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.

  • easyHotel warns the hotel market outlook ‘remains uncertain, particularly in the UK’
  • Holiday Inn hits 30th property milestone in Germany
  • Marriott delivers guest experience boost with introduction of This Works in-room amenity kits
  • IHG signs for fifth Hotel Indigo in London; Clerkenwell property to open in 2021
  • Latest industry news and developments

easyHotel warns the hotel market outlook ‘remains uncertain, particularly in the UK’

Super budget hotel developer and operator easyHotel says the hotel market outlook “remains uncertain, particularly in the UK” where it says the ongoing Brexit negotiations continue to dampen consumer confidence. But, it believes it is currently well positioned in the marketplace. “We are by no means immune, but the maturing profile of our hotels and our strong development pipeline will support continued growth and enhance our earnings profile,” it says. “Over the course of the last two years easyHotel has added a total of 18 hotels to its portfolio, significantly expanding in key business and tourist destinations across the UK and Europe. Five new hotels totalling 517 rooms due to open during the second half and a further nine new owned hotels (1,096 rooms) planned to open in next 24 months. In total, 354 owned hotel rooms have been added to the development pipeline, including the Group’s first owned hotel in France.


Holiday Inn hits 30th property milestone in Germany

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) says the opening of the Holiday Inn Osnabruck marks an important milestone for the brand in the German market as it represents its 30th property in the country. A further four additional hotels of IHG’s mainstream brand are in the pipeline. The 4-star hotel features IHG’s Open Lobby concept and has 158 rooms, three event spaces and a spa. It is centrally located and close to Osnabruck’s main station. The property is operated by IHG partner and franchisee GHOTEL hotel & living, a subsidiary of AURELIUS Equity Opportunities.


Marriott delivers guest experience boost with introduction of This Works in-room amenity kits

Marriott Hotels hopes to inspire guests as they travel and believe the selection of This Works as its new personal care amenity provider from this month, will “protect guests against the natural stressors that the body and hair are exposed to during travel”. Renowned for its natural and clean formulations This Works products are crafted to work in harmony with the body’s circadian rhythms to optimise skin performance 24 hours a day. The in-room amenity kits will include In the Zone Shower Gel & Body Lotion (with a natural blend of Eucalyptus and Petitgrain essential oils) a Clean Skin Face and Bath Bar (a natural blend of Frankincense and Patchouli), In Transit Shampoo & Conditioner (infused with Citrus, Nutmeg and Ginger essential oils) and Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (a blend of True Lavender, Wild Chamomile and Vetiver to helps you fall asleep faster and naturally). Other innovations on Marriott’s ‘inspirational’ journey include the introduction of the Mind Menu in the M Club and integration of mobile-enabled innovations including check-in and check-out and F&B ordering.


IHG signs for fifth Hotel Indigo in London; Clerkenwell property to open in 2021

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a management agreement with Omenport Developments Ltd for the opening of the Hotel Indigo London – Clerkenwell. The 151-room hotel will be the fifth Hotel Indigo in London and is expected to open in early 2021. Located in the heart of the city within walking distance of Farringdon station, Barbican and Old Street, IHG says the agreement brings “a brand defining property” to its pipeline. The new property will be housed in a listed building currently occupied by the Hat & Feathers pub (which will be incorporated into the property) and will be added to by two newly-built modern wings. Hotel Indigo is IHG’s upscale boutique brand and has over 100 hotels across more than 15 countries. There are currently 15 properties in the UK and a further 7 in the pipeline, part of a plan to double the boutique brand’s portfolio presence over the next three to five years.


News Briefs

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has unveiled a new logo and monogram for its Regent Hotels & Resorts brand. The logo is said to have been designed to “epitomise modern luxury” with a nod to traditional cues respecting the brand’s heritage and identity. “It is bold, confident and sophisticated balanced with a warm elegance that is in line with a modern hospitality brand,” says IHG. The logo creation is an extension of the Regent rebranding journey which started last year.

Mauritius’ Minister of Tourism Anil Gayan stated the tourism sector must address various constraints to achieve sustained growth. He said the government will continue to support the tourism sector and the industry will see improvement with the completion of several projects, including a new hotel at Les Salines, the opening of the Anantara Mauritius Resort in Sep-2019 and renovation of the Club Med Hotel at Pointe-aux-Canoniers. Mr Gayan said local and international investors continue to show interest in new hotel projects.

Novotel is completing a renovation of its York Centre property in the UK. The expansion and renovation project will see 16 new rooms and six suites and will boost its inventory to 146 keys. The new accommodation is located in a 2,500 square foot extension to the hotel which is due to be completed this summer.