Homewood Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo will open at the end of 2019 the first hotel of the brand in the Caribbean, which includes a concept-oriented to medical travel.
According to those responsible for the project, the hotel will allow international patients to recover in a safe space and will have equipment that will allow rehabilitation, as well as an outdoor pool with a special platform for people in wheelchairs.
Juan Corvinos, vice president of development for Latin America and the Caribbean of Hilton, had already declared in 2018 that this brand is specially designed to meet the needs of travelers who will stay for two weeks to three months.
“The concept of Homewood Suites will compete with two luxury brands in the area, however, it assured the success of the opening of the hotel, since Hilton does not choose its brands arbitrarily, but each one has a sense and meets specific demands in the market,” said Corvinos.
The 11-floor and 120 rooms structure will offer medical travelers proximity to the main businesses, shops, and entertainment in the central area of the capital of the Dominican Republic.
In addition, apart-studies and two-room suites, a gym, and more than 1,500 square feet of multifunctional space for events.
It will also have a wellness program, access to a medical staff of for guests, post-surgical physical therapy, nutrition, nursing, suites with separate living and sleeping areas, as well as complete kitchens.
In a recent visit to the facilities of the Homewood Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo, Dr. Alejandro Cambiaso, president of the Dominican Association of Health Tourism (ADTS), said that “the health and tourism sectors strengthen their links on a daily basis and promote new proposals and investments “.
Hotels oriented towards medical travel
In 2015, the Hodelpa Garden Court in Santiago (north) became the first hotel offering medical travel services in the Dominican Republic.
This hotel was established as a Wellness Center where the international patients receive the benefits of a clinic with the comfort of a hotel.
“Here, in Santiago, we bet on medical travel. If we are united, it would be of great importance for the effective promotion of the services we offer in health centers, which have highly trained doctors,” said Aura Núñez de Domínguez, commercial director of Hodelpa Hotels and representative of the Hotel Association of Santiago.
The Homewood Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo would be the second hotel with features to serve travelers for medical reasons.
“Homewood Suites is strongly focused on creating adaptable prototypes that provide owners the flexibility they need to meet market demands. Entering the Caribbean, the brand paid specific attention to the communal spaces to deliver on our promise to create a unique sense of destination,” said Bill Duncan, global head, in 2015.
Last year, the Hotel Association of Santo Domingo -AHSD- and ADTS signed an inter-institutional agreement for the promotion and development of health tourism in the city of Santo Domingo.
Among the actions that define the agreement is the standardization of hotel facilities based on criteria that favor the accessibility of people with some type of disability, and the training of staff to receive health tourists.
“Through this agreement with the Dominican Association of Health Tourism, we will promote training and new tourism packages that include treatments, recovery and stay for health tourists and their companions,” said Roberto Henríquez, president of AHSD.
Benefits of the Homewood Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo
The hotel claims that their guests will have the opportunity to participate in Hilton Honors, a hotel loyalty program that allows members to earn points and miles on the same stay and without restricted dates on reward stays.
In addition, Hilton Honors members can use points to buy rewards, vacation products, and packages, make charitable contributions and more.
Currently, Hilton Worldwide has two hotels open in the Dominican Republic: Hilton Santo Domingo and Embassy Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo.
Hilton Worldwide signed an administration agreement with Inversiones Robledo, SAS, a joint venture between Proinversión and TVP Management for the construction of the Homewood Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo.