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.

  • IHG launches upmarket extended-stay Atwell Suites brand and targets 2021 for first opening
  • Pan Pacific to bring its Asian charm into the European market from 2020
  • Warsaw’s former Radisson Blu property goes upmarket with Radisson Collection Hotel renovation
  • Hilton Garden Inn Mbabane marks Hilton’s debut in the Kingdom of Eswatini
  • Latest industry news and developments

IHG  launches upmarket extended-stay Atwell Suites brand and targets 2021 for first opening

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has revealed a new upmarket extended-stay brand, Atwell Suites. The new upper-midscale hotel brand will target an estimated $18 billion industry segment with strong guest and owner demand. It says that guests at Atwell Suites properties “are not simply booking a room, but seeking opportunities to discover new things, learn and grow as they travel.” IHG has designed the brand for the “opportunity seeker,” and  hotels will be optimised for a longer stay of four to six nights. Atwell Suites properties will offer all-studio suites which include distinct zones for living and sleeping; a kitchenette area with counter-height refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker and sink; a work area with a high-top desk solution; a pull-out sofa; an oversized vanity in the bathroom; and a closet that can be easily accessed from both the guestroom and the bathroom. IHG expects the Atwell Suites brand to be franchise-ready in the fall of 2019 with the first hotels beginning construction in 2020 and opening in 2021. Initial development will be focused in the US market and the brand will be new-build led following a prototypical design. They will have a target build cost between USD105,000 – USD115,000 per key (excluding land costs), with an estimated site size of two acres.

Pan Pacific to bring its Asian charm into the European market from 2020

Pan Pacific Hotels Group will debut its first Pan Pacific hotel in London in 2020, marking the debut of the brand in Europe. Designed by international design firm Yabu Pushelberg, Pan Pacific London will offer 237 rooms in the heart of London’s financial district at One Bishopsgate Plaza, a five-minute walk from Liverpool Street station, a major railway terminus and underground station in central London. The Signature Suite of the hotel on the 18th floor is described by the hotelier as “an epitome of luxury” and comes with spectacular views of city landmark, The Gherkin. Housed within the luxurious Pan Pacific London will be the Square Mile’s first smart ballroom, capable of accommodating up to 370 guests in a banquet seating along with six meeting venues.

Warsaw’s former Radisson Blu property goes upmarket with Radisson Collection Hotel renovation

A former Radisson Blu property in Poland’s capital city of Warsaw has been reclassified as a Radisson Collection Hotel following a major renovation. The new addition to the group’s premium lifestyle brand, which is reserved for its most “outstanding properties” features 311 rooms and suites, a significantly upgraded modern lobby, lounge and open-plan communal areas – as well as a restaurant venue. The opening of the Radisson Collection Hotel, Warsaw follows a “major capital investment” into the project to upgrade and rebrand the property. “Within a very short time, we have accomplished a massive transformation of the hotel, in which guest rooms and public spaces were completely redesigned,” says Yilmaz Yildirimlar, area senior vice president, Central & Southern Europe at the Radisson Hotel Group. “Warsaw represents a dynamic business city – it is a vibrant and diversifying place and we are extremely proud of our Polish debut for the Radisson Collection.” Situated in Warsaw’s business district, the property is close to the city’s Financial Centre and the eye-catching Rondo ONZ Tower – making it an ideal base for corporate travellers.

Hilton Garden Inn Mbabane marks Hilton’s debut in the Kingdom of Eswatini

Hilton has formally opened its first hotel in the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Hilton Garden Inn Mbabane. Consisting of 119 guestrooms and five suites, the hotel occupies one of the country’s most iconic buildings, known as the ‘Ship Out of the Ocean’ in homage to its grand design and distinctive curved features. The new property grows the presence of Hilton’s midscale brand across the African continent to five hotels. The Hilton Garden Inn Mbabane benefits from a prime location on Mhlambanyatsi Road within the Central Business District, walking distance from several government ministries, embassies, the government hospital and Mbabane Clinic. Guests will also be in close proximity to The Mall at Corporate Place, a leading retail outlet in the city. The property’s location also provides ease of access into the South of the city and connects directly to MR3 motorway, which links the country with neighbouring South Africa.

News Briefs

Radisson Hotel Group will make its debut in the capital city of Cyprus with the signing of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Nicosia. Located on Salaminos Road in the city centre and walking distance from the city’s main attractions, the newly built 180-room hotel will consist of 150 standard rooms and 30 suites. The deal with Stenson Investments is part of the master development agreement with Sunnyseeker Hotels to develop a minimum of six hotels and resorts, bringing almost 1,000 rooms into operation by 2025.

Spanish airport operator Aena has confirmed that Girona Costa Brava airport has implemented‘s free resort check In for the current summer 2019 schedule. During online check in, passengers with the leisure carrier can select to check bags at the hotel reception on return flights to the UK.

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is positioning Glasgow’s Blythswood Square Hotel within its luxury Kimpton brand. The 113-room Georgian property has original architectural features such as marble fireplaces, rich wood panelling, and lofty ceilings. For an elevated stay, guests can choose from a 50sqm Junior suite, 65 sqm Executive Suite, or the 153sqm Penthouse Suite; a, two-bedroom apartment with its own private lift and entrance.

easyJet Holidays is on track to launch before the end of this year offering travel from summer 2020 with 500 direct hotel relationships already confirmed for the schedule period.  The company aims to take advantage of the 20 million passengers that travel with easyJet for leisure and book accommodation elsewhere. It now has an experienced management team and board in place and has selected Valtech and Atcore as technology and web partners.

Marriott International has announced the opening of the Aloft Dublin City, the first Aloft hotel to open in Ireland. The hotel, located in the Blackpitts area of Dublin’s Liberties, one of the capital’s most dynamic quarters, has 202 guestrooms and suites.

Thomas Cook Group has opened its latest own brand hotel, Casa Cook, in Chania, which is the first of its “boutique lifestyle collection” aimed at families. Later in summer 2019, the Casa Cook brand will expand to Spain, opening in Ibiza and then another in El Gouna, Egypt.