IHG strengthens Portuguese pipeline

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IHG Hotels and Resorts has announced the signing of nine hotels across Portugal, in a major push to the hotelier’s growing pipeline in the country.

This will see 976 additional rooms added to the country’s growing pipeline.

The signings cover two IHG brand collections including luxury and lifestyle, with Kimpton Lisbon, Hotel Indigo Albufeira and Hotel Indigo Faro – as well as its Essential Collection, which includes six signings across the Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express brands.

Portugal is a key priority market for IHG and has seen tremendous growth in recent years, notably with the signing of Kimpton Algarve São Rafael Atlántico, which is set to open in 2025.

Some of the upcoming highlights from the Portuguese portfolio include the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lisbon – Amoreiras. The 192-room converted hotel in Amoreiras will be the first Holiday Inn Express & Suites offering in Portugal.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Portimão is another hotel in the pipeline, owned by Harland & Poston Group. The 60-room hotel is expected to open in the first half of 2025. Located in a popular tourist destination in the Algarve, the hotel will be a short walk to the marina and numerous beaches.

IHG’s pipeline will be further bolstered by Holiday Inn Express Porto – Boavista, a 91-room hotel set to open in the second half of 2024.

The Holiday Inn growth in Portugal will be solidified by the Holiday Inn Express Evora, which is set to open its doors in the second half of 2024. This 76-room Holiday Inn Express has also been signed with Mercan Properties. Converted from a historic building, the hotel is set in a key secondary Portuguese city, close to business parks and tourist hotspots making it an ideal location for business and leisure travellers alike.

There are also several key luxury and lifestyle collection signings in Portugal from IHG; including the 141-room Kimpton Lisbon. This will be the first Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants branded property in Lisbon and the eighth property in partnership with Real Hotels Group.

Set to open in early 2026, the hotel will feature design-forward spaces from inspiring high-quality finishes to seasonally-inspired restaurants and bars. The hotel will benefit from key tourist attractions including Eduardo VII Park, Marquês de Pombal Square and Avenida Liberdade, as well as museums, and the city’s vibrant restaurants and bar scene.

IHG operates 20 open hotels in Portugal across seven brands – including Six Senses, InterContinental, Vignette Collection, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Iberostar – and has a robust pipeline of 15 hotels.

Willemijn Geels, Vice President, Development, Europe, IHG Hotels & Resorts, commented: “It is wonderful to see Kimpton Lisbon, Hotel Indigo Faro and Hotel Indigo Albufeira added to our luxury and lifestyle presence in Portugal, alongside the continued strong momentum of our Essentials Collection throughout the market. Two thirds of the 976 rooms announced today are part of our Holiday Inn brand family, confirming the confidence owners continue to have in our powerhouse brands.”