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New Suites Coming to Select IHG Hotels & Resorts Properties

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If you like living the suite life, you’re in luck: IHG Hotels & Resorts will be rolling out 3 new suite types for popular suites-only properties.

These new prototypes will be offered in addition to existing designs for developers to choose from when building or renovating properties at Atwell Suites, Candlewood Suites, and Staybridge Suites.

While new options are always welcome, these guest rooms are smaller, so don’t be surprised if you notice your suite is a bit cozier on your next extended stay.

Let’s take a look at the details.

IHG Hotel New Suite Prototypes

IHG wants to give more options and flexibility to developers when it comes to building new hotels, converting existing ones, and working with dual-brand or adaptive reuse properties.

staybridge suites kitchen
Staybridge Suites kitchen. Image Credit: IHG

This means adding 3 new options for them to choose from for their respective market and site.

“IHG continues to build on our nearly three decades of leadership in the extended stay and suites space by evolving our prototype designs to increase owner value while offering the spaces and amenities short- and long-term travelers value most,” said Kevin Schramm, SVP of Development, Mainstream Brands – U.S. and Canada at IHG.

These prototypes will be available by mid-2024, and guests can expect to see them at U.S. properties as early as 2025.

Atwell Suites

Atwell Suites developers will soon have 2 configurations to choose from when it comes to lobby design, plus a new bedroom option.

atwell suites king guestroom
Atwell Suites king guest room. Image Credit: IHG

The current model features a two-story “end-loaded” design, whereas the new prototype is a one-story “centrally-loaded” model. Both options maintain the flexible work, bar, lounge, and dining spaces.

The new prototype for rooms represents a significantly smaller room bay, dropping from 16’8″ to 12’6″ while maintaining the brand’s wet bar, sofa, and desk.

The smaller room footprint means that developers can add up to 12 additional rooms compared to a property of similar size.

Candlewood Suites

Candlewood Suites is getting the “Beacon 4.2” variation, which builds on the 2019 brand update.

candlewood suites king guestroom
Candlewood Suites king guest room. Image Credit: IHG

This will further tweak and optimize property usage by creating more density with smaller rooms, adding up to 12 rooms compared to a similarly sized suite.

Rooms bays will drop from 15’3″ to 12’6,” along with a fully-equipped kitchen and signature recliner. Hotels will continue to feature designated social, semi-private, and communal lobby workspaces.

Staybridge Suites

Staybridge Suites will now have the option to feature a “Smart Studio,” which features yet another smaller room bay, dropping from 16′ to 13′.

staybridge suites king guestroom
Staybridge Suites king guest room. Image Credit: IHG

The suites are designed for shorter stays at Staybridge Suites and could eventually make up to 25% of room types available. This new prototype will continue to feature a kitchen as well as designated work, sleep, and relaxation zones.

Bottom Line:

While these suite brands offer more space than a traditional hotel room, at this pace, they will have the same square footage but with a kitchen wedged in.

Final Thoughts

Overall, if you are a developer, it’s great to have options to cater to specific markets and guest needs.

However, from a guest perspective, these new prototypes represent more rooms (read: more money) in the same amount of space…which means smaller suites. Shrinkflation?

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About Chris Hassan

Chris holds a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management and managed social media for all Marriott properties in South America, making him a perfect fit for UP and its social media channels. He has a passion for making content catered toward family travelers.

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