The InterContinental brand returned to Edinburgh in August 2019 as a result of IHG’s May 2018 acquisition of Principal Hotels.
Principal’s Edinburgh hotel was previously an InterContinental, so it was an obvious choice for IHG to bring the brand back.
InterContinental Edinburgh did not have a club lounge but this appears to be changing.
A slightly confusing Facebook post says that anyone booking a suite at the hotel from 21st July will have ‘exclusive’ access to a new club lounge.
This could not be accurate. Royal Ambassador elite members would automatically get access. You can also get an annual lounge pass for all IHG hotels as a ‘milestone reward’ for completing 40 nights in a year.
It also seems that some rooms other than suites will get access. If you look at room descriptions on the hotel website, it says this:
King Bed Premium City View
Step into luxury and soak up the breath-taking views of Edinburgh’s New Town. Club InterContinental Rooms are located on the upper floors of the hotel and boast spectacular views across Edinburgh, all the way to out to the Forth river estuary.
Spacious rooms complete with plush King Size beds, comfortable sofas and indulgent amenities are sure to make you feel at home. Club InterContinental Rooms’ comforts include Nespresso coffee machine, still and sparking water, a complimentary mini-bar (wine, beer, gin and whisky), shortbread and breakfast included during your stay. Essentials such as complimentary Wi-Fi, USB charging points, central air conditioning, toiletries, flat screen smart TV, laptop safe, bathrobes and slippers are also included in your stay.
This IMPLIES that the ‘Premium City View’ room category will be rebranded as Club InterContinental Rooms.
Benefits of the lounge, according to the Facebook link, include:
- Fresh coffee and tea available all day, alongside fruit and snacks
- Afternoon tea service
- Evening cocktails and canapes
- Traditional Scottish or InterContinental breakfast
- Check-out from lounge
Hopefully we can get some clarity as to what is happening nearer to 21st July.
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