Check in! – hotel highlights across EMEA

The Blue Swan Daily brings you a round up of the latest key hotel news from across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

  • Saudi Arabia and UAE lead the way as more than 150,000 new hotel rooms are in Middle East construction pipeline
  • New Ibis Styles hotel opens at Budapest Airport’s Terminal 2
  • Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport officially opens
  • Le Grand Amman to be first Sofitel hotel in Jordan


Saudi Arabia and UAE lead the way as more than 150,000 new hotel rooms are in Middle East construction pipeline
A recent Hotel Construction Pipeline Trend Report for the Middle East states that the total pipeline has 156,420 rooms across 572 projects, up 12% year over year. The report highlights 349 projects with 100,485 rooms already under construction, up 17%, 113 projects offering 30,841 rooms scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months, up 5%, and 110 projects and 25,094 rooms in the early planning, up 3%. The largest markets in the Middle East pipeline are Saudi Arabia (198 projects with 60,249 rooms) and United Arab Emirates (194 projects with 55,264 rooms), ahead of Qatar (59 projects with 14,415 rooms). Dubai has the biggest pipeline with 145 projects offering 40,733 rooms, ahead of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with 53 projects and 10,425 rooms and Doha with 55 projects and 12,788 rooms. Lodging Econometrics’ global construction pipeline trend report, which compiles the construction pipeline for every country and market in the world, found that the total pipeline stands at 12,427 hotels and 2,084,940 guestrooms, up 8% by hotels year over year. There are 5,885 hotels with 1,086,966 guestrooms already under construction. The leading franchise companies in the global construction pipeline by project-count are Marriott International with 2,274 hotels and 383,984 guestrooms, Hilton with 2,029 hotels and 305,229 guestrooms, InterContinental Hotels Group with 1,339 hotels and 199,045 guestrooms and Choice Hotels with 529 hotels and 43,121 guestrooms.

New Ibis Styles hotel opens at Budapest Airport’s Terminal 2
Earlier this month, the latest hotel from the ibis Styles brand opened beside Budapest Airport. Boasting an ideal location and opening in just 18 months , the hotel is ideal for both business and leisure travellers passing through the airport. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the design of the ibis Styles Budapest Airport draws inspiration from the idea of travel and getting away from it all to tie in perfectly with guests’ experiences. The hotel’s 145 rooms are fully equipped to satisfy the needs of travellers, offering free high-speed Wi-Fi and television featuring all the leading international channels. Both spacious and minimalist, the rooms at the ibis Styles Budapest are ideal for both short and long stays. Due to the proximity of Terminal 2, the hotel is also ideal for pilots and flight crews spending the night in Budapest, since more and more airlines have late evening flights to Hungary, which return the next morning.

Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport officially opens
The Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport officially opened earlier this month marking the introduction of the Hyatt Place brand to Germany. The property joins six Hyatt Place hotels across Europe, including Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport, Hyatt Place West London/Hayes, Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport, Hyatt Place Jermuk, and Hyatt Place Yerevan. The hotel, which has 312 rooms, is part of the established Gateway Gardens business quarter, just a few minutes walk from Frankfurt Airport and a 10-minute rail journey from Frankfurt’s bustling city centre. Its location and excellent transport links mean the hotel is within easy reach of the wider Rhine-Main Region, including the cities of Mainz and Wiesbaden.

Le Grand Amman to be first Sofitel hotel in Jordan
AccorHotels is continuing its expansion in the Middle East with the opening of its first Sofitel hotel in Jordan, The Grand Amman. The property will open in late 2019 and will feature 298 rooms and 67 serviced apartments. The Grand Amman is located within walking distance of Abdali Downtown, an innovative project that will become the leading leisure, tourism and business centre in Amman. Hosting a growing number of business travellers, the hotel will be located within the heart of the Shmeisani business district, just a stone’s throw from leading institutions such as the Ministry of Commerce and the Interior Ministry. AccorHotels now has more than 100 hotels in the Middle East, totalling nearly 34,000 rooms, as well as almost 90 hotels under development over the next five years. The network is set to double in size, adding a further 26,000 plus rooms to the region.