InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced that it will be expanding its Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants brand to Barcelona in 2019 and Bangkok in 2020.
In Barcelona, IHG has partnered with the private company, Casacuberta, which operates hotels in Madrid, Barcelona and Geneva, as part of a diverse portfolio.
Through the partnership, IHG will launch Kimpton Barcelona, a centrally located hotel in the heart of Barcelona’s old town near the famous La Rambla street. The property is surrounded by an eclectic mix of boutiques from local and international designers and is within easy walking distance to the city’s must-visit attractions.
The hotel highlights an infinity swimming pool with views of Barcelona’s city centre and the Cathedral. It provides 156 rooms, a lobby lounge, an all-day dining restaurant and 250 square metres of event space.
“This new signing provides more momentum for Kimpton’s global growth”
Kenneth Macpherson, CEO of Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa (EMEAA) at IHG, said: “Barcelona is one of the most popular city break destinations in Europe, attracting over 30 million tourists each year.
“We’ve seen in Amsterdam how well our boutique luxury offering has been received in Europe and this new signing provides more momentum for Kimpton’s global growth, following other recent signings in Frankfurt and Tokyo. We’re confident Kimpton’s heartfelt, personalised service and bold design will resonate well with this vibrant and buzzing city and expect more signings as we continue to take this brand to new markets around the globe.”
Adding Thailand to its roster, IHG has signed a management agreement with Siam Sindhorn to debut the Kimpton brand in Bangkok — the first Kimpton hotel in Thailand, and second across South East Asia and Korea region.
Opening in 2020, the newly-built Kimpton Bangkok will feature 349 curated and well designed guest rooms, including 124 serviced residences. It will be situated about an hour’s drive from Suvarnabhumi Airport, in the heart of the Langsuan area and right beside Lumpini Park, one of the largest public parks in the city.
Kimpton Bangkok will provide convenient access to the city’s prime districts including Sukhumvit, Silom, Siam and Chidlom, combined with the tranquillity and greenery of Lumpini Park.
“Our plans to bring our Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants brand to highly sought-after destinations”
Clarence Tan, the managing director for South East Asia and Korea (SEAK) at IHG, said: “In line with our plans to bring our Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants brand to highly sought-after destinations across the globe, we want to address the rising needs of travellers in the region for a sophisticated yet personalised lifestyle travel experience.
“The brand is iconic for its heartfelt and unconventional approach to boutique hospitality, and we’re confident that Kimpton Bangkok will be no exception — delighting guests with an unscripted ridiculously personalised experience, right in the heart of one of Bangkok’s most desirable locations.”