The InterContinental Brand Returning to the Sri Lankan Capital In 2019

Date: July 2018

Location: Galle Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Name: InterContinental Colombo

The upcoming InterContinental Colombo will open in 2019.(photo via thekoala / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

No. of Keys: 307, including 47 suites – opening 2019

Owner/Developer: Pearl Grand Tower Hotel (Private) Limited, has partnered up with IHG to bring back the InterContinental brand to the Sri Lankan capital.

They currently have three Pearl branded hotels, a three, four and five star each, all in Colombo.

The development will be spread across 480,000 sq. ft. and the luxury hotel is expected to be the tallest hotel tower comprising 42 floors, in Colombo 3, an important and established commercial area of the city.

The hotel will be situated in close proximity to international and domestic Airports and 3 km from the city centre.

The hotel will have meeting and banqueting facilities spread over 12,000 sq. ft. with the largest room having a capacity to accommodate 400 guests and a modern business centre.

Additionally, the hotel will feature a gymnasium, an outdoor pool, and a spa. Most rooms will have views of the Indian Ocean.

There will be six dining options including an all-day dining restaurant and three speciality restaurants offering unique culinary experiences to the visitors.

Sudeep Jain, Vice President, Development, South West Asia, IHG commented: “We are excited to introduce our global luxury brand InterContinental Hotels and Resorts to Sri Lanka, in partnership with Pearl Grand Tower.

This move is in line with our strategy to grow IHG’s footprint across South West Asia, and expand the presence of the InterContinental brand in key cities and resort destinations in the region.

A.L.M. Faris, Chairman, Pearl Grand Tower Hotel said: “We are delighted to be partnering with a leading global hospitality company such as IHG for our upcoming project.

THPT Comment: Colombo is a key gateway city in Sri Lanka and is well connected with other parts of the country via air, road, and rail. Majority of Sri Lankan corporations and other MNCs have their head offices in Colombo, whereas a lot of the other five star hotels are luxury resorts in the South of the country. IHG currently already have a Crowne Plaza in Colombo.