BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Hilton Caribbean added its 14th hotel on
its ninth Caribbean island with the recent groundbreaking of the
353-room Hilton Barbados.
The property is set to open in the fourth quarter of 2004.
The new resort is on the site of the original Barbados Hilton,
which was demolished to construct the $90 million complex. Historic
Charles Fort, built in 1650 by the Barbadian militia on the grounds
of the new hotel, will be restored.
Located on the beach, Hilton facilities will include two
restaurants, lounges, a pool complex, a fitness center, a meetings
complex and a kids' playground.
"Barbados has always been an area of targeted expansion for
Hilton Caribbean," said Daniel Hughes, vice president of
operations, Hilton Caribbean. "We are glad to have this project
underway and to again fly the Hilton flag on Barbados."
Meanwhile, the 72-room Fairmont Royal Pavilion in Barbados will
reopen this month, following a five-month refurbishment program,
representing an investment of $150,000 per room. Each room offers
Internet access, DVD players, flat screen TVs and a balcony with a
sea view. Public areas also were redone.
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