IHG continues to invest in Scotland with first Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants opening in Edinburgh

 InterContinental Hotels Group opens the first Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants in Scotland, Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel.
InterContinental Hotels Group opens the first Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants in Scotland, Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel.

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened the first Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants in Scotland, Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel, as it continues to invest in Scotland as a luxury destination.

Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel is in one of Edinburgh’s most beautiful squares in the Georgian New Town, a UNESCO world heritage site.

With a view of Edinburgh Castle and historic hotspots just a short walk away, the hotel is at the perfect intersection between old and new.

 The 184 rooms and 15 suites are part of seven interconnecting Georgian townhouses, which showcase Kimpton’s bold and playful design.

Last year,  IHG and Covivio entered an agreement to rebrand and operate 12 hotels (and one pipeline hotel) operating under the Principal and De Vere brands.

The Principal Charlotte Square is the second of these properties to rebrand as a Kimpton, following the successful opening of Kimpton Fitzroy London in October 2018.

The opening of Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel marks IHG’s return to the luxury market in Edinburgh, as its first branded luxury hotel in Scotland in over a decade.

This year will see a continuation of this momentum with additional Kimpton hotel openings in Glasgow and Manchester and an InterContinental Hotels and Resorts opening in Edinburgh.

Hotel guests will enjoy Kimpton’s signature perks such as in-room yoga mats and Kimpton’s ‘Forgot It, We’ve Got it’ service offering important guest essentials.

 Guests can also meet fellow travellers at Kimpton’s daily social hour in the hotel’s BABA Bar, take part in free fitness and wellness classes at the recently refurbished, state-of-the-art gym, or enjoy a relaxing treatment at the Spa.

Johan Scheepers, general manager, Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel, said: “Kimpton has built its brand on the belief that heartfelt human connections make people’s lives better.

“We inspire curiosity and embrace people exactly as they are, creating truly meaningful guest experiences. Each Kimpton hotel is an escape from the ordinary, and Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel will offer a vibrant Scottish service full of charm and personality, in one of the world’s most historic cities.”

Karan Khanna, managing director, UK and Ireland, IHG, commented: “We are very excited to build our presence in the luxury market in Scotland as we introduce the Kimpton brand.

“Edinburgh has a real demand for a lifestyle luxury brand and I’m confident that Kimpton’s relaxed approach to luxury will suit the market well.”

Currently, IHG has 345 hotels operating under eight brands in the UK, including: InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts, voco, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites, with another 29 in the pipeline.

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