InterContinental Hotels Expands in Costa Rica

The multinational company, InterContinental Hotels Group, plans to open two new resort-type hotels in Guanacaste and the Central Pacific.

Friday, May 8, 2009

The two new hotels will be the first resort-type that InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) will open in Costa Rica. The firm already has 5 hotels, all located in San Jose.

According to, IHG's president in America, Jim Abrahamson, said: "The economic crisis has impacted Guanacaste, but we believe it is a short term phenomenon. The province is a good place, as is the Pacific coast, especially now with the opening of the highway (to Caldera)."

The executive also said that the dates for opening the new hotels are not yet defined.

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New Luxury Resort in Costa Rica

September 2014

An announcement has been made of the 2015 opening of a hotel complex containing 151 rooms by Wyndham Resort Papagayo Yu, in Playa Panama, Guanacaste.

From a statement issued by the Wyndham Hotel Group:

Wyndham Hotel Group, with approximately 7,540 hotels and which is part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, announced today the signing of a franchise agreement for the first resort in Costa Rica of the luxury brand Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, the Wyndham Resort Papagayo Yu in Guanacaste.

Wyndham Hotel Group to Open Hotel in Nicaragua

February 2013

The Wyndham Milagro del Mar Resort will offer 212 rooms on the Nicaraguan Pacific coast in San Diego beach, in Villa El Carmen.

The property will be developed by HB International, and its opening is planned for next year.

This will be the first Wyndham hotel in Nicaragua and its opening is scheduled for 2014, generating nearly 300 local jobs and becoming an anchor project in the Gran Pacifica resort, covering 1,440 hectares with more than four kilometers of beach.

Nikki Beach Withdraws from Panama Hotel Project

February 2011

Nikki Beach severed its ties with a condo-hotel project in Playa Blanca, in the Panamanian Pacific.

The company has initiated legal action against the local promoter, RG Panama Real Estate, said Peter Higney, director of operations, Nikki Beach Hotels & Resorts, Miami Beach.

Two New Hotels in the Barceló Group

April 2009

Costa Rica will have two new hotels from the Spanish chain, one in Jacó in late 2010 and the other in Guanacaste in 2011.

The construction of the 150-room Barceló Jacó Beach Hotel is scheduled to open in late 2010 and the 248-room Barceló Playa Azul Hotel in Guanacaste will open its doors in late 2011. They will involve investments of $64.5 million and $237 million, respectively.

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