Hilton Worldwide—at least in Latin America and the Caribbean—has its eyes on providing guests with both top accommodations and a choice of enriching cultural experiences during their stay. At a selection of Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Double Tree by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn hotels, clients staying four or more nights will be able to add an Authentically Local bonus that puts the accent on local culture and language.
Available through Dec. 31, the Authentically Local package features local touches that may range from culture consultant suggestions or, with the 4-night stay, further inclusions such as:
• Local culture consultants provide advice on the experiences not to miss, from where to go snorkeling for the Hilton Curacao guest to the best of all forest walks for guests at the Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort and Spa.
• A hands-on cultural experience at each hotel and destination may include a choice of dance lessons, cooking classes, cocktail tastings, or boat tours—for starters. For instance, take a tango lesson at the Hilton in Buenos Aires; a rumba lesson at the Hilton Cartagena in Colombia; learn to make a traditional caipirinha at the Hilton Sao Paulo Brazil; and enjoy a rum tasting in Bogota.
• Traditional dinners with local flair, featuring such specialties as empanada appetizers at Hilton Buenos Aires and mole enchilada at Hilton Mexico City Reforma to sancocho at Hilton Santo Domingo and conch at British Colonial Hilton Nassau.
For guests who want to give the local language a try, hotels will provide a language immersion pin identifying the guest as an Authentically Local participant. Hotel team members will then speak to that guest only in the local language—Spanish, Portuguese or Papiamentu.
Authentically Local team members are already at their desks at Hilton Hotels around the Caribbean and in Latin America with guest tips: food lovers visiting Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi should visit the city’s Mercado Municipal, built in 1928 and the city’s first grocery store; when staying at Hilton Santo Domingo, not-to-be-missed local sites include the Colonial Zone and Los Tres Ojos cave; guests of Hilton Buenos Aires should stop for a snack at Cafe Tortoni (established in 1858) and visit with local artisans at Recoleta’s arts and crafts fair.
All Authentically Local packages must be booked seven days in advance, so that the hotel’s cultural consultants’ team has the chance to prepare the various experience components, be it a wine tasting or a musical instrument or dance lesson.
For more information, call (800) HILTONS, visit hiltonworldwide.com, or contact directly the participating hotel in: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Barbados, Curaçao, Dominican Republic and Trinidad.