Hilton Worldwide opened the newly-renovated, upscale full-service DoubleTree by Hilton Goa-Arpora-Baga, the third DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in India. Ensconced in a quiet setting, the 105-room hotel is centrally located just a few kilometres from the picturesque Baga and Anjuna beaches and in the heart of the popular shopping, dining and entertainment districts. Ingo’s Saturday Nite Bazaar and Splash Water Park are both within walking distance from the hotel and the Anjuna Flea Market is also close, making the hotel a comfortable and convenient base from which to explore the breathtaking coastline of North Goa.
Formerly known as Riviera De Goa, DoubleTree by Hilton Goa-Arpora-Baga marks its new affiliation with a range of refurbishments that include refreshed guestrooms, a new fully-equipped business centre, up-to-date technology and an enhanced dining experience that encompasses the new restaurant Flame, which offers an extensive menu of Goan, Indian, Chinese and Italian delicacies. With this transformation, guests at the hotel will be able to experience the same warmth and hospitality characteristic of more than 300 DoubleTree by Hilton hotels and resorts in 24 countries around the world and enjoy an array of upscale amenities and guest services which begin with the warm welcome of the brand’s signature chocolate chip cookie presented to every guest at check-in and the rewards of Hilton HHonors guest loyalty programme.
Martin Rinck, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide, said, “The launch of DoubleTree by Hilton Goa-Arpora-Baga is another significant step in our growth strategy in India as it represents our entry into a leisure destination in the country. With the opening of this hotel, Hilton Worldwide now operates 10 hotels in India. Following on from a great year of growth in 2011, when we opened six hotels, we are expanding rapidly in India and anticipate increasing our presence to 14 hotels by the end of this year”.
Rob Palleschi, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton, said, “DoubleTree by Hilton Goa-Arpora-Baga reiterates our commitment to welcoming international travellers in key destinations. With the launch of this, our third, hotel in India, we are well on our way to achieving our target of increasing our network to 25 hotels in the country by 2016. We have two hotels in Delhi NCR, at Gurgaon and Mayur Vihar, and we will open an all-suite, extended-stay hotel in Bangalore in the last quarter of the year”.
Owned by Riviera De Goa Resorts and Hotels Private Limited and managed by Hilton Worldwide, DoubleTree by Hilton Goa-Arpora-Baga features spacious and comfortable guestrooms, most with a private balcony or patio and an expansive lagoon or pool view. All guestrooms are equipped with wired and wireless internet access, HD LCD satellite television, electronic safe, refrigerated private bar, in-room tea and coffee making facilities, radio alarm clock with MP3 player connection, iron and ironing board and a refreshing collection of Crabtree & Evelyn citron bath and body products. Additional amenities include 24-hour in-room dining, laundry and concierge services.
Dining options at the hotel include Caffeine, an all-day café that serves a range of patisserie items, light snacks and freshly brewed tea and coffee; CoBar the poolside bar and restaurant which presents a selection of light snacks and beverages; and the recently-opened Flame that offers an extensive menu of local, Indian and international cuisine in a refreshingly contemporary ambience.
Appreciating the needs of today’s travellers, the hotel features a 24-hour business centre that provides a range of essential services. The hotel’s 3000 square feet of flexible conference and banqueting facilities can accommodate up to 200 persons and is ideal for business meetings, conferences, trainings, seminars, social gatherings and private receptions. For guests who wish to keep up with their workout schedule, DoubleTree by Hilton Goa-Arpora-Baga offers a fitness centre and an outdoor swimming pool.
Agnelo M. Braganca, chairman and managing director, Riviera De Goa Resorts and Hotels Private Limited, a subsidiary of Riviera Constructions Pvt. Ltd, said, “We are delighted to be associated with the DoubleTree by Hilton brand in India. The hotel enjoys a loyal clientele, and with this conversion we are confident that it will become the first choice of travellers to North Goa”.
In addition to DoubleTree by Hilton Goa-Arpora-Baga, Hilton Worldwide currently operates the following hotels in India: Hilton New Delhi/Janakpuri, Hilton Mumbai International Airport, Hilton Chennai, Hilton New Delhi-Noida-Mayur Vihar, DoubleTree by Hilton New Delhi-Noida-Mayur Vihar, DoubleTree by Hilton Gurgaon-New Delhi NCR, Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi/Saket, Eros Hotel-Managed by Hilton New Delhi/Nehru Place and Hampton by Hilton Vadodara-Alkapuri.