IHG opens Staybridge Suites Jeddah Alandalus Mall in Saudi
The shopping mall attracts 13 million visitors annually
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened Staybridge Suites Jeddah Alandalus Mall, a 164-key property directly connected to the mall, which is one of the most popular shopping destinations in the city, with visitor figures exceeding 13 million annually.
The signing of the management agreement between IHG and Alandalus Property Co. was previously reported by Hotelier Middle East back in 2013.
“We are honoured and delighted to partner with IHG in order to launch Staybridge Suites in Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom maintains the largest economy in the Middle East, and as a result, corporate travel within the country, and particularly in Jeddah, is considerable. As the GCC’s economy continues to expand, Jeddah will continue to grow as a commercial hub for industries such as engineering, real estate, construction, and IT/telecommunications. This means an ever-increasing number of visitors who need long stay options in the city. Staybridge Suites Jeddah Alandalus Mall now offers business travelers a world-class extended-stay experience whenever they make Jeddah their home-away-from-home,” said Alandalus Property Co. chief business development officer Hathal Al Utaibi.
IHG chief operating officer IMEA Pascal Gauvin said: “As part of IHG’s diverse family of brands, Staybridge Suites endeavours to provide guests with the best extended-stay experience possible. We believe our unique offering, coupled with an excellent location near the heart of Jeddah, will allow Staybridge Suites to serve the needs of Saudi Arabia’s families, religious and leisure tourists, and business travellers alike.”
Staybridge Suites Jeddah Alandalus Mall is comprised of 164 suites: a mix of studios, one and two bedroom suites, complete with living areas, fully equipped kitchens, guest laundry rooms and high speed internet connections. Additionally, the Jeddah Alandalus Mall location will offer seven meeting rooms, a banquet hall, outdoor swimming pool, a spa, a gym, and a business centre. The hotel is linked to vital roads to the south, west and east, including King Abdullah Road and Prince Majed Road, which connect it to the new King Abdulaziz Airport, with a commute of less than 15 minutes. The hotel is also close to Al Haramain Train Station, allowing guests to reach the Grand Mosque in less than 20 minutes.
Introduced in 1998, Staybridge Suites is one of the fastest growing extended stay hotel brands in the world with more than 200 hotels since its launch. The brand is also expected to operate a property in Jeddah's Hira street. There are currently three Staybridge Suites across AMEA, with four in the pipeline in the Middle East, three of which will be in Saudi Arabia*.
* Figures provided by IHG as at March YTD 2017.