Intercontinental Hotels: Iberia redesigned – a group of 11 new signings across Spain and Portugal
IHG Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s leading hospitality companies, is proud to announce the signing of 11 new properties across the Iberian Peninsula. This spectacular range of new developments will bring many of IHG Hotels & Resorts’ market-leading and much-loved brands, including Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo and Staybridge Suites, to new cities and resort destinations across Spain and Portugal. .
The majority of new signings are expected to open in 2022, with more expected in the coming years; 2023, 2024 and 2025. IHG continues to expand its presence in Europe, with this impressive selection of hotels paving the way for continued targeted growth. The announcement also launches two of IHG’s brands in Portugal, Staybridge Suites and Six Senses.
The Iberian Peninsula is a welcoming stretch of land straddling Spain and Portugal, with a rich history dating back to the ancient Greeks and evergreen contemporary appeal. Iberia has long been the destination of choice for European and global travelers looking for a destination that does not disappoint, and with such a selection of IHG hotels coming to the region this year and beyond, there is no never had a better time to plan a visit.
Commenting on this series of new recruits, Willemijn Geels, Vice President of Development, Europe of IHG Hotels & Resorts, said: “I am delighted to announce such a strong selection of signatures across the Iberian Peninsula, a stunning region that has so much to offer all types of travellers. With the Iberian Peninsula being a key growth market for us, we are also delighted to have appointed Javier de Villanueva Baygual as Director of Development, Spain and Portugal. Javier brings extensive corporate and hospitality experience and will be market-based and drive our continued investment and dedication to growing this market for IHG. Responsible growth remains a key priority for us in Europe in 2022, and this incredible selection of Iberian signings, in addition to the appointment of Javier, is a perfect start to the year.”
The new signings follow IHG’s recent agreement with strategic partner JJW Hotels & Resorts to open three new properties in Portugal later this year. Scheduled to mark the European debut of the company’s latest Vignette Collection brand, the signings included two famous golf resorts: Penina Resort & Golf and Dona Filipa Hotel, both located in the Algarve. Under the same agreement, the voco hotels brand will enter Portugal, with the opening of voco Algarve scheduled for 2022.
Guests can choose between Spanish style or Portuguese perfection, with a host of IHG hotels heading to Iberia.
Holiday Inn Sant Cugat
Conveniently located on the outskirts of Barcelona, the new 208-key property will be Iberia’s newest Holiday Inn, expertly showcasing the latest Holiday Inn brand standards, including the dynamic Open Lobby. This hotel will be the first of the new signatures to welcome guests in Spain, with the opening scheduled for June 2022.
Holiday Inn Express Madrid Airport
The practical and functional design of Holiday Inn Express hotels easily meets the essential needs of guests. In June 2023, a brand new location will be added to the Spanish collection of 18 Holiday Inn Express hotels. The new 156-room Holiday Inn Express Madrid Airport will be ideal for guests looking for a short-stay option, while benefiting from modern amenities including free Wi-Fi and the Express Start breakfast. brand included in the room rate.
Holiday Inn Express Bilbao Sestao
The 105-key Holiday Inn Express Bilbao Sestao is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in August 2023. Sestao is located in one of the region’s most spectacular mountain ranges and offers easy access to the peninsula’s striking coastline. .
Holiday Inn Express Seville
In November 2023, the charismatic city of Seville will welcome its first IHG hotel, in the form of the brand new Holiday Inn Express Seville. Another of the Cayman Group’s exciting Iberian developments, the 146-room hotel will be the perfectly located base for guests looking to explore the many charms of the historic Spanish city. Sports enthusiasts, culture vultures and foodies can all enjoy the timeless appeal of Seville, while taking advantage of the city center location of this highly anticipated property.
Staybridge Suites Malaga
The Malaga skyline will soon be transformed with the ambitious Urban Sky architecture project. Comprising the tallest tower development in Malaga, combining commercial and residential space, Urban Sky has recently paved the way and the visionary venture is due to be completed in two years. In the new purpose-built development, guests can enjoy state-of-the-art facilities at Staybridge Suites Malaga, the brand’s first property in Spain. Combining the best features of private apartment living with the ease of a hotel, Staybridge Suites will meet the needs of those looking for an extended stay, whether for business or leisure. Opening in January 2024, Staybridge Suites Malaga will feature 105 suites, all with fully equipped kitchens.
Hotel Indigo Gibraltar
Hotel Indigo Gibraltar will embrace the brand’s ethos of making travel inspiring through neighborhood discoveries, bringing a new identity to a well-known destination. Gibraltar is located just off the southern shore of the Iberian Peninsula, with a sunny climate and a swath of inviting beaches. Hotel Indigo Gibraltar will bring 120 upscale, lifestyle-focused rooms to the island, with an authentic, neighborhood-inspired feel that guests are sure to love.
Staybridge Suites Porto
Known as ‘the cultural capital of Portugal’, Porto is a popular destination for travelers looking for a captivating city break. The new Staybridge Suites Porto will allow guests to extend their stay by taking advantage of the residential-style facilities of the brand’s first in Portugal. Comprised of 119 contemporary suites, business or long-term travelers will particularly appreciate the hotel’s downtown location.
Staybridge Suites Carcavelos
Located on the southern coast of the Iberian Peninsula, the town of Carcavelos is known for its pristine beaches and consistently warm temperatures. The area is undergoing an exciting redevelopment, which includes a new Staybridge Suites property. The 135-room hotel is currently under construction and brings the first purpose-built extended-stay concept to the region. Staybridge Suites Carcavelos will open in December 2025.
Six Senses Lisbon
Six Senses Resorts are the destination of choice for guests seeking rejuvenation and reconnection. With a focus on wellness and sustainability, led by experts, this brand is known for creating spaces where people can reconnect, in harmony with the local environment. The Portuguese capital, Lisbon, will welcome its first Six Senses property in 2025, located near Avenida da Liberdad, in the Palacio de Pedrosas. Six Senses Lisbon will offer 114 rooms and first-class wellness facilities, destined to become a sanctuary in the thriving capital.
Holiday Inn Express Porto
The new 96-room Holiday Inn Express Porto will be IHG’s second Holiday Inn Express in Porto and will be located near the contemporary neighborhood of Boa Vista. The area is known for its spectacular rotunda and the semi-circle of buildings surrounding the statue and public green spaces. Hotel guests can enjoy the many delights of Porto and the panoramic views of the Douro River while staying at this hotel.
Holiday Inn Express Evora
The signature group is completed by a new construction of 76 rooms Holiday Inn Express in the historic town of Evora, located 90 minutes from Lisbon. Holiday Inn Express Evora will be IHG’s first opening in the city, which is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its perfectly preserved medieval walls, Roman temple and Gothic architecture.