IHG Brings Boutique Luxury to Spain with Kimpton Barcelona

Kimpton is bringing its unique luxury approach to Spain.

IHG announced today that it has inked a deal to open Kimpton Barcelona in the second half of 2019.

The 156-room property is to be located in Barcelona’s old town near the famed ‘La Rambla’ street. The hotel will feature a lobby lounge, an all-day dining restaurant, and event space. Additional amenities will include a swimming pool and a rooftop space providing outstanding views of the city center.

Kimpton Barcelona’s host neighborhood features a mix of boutiques from local and international designers. The property will also be within walking distance of many of the city’s top attractions.

To bring the new property online, IHG is partnering with Casacuberta, a private company that specializes in acquisition and transformation. Casacuberta’s portfolio includes residential, commercial and office buildings and the company already has hotels in Madrid, Barcelona, and Geneva.

“Barcelona is one of the most popular city break destinations in Europe, attracting over 30 million tourists each year,” Kenneth Macpherson, CEO of Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Africa (EMEAA) at IHG said in a statement. “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.”

The Barcelona signing comes on the heels of signings for the brand in Frankfurt and Tokyo. The brand also recently announced that it will be opening a property in the UK next month.

Macpherson said he’s confident Kimpton’s heartfelt, personalized service and bold design will resonate well in its latest location. He also noted that more signings will continue to be announced as Kimpton continues its expansion into new markets around the globe.

Founded in 1981 by Bill Kimpton, the boutique luxury brand was acquired by IHG in 2015. The brand currently operates 67 hotels and 82 restaurants, bars and lounges in the U.S., Caribbean, and Europe.

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