Check in! – latest hotel highlights from across EMEA

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

  • Marriott to boost Middle East and Africa footprint; 19 new properties planned in 2019
  • Mandarin Oriental doubles up in Istanbul with second hotel to debut in 2022
  • Staycity to open new ApartHotel at Frankfurt airport
  • Holiday Inn hits a century – Open Lobby concept now rolled-out at 100 properties
  • Latest industry news and developments

Marriott to boost Middle East and Africa footprint; 19 new properties planned in 2019

Marriott International expects to add 19 new properties and more than 3,000 rooms to its Middle East and Africa portfolio in 2019. Underpinning a strong demand for its diverse brands, the new additions are in line with the company’s expansion plans to add more than 100 new properties and nearly 26,000 rooms across the region by the end of 2023. Marriott estimates its development pipeline through 2023 represents up to USD8 billion of investment from property owners and is expected to generate over 20,000 new jobs across the region. Year-to-date, the company has already opened five new properties in the region. The 14 more will bring its portfolio across the Middle East and Africa to nearly 270 properties and over 60,000 rooms – by the end of the year. A key part of its regional focus is in the luxury sector where it is expected to expand its footprint in the region by more than 70% by the end of 2023, with more than 25 luxury properties under development. In 2019 it has seven planned luxury openings across four brands.


Mandarin Oriental doubles up in Istanbul with second hotel to debut in 2022

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a second luxury hotel in Istanbul, Turkey. The project, which also features branded residences, is scheduled to open in 2022. The new development comprises three standalone towers and is located in the exclusive Etiler residential area, close to the city’s central business district.  One of the towers will house Mandarin Oriental Etiler, Istanbul with 158 guestrooms and suites and 16 serviced apartments. The remaining two towers will house 251 luxurious Residences at Mandarin Oriental. UNStudio from Amsterdam has been appointed as the master planner and architect. The owners and developers of the project are Astaș Holding A.Ş and Yapi & Yapi.  This is the Group’s third venture in Turkey with Astaș Holding A.Ş who is the owner of the Group’s two other Turkish properties – the award-winning Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum and Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul which is scheduled to open in 2020.


Staycity to open new ApartHotel at Frankfurt airport

The expansion of Dublin-based aparthotel operator Staycity Group continues apace with the recent signing of a new project in Frankfurt, Germany. Staycity Aparthotels, Frankfurt Airport, will open in 2022 at Gateway Gardens, a commercial area at Germany’s largest airport. A joint venture between OFB and Groß & Partner, this project will develop a 2,444 square metre plot of land in to a 267-room, eight-storey Staycity aparthotel, on a fixed lease of 25 years. Construction is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2020, with the opening scheduled for autumn 2022.


Holiday Inn hits a century – Open Lobby concept now rolled-out at 100 properties

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has celebrated the opening of the 100th Holiday Inn ‘Open Lobby’ as part of roll-out of the Europe wide concept at the Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre. IHG unveiled Open Lobby in 2012, as a concept to transform the traditional hotel lobby format by combining all public spaces, from the reception area, to the restaurant, bar and lounge into one open, cohesive space. Open Lobby is part of IHG’s initiative to strengthen the Holiday Inn brand by providing guests with a consistent experience throughout all Holiday Inn properties within Europe. The opening of the 100th Open Lobby at marks a milestone in the roll-out of concept across Europe. There has been an increase in the momentum behind Open Lobby throughout 2018 into 2019 with 80% of Holiday Inn hotels in Europe now committed to refurbishment.


News Briefs

Fattal Hotel Group will further grow its UK presence with a new property within the Glassfields development in Bristol, located on Temple Way close to the city’s Temple Meads station. The 200-room hotel will be managed by Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels UK and Ireland.

Icelandair Group entered final negotiations with a preferred bidder for the sale of Icelandair Hotels and associated real estate, based on a MoU signed by the parties. Icelandair Group assumes to maintain 20% ownership in the sold assets and will provide further details if a share purchase agreement is entered into. The transaction is expected to conclude by the end of 2Q2019.

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts will introduce a fleet of new golf cars at some of its venues across the UK, following a renewed four-year deal with Club Car. The agreement marks an extension of a long-standing partnership with Club Car and specialist golf vehicle dealer Carryway which will see the arrival of 137 Tempo golf cars.

El Llorenc Parc de la Mar is a new property set in the ancient quarter of La Calatrava, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Palma, Mallorca that is scheduled to open this summer. The hotel will offer 33 exclusive guest rooms, an infinity pool on the multi-terraced rooftop and a cocktail bar offering sweeping views of Palma Bay, the Cathedral and charming rooftops of the old town.

Eagle Hills Muscat, a partnership between Eagle Hills Abu Dhabi and Izz International, has unveiled The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Muscat, Oman’s first high-end branded, fully-serviced residences. The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Muscat are designed “to bring a new era of luxury living and serve a growing market of residential real estate” and include one-, two-, and three-bedroom luxury apartments and two penthouses comprising four bedrooms each.

PPHE Hotel Group has received planning consent by Hackney Council for an improved and final development scheme of its wholly-owned Art’otel London Hoxton development. The site, located on the border of Shoreditch and Hoxton, is a mixed-use scheme and will now consist of five floors of office space and seventeen floors comprised of 343 hotel rooms and suites.