InterContinental Hotels Group has
confirmed the UK debut locations for its Kimpton
Hotels & Restaurants brand as well as the recently launched upscale brand, voco
In May, IHG signed an agreement with Covivio, formerly Foncière des Régions, to rebrand and operate 12
high-quality open hotels in the UK and one pipeline hotel. Nine of
the hotels have now joined IHG’s brand portfolio with the remaining three open hotels
expected to be added in the coming weeks.
Macpherson, Chief Executive Officer, EMEAA, IHG, said, “I am
delighted to be able to confirm the UK debut locations for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and our new upscale brand, voco
Hotels. By launching these brands in prime city centre and destination locations around the country we will give our guests
even greater choice. The expansion of our global footprint in
high-growth luxury and upscale segments is gaining momentum, with
IHG now the leading luxury operator in the UK.”
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
IHG will launch the Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
brand in the UK in
London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
London’s most literary neighbourhood,
Bloomsbury, will become home to the capital’s first Kimpton Hotel
later this year. Located in Russell Square, the iconic building
and currently The Principal London, originally opened in 1898.
Manchester is set to open its first Kimpton Hotel in 2019.
Currently The Principal Manchester, the hotel occupies the corners
of Oxford Street and Whitworth Street, across three buildings
dating back to the turn of the last century.
Edinburgh Charlotte Square, originally built in 1791, overlooks
one of the city’s prettiest garden squares, and is set to become a
Kimpton Hotel next year.
In Glasgow, The Principal Blythswood
Square Hotel, home of the former Royal Scottish Automobile
Association, will operate under the Kimpton brand in 2019.
This marks an important milestone in IHG’s plans
to take the Kimpton brand global and follows the signing of the
first Kimpton in Japan, in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district, last week as
well as the signing of three properties
in prime markets in South East Asia and Greater China last year.
It also adds to Kimpton’s expansion in Europe, with the opening of
Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam in 2017, the signing of Kimpton Paris,
due to open in 2020 and Kimpton Frankfurt, due to open in 2023.
launched upscale brand voco Hotels will be making
its UK debut in Cardiff. Overlooking Cardiff Bay, The Principal
St. David’s Hotel, will take on the voco brand later this year.
InterContinental Returns to Edinburgh
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts will be returning to the historical Principal
Edinburgh George Street. The property will be re-branded as an
InterContinental by late next year.
will debut the vibrant and stylish Hotel Indigo brand in 2020.
Every aspect of the property, currently The Principal Met Leeds
Hotel, will be inspired by stories of the local area – from
intriguing design to distinctive local ingredients in its menus.
The Principal York (pictured above), will be rebranded at a later stage; and
the well-known De Vere Wotton House hotel, near Dorking Surrey,
will capitalise on its strong name, operating unbranded as Wotton
The Principal Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow; De
Vere Oxford Thames and The Principal Oxford Spires Hotel are
expected to join IHG’s portfolio in Q3, 2018.