$100 Million Hilton Barbados to Debut in 2005


The Barbados Hilton Caribbean is expected to open its doors in January 2005, following a $100 million resurrection to reinstate this site to it’s former glory and fly the Hilton flag on the Island of Barbados once again. The impressive 365-room hotel, owned by the Barbados Government, has been built on the very grounds where the old Hilton once stood and will be managed by Hilton Caribbean, adding to its impressive portfolio of twelve Hilton properties on nine Caribbean Islands

Located on a tropical peninsula and surrounded by the Caribbean ocean, the luxurious Hilton Barbados was designed by Richard Fox / WBTL architects. It is situated 20 minutes from the airport.

The historic 17th century Charles Fort, which was originally built by the Barbadian Militia and sits on the grounds of the Hilton Barbados, has also been restored offering the public access to this national heritage site.

The hotel boasts 365 large ocean view rooms, each equipped with three telephones, video on demand, video game systems and high-speed internet access - which will also be available in the lobby area. Danny Hughes, Vice President of Operations at the Hilton Caribbean revealed that it has not yet been confirmed whether wireless will be deployed throughout the property.

For business travellers, the Hilton Barbados will offer approximately 10,000 square feet of meeting space. The meetings facilities consist of a grand boardroom, six meetings rooms - all fully equipped according to Hilton standards - and a grand ballroom to facilitate 700 people.

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For fine dining, the hotel features a gourmet restaurant. Guests will also have the choice to dine at the café grill, or flock to the poolside bar for cocktails. In addition the hotel has 11 retail outlets including a bank, jewellery store and diving centre.

Other amenities include a large freeform pool overlooking the Caribbean sea and a Living Well health club and gymnasium with all the usual facilities including 3 treatment rooms. Living Well is a part of the Hilton Group plc and one of the largest health club operators in the UK.

Danny Hughes commented: “The plan is ultimately to have a freestanding spa, which will be run by independent operators”. He revealed that Hilton is also considering the addition of relaxation rooms, a new concept developed by Hilton International, but this has not yet been confirmed.

Danny concluded: “This is Barbados’ finest business hotel. Its location in Barbados is the most attractive in the entire Caribbean. It is equally popular with both US and UK travellers and is well serviced by airlift for these destinations.” He added: “It also has an incredible history. It’s nice to bring something back to the Islands”.
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