DoubleTree by Hilton planned for Slovakia capital

BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKA Hilton Worldwide has signed a franchise agreement with Tehelne Pole AS for a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Bratislava.

The 120-key new-build property under development is anticipated to open in the second quarter and will be the second Hilton property in Slovakia, joining DoubleTree by Hilton Kosice.

DoubleTree by Hilton Bratislava will be located in the city’s commercial district, adjacent to the new 9,000-capacity event center, a key venue for the Ice Hockey World Championship in April and May and home to the local ice hockey team.

“Our growing presence in Slovakia demonstrates the increasing demand by investors and guests for the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands, particularly in Eastern Europe and in capital city locations,” says Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president of development for Hilton Worldwide in Europe and Africa. “We are delighted to have signed this new DoubleTree by Hilton property in an ideal location for both leisure and corporate guests.”

The property will feature a full-service restaurant, bistro bar, spa, swimming pool, sauna and fitness center. The lobby area will feature a grand staircase leading to extensive conference facilities, including a 500-sq.-m ballroom and eight additional meeting rooms.

Hilton continues to grow its presence in Eastern Europe, with development resources dedicated to countries in the region including Romania, Hungary, Turkey and Russia. The company has 198 hotels across Europe, with a development pipeline of more than 80 hotels between now and 2013. Additional DoubleTree properties are currently under development in Bulgaria, Romania, Russia, Turkey and the United Kingdom.