When I was chatting with one IC manager over the weekend, I learned that the InterContinental Jakarta Midplaza would leave the chain, although the exit date was unclear.
I checked the IHG’s website and it was selling the hotel all the way to 2018. I dropped a note to the IHG spokesperson and learned today that the hotel is reflagged as Ayana Midplaza Jakarta come April 1, 2017.
You can access InterContinental Jakarta Midplaza’s website here.
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Here’s the statement from IHG:
Anil Pathak, Regional General Manager, Indonesia, IHG:
Following the end of the management agreement for InterContinental Jakarta Midplaza between PT. Prima Adhitama International Development and an IHG subsidiary (IHG) on 31 March 2017, IHG will cease to manage the hotel. This decision was reached by mutual agreement between both parties.
Starting 00:00 HRS on 1 April 2017, the hotel will be rebranded to Ayana Midplaza Jakarta and we are working closely with PT. Prima Adhitama International Development to ensure a smooth transition of the hotel to the new management team.
Whilst we will be reaching the end of our relationship with PT. Prima Adhitama International Development, we continue to be confident about our growth in Indonesia.
We currently have 20 hotels open across four brands in the country and over the next few years we will more than double our presence, adding another 26 hotels to the IHG family. Tourist arrivals are on the rise and we continue to see a huge potential to expand our footprint across both city and resort locations to meet the increasing demand in travel. We will continue to look for the right opportunity to grow our brands with the right partner, in the right location.
The current Hotel Indonesia Kempinski (stayed there once when I had GHA status and it was really really nice) was the first InterContinental hotel in the city.
I have stayed at this soon to be reflagged Midplaza location a number of times both (probably a couple months) on PointBreaks (several weeks) and paid rates. It is solid hotel, although not as flashy as the new Fairmont but like the location more.
Haven’t stayed at the Crowne Plaza for a while (it was on the PointBreaks one time as well) and it was in bad shape, although they were starting renovations. Not sure how the hotel today is. Always received a suite upgrade with club access though.
All these international hotel chains have “asset light” strategy meaning that they rarely if ever own the properties that fly their flags. Unless they have very long management contracts, these reflaggings will become a more regular occurrence.
The problem always is how award reservations are handled. Sometimes they are carried over but not always. You won’t receive any status related benefits on paid rates or awards for sure and you can forget earning stay/night credits or points.