 270-room Kimpton Amsterdam, which is scheduled to open in 2017.

There are currently 62 Kimpton branded properties in the US, with a further 18 in the pipeline.

Business Traveller interviewed Kimpton’s director of international sales, Cindy Brewster in 2015, on the brand’s plans for international expansion.