Following its acquisition by Intercontinental Hotels Group in 2014, US-based Kimpton Hotels began its European expansion with the opening of Kimpton DeWitt Amsterdam last year, converting an existing Crowne Plaza close to the city’s Centraal Station.
In addition to a second European property in Paris, the brand’s latest announcement of Taipei – due to arrive this year – takes the total in Asia to four new hotels, along with four more hotels in the US, one in Toronto, Canada, and one on the Caribbean isle of Grenada.
Kimpton Taipei will have 129 rooms and suites, dressed in whites and pale wood, with metal and teal accents. On the 12th floor will be a rooftop deck, while F&B is designed by Hong Kong-based JIA Group.
While opening earlier, the Taipei hotel follows the announcement of properties planned for Bali, Indonesia and Shanghai and Sanya in China. Bali, with 50 villas on the Nusa Dua coast, will open next year, while the two Chinese properties will complete in 2021.
First, there is Kimpton Shanghai Jing’an, which aside from a 150-room hotel will feature 120 villas, restoring heritage buildings in the city’s shikumen style.
Far more futuristic is Kimpton Sanya (above), reminiscent of Marina Bay Sands Singapore with its two towers connected by a curved upper structure. Greenery and what appear to be water features as well as (plunge) pools dominate the façade.
Just as the new decade starts, Kimpton Paris will open on Boulevard des Capucines, making it a neighbour to IHG’s Intercontinental Le Grand hotel, around the corner from the Paris Opéra. It will have 122 rooms and 27 suites, a spa with fitness, and a range of meeting spaces.
Paul J. DeVries