InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the leading hotel companies in the world, has bought 11 new developments in the Iberian Peninsula, five in Portugal – Staybridge Suites Porto, Staybridge Suites Carcavelos, Six Senses Lisboa, Holiday Inn Express Porto and Holiday Inn Express Évora – and six in Spain.

The company reveals, in a statement, that the big news for the Portuguese market “is the debut of the IHG Staybridge Suites brand, which will open its doors in the city of Porto and in Carcavelos”. “The opening of most of the new acquisitions is expected for 2022, and the others are planned for 2023, 2024 and 2025”, according to a report from idealista/news.

“I am delighted to announce this important selection of units in the Iberian Peninsula, which is a region that has a lot to offer to all types of travellers. Being a fundamental growth market for us, and an increasingly sought after destination, I am sure that these acquisitions are an investment that will bring us great success”, says Willemijn Geels, vice president of the department for Europe development in hotels and resorts from IHG.


IHG® Hotels & Resorts, also announced the European debut of its new luxury collection brand Vignette™ Collection in a landmark multi-property deal.

In partnership with owner group JJW Hotels & Resorts (JJW), the signings in Portugal of Penina Resort & Golf, Portugal and the Dona Filipa Hotel, Portugal represent the strong owner appetite for Vignette Collection.

Karin Sheppard, Senior Vice President and Managing Director Europe said: “We are delighted to announce our first European Vignette Collection signings through our partnership with JJW Hotels & Resorts. Complementing our existing Luxury & Lifestyle portfolio in Europe, these unique properties will meet the needs of travellers seeking a luxury stay experience, whilst maintaining each hotel’s authentic charm and individuality.

The introduction of Vignette Collection follows the successful launch of voco hotels – another of our many conversion-friendly brands – so it’s fitting that we are also working with JJW to build voco’s presence in the popular Algarve region.”

Mohsen MBI Al Jaber, Vice-chairman of JJW Hotels & Resorts added: “We're extremely proud to be partnering with IHG Hotels & Resorts to announce the first signings of Vignette Collection across IHG’s and JJW’s European portfolios. These unique properties, along with the addition of a new voco hotel, will offer the highest standards of excellence whilst retaining their own distinctive identity.

IHG purchases in Portugal

Staybridge Suites Porto

The recently developed Staybridge Suites Porto will allow guests to extend their stay, enjoying the residential-style facilities of the brand's first hotel in Portugal. With 119 modern suites, business or long-term guests will especially enjoy the hotel's privileged location in the heart of the city.

Staybridge Suites Carcavelos

Carcavelos, on the outskirts of Lisbon, is undergoing a fascinating renovation, which includes the new construction of a Staybridge Suites property. The hotel, with 135 rooms, is under construction and comprises the first specific construction concept for extended stays in the region. It will opens its doors in December 2025.

Six Senses Lisbon

Lisbon will host the second Six Senses property in Portugal. It opens in 2025 and is located near Avenida da Liberdade, in Palácio das Pedrosas. Six Senses Lisbon will offer 114 guest rooms and first-rate wellness facilities, designed to be a sanctuary within the vibrant capital.

Holiday Inn Express Porto

The newly built Holiday Inn Express Porto, with 96 rooms, will be the second establishment of its kind in the city, located close to the trendy neighbourhood of Boavista.

Holiday Inn Express Evora

The Holiday Inn Express will have 76 rooms and is located in Évora. It will be the first IHG hotel to open its doors in the city, which is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.