Hilton to debut Waldorf Astoria brand in Osaka

27 Nov 2021 by Mark Caswell
Rendering of the Waldorf Astoria Osaka

Hilton has announced the forthcoming debut of its luxury Waldorf Astoria and Conrad brands in two new destinations.

The group is to add a Waldorf Astoria property in the Japanese port city of Osaka, and a Conrad hotel in the Chinese city of Chongqing.

No details have been given about the properties or their openings dates at present, although renderings show the Conrad Chongqing as featuring a circular rooftop swimming pool.

Rendering of the Conrad Chongqing

The Waldorf Astoria hotel is the second property to be announced under the brand in Japan, joining the forthcoming Waldorf Astoria Tokyo Nihonbashi.

There are around a dozen Conrad hotels throughout China, including the Conrad Jiuzhaigou which is set to open before the end of the year.

Hilton recently signed a multi-hotel deal with Shimao Group Holdings Ltd to open four Chinese properties under its Conrad and Waldorf Astoria brands, including the 700-room Conrad Shanghai which will be the brand’s largest Asian hotel when it opens next year.

Hilton to add Asia’s largest Conrad property in Shanghai

Hilton currently operates 30 hotels across its Waldorf Astoria, Conrad and LXR brands in Asia Pacific, with a further 17 hotels in its development pipeline.

Commenting on the news Alan Watts, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton, said:

“For more than a century, Hilton has thrived in key destinations all over the world, even through some of the most challenging periods in history. The strong growth momentum in Asia demonstrates the resilience of Hilton’s luxury brands amidst a dynamic operating landscape as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It also signals great confidence from the owner and investment communities in the strength of our luxury brands. We are confident that together with our partners, Hilton will emerge from this pandemic stronger than before as we continue to deliver the light and warmth of hospitality to our guests and capture growth opportunities across key destinations for our owners.”

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