InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s largest hotel companies, has signed a franchise agreement with the Finnish company International Restel Hotels Ltd to open a new hotel in Helsinki. The 120-room Hotel Indigo Helsinki – Boulevard is due to open in 2015 following the conversion of an existing building at Bulevardi 26 in the Punavuori district of the city. The location is known for its 19th century art and architecture, nestled amongst trendy restaurants and art galleries.
According to IHG, the new hotel will be designed to reflect its neighbourhood, the character and history of the surrounding area. The hotel will feature a high quality bar and restaurant as well as a large fitness studio. This will be IHG’s first Indigo boutique brand hotel in the Nordic countries. The architect and principal designer for the project is Architect Sami Horto of Inter-Arch Oy. The hotel will have a total surface area of 7700 square metres and will be constructed by NCC Ltd.
Restel already operates all eight of IHG’s existing hotels in Finland. “We’re excited about bringing IHG’s boutique brand to Finland for the first time. The hotel is set in an iconic location and complements its surroundings perfectly, offering residents and guests a great space to relax and unwind,” says Gabor Pusztai, Restel’s Director of Operations in Helsinki.
IHG has five hotels in the Helsinki region: Crowne Plaza Helsinki Holiday Inn Helsinki - West Ruoholahti Holiday Inn Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre Holiday Inn Helsinki -Vantaa Airport, and Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre. “We are looking forward to our long standing partnership with Restel going from strength to strength in the future,” says Peter Vermeer, Vice President of Development for Benelux and Eastern Europe, IHG.
Sources: IHG, Restel