Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) plans to open the biggest property yet under its new upmarket Voco brand.
The Voco Makkah in Mecca, Saudi Arabia is scheduled to open in early 2020.
With 4,200 rooms, it will be not just the biggest Voco but one of the biggest hotels in the world (though it is still a long way off the 7,351-room First World Hotel in Malaysia, which set the Guinness World Record for most rooms in 2015).
Voco Makkah will be located within the Maad Hospitality Towers Development, a huge mixed-used development that includes restaurants, lounge areas, event spaces and prayer halls.
Few details have been released about the hotel, but it will contain 20,000 sqm of dining and meeting facilities.
The site is within walking distance of the Masjid al-Haram, the mosque which millions visit for the Hajj pilgrimage each year.
The opening will take UK-based IHG’s portfolio in Saudi Arabia to over 19,500 rooms.
The Voco brand launched in 2018 and now includes properties in Cardiff, Oxford, Solihull and Dubai (pictured top), as well as Australia’s Gold Coast and Hunter Valley. More are signed in Bangkok, Sydney, Cairo and beyond.
IHG has already signed a deal to convert Saudi Arabia’s Coral Hotel to Voco Al Khobar.
As a ‘soft’ brand, Voco allows hotels to retain a distinctive character, while common features include a welcome snack on arrival, social areas and yellow design details.