InterContinental to raise flag in Scotland, again

InterContinental Edinburgh - The George boosts IHG's UK luxury offering

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) will bring InterContinental Edinburgh – The George back into its system as the group continues its integration of the Principal portfolio.

This move follows the opening of Kimpton-branded hotels in Edinburgh and Glasgow earlier this year. With the reintroduction of the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand in Scotland, IHG further secures its position as the UK’s largest luxury hotel operator.

The hotel was previously sold but the integration of the Principal portfolio provided the opportunity to bring it back in to the IHG brand family. But after significant renovations, InterContinental Edinburgh – The George has re-entered the system, enabling IHG to expand its flagship luxury brand in their home market.

Karan Khanna, Managing Director, UK & Ireland, IHG commented: “We are excited to grow our luxury presence in Scotland as we continue the integration of the Principal portfolio. Edinburgh is a key city in our home market so it’s great to reintroduce our flagship brand, InterContinental, to the city. I am confident its arrival will receive a warm welcome and the team will deliver a great service to guests.“

Located in the central district of New Town, the InterContinental Edinburgh – The George is surrounded by iconic attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, Charlotte Square and Edinburgh Farmers Market. The property is an integration of Georgian townhouses that were originally built in the 1780s and would have been among the most exclusive addresses in the city. The hotel design preserves the original beauty and architecture of the building whilst offering a contemporary, modest luxury design.

InterContinental Edinburgh – The George is the third InterContinental open in the UK, joining InterContinental London – Park Lane and InterContinental London – The O2.

Earlier this month, The Travel Corporation’s Red Carnation Hotel Collection confirmed it’s intention to develop a boutique luxury hotel in Edinburgh at the site of the former Royal Overseas League Hotel which overlooks Edinburgh Castle.

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