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Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts Expands into Latin America
with Opening of the 248-room Waldorf Astoria Panama


PANAMA CITY, Panama and MCLEAN, Va. – March 18, 2013
– Hilton Worldwide proudly announced the expansion of its Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand into Latin America with the opening of Waldorf Astoria Panama.  With a commitment to personalized service and delivering a new sense of luxury to the booming Panama market, Waldorf Astoria Panama blends the distinguished sophistication of the luxury brand with the warmth of the local Panamanian personality.

“Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts are committed to a presence in landmark destinations around the world, so Panama is a perfect venue for our brand’s entry into Latin America,” said John T.A. Vanderslice, Global Head of Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide. “The Waldorf Astoria Panama is perfectly positioned to create the exceptional experiences and unforgettable moments that are hallmarks of the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand at all of our more than 20 destinations around the globe,” added Vanderslice.

Featuring 248 guest rooms, suites and luxury residences, Waldorf Astoria Panama boasts an exquisite timeless elegance and inviting ambiance displayed throughout the hotel’s public areas and accommodations.  Designed by the Miami-based firm ba-haus/KNF, the newest hotel in Panama unveils a combination of fresh, luminous tones and reflective materials, as well as high ceilings, which inspire a sophisticated social atmosphere, using rich exotic woods, metallic pieces, multi-dimensional panels, glass and crystals.

From arrival to departure, guests are not only embraced by this striking design, but also welcomed by True Waldorf Service -  a service initiative that assigns a personal concierge to each qualified guest who acts as their primary contact, before, during and – an industry first – after a stay, to guarantee every want and request is met.

Guest rooms are tastefully appointed to combine luxurious comfort with a contemporary appeal, delivering the latest technology in a spacious, relaxing environment.  Featuring the finest linens and amenities, all rooms offer plush bedding, high-definition flat screen television, alarm clock with MP3 player connection, wired and wireless Internet access and spacious marble bathrooms with walk in rain showers.

“Waldorf Astoria is known throughout the world as representing the best in luxury and hospitality, and we are proud to bring this unparalleled service and quality to Panama with the first ever Waldorf Astoria hotel in Latin America,” said Danny Hughes, senior vice president, Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America, Hilton Worldwide.  “Waldorf Astoria Panama is a fantastic addition to our consistently growing portfolio in Latin America, and we look forward to welcoming travelers to the flawless service synonymous with the Waldorf Astoria name."

Waldorf Astoria Panama boasts an impressive array of diverse culinary experiences, led by award-winning executive chef Kalych Padro Alvarado.  Featuring four distinct restaurants and bars, Waldorf Astoria Panama, tempts guests with the renowned Peacock Alley, a sophisticated and intimate lobby bar; Ginger, an authentic and exotic lounge and sushi bar that incorporates ginger in its Asian specialty menu; Bungalow Terrace & Pool Bar, a welcome oasis in a relaxing poolside atmosphere; and BRIO Brasserie, a casual all day dining restaurant perfect for a fresh meal made with local ingredients that combines modern French and American cuisine.

Providing luxury at every turn, Waldorf Astoria Panama indulges guests with Waldorf Astoria Spa, a 2,000-square-foot retreat where visitors can rejuvenate in the heart of Panama City.  Offering five treatment rooms, including a couples-only space, Waldorf Astoria Spa features acclaimed beauty brand Babor.  Founded in 1956, Babor employs pioneering technology to transform the secrets of nature into innovative products so Waldorf Astoria Spa can offer invigorating body and facial treatments including signature experiences and techniques.  Wellness facilities at Waldorf Astoria Panama also include a 2,000-square-foot fitness center by Life Fitness® and an outdoor swimming pool uniquely designed with mosaic gold tiles.

In addition to the hotel's exclusive dining and wellness facilities, Waldorf Astoria Panama features Level 5, a multi-event venue for meetings and social gatherings where Manhattan penthouse design blends with a trendy Latin American ambiance.  The more than 3,500 square feet of meeting space includes three multi-purpose meeting rooms and a ballroom, complemented by a versatile business center where guests can access a variety of services.

The luxurious Waldorf Astoria Panama offers guests a stylish getaway in an exclusive area of the city.  Located steps away from Calle Uruguay, in the heart of the entertainment area, Waldorf Astoria Panama is approximately 25 minutes from Tocumen International Airport (PTY) and two blocks from the city center and financial district.  The hotel's enviable location puts guests on the doorstep of what many refer to as “Restaurant Row” where seemingly limitless dining options are just footsteps away.  Within walking distance of Cinta Costera, one of Latin America’s best running and walking trails overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the luxury hotel is just 20 minutes from the Panama Canal and 10 minutes from the historic center known as Casco Viejo.

About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
WALDORF ASTORIA is Hilton Worldwide’s luxury brand of landmark hotels, with each one as singular and timeless as the brand’s namesake, The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. From classic elegance to modern grandeur, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts each represent worldly sophistication and unparalleled guest service. From sumptuous spas and culinary excellence to world-class golf, each hotel & resort offers the exquisite accommodations and signature accoutrements that define refinement and sophistication. Discover Waldorf Astoria by visiting www.waldorfastoria.com. Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is one of Hilton Worldwide’s ten market-leading brands.

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,900 hotels and timeshare properties, with 640,000 rooms in 90 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide
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Contact:

Karla Visconti
Hilton Worldwide
+1 786 866 7240
karla.visconti@hilton.com

Lindsay Smith 
M Silver // A Division of Finn Partners
+1 954 765 3636
lindsay.smith@finnpartners.com


 
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