Hilton Worldwide Announces First Homewood Suites by Hilton Hotel in the Caribbean
Hotel & Resort | May 08, 2015
The Pulse: Homewood Suites debuts in the Caribbean
Why it Rates: The opening of this Homewood Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo will add another brand familiar to North Americans in the Dominican Republic’s capital city. Santo Domingo is being promoted as a shopping and historic sightseeing destination newly connected to the country’s resort regions through improved highway access. – Brian Major, TravelPulse Caribbean editor
Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of a management agreement with Inversiones Robledo, SAS — a joint venture between Proinversión and TVP Management — to introduce its Homewood Suites by Hilton brand, an upscale, all-suite, extended-stay offering, to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Scheduled to open in Q3 2017, the new build 120-room Homewood Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo represents both the brand’s first hotel in the Caribbean and first hotel designed in line with its Caribbean and Latin America prototype.
“The signing of Homewood Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo is a great milestone as it introduces a new Hilton Worldwide brand to the Caribbean and our third hotel in the Dominican Republic,” said Tom Potter, senior vice president, Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America, Hilton Worldwide. “This agreement helps pave the way for further Homewood Suites by Hilton expansion opportunities in the Caribbean and Latin America.”
Homewood Suites’ Caribbean and Latin America design emphasizes efficiency of space, while staying true to the brand experience by creating a clear sense of place. Guests of Homewood Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo will be welcomed by an inviting open concept lobby that flows into an indoor/outdoor living room and dining terrace.
The hotel will feature 120 spacious studio, one- and two-bedroom suites, all with fully-equipped kitchens complete with microwave, full-size refrigerator, cooktop, cooking accessories and more. Rooms will offer clearly defined kitchen, living and sleeping zones, as well as ample work space. Dining options will include a full-service bar and lounge space for breakfast, lunch and dinner; pantry with a kitchen look and feel offering ready-made snacks; and suite shop convenience store offering a variety of items for purchase.
"Homewood Suites is strongly focused on creating adaptable prototypes that provide owners the flexibility they need to meet market demands. Entering the Caribbean, the brand paid specific attention to the communal spaces to deliver on our promise to create a unique sense of destination,” said Bill Duncan, global head, Homewood Suites by Hilton. “With inviting suites, warm service and a wide range of value-added amenities, the brand provides what travelers want for a comfortable, convenient stay.”
Centrally located on Winston Churchill Avenue, one of the most important avenues in the city, and across the street from Blue Mall, the 11-story Homewood Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo will offer travelers proximity to the area’s main businesses, shopping and entertainment.
Homewood Suites by Hilton provides travelers amenities and services that maximize their travel budgets including: complimentary internet, daily full-hot breakfast and complimentary evening social Monday through Thursday. Recreational options at Homewood Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo will feature a fitness center and outdoor swimming pool. The hotel will also offer more than 1,500 square feet of flexible event space.
“The signing of this agreement marks an exciting time for our development team as it introduces a new brand to the Caribbean, which will undeniably create further growth opportunities,” said Ted Middleton, senior vice president, development, Latin America, Hilton Worldwide. “Inversiones Robledo, SAS, is an ideal partner and we are grateful they have chosen Hilton Worldwide for this project.”
"We are proud to work with Hilton Worldwide on this exciting project and together bring their Homewood Suites by Hilton brand to the Dominican Republic,” said the developers, Proinversión and TVP Management, Rafael Blanco and Carlos Tejera, respectively. “We are sure that our project’s superior quality combined with Hilton Worldwide's 95 years of renowned service standards and exceptional guest experiences will deliver the perfect recipe for success.”
The hotel will participate in Hilton HHonors, the only hotel loyalty program that allows members to earn Points & Miles on the same stay and No Blackout Dates on reward stays. In addition, HHonors members can use Points to purchase unique experience rewards, merchandise and vacation packages, make charitable contributions and more.
Hilton Worldwide currently has two hotels open in the Dominican Republic: Hilton Santo Domingo and Embassy Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo. The company is actively pursuing additional growth opportunities in the Caribbean.
SOURCE: Hilton Worldwide press release
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