Delhi, India – February 5th, 2014 – Hilton Worldwide announced the signing of a management agreement with Palm Grove Beach Hotels Pvt. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of the K. Raheja Constructions Group, to open Conrad Pune, the first Conrad Hotels & Resorts branded hotel in India. The launch of Conrad Pune in Maharashtra next year will mark the global luxury brand’s entry into the country. Conrad Hotels & Resorts, part of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands, has established a reputation for offering today’s contemporary and sophisticated travellers a world of style and intuitive service.
“Conrad Hotels & Resorts has a global portfolio of 23 properties in key gateway cities and resort destinations that offer luxury experiences by offering guests intuitive service, a world of style and infinite connections,” said John T. A. Vanderslice, global head, luxury and lifestyle brands, Hilton Worldwide. “Pune is a key gateway destination and we are delighted to establish our brand’s presence in India, one of the key strategic growth markets for Hilton Worldwide, starting with this wonderful city.”
Staying true to the brand’s essence of providing a world of style, while connecting guests with the local experiences surrounding them, Conrad Pune will be an iconic structure towering over Mangaldas Road, strategically located within the central business district of Pune. It will be minutes from the commercial and entertainment hubs in Kalyani Nagar, prime government institutions in Yerwada and premier residential neighborhoods of Koregaon Park and Bund Garden. Kharadi and Ganeshkind Road will be within eight kilometres of the hotel and the Pune International Airport six kilometres away.
“The signing of this agreement reiterates our commitment to developing Hilton Worldwide’s portfolio of brands in India. At present, Hilton Hotels & Resorts and DoubleTree by Hilton, as well as Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton have a presence in India,” said Martin Rinck, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide. “In launching the first Conrad hotel in India, we are delighted to have as our partner the K. Raheja Constructions Group who understands and shares our vision of the brand essence in delivering the Luxury of Being Yourself.”
With its foundation in the Art Deco style, the design of Conrad Pune will be characterized by bold geometric shapes, dashes of striking colour and hints of lavish ornamentation. Providing the backdrop will be expansive public spaces framed by 43-foot (13-metre) high ceilings and dramatic columns. The hotel will feature 310 luxurious guestrooms with the latest in-room technology and six-fixture marble baths. Guests at the hotel will have the choice of six contemporary and innovative dining outlets. The 16,200-square foot (1,510-square metre) meeting and event space at the hotel will include a grand 8,300-square foot (780-square metre) ballroom divisible into three, a break-away function room, spacious pre-function area, four boardrooms as well as a fully equipped 24-hour business centre. Recreational options will include an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, luxurious full-service spa and a salon.
“We are pleased to partner with Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality company, and we are very excited about opening the first Conrad hotel in the country,” said Sandeep Raheja, managing director, K. Raheja Constructions Group. “We believe that with its unique offering of luxury that is contemporary, stylish and innovative, the Conrad Hotels & Resorts brand will set a new benchmark in the hospitality industry in the country.”
Conrad Pune will also offer the popular mobile Conrad Concierge app, which gives global luxury travelers the ability to customize details of their hotel stay before, during and after each visit via a smartphone or tablet. Whether it’s pre-selecting bath amenities or checking-in while in-transit from the airport, guests can access a variety of features at any of the 23 Conrad hotels worldwide by using the app.
Hilton Worldwide currently operates the following hotels and resorts in India – New Delhi: Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi/Saket; Gurgaon: Hilton Garden Inn Gurgaon Baani Square and DoubleTree by Hilton Gurgaon-New Delhi NCR; Mumbai: Hilton Mumbai International Airport; Chennai: Hilton Chennai; Bangalore: DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Bangalore; Trivandrum: Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum; Vadodara: Hampton by Hilton Vadodara-Alkapuri; Pune: DoubleTree by Hilton Pune-Chinchwad; Goa: DoubleTree by Hilton Goa-Arpora-Baga and Shillim: Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa.