IHG is gearing up to open its first Intercontinental property in the French city of Lyon later this year.
The Intercontinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu is housed within a former hospital overlooking the Rhone river, and is set to open in June following a four-year renovation project.
A hospital has operated on the site for over eight centuries, with the current Hotel de Dieu building dating to the 18th century.
The property features a 360-metre long façade overlooking the Rhone, with a 72-metre high Soufflot Dome which will house the hotel’s bar.
Facilities include 104 rooms and 35 suites, half of which have views of the river, ground floor restaurant Epona (after a goddess of Gaulish Celtic mythology), 1,325 sqm of conference space, a spa and fitness centre with hammam, sauna and steam room, and a Club Intercontinental Lounge.
The hotel will be the sixth under the Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts brand in France, joining Intercontinental Paris – Le Grand, Intercontinental Paris – Avenue Marceau, Intercontinental Carlton Cannes, Intercontinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu, and Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel.
IHG recently announced plans for a €60 million refurbishment its Intercontinental Berlin property, and the Principal Edinburgh George Street is set to be rebranded under the Intercontinental brand this year, joining the recent addition of IHG’s Kimpton brand in the city.