Regent seals Santa Monica for Americas return

IHG Hotels & Resorts’ first destination in the Americas for the reimagined luxury Regent Hotels & Resorts brand will be in Santa Monica, California, USA.

Poised to open in late 2023 on the Californian coastline, Regent Santa Monica Beach will be steps from the famed Santa Monica Pier.

Complete transformation

Following a complete transformation of an existing site, the resort will feature luxurious and tranquil rooms and suites, along with a beachfront pool deck with multiple pools and a destination spa and wellness centre.

Additionally, the hotel will offer epicurean experiences including a restaurant concept created in collaboration with an acclaimed celebrity chef as well as a high-end artisanal marketplace.

Historic return

The hotel will be transformed into Regent Santa Monica Beach in partnership with its ownership group, Strategic Hotels & Resorts. The Chicago-based owner and asset manager currently maintains a portfolio of 13 luxury hotels and resorts across the US, including two InterContinental hotels.

The Santa Monica opening will mark a historic return of the brand to Los Angeles and will represent IHG’s Americas flagship.

Bright future

Julienne Smith, chief development officer, Americas, IHG Hotels & Resorts, said: “More than five decades ago, Regent changed the face of luxury hospitality and set the new standard through innovation, extraordinary views, landmark destinations and exceptional service. We’re redefining what it means to be a luxury hotel by combining Regent’s renowned legacy with the expertise of IHG Hotels & Resorts. 

“Regent Santa Monica Beach is the start of a bright future for the brand in the Americas, emphasising our strategic focus on luxury and lifestyle growth globally. We are also particularly thrilled to be partnering with Strategic Hotels & Resorts, a trusted owner of IHG-branded hotels for many years, on this endeavour.”

Reinvention opportunity

André Zotoff, CEO, Strategic Hotels & Resorts, added: “As the needs and expectations of the modern luxury guest continue to evolve, we recognised an opportunity to reinvent our Santa Monica beachfront property to truly become one of the most prestigious, entertaining and beautiful hotels anywhere in the world.

“Strategic Hotels & Resorts has been a part of the vibrant Santa Monica community for more than 25 years and we look forward to collaborating with the teams at IHG Hotels & Resorts to build upon the Regent brand’s history of legendary properties and constant innovation to make this flagship Americas resort a must-visit destination for locals and visitors alike.”

Roaring regent

Globally, Regent Santa Monica Beach will join Carlton Cannes, A Regent Hotel, Regent Shanghai, Regent Phu Quoc, Regent Chongqing and the soon-to-open Regent Hong Kong. Its opening will precede those of Regent Bali Canggu and Regent Shanghai on The Bund in late 2023, and Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Kyoto, Shenzhen and Sanya within the next few years.

The Regent brand expansion represents the latest extension of IHG’s notable growth within the luxury and lifestyle space. One of the world’s largest luxury and lifestyle portfolios, IHG currently operates more than 450 global properties across six luxury and lifestyle brands with an additional 310 in the pipeline, as at the end of 2022.