MCLEAN, Va.—Hilton Worldwide has announced that it has signed a management agreement with Carvalho Hosken Hotelaria Ltda. for the 298-room new-build Hilton Barra, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil—Hilton Worldwide’s first hotel in Rio de Janeiro. The project, currently under construction, is expected to open in June 2014 and will provide travelers a new place to stay during the 2016 Summer Olympics.
“Hilton Hotels & Resorts is experiencing a period of tremendous global growth and this project brings our name to one of the most important cities in Latin America,” said Dave Horton, global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, in an announcement. “As one of the most visited cities in South America and the upcoming 2016 Summer Games, Rio is a major market for international travel and key to our presence in South America.”
“Hilton Worldwide currently has the largest Latin America development pipeline in our history, and we are thrilled to add Rio de Janeiro to this growing list,” said Danny Hughes, senior vice president, Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America, Hilton Worldwide. “Brazil has always been a major focus in our development efforts and Hilton Barra is a pivotal piece of our growth strategy in the country. We are delighted to be working with Carvalho Hosken Hotelaria Ltda. on this exciting project; they are one of the most visionary developers in the country.”
Hilton Barra, Rio de Janeiro will feature 298 rooms, all outfitted with the Hilton Serenity Collection of amenities. Guests staying in an executive room or suite will have access to the hotel’s executive floor service and executive lounge, which will offer light snacks and beverages throughout the day.
The hotel contains 14,000 square feet of meeting space and a business center, as well as a strategic location approximately two and a half miles from the Riocentro Convention Center – the largest convention space in South America. Guests will also enjoy a full service restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, bar, and recreational amenities such as an outdoor swimming pool and fitness center.
Hilton Worldwide currently has a portfolio of 51 hotels and resorts open and welcoming travelers in Latin America, including two hotels in Brazil: Hilton Belem and Hilton São Paulo Morumbi. The company is actively pursuing additional Latin American growth opportunities with a robust development pipeline that includes properties in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay.