Hilton has announced that it will debut its luxury brand Waldorf Astoria in India.
Waldorf Astoria in India
Spanning 22 acres overlooking the magnificent Aravalli Hills, Hilton says that Waldorf Astoria Jaipur will be the epitome of luxury in Jaipur. Steeped in history and culture, Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is a truly unique destination in India’s famed Golden Triangle and the company says that this makes Jaipur an ideal location to launch the first Waldorf Astoria hotel in India.
The picturesque property will be ideally located off the Delhi – Jaipur Road and within easy access to historical attractions such as Amer Palace, Nahargarh Fort and Hawa Mahal.
Waldorf Astoria Jaipur will feature 174 guest rooms and suites in addition to 51 expansive pool villas. Hilton says that the hotel will exude a sense of space and grandeur. It will also feature a luxurious spa, an outdoor swimming pool, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, and five distinctive dining experiences, including the world-famous Peacock Alley, the iconic lounge and bar synonymous with the Waldorf Astoria brand.
Having recently announced the entry of Waldorf Astoria to Japan, Australia, Malaysia, and Vietnam, we are delighted to partner with Dangayach Group for the landmark debut of Waldorf Astoria in India. This partnership demonstrates our commitment to working with esteemed local partners to expand our luxury portfolio in prime destinations in the region. India holds a strategic significance for Hilton, and we are eager to establish a new standard for luxury in the country. Jaipur, with its cultural richness and remarkable architectural marvels, provides a captivating backdrop for our first Waldorf Astoria in India, and we are excited to create unforgettable experiences within this extraordinary setting.said Alan Watts, President – Asia Pacific, Hilton.
The property will also have 2,400 square meters of meeting space and 3,000 square metres of open lawns, courtyards and gardens.
The launch of Waldorf Astoria Jaipur is a significant milestone in the growth of the brand worldwide. Our elegant and anticipatory service is at the heart of every Waldorf Astoria, and we are committed to delivering iconic environments that blend timeless sophistication with a modern sensibility. As we expand our presence in India, we look forward to offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences to our guests in the magical city of Jaipur.said Matt Schuyler, Chief Brand Officer, Hilton.
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Waldorf Astoria Jaipur will join Hilton’s existing portfolio of 24 operating and 13 pipeline hotels and resorts across India.
Since a long time, Hilton executives were saying that they are waiting for the right time and the right opportunity to bring its Waldorf Astoria brand in India. The time has finally come.
India’s hospitality industry is a growing market, with major players like Marriott, Hyatt, IHG, Accor, Radisson, India’s own Taj Hotels, Oberoi Hotels and Leela Hotels having a significant presence in the country.
Particularly, the luxury sector has seen a boom. Marriott recently opened its second St. Regis property in India while Six Senses also debuted in India in 2021. Just two days ago, Anantara Hotels announced its debut in India, that too in Jaipur.
Hilton has had an interesting history in India. While it was late in arriving in India, it too had huge growth plans a few years ago, just like Marriott and Hyatt. Marriott was successful in building partnerships in India while Hyatt has slowly and steadily been expanding its Indian portfolio.
Hilton, on the other hand, had two large failed partnerships in India, something due to which the company has been suffering a lot in terms of growth in the Indian market. Just for comparison, Marriott currently has over 100 hotels in India while Hilton just has 24 hotels.
The arrival of Waldorf Astoria brand in India may be the start of a new chapter in Hilton’s India history, probably for the good. Let’s hope that this is just the start and Hilton also has a fair share of the pie, i.e. in the “booming” hospitality market of India.
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