After conquering several destinations in 2021, Las Vegas, Kyoto, Seattle and the Seychelles among others, the luxury brands of the Hilton group – Conrad, LXR Hotels and Waldorf Astoria – will experience a prolific year 2022 with their establishment in many markets. Thus Waldorf Astoria a new resort in Mexico, in Cancun, that an urban hotel in the Middle East, on one of the principal places shopping and relaxation of Kuwait, the complex The Avenues. Expected to open in the spring, the Waldorf Astoria Kuwait will offer 200 rooms and suites, a vast spa, a host of restaurants including a renowned Japanese restaurant, but also meeting and event spaces, including a spectacular ballroom.
The American group has also announced the arrival of Waldorf Astoria hotels in Japan by 2025-2026, in Osaka and in the Nihonbashi district of Tokyo. For its part, Conrad Hotels has unveiled a new project in Chongqing, China, scheduled for 2023. Already well established in Asia-Pacific, the brand will continue its expansion there in 2022. After the recent opening of the Conrad Jiuzhaigou, in the Chinese province of Sichuan, the brand is preparing to open its first hotel in Shanghai in January. Located in People Square, close to tourist attractions and office buildings, the Conrad Shanghai will be the brand’s largest hotel in Asia with over 700 rooms.
However, next year will see the brand gain ground in the Americas and EMEA, notably with a hotel, the Conrad Tulum, nestled in the tropical vegetation of the Riviera Maya in Mexico, and closer to home a resort in Sardinia, the Conrad Chia Laguna Sardinia, expected next spring. More aimed at business travellers, Los Angeles will see the development of a 305-room luxury hotel in a building designed by Frank Gehry and decorated by Tara Bernerd & Partners. Also in the US, Conrad Hotels is also in the process of landing in the heart of Nashville with a 234-room and suite hotel with extensive MICE space.
” I’m excited to see our Waldorf Astoria portfolio expand into new markets in Mexico and the Middle East, as well as Conrad’s growing footprint in the Americas and Europe,” said Matt Schuyler, head of the Hilton brand. But the brand’s expansion will also include Morocco and its capital Rabat next year. Expected to open in the autumn, the Conrad Rabat Arzana will be part of the Arzana luxury resort complex, overlooking the ocean. As well as offering 120 rooms and two restaurants, the hotel will also have an event space of over 600 square metres including a large ballroom and four meeting rooms.
Finally, the latest addition to Hilton’s luxury brands, the LXR Hotels & Resorts collection of hotels has seen some landmark openings in 2021, includingThe company is also active in the United States, particularly in Santa Monica, Las Vegas and Seattle on the other side of the Atlantic, as well as in the Seychelles and Kyoto. Over the next few years, the company is expected to continue its expansion in the Middle East, with several signings to be announced soon in the region. One thing is certain, its development will go through Saudi Arabia with an 80-room retreat integrated into the Diriyah Gate tourism development project near Riyadh.
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