Hilton Worldwide Unveils Plans for First Hilton Hotel in Iraq
By Kerry Medina
July 23, 2012 10:50 PM
Hilton Worldwide has expansion plans in Iraqi Kurdistan in northern Iraq, with the signing of a management agreement with the Mihtab Group to develop the first Hilton Hotels and Resorts property in the city of Erbil, Iraq.
The Hilton Erbil Hotel and Spa, which is expected to open in 2016, will be the second Hilton Worldwide property in Erbil following the 2011 announcement to develop a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton in the city. Hilton Erbil Hotel and Spa will be set in landscaped grounds in an upscale residential and commercial district just north of Erbil, an area famous for its picturesque, mountainous landscape as well as its close proximity to the city's main access road. These key location benefits are attracting many new businesses to the area, including a number of foreign embassies planned within the next two years.
The Hilton Erbil Hotel and Spa will have 300 rooms, including 30 suites, 10 chalets with a health club, outdoor and indoor pools, a retail arcade, and an eforea: spa at Hilton location. Dining options include two specialty restaurants, an all-day dining area, a destination bar, lobby lounge and pool bar. The property will also offer business and event facilities with five meeting rooms, two boardrooms and one of the largest multi-purpose ballrooms in the city, with capacity for up to 1,000 people.