June 15, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, today announces the signing of InterContinental® Lyon Hotel Dieu in Lyon, France. The hotel will operate under a management agreement with Crédit Agricole Assurances and will be developed by Eiffage.
The 143-room property further strengthens IHG’s position as one of the largest international hotel operators in France by becoming the company’s fifth InterContinental® hotel in the country, joining InterContinental® Paris - Le Grand, InterContinental® Paris - Avenue Marceau, InterContinental® Marseille Hotel Dieu, and InterContinental® Carlton Cannes.
Located right on the bank of the river Rhône, the property is being converted from Lyon’s former Hôtel Dieu, one of the oldest hospitals in France, famed for its architectural beauty. It forms part of a listed group of buildings that dates back to the 17th Century, close to Place Bellecour in the very heart of the city.
InterContinental® Lyon Hotel Dieu and the adjoining conference centre are part of a multi-purpose development project named Grand Hôtel Dieu, an area of exceptional size in Lyon’s city centre featuring shops, restaurants, offices, private apartments and the neighbouring “Cité de la Gastronomie”.
Set to open during the autumn in 2018, the hotel’s 143 rooms will include 24 junior suites, one Presidential Suite and 118 deluxe and superior rooms. InterContinental® Lyon Hotel Dieu will feature a Club InterContinental lounge, multiple restaurants with access to a terrace from the main restaurant, a lounge bar, two meeting rooms and a sizeable 100m2 fitness centre. The connected, modern 2,500m2 conference centre will include nine meeting rooms with ample pre-meeting space, as well as a lounge and a 500m2 ballroom.
Willemijn Geels, Associate Vice President of Development, Northern and Eastern Europe, IHG said: “We’re thrilled to be expanding our InterContinental brand in France and cementing our leading position in the international hotel market. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is truly an iconic hallmark of luxury and this hotel will be an exceptional addition to our European portfolio.”
InterContinental Hotels and Resorts is one of the world's leading hotel brands with a long and successful heritage, going back over 65 years when the first InterContinental opened in 1946. Today, InterContinental is an award-winning brand, picking up accolades such as the coveted title of "World's Leading Hotel Brand" at the World Travel Awards last year – an award it has held for six consecutive years; and the title of "Best Hotel Brand Worldwide" in this year's Business Traveller Middle East Awards.
Globally, IHG operates 179 InterContinental hotels and resorts, with 51 hotels due to open in the next three to five years. IHG already operates 55 hotels in France, with seven hotels in the pipeline*.
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* Figures as at 31st March 2015
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN™ Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.
IHG manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with nearly 86 million members worldwide. The programme was relaunched in July 2013, offering enhanced benefits for members including free internet across all hotels, globally.
IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 4,900 hotels and 720,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries, with more than 1,200 hotels in its development pipeline. Over 350,000 people work across IHG’s hotels and corporate offices worldwide.
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