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Updated on November 30, 2022
by Herb DeMars
By Tico Times November 16, 2022
The new Waldorf Astoria Guanacaste Hotel from Hilton’s luxury portfolio is under construction in Playa Penca, Costa Rica, and will be inaugurated in 2025.
The hotel will offer 190 rooms and 25 residences. In addition, it will provide wellness experiences and connect guests with the local community.
A holistic wellness center with a state-of-the-art fitness center, a movement studio, outdoor yoga, and thermal and training pools are part of the new resort’s amenities in Costa Rica.
“Hilton has always been committed to serving its guests, for any type of travel, anywhere in the world, and we are thrilled to expand our presence with the first Waldorf Astoria in Costa Rica,” said Chris Nassetta, Hilton president and CEO.
Wildlife corridors were included in the project to protect wildlife in the area. Also, electric cars will be used at the hotel to ensure a reduced environmental impact.
The property will focus on sustainable luxury with an emphasis on its architecture that integrates with the environment, native flora and fauna, and experiences that connect guests to the natural surroundings.
“After several years of work on the design and conceptualization, we are proud to begin construction of the first Waldorf Astoria in the region, positioning the country as one of the best tourist destinations in the world,” said Philippe Garnier, president, and CEO of Garnier & Garnier.
The hotel marks a milestone for Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand as it welcomes a coveted new destination to its portfolio of more than 30 exclusive properties worldwide and continues to develop the luxury brand’s iconic resort presence in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Guests can also expect the highest levels of culinary excellence with food and beverage offerings, including a signature restaurant and bar, a specialty store, and an ice cream parlor.
Younger travelers can enjoy a range of family activities at the resort, including a children’s center and teen club. The luxury property will offer approximately 3,000 square meters for groups and events, with indoor and outdoor space, a grassy event area, and a ceremonial wedding pavilion.
Waldorf Astoria Guanacaste will be managed by Hilton and owned by Revolution, Cacique Investors LLC, and Garnier & Garnier, the Costa Rican developer of the project.