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IHG Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, is proud to announce the signing of 11 new hotels in the Iberian Peninsula. This spectacular series of new developments will bring many of IHG Hotels & Resorts’ market-leading and well-loved brands, including Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo and Staybridge Suites, to new cities and resorts across Spain and Portugal.

The majority of signings are expected to open in 2022, with more 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, focused growth. The announcement also launches two of IHG’s brands in Portugal, Staybridge Suites and Six Senses.

The Iberian Peninsula is a welcoming strip of land between Spain and Portugal, with a rich history dating back to ancient Greece and evergreen contemporary appeal. Iberia has long been the number one choice for travelers from Europe and around the world looking for a destination that will not disappoint and with such a wide range of IHG hotels coming to the region this year and beyond there has never been a better time to plan a visit.

Commenting on this string of signings, Willemijn Geels, VP Development, Europe at IHG Hotels & Resorts, said: “I am delighted to announce such a strong selection of signings across Iberia, a stunning region that has so much to offer all types of travellers. As Iberia is an important growth market for us, we are also pleased with the appointment Javier de Villanueva Baygual as Development Director, Spain and Portugal. Bringing extensive corporate and hospitality experience, Javier will be active in the market, driving our continued investment and commitment to the growth of this market for IHG. Responsible growth remains a key priority for us in Europe in 2022 and this incredible selection of Iberian signings, on top of Javier’s appointment, is a perfect way to start the year.”

The signings follow IHG’s recent agreement with strategic partner JJW Hotels & Resorts to open three new hotels in Portugal later this year. To mark the European debut of the company’s newest brand, Vignette Collection, the signings included two iconic golf resorts: Penina Resort & Golf and Dona Filipa Hotel, both located in the Algarve. Under the same agreement, the voco hotels brand will be launched in Portugal, with voco Algarve expected to open in 2022.

Guests can choose between Spanish flair or Portuguese perfection, with a wealth of IHG hotels on the road to Iberia.

Spain

Holiday Inn Sant Cugat

Conveniently located on the outskirts of Barcelona, ​​the 208-room new build will be the newest Holiday Inn in the Iberian Peninsula and will showcase the latest Holiday Inn brand standards, including the dynamic open plan lobby. This hotel will be the first of the new signings to welcome guests to Spain, with an opening slated for June 2022.

Holiday Inn Express Madrid Airport

The comfortable and functional design of Holiday Inn Express hotels meets the essential needs of guests with ease. In June 2023, a brand new location will be added to Spain’s 18-strong collection of Holiday Inn Express hotels. The new 156-key Holiday Inn Express Madrid Airport is ideal for guests looking for a short stay while enjoying modern amenities like free Wi-Fi and the brand’s Express Start breakfast, which is included in the room rate.

Holiday Inn Express Bilbao Sestao

The 105-room Holiday Inn Express Bilbao Sestao is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in August 2023. Set in one of the region’s most dramatic mountain ranges, Sestao offers easy access to the peninsula’s stunning coastline.

Holiday Inn Express Seville

In November 2023, the charismatic city of Seville will welcome its first IHG hotel, the newly built Holiday Inn Express Seville. Another exciting Iberian development by the Cayman Group, the 146-room hotel will be the perfectly located base for guests wishing to explore the many charms of this historic Spanish city. Sports fans, culture vultures and foodies can enjoy Seville’s timeless appeal while enjoying the downtown location of this highly anticipated property.

Staybridge Suites Malaga

Málaga’s skyline will soon be transformed as the ambitious Urban Sky architectural project comes to life. Urban Sky, consisting of Malaga’s tallest high-rise project combining commercial and residential space, recently broke ground and the visionary project is expected to be completed in two years. Within the new purpose built, guests can enjoy state of the art facilities at the Staybridge Suites Malaga, the brand’s debut in Spain. Combining the best qualities of private apartment living with the convenience of a hotel, the Staybridge Suites meet the needs of those seeking an extended stay, whether for business or leisure. The Staybridge Suites Malaga will open in January 2024 and will consist of 105 suites, all with fully equipped kitchens.

Hotel Indigo Gibraltar

Hotel Indigo Gibraltar will join the brand’s ethos of making travel inspiring through neighborhood discovery by bringing a fresh identity to a well-known destination. Sitting just off the south coast of the Iberian Peninsula, Gibraltar offers a sun-sure climate and a number of inviting beaches. Hotel Indigo Gibraltar will bring 120 upscale lifestyle rooms to the island, with an authentic, neighborhood-inspired vibe that guests are sure to love.

Portugal

Staybridge Suites Porto

Known as the “Cultural Capital of Portugal”, Porto is a popular destination for travelers looking for an immersive city break. The newly developed Staybridge Suites Porto allows guests to extend their stay while enjoying the residential style facilities of the first for the brand in Portugal. Consisting of 119 modern suites, business travelers or long-term guests will particularly enjoy the hotel’s city center 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 currently undergoing an exciting redevelopment which includes a newly constructed Staybridge Suites property. The 135-room hotel is currently under construction and will bring the region’s first dedicated long-term stay concept. The Staybridge Suites Carcavelos will open in December 2025.

Six Senses Lisbon

Six Senses Hotels are the premier choice for guests looking to rejuvenate and reconnect. With an expert-led focus on wellness and sustainability, 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 near Avenida da Liberdad in Palacio de Pedrosas in 2025. Offering 114 guest rooms and world-class spa facilities, Six Senses Lisbon will become a sanctuary in the thriving capital.

Holiday Inn Express Porto

The newly built 96-room Holiday Inn Express Porto will be IHG’s second Holiday Inn Express in Porto and will be close to the fashionable Boa Vista district. The area is known for its dramatic rotunda and semicircle of buildings surrounding the statue and public green space. Hotel guests can enjoy Porto’s many attractions and scenic views of the Douro River when staying at this hotel.

Holiday Inn Express Evora

Completing the collection of signings is a newly built 76-room Holiday Inn Express in the historic town of Evora, 90 minutes from Lisbon. The Holiday Inn Express Evora will be IHG’s first opening in the city, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its perfectly preserved medieval city walls, Roman temple and Gothic architecture.

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