Date: September 2018
Location: La Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain
Name: Kimpton Barcelona – opening early 2020
No. of Keys: 156
Seller: Was Duc 15 Hotel run by NH Hotels.
Buyer: IHG has signed to open a Kimpton in Barcelona. The hotel will be converted by local partner Casacuberta, owners of The Totem Hotel Madrid, Villa de Madrid operated by Decathelon and others.
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants adds another European hotel to its growing portfolio with the signing of its first hotel in Spain – Kimpton Barcelona.
The first hotel for the brand in Spain, will feature a lobby lounge, an all-day dining restaurant and 250 square metres of event space, a rooftop bar and pool.
For this new opening in Barcelona, IHG is partnering with Casacuberta, a private company with more than 30 years specialising in the acquisition and transformation of properties in prime-locations across key European cities.
The company has hotels in Madrid, Barcelona and Geneva, as part of a diverse portfolio including assets in the residential, commercial, office and industrial / logistics sectors.
Kenneth Macpherson, CEO of Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa at IHG commented: “Barcelona is one of the most popular city break destinations in Europe, attracting over 30 million tourists each year.
We’ve seen in Amsterdam how well our boutique luxury offering has been received in Europe and this new signing provides more momentum for Kimpton’s global growth, following other recent signings in Frankfurt and Tokyo.
We’re confident Kimpton’s heartfelt, personalised service and bold design will resonate well with this vibrant and buzzing city and expect more signings as we continue to take this brand to new markets around the globe.
”Gonzalo Casacuberta, Vice President of Casacuberta commented: “We are delighted to redevelop this outstanding property into a Kimpton hotel, a luxury brand with a unique offering which is a perfect fit in the heart of Barcelona’s old town. We are convinced this will contribute to improving the offer and landscape of our beloved Ciutat Vella even more.”
Founded in 1981 by Bill Kimpton, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants pioneered the concept of unique, distinctive, design-forward hotels in the United States. The boutique luxury brand was acquired by IHG in 2015 and currently operates 67 hotels and 82 restaurants, bars and lounges in the U.S., Caribbean and Europe.
THPT Comment: We look forward to IHG’s development of the new Kimpton brand with this first in Spain and recent news in the UK.
First Seen: IHG website