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IHG® Signs Holiday Inn Express® in Wroclaw, Poland

History meets hospitality in the city where east meets west Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas brings its trademark unique and quirky take on hospitality to two restored Ottoman-era mansions in Istanbul, Turkey. Six Senses Kocataş Mansions, which also incorporates next-door Sait Paşa Mansion, is located in the prosperous Sariyer district of Istanbul’s European side, famous for its “Pearls of Bosphorus” waterfront properties. The urban resort recreates historic architectural features and artifacts from the site’s former 19th century Kocataş Mansions, which were devastated in a fire years ago, paying homage to its original footprint. The former mansion was owned by and named after Ottoman Minister of Justice Necmettin Molla Kocataş, owner of Kocataş Water. Indeed, just behind is a 2.5-hectare community known for its pure spring water. The site enjoys far-reaching views over the Bosphorus as it begins its last curve towards the Black Sea. This iconic Strait has been sailed since the Roman era and today marks one of the world’s most strategic waterways, separating Europe and Asia. The 45 generously proportioned guest rooms and suites are divided between the two stately three-level heritage mansions, together with lounges, banqueting and function rooms and a gallery. Inspired by the city’s ability to embrace its contradictions – whether east and west, ancient and modern, or mystical and earthly – the interior design blends traditional local flavors with contemporary Six Senses signature touches. Through menus that are both nutritious and delicious, based on its Eat With Six Senses philosophy, Six Senses tempts guests who are in tune with or aspire to a balanced wellness-driven lifestyle without compromising on some of life's finer indulgences. In addition to in-room dining, guests will be invited to sample the specialty menu at the Toro Latin GastroBar. With its elegant décor styled by the restaurateur Richard Sandoval, Toro Latin GastroBar is inspired by Pan-Latin and Asian cuisines, featuring cocktails shaken or stirred by a resident mixologist. The all-day Kahve café is located in a bohemian-style gilded hall offering up sweet and sticky pastries and refreshing Bosphorus views in turn. An added benefit of the site’s topography is that it allows for several offerings that will tempt travelers and residents seeking an urban oasis, starting with a fully-equipped gym and programming. True to the brand’s signature hospitality style, GEMs (Guest Experience Makers) will be on hand to help guests relax and reconnect, while enjoying the exciting attractions of the picturesque Sariyer district, sea and city. Omar Alfardan, president and CEO of Alfardan Group, said: “The partnership between Alfardan Group and Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas proves to be timely and strategic, as Turkey continues to emerge as a highly popular destination in the region. Six Senses Kocataş Mansions is a tribute to history and culture, and it represents our unique take on hospitality and urban hotel living which will be clearly reflected in its incredible designs and state-of-the-art facilities.”In addition to the abundant heritage and cultural attractions that make Istanbul a unique bridge between east and west, Six Senses Kocataş Mansions, Istanbul will also entertain guests by the water. A private boat moored in front of the property on the Bosphorus will be available for guests to take sightseeing trips and excursions. “We are very happy to partner with the Alfardan Group for this historic project,” said Chief Executive Officer Neil Jacobs. “Ideally situated in the city’s prosperous northernmost district with its vibrant outdoor cafés and garden areas, this remains truly the best spot for a Six Senses hotel in Istanbul. It will appeal to local residents in search of an urban wellness fix and great dining experiences, and also to international travelers who wish to explore the city.” The historic city center of Istanbul is a short boat ride away and the Istanbul New Airport, the largest hub in the world, is a 40-minute drive by private vehicle provided by the hotel. The stately heritage mansions together with the all-day Kahve café, Toro Latin GastroBar and gym are scheduled to open in November 2019, with more facilities to be added by next Spring.
Written by Amy

New signing highlights IHG’s strong momentum in the Polish market

IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), continues to expand their footprint across Poland with their recent signing of Holiday Inn Express Wroclaw. The announcement came today at IHG’s Poland Investors Day, held at the InterContinental Warsaw, where IHG signed a franchised agreement with partner IMS Budownictwo and management company, Hotel Professionals Management Group. The new hotel is planned to open by the end of 2021.


Falling under the top 10 largest economies in the EU and having been recognised as the best European Destination in 2018, Poland’s hospitality industry is continuing to thrive. The latest signing underscores the rapid hotel development in the country as well as IHG’s commitment to the market. The Holiday Inn Express Wroclaw will be located on one of the most important arterial roads in the city of Wroclaw, giving the hotel a beautiful sight of the buzzing Poludnie district, with its increasingly popular culinary scene and food markets. The 142-room hotel will be a new build development representing the seventh Holiday Inn Express in Poland, enabling IHG to continue their strong and successful presence within the Polish market.

Mario Maxeiner, Managing Director, Northern Europe, IHG, commented:We are extremely excited to further grow our footprint across Poland as it is an important market for IHG with great potential. The Holiday Inn Express Wroclaw will create a number of new employment opportunities in Wroclaw and it continues our important investment and contribution to the Polish economy. We are happy to be partnering with IMS Budownictwo, a company that has just as much confidence in the market as we do.

Eugeniusz Chodacki, President, IMS Budownictwo commented:“We are thrilled to partner with IHG and leverage their strong industry experience and systems. It was an honour to announce our partnership and exciting news of our new hotel at the IHG Investor Day in Poland, an established format for IHG partners to network and exchange latest updates and news from the business.”

As IHG’s fastest growing hotel brand, Holiday Inn Express is the first choice for travellers who need a simple place to stay, whilst offering everything a guest may need. For owners, the brand offers the ability to drive higher returns by delivering exceptional stays and leveraging IHG’s powerful systems, including IHG® Rewards Club, one of the world’s largest hotel loyalty programmes. 

IHG currently has 11* hotels open in Poland across the brands InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Hotel Indigo. An additional 19 hotels are in the pipeline, with the majority to open by 2022, effectively tripling IHG’s system size in the country and expanding the brand portfolio by two additional brands: Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites.

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