Hilton Worldwide Enters India's Leading Tourist Destination With New DoubleTree by Hilton Agra

DoubleTree by Hilton’s First Hotel in Agra Offers Stunning Views of the Majestic Taj Mahal and Convenient Access to the Iconic Mausoleum

January 05, 2015 // Franchising.com // NEW DELHI and AGRA, India and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Agra in one of the leading tourist destinations in India, renowned for its many Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Taj Mahal. With this launch, Hilton Worldwide has a presence across the Golden Triangle, the most popular tourist circuit in the country, with hotels in Delhi NCR, Jaipur and Agra. The hotel is owned by Archer Hospitality Private Limited and managed by Hilton Worldwide.

"The opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Agra marks our entry into one of the most important leisure markets in India for both DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Worldwide," said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. "We look forward to delighting guests with our globally-recognised service culture, demonstrated from the moment a guest walks through a hotel's doors and is presented with our signature warm chocolate chip cookie upon check-in, and continuing throughout every aspect of the guest's stay."

Set in the heart of the bustling city and minutes from the Taj Mahal, the trendy DoubleTree by Hilton Agra is among very few hotels offering views of the magnificent mausoleum. The hotel is also near popular attractions and shopping districts including the Agra Fort, Akbar's Tomb, Jama Masjid and Kinari Bazaar. The hotel is located 10 kilometres from the Agra Airport and seven kilometres from the Agra Cantonment Railway Station. Guests driving from Delhi can also easily access the hotel from the Delhi - Agra Yamuna Expressway.

DoubleTree by Hilton Agra features 104 guestrooms, including four suites, all equipped with modern amenities including the signature Sweet DreamsTM by DoubleTree sleep experience bed, Wi-Fi, 42" HDTV with premium channels, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar, electronic safe and a three or four-fixture bathroom with a walk-in rain shower. Each one-bedroom suite additionally includes a separate living room, dining area and powder room. The luxurious Presidential Suite is equipped with a pantry and a walk-in closet in addition to a bedroom and living room.

Guests will be able to choose from four dining venues at the hotel, including: North 27, a trendy all-day global cuisine restaurant; Kebab-E-Que, offering the best of Indian North-West Frontier cuisine; Plush Bar, an uber cool lounge; and The Food Store, an all-day café and deli that serves fresh pastries, sandwiches and beverages for dine-in or takeaway. Recreational facilities at the hotel include an outdoor infinity pool with views of the Taj Mahal, a complimentary 24-hour fitness centre, Kids' Activities Room, spa and a salon.

DoubleTree by Hilton Agra also features a range of flexible meeting and event offerings ideally-suited to accommodate everything from business gatherings to weddings and special social events. The 3,840-square foot Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 425 people and is connected to an open-air area. The 1,820-square foot Coronation Room can be separated into three distinct spaces and accommodates up to 200. And Concourse is the hotel's multi-function hall which can accommodate up to 75 people. Guests can also make use of two boardrooms and the 24-hour business centre. State-of-the-art audio-visual facilities and inspired catering services are available to create the perfect ambience at every meeting or event hosted at the hotel.

"The opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Agra is a significant milestone as it marks the entry of Hilton Worldwide into this prime leisure destination," said Daniel Welk, vice president, operations - India, Hilton Worldwide. "We look forward to welcoming guests with the award-winning service culture for which the DoubleTree by Hilton brand is known around the world."

In addition to the warm chocolate chip cookie welcome, guests will enjoy other DoubleTree by Hilton brand exclusives and an industry-recognised service culture built around the idea of CARE, which stands for Create a Rewarding Experience for guests, team members and the community.

The hotel also participates in the Hilton HHonors guest loyalty programme, allowing Hilton HHonors members to earn and redeem points with their stay. To mark the opening, the hotel will offer double HHonors points per night on stays completed through May 17, 2015. Based on availability, Gold and Diamond members will enjoy upgrades to the exclusive Hilton HHonors floor. Additionally, Diamond Hilton HHonors guests will enjoy complimentary continental breakfast during stays and Gold Hilton HHonors guests will have the option of complimentary breakfast or bonus Hilton HHonors points.

DoubleTree by Hilton Agra is located at B/H- 1 & 2, Taj Nagri Phase II, Agra 282001, Uttar Pradesh, India. For more information or to make a reservation, please call +91 - 562 - 710 2323 or visit www.agra.doubletree.com.

Media can access additional information about DoubleTree by Hilton Agra at news.doubletree.com/agra. For more news on DoubleTree by Hilton hotel openings, please visit news.doubletree.com.

About DoubleTree By Hilton

With a fast-growing, global collection of more than 400 upscale hotels in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents, every little thing we do at DoubleTree by Hilton inspires us to create a rewarding experience for our hotel guests, our team members and the communities we proudly serve. Our hospitality begins with a warm chocolate chip cookie welcome upon arrival and continues with the award-winning Hilton HHonors guest loyalty program, an array of fine services and amenities and our longstanding CARE Culture tradition that empowers team members to provide the special comforts and acts of kindness that make the traveler feel human again.

To make reservations at any DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, travelers may visit our brand website at www.doubletree.com. Social media users may connect with us at www.facebook.com/doubletree, www.twitter.com/doubletree and www.youtube.com/doubletreehotels. For the latest news, story starters and fact sheets about our brand, reporters and bloggers may visit our DoubleTree by Hilton Global Media Center at news.doubletree.com.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 95 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of twelve world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,250 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 700,000 rooms in 93 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, Canopy by Hilton, 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 an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide, and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.

SOURCE Hilton Worldwide

Contacts:

Ketaki Narain
Hilton Worldwide
+91 124 4822 600
ketaki.narain@hilton.com

Maggie Giddens
DoubleTree by Hilton
+1 703 883 5346
maggie.giddens@hilton.com

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