InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and the Bukhamseen Group Holding Company
have signed an agreement to introduce the Staybridge Suites brand to Kuwait, with the development of two properties
Popular in the US
where it accounts for over 100 properties within the IHG portfolio, the Staybridge
Suites brand is an all-suite offering aimed
at business travellers staying five nights or more in one place.
The 120-suite Staybridge Suites Salmiya will open in November 2009, with
a choice of studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom suites. All will feature separate
living and working areas and fully equipped kitchens, plus state-of-the-art
entertainment and communications systems, including free wifi. There will also be an exercise room, laundry and a 24/7
Located in Kuwait
city’s prime commercial and residential area, Salmiya is in close proximity to
tourist attractions including the Marine
Museum and Shaab Leisure
Park, as well as a
variety of shopping malls and restaurants.
“The outstanding performance of Staybridge Suites in the US has demonstrated the viability and growth of
the extended-stay segment worldwide,” said John Bamsey, IHG’s chief operating officer,
Middle East and Africa. “Building on this
success, IHG is bringing its upscale extended stay brand to the Middle East,
where we aim to lead the market by setting new standards.”
The country’s second Staybridge Suites property is expected to open in
January 2010, as an extension to the existing Crowne Plaza Kuwait.
Staybridge Suites Farnawiya will feature 150 suites and will be situated near Kuwait International
Airport, a short walk
from the business district as well as major shopping malls and dining outlets.
Staybridge Suites will make its UK
debut in the coming weeks, with a Liverpool
property due to open in July.
For more information visit staybridge.com.
Report by Sara Turner