Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel opens in Edinburgh

Amy Horsfield By Amy Horsfield
07 March 2019 | Updated 07 March 2019

UK: IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) has opened the first Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in Scotland, Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel.

Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel is located in Edinburgh's Georgian New Town, a UNESCO world heritage site. The 184 rooms and 15 suites are part of seven interconnecting Georgian townhouses.

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 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 Kimpton hotel openings in Glasgow and Manchester and an InterContinental Hotels & Resorts opening in Edinburgh.

Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel will feature in-room yoga mats and Kimpton's 'Forgot It, We've Got it' service offering important guest essentials, Kimpton's daily social hour in the hotel's BABA Bar, free fitness and wellness classes at the recently refurbished gym.

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 & Ireland, IHG, added: "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."

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

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