The Financial Times reports:
"Inter Ikea hopes to build the hotels in markets where it is already active in property, such as the UK, Netherlands and Poland, as well as new markets such as Germany.
'We will announce within a few weeks the first location for our budget hotel in Germany and we are in talks with hotel operators to rapidly implement our concept,' Harald Müller, a senior manager in Inter Ikea's property division, told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in Germany."
We've joked around before about hotels that skimp out on the furniture by shopping at IKEA, but the concept of an entire IKEA-built hotel has us kind of excited. Thinking back on all the good times we've spent stalking the aisles of IKEA on a Sunday afternoon—and making a pit stop for meatballs in the cafeteria—we wouldn't be at all surprised if we end up really liking the hotels.
But until we start seeing renderings and checking rates, we'll try not to get our hopes up.