IHG Signs Tenth Hotel in Eastern Europe


Stanislaw Lorentz Courtyard of the National Museum in Warsaw. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Travel to Eastern Europe, for business and pleasure is surging, and along with it growth in the hospitality space. One key player, InterContinental Hotels Group, one of the largest such conglomerates in the world, has forged a partnership with Ghelamco, its tenth such deal in the region.

IHG will be opening Crowne Plaza Warsaw Hub, the first Crowne Plaza in all of Poland. The hub is also unique in the fact that it will be built adjacent to Holiday Inn Express hub, making it the first double-branded complex in the sector. The complex will offer 430 rooms, and will be IHG’s biggest complex in all of Poland.

The Hub is located in the central district of Warsaw for business, and is also a short walk to the Polish National Museum, Warsaw Old Town, and the Warsaw Zoo.

The two brands will occupy one building, with 212 rooms dedicated to the Crowne Plaza on floors 11-21, while the Holiday Inn Express will have 218 rooms on floors 3-10. The Crowne Plaza Warsaw Hub will have a Sky Bar and terrace that overlooks the city, and 2,000 square-feet of meeting rooms. There is also a gym, spa, and 900 square-feet for dining. The hotel is expecting a business clientele, for the most part.

The Holiday Inn Express Warsaw Hub, on the lower floors, will be less expensive, offering guests the Next Generation design and a 250 square-foot dining area on level three, serving the brand’s well-known Express Start breakfast, included in the room price.

IHG has signed ten hotels throughout Eastern Europe this past year, five of which in Warsaw. Director of Development for Poland for IHG, Miguel Martins said;

“We are excited to be partnering with Ghelambo to bring the first Crowne Plaza to Poland and our first dual branded complex to the market. This will increase the number of rooms in our pipeline in Poland to over 2,000. Now considered a world-class business and leisure travel hub, we’ve seen a huge surge in demand for hotels in Eastern Europe and its exciting that our owner partners are recognizing the huge opportunities and benefits of investing in the region.”

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