Cugo Gran Macina Grand Harbour Becomes First Maltese Member Of Design Hotels

6th November 2017

Each property reflects the ideas of a visionary hotelier, an ‘Original’: someone with a passion for genuine hospitality, cultural authenticity, thought-provoking design and architecture.

Cugó Gran Maċina Grand Harbour luxury boutique accommodation has become the first Maltese member of Design Hotels, a hospitality brand that represents and markets a curated selection of over 300 independent hotels and luxury boutique accommodations in more than 60 countries across the world.

“The bespoke sub-brand of IBB, Cugó Gran, has been chosen to ensure, that the highest service and quality standards of the hospitality sector will be reached with this luxury boutique accommodation becoming a new flagship within IBB,” said Vladimir Saal, managing director and CEO of the Malta-based IBB Hotel Collection.

“This is our first collaboration with IBB Hotel Collection,” said Ruby Davies, public relations and communications manager for Design Hotels. “As a hospitality brand, we are continuously striving to create experiences that are original and unforgettable, and that is precisely what this partnership between Design Hotels and Cugó Gran Maċina Grand Harbour aims to accomplish. Through historic architecture, exemplary design, and an immersion in the local culture, our shared communities will be warmly welcomed at the restored Maċina building. This regeneration project will shine a new light on Malta’s Grand Harbour through the reinvention of this iconic historical architecture.”

Founded by Claus Sendlinger in 1993, Design Hotelsoffers its members insightful travel industry knowledge, from market trend consultancy to international sales representation. The company has its headquarters in Berlin and branches in London, Barcelona, New York and Singapore.

More than a collection of  contemporary and luxurious hospitality venues, Design Hotelsis a collection of stories. Each property reflects the ideas of a visionary hotelier, an ‘Original’: someone with a passion for genuine hospitality, cultural authenticity, thought-provoking design and architecture. Each 'Original' stands for the individual, aesthetic and service-driven experience that his or her venue provides. Cugó Gran Maċina Grand Harbour fits perfectly into this vision.

IBB Hotel Collection operates 11 hotels in Germany, Poland and Spain with ambitious growth plans for the upcoming years. is a subsidiary of Von der Heyden Group, a developer and investor based in Malta, operating hotels and luxury boutique accommodations under lease, management and franchise contracts in prime and secondary locations with three different own brands: IBB Hotel, IBB Blue Hotel, and Cugó Gran.


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