IHG opens Scotland's first Kimpton

The Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel is in the Georgian New Town, a UNESCO world heritage site. Photo credit: IHG

IHG has opened the first Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants property in Scotland. 

The Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel is in the Georgian New Town, a UNESCO world heritage site. The property has 184 rooms and 15 suites as 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. 

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The opening of Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel marks IHG’s return to the luxury market in Edinburgh and the first branded luxury hotel in Scotland in more than a decade. This year will see a continuation of this momentum with additional Kimpton hotel openings in Glasgow, Scotland; and Manchester, England; and an InterContinental Hotels & Resorts opening in Edinburgh, Scotland.

“We are very excited to build our presence in the luxury market in Scotland as we introduce the Kimpton brand,” said Karan Khanna, managing director, UK & Ireland, IHG. “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 U.K. (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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