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IHG has announced that it will be reintroducing the InterContinental brand to Rome 6 years after the last property to carry the InterContinental name in the Italian capital (the InterContinental De La Ville) was reflagged as a Rocco Forte property.
The InterContinental Rome is slated to open in 2022 on the site of an existing 160-room “palazzo” property which will be refurbished as part of a multi-million Euro investment being made by a consortium of UK, US and Italian funds/corporations.
IHG hasn’t been very forthcoming when it comes to the details of the new property and we don’t even know if the room count at the new InterContinental Rome will match the count from the property it’s replacing…but this is what we know so far:
Designed in the early 1900s by architect Carlo Busiri Vici in the neo-renaissance style, the palazzo building was originally home to ambassadors staying in Rome, opening as a hotel in 1993. Guests will benefit from its proximity to the city’s wealth of art and history, thanks to a prime position less than a kilometre walk from the Galleria Borghese, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. The hotel can be easily reached from Rome’s Ciampino or Fiumicino international airports and is less than 10 minutes from the city’s main rail station.
As I said, that’s not very much to go on.
Location-wise things look good. We know that the property the InterContinatal Rome will replace sits on the famous Via Veneto close to the Villa Borghese (a beautiful part of the city)…
…and we know that although the area in which the new InterContinental Rome will sit isn’t exactly short of major chain hotels (there are a Marriott, a Westin, and a Sofitel on or very near to the Via Veneto),…
…there’s no IHG option anywhere nearby so this is going to be a genuinely new option for fans of IHG.
In fact, with only one other IHG property anywhere near the center of the city (Hotel Indigo) and with no upscale IHG properties in Rome at all, the opening of a new InterContinental will probably be welcome news to a lot of miles & points enthusiasts…especially those with Ambassador status.
Right now this property would probably cost between 60,000 and 70,000 IHG Rewards Points per night but, being realistic (and as this is IHG we’re talking about), it’s safe to assume that it will probably cost a lot more once its doors open in 2022.
Still, top-end chain hotels in European capitals tend to be quite expensive to book with cash during the more popular months so, to end on a positive note, I’m going to point out that an award booking at the new InterContinental Rome may cost a significant number of points/night when the hotel starts to take bookings, but it will still probably offer one of the better IHG redemption opportunities in Europe – I’m already looking forward to trying it out.
Featured image courtesy of IHG