First Voco hotel opens in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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First Voco hotel opens in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Category: Middle East - Saudi Arabia - Hotel opening
Press release published on 2019-11-14

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, is proud to announce the opening of the 5-star voco Riyadh, the first voco hotel in Saudi Arabia’s capital city, in partnership with KSA-based developer Wasata Al Wosta Real Estate Co.


The 5 star flagship property in the Kingdom underwent major redesigning and rebranding to launch under the voco brand.

As part of extensive renovations being carried out at the property, the 5 star hotel will feature a range of upscale signature voco hallmarks: warm and bright inviting interiors, modern artworks representing the voco character and personality. Thanks to our unique service style our guests can expect an informal, unstuffy experience with playful, personal touches throughout. - ‘Come on in’ is our welcome signature that guarantees our guests will always get a warm welcome during a swift and simple check in, with a locally-inspired welcome treat to kick off their stay.

The flagship voco hotel in the Kingdom offers guests a choice of 438 rooms and suites, each equipped with HD LED TVs and high-speed WiFi. The hotel also boasts a bridal suite and connecting family rooms available on request. Guests driving to voco Riyadh will benefit from ample parking, with 400 underground spaces available.

Located on King Fahad Road and just 30 minutes from the King Khaled International Airport, voco Riyadh is close to the city’s key commercial areas, business zones and landmarks including Kingdom Tower and the Embassy District.

A range of dining options offering regional and international cuisines will be served at the property’s restaurants which include Indian, Italian, Lebanese, as well as an international all-day dining restaurant to cater to guests, in addition to the Cabana Pool Bar and Rotunda Lounge. Business travellers can use an array of 22 meeting rooms at voco Riyadh, that can easily cater to a wide range of events and conferences. The hotel also features a large ballroom which can accomodate more than 1200 delegates.

The guests will also benefit from InterContinental Hotels Group Rewards Club programme – the first and largest guest loyalty program in the hotel industry, offering sought-after benefits.

Pascal Gauvin, Managing Director, India, Middle East & Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group said: “We are delighted to open the first voco hotel in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is an important and growing market for us.”

“We have committed ourselves to strengthening our presence in the country through our portfolio of popular global brands and by working in partnership with Wasata Al Wosta Real Estate Co. we are delighted to be continuing to bring true hospitality to our guests.”

“This agreement is particularly exciting as this will be the first voco hotel in Riyadh and the Kingdom, and will also help to accelerate the growth of KSA’s hospitality industry by offering guests a new, unique, hospitality experience.”


M. Allaf, Area General Manager, InterContinental Hotels Group, said: “We are thrilled to launch voco brand in KSA. New to the InterContinental Hotel Group family, voco is an upscale hotel brand that guarantees guests a stay that’s as individual as it is indulgent, making it the perfect fit for the growing number of travelers visiting the country under the new government’s vision. Our new property caters for both business travellers and leisure seekers alike high-quality touches, from indulgent amenities to big, comfortable beds.

This opening is a momentous milestone for us and I am happy to be part of a dynamic team that brings a name synonymous with premium five-star hotel experiences to our clients in Riyadh and beyond.”


IHG currently operates 33 hotels across 4 brands in Saudi Arabia including: InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn, and Staybridge Suites with a further 20 in the pipeline due to open within the next three to five years.*

*Numbers as of 30 September 2019

About IHG

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, Regent Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo, EVEN Hotels , HUALUXE Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, voco, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, avid hotels, Staybridge Suites, Atwell Suites and Candlewood Suites.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns nearly 5,800 hotels and approximately 865,000 guest rooms in more than 100 countries, with over 1,900 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG Rewards Club, our global loyalty programme, which has more than 100 million enrolled members.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 400,000 people work across IHG's hotels and corporate offices globally.

InterContinental Hotels Group opens flagship voco Riyadh in the Kingdom with Wasata Al Wosta Real Estate Co.
Photo credit © InterContinental Hotels Group


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