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KINGSTON, JAMAICA — Proving that Jamaica is much more than just Montego Bay and Negril, Hilton has announced that it has signed a deal to open a new 168-room hotel in the heart of Kingston.
ROK Hotel, Kingston, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, scheduled to open in 2020, will mark the brand’s debut in the Caribbean and sit in a multi-purpose complex complete with retail, on-site entertainment and commercial office spaces.
Currently under redevelopment, the 12-storey building originally opened in 1977 as the Oceana Hotel. Following its rebrand, it will debut as a contemporary hotel in downtown Kingston, offering guests convenient access to the National Gallery of Jamaica and the historic landmark Port Royal.
“With Tapestry Collection, we open the door to owners with unique, upscale hotels who seek to maintain their property’s distinctive character, but also seek the benefits of the Hilton engine and our award-winning Hilton Honors program,” said Juan Corvinos, vice president, development Caribbean and Latin America, Hilton.
The news comes on the heels of two other hotel signings for Hilton, both in Peru, said Jenna Hackett, global head, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. “With its deep roots in the community, the ROK Hotel, Kingston will offer guests an authentically local experience coupled with the warm and welcoming hospitality of Jamaica.”
Upon completion, ROK Hotel, Kingston will boast an expansive pool deck on the first floor, a fitness centre, lounge area, restaurant, café and bar, and flexible meetings and events space. It will also enjoy an enviable location on Ocean Boulevard overlooking the Kingston Harbour, the seventh largest natural harbor in the world.
For more information go to Hilton.com.