By the Caribbean Journal staff
Miami-based HES Group has purchased the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
HES Group, which is behind a number of hotel projects in Miami, has major plans for the property; the purchase also included the Silver Sun Gallery shopping center.
“This purchase was made in the framework of a vision to create an innovative tourism project in the center of the city, which will diversify the current offering, strengthen the sector and generate direct investment that bets on the development of the country,” said Francisco Arocha, president of HES Group.
The plans for the hotel include a major remodeling and renovation, along with the construction of at least 20 more suites, according to the company.
It will also see the renovation of the 27th floor to create a “modern rooftop lounge.”
HES additionally plans to open a “haute cuisine restaurant” at the hotel and add a casual eatery in the pool area.
Interior design firm Sanchez + Coleman Studio is leading the entire remodeling process.
Hilton will continue with management for another 20 years under the Embassy Suites brand, “with the potential for future change to adapt it to the requirements of international business travelers,” the company said.
HES’ most recent projects included the Aloft Coral Gables and the soon-to-debut Triptych Hotel in Miami’s Design District.