Hilton Partners With Dangayach Group to Bring Iconic Waldorf Astoria to India
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) and Dangayach Group have announced the signing of a branding and management agreement for the launch of Waldorf Astoria Jaipur, marking the debut of Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts in India. The exclusive signing ceremony, held at the Hotel Investment Conference South Asia (HICSA) in Bangalore, signals an exciting new phase of growth for Hilton as the company shapes the next golden age of travel.
Globally renowned for defining the art of hospitality, unmatched personalised service and world-class culinary excellence in landmark destinations, Waldorf Astoria is comprised of a portfolio of more than 30 iconic properties across the globe. The timeless luxury brand continues its momentum to strategically expand its presence with a robust pipeline of 27 properties, in the most sought-out locations around the world. Steeped in history and culture, Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is a truly unique destination in India's famed Golden Triangle, making it an ideal location to launch the first Waldorf Astoria hotel in India.
Christopher J. Nassetta, president & chief executive officer of Hilton said, "We are excited to partner with Dangayach Group to bring Waldorf Astoria Jaipur to life. India is a key market for Hilton, and this hotel will set a new benchmark for luxury in Jaipur. This signing reaffirms our commitment to working with strong local partners and extending our signature hospitality to discerning travellers in sought-after destinations around the world. Jaipur has a rich culture and history, home to many architectural jewels, and we look forward to creating unforgettable experiences in this incredible landscape."
Spanning 22 acres overlooking the magnificent Aravalli Hills, Waldorf Astoria Jaipur will be the epitome of luxury in Jaipur. Boasting 51 expansive pool villas and 174 elegant guest rooms, 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.
Offering 2,400 square meters of meeting space and 3,000 square metres of open lawns, courtyards and gardens, Waldorf Astoria Jaipur will serve as an unparalleled venue for celebrations, lavish weddings, and world-class events. 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.
Alan Watts, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton said, "The launch of Waldorf Astoria in India marks a significant milestone in the growth of our portfolio in the country. With the Conrad, Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, and Hampton by Hilton brands already present, this debut will be a springboard for Hilton's continued expansion across the Indian sub-continent. We are confident of our growth synergies with the Dangayach Group and together are well-positioned to meet the evolving needs of today's traveller. This announcement underscores our continued optimism for the future of luxury travel in the country."
Atul Dangayach, Managing Director, Dangayach Group, said, "We are delighted to partner with a trusted global hospitality company like Hilton to bring the iconic Waldorf Astoria to India. Jaipur combines the allure of its ancient history with all the advantages of a metropolis, and we believe that with its distinct brand proposition, this new luxury hotel will provide an unrivalled experience for leisure and business travellers alike. We are confident that the first-ever Waldorf Astoria in India will be sought-after for high-end destination events. The brand is internationally renowned for hosting royalty and cultural luminaries, and we are proud to contribute to the growth and development of my hometown, Jaipur, through this prestigious project."
Waldorf Astoria Jaipur will join Hilton's existing portfolio of 24 operating and 13 pipeline hotels and resorts across India. The addition of the Waldorf Astoria brand in India brings Hilton's portfolio of brands across the country to six. Each of the distinct brands aims to cater to the diverse needs and occasions of today's modern travellers and create memorable stays for guests by delivering Hilton's signature hospitality.