Eastern European AccorHotels partner to open new Ibis Styles in Romania

Ibis Styles Arad, Romania. Photo credit: AccorHotels(Image: AccorHotels)

AccorHotels partner Orbis Hotel Group has signed a management agreement to open an Ibis Styles hotel north of Bucharest, Romania with its partner and investor Liwa Properties.

The new-build, 85-room hotel in Otopeni will be at Henri Coandă International Airport. The Ibis Styles is expected to be open in first-half 2019.

This is Orbis' latest addition to its pipeline in Romania. The Poland-based licensor of AccorHotels brands in Eastern Europe signed a 15-year management deal with Romania's Hotel Development to open Timisoara’s first Ibis hotel. The 200-room, new-build property in the city center is slated to open in fourth-quarter 2020. 

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Orbis and Constructii Erbasu opened the Ibis Styles Bucharest Erbas in July with 80 guestrooms. Following a complete renovation, the partners rebranded the former Erbas Hotel as an Ibis Styles. 

Orbis also acquired the Mercure Bucharest Unirii for €11.35 million in early July. The hotel group, which has operated the hotel since 2017, is continuing renovations on the 100-room property.  

Romania's first Ibis Styles opened in Arad in April following a renovation. Orbis also partnered with Constructii Erbasu for the 72-room hotel.

AccorHotels currently has 11 properties in Romania. The hotels operate under the Novotel, Mercure, Ibis, Ibis Styles and Pullman brands in Constanta, Sibiu, Bucharest, Arad and Sighisoara.

Orbis opened another Ibis Styles in Slovenia as part of its expansion across Eastern Europe. The group brought the Ibis Styles and Mercure brands to Maribor in January with its investor and local partner Terme Maribor. The partners invested approximately  €600,000 to renovate and rebrand the former Piramida and Orel hotels as part of a franchise agreement. These now operate as the Mercure Maribor City Center and the Ibis Styles Maribor City Center.