Hilton Hotels International, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary, substantially enlarged its sphere of operations in
1957 and laid the groundwork for even greater growth
in the current year.
On November 1, 1957, El Panama Hilton in Panama,
Republic of Panama, became the fifth Hilton Hotel in
operation outside the continental limits of the United
States. This hotel is being^ operated under a long term
agreement under which the company supplies know-how
and working capital and operates the hotel in return for
a percentage of the profits. El Panama Hilton, containing 272 rooms, was planned to permit ready expansion
to 400 or 500 rooms. It is surrounded by fifteen acres of
tropical gardens overlooking the Pacific. Among its luxurious facilities are a swimming pool, cabanas, tennis
courts, golf greens, a night club, restaurants and shops.
Two fishing cruisers are provided for the convenience of
The new 100 room garden wing of the fabulous Caribe
Hilton was dedicated on December 7, 1957, the eighth
anniversary of this modern luxuriously appointed hotel.
The garden wing is a separate seven-story, fully air conditioned building located between the hotel and historic
Fort San Geronimo. It is connected to the main building
by a covered garden walk, bordered by shops, and rises
above a landscaped garden. Each of the hotel's 403
rooms has a balcony overlooking the ocean.
On March 22nd, Cuba's newest and finest hotel, the
Habana Hilton, will be formally opened. Built at a cost
of $24,000,000, this 630 room hotel is the largest and
tallest hotel building in Latin America, soaring thirty
stories over the center of Havana's most fashionable business area. This hotel features a large swimming pool with
cabanas and extensive landscaped outdoor areas capturing the tropical atmosphere of Cuba and through wide
use of native woods, coral and volcanic stone, harmonizes
with the existing architecture of Havana.
Dedication ceremonies on April 15th are planned for
the largest of the Hilton International hotels, The Queen
Elizabeth in Montreal. This hotel, owned by the Canadian National Railways and costing $24,000,000,
comprises 1216 rooms. It will be the largest hotel in the
The $6,000,000, 350 room Berlin Hilton, the first
hotel to be built in Berlin since World War II, will be
opened later this year. Other hotels under construction
are the Nile Hilton in Cairo, Egypt and the Acapulco
Hilton in Acapulco, Mexico. Under lease and in the
planning stage are Hilton Hotels in Baghdad, Iraq;
Athens, Greece; Vienna, Austria and Port of Spain,
Trinidad. Preliminary agreements have been signed for
hotels to be built and operated in Rome, Italy; Tokyo,
Japan; Bangkok, Thailand; London, England; Beirut,
Lebanon; Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Netherlands.