Skift Take

IHG has assembled a hospitality collection with some of the most wide-ranging and eclectic brands in the world. Here's what you need to know about every one of them.

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has always been a forerunner of hospitality trends, given how its brands span from just-the-basics road warriors to experience-seeking luxury travelers. Several of its brands anticipated shifts in guest tastes ahead of the pack. Before Instagram and hybrid working, the group created and acquired lifestyle brands with photogenic lobbies for guests who blend business and leisure travel. IHG also invented the concept of a hotel loyalty program. Today, with nearly 6,000 properties in more than 100 countries and with more than $2.9 billion in annual revenues, U.K.-based IHG curates 17 brands serving guests and owners with truly varied needs. 

The competition is fierce, a fact of life that the hotel giant's leadership confronts daily.

“We always have to up our game, so we have to continue to invest more and more in technology, reduce friction in the digital experience, and find better ways of reducing costs for owners and our technology platforms,” CEO Keith Barr told Skift in January. “We can’t sit still, but it’s pretty darn hard to replace [the traditional hotel experience], which is the advantage we have.”

Read on for insight from IHG on each of its 17 brands, followed by our own takes. 

Note: Global footprint numbers and quoted takes from IHG are from each brand’s home page, with property and room number data from March 31, 2022.

IHG's Categories & Brands

Lifestyle & Luxury: Six Senses, Regent, Intercontinental, Vignette, Kimpton, Hotel Indigo

Premium Collection: Voco, Hualuxe, EvenHotels, Crowne Plaza

Essentials Collection: Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn, Avid

Suites Collection: Atwell Suites, Staybridge Suites, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Candlewood Suites

Lifestyle & Luxury Six Senses Punakha / IHG Six Senses 21 open hotels 1,412 open rooms 33 hotels in the pipeline

IHG Take: “Each Six Senses property commits to guest rejuvenation and reconnection, with an expert focus on wellness and sustainability and creating a place where people can reconnect, in harmony with the local environment.”

Skift Take: Since its acquisiti