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Hilton Hotels & Resorts Makes Rio Debut with Hilton Barra Hotel

Hotel & Resort | Brian Major | April 09, 2015

Hilton Hotels & Resorts Makes Rio Debut with Hilton Barra Hotel

The Pulse: Hilton debuts Hilton Barra Hotel in Rio de Janeiro

Why it Rates: This launch adds a brand name familiar to North Americans to Brazil’s booming hotel sector. The new hotel‘s bookings are positioned to experience an immediate surge from the 2016 Summer Olympics, which take place in Rio. – Brian Major, TravelPulse South America editor

Worldwide today announced the opening of the new 298-room Hilton Barra hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – the company’s first hotel in this booming metropolis.  With a privileged location on Avenida Abelardo Bueno in the heart of the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, this newest hotel in Rio de Janeiro is set to be the first choice of fans visiting the city for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.  To commemorate its opening, Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro welcomes guests with special introductory rates starting at $159 per night and rewards Hilton HHonors members with 1,000 HHonors Points per night.

“Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro is a one-of-a-kind property featuring a sleek, sustainable design that nods to the rich culture of this historic, cosmopolitan city and elevates our overall presence in this pivotal Latin America destination,” said Rob Palleschi, global head, full service brands, Hilton Worldwide. “This project marks an exciting milestone for Hilton as we continue to break into new Latin American markets to deliver the unmatched hospitality experience Hilton is known for.”

Developed by Carvalho Hosken S/A, the nine-story Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro displays a unique visual identity that blends a contemporary architecture and design, with the style and feel of the local Brazilian culture, all while contributing to the reduction of energy and water consumption. 

Top architects, interior designers and landscape artists played a pivotal role in creating a space where guests are embraced by their surroundings, including their entrance to a lobby of monumental scale with 37 meter height that when illuminated in the evening, acts as a gigantic glass box shining light throughout the property.  Local artists contributed with exquisite works, and a key design element present throughout the property – a hollow form – creates a balance between light and the separation of space that allows a consistent flow through all ambiances.  An outdoor garden rich in colors and textures completes the exclusive design.

Just 30 minutes from Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport and five minutes from Jacarepaguá Airport in Barra da Tijuca, Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro boasts a strategic location with easy access to a number of corporate offices, convention and shopping centers and entertainment areas including HSBC Arena, Rock City and Citibank Hall.  The hotel is also close to the Olympic Park just five minutes away and 15 minutes to the best beaches in Barra.

“The opening of Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro is a momentous occasion for Hilton Worldwide, as it marks our entry into this important Latin America destination,” said Tom Potter, senior vice president, Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America, Hilton Worldwide. “This project, fueled by innovation and leading technology, is the result of the hard work and dedication of many team members and partners, all driven by the desire to deliver exceptional guest experiences in one of the world’s happiest cities.” 


Ideal for both business and leisure travelers, the upscale Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro features 298 guest rooms, including executive floor rooms and suites all outfitted with comfortable and luxurious bedding, smart LED TVs, radio clock with Bluetooth technology, wireless Internet access, Nespresso coffee makers with complimentary capsules and exclusive Malin+Goetz amenities found in no other hotel in the area.  Rooms are also equipped with sensors providing an automated system that combines guest comfort with energy efficiency.  Guests staying in an executive room or suite enjoy the added benefit of the hotel’s executive floor service and executive lounge, offering light snacks and beverages with spectacular views of the Barra lagoons.  Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro is the only hotel in Barra de Tijuca that offers this exclusive space and service.

A great base for events and business travelers, the Hilton hotel in Rio de Janeiro provides approximately 14,000 square feet of flexible meeting space including 10 meeting rooms and two ballrooms, with total capacity for up to 950 guests.  All rooms feature modern audiovisual equipment, soundproof walls, wireless Internet access and all the amenities and services needed for productive and stress-free event planning, including access to Meetings Simplified – a bundled events program for smaller meetings.  The space is completed by a business center with cutting edge work spaces and seamlessly integrated technology for maximum efficiency.

Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro offers a memorable dining experience with a signature restaurant for 140 guests, where the interior connects with the outdoor environment.  A breakfast, lunch and dinner menu features culinary specialties and regional fare.  The hotel’s rooftop is home to a charming Champagne House, welcoming guests to indulge in poolside beverages in an inviting ambiance.  An outdoor rooftop swimming pool and fitness center with cardio and strength training equipment complete the facilities. 

Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro participates in Hilton HHonors®, the only guest-loyalty program to offer ‘No Blackout Dates’ and ‘Points & Miles’ for the same stay at its properties worldwide.  Now through Sept. 1, 2015, HHonors members can earn 1,000 HHonors Points per night during their stay at Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro.

SOURCE: Hilton Hotels & Resorts press release

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