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The Ultimate Guide to Hilton Impresario and the 10 Best Properties

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Hilton Impresario is an exclusive VIP recognition program offered to select travel agencies and advisors. This program is designed to offer value-added benefits to clients who book Impresario rates through their travel advisors.

This is the Hilton equivalent of other VIP recognition programs such as Hyatt Privé, Four Seasons Preferred Partner, Marriott STARS, and Marriott Luminous.

By offering elite-like benefits to select travelers at the best available rate — cash, not points — luxury travel agencies can offer competitive packages and Hilton nets incremental revenue from high-spending travelers.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the complete ins and outs of the Hilton Impresario program and show you the top Hilton Impresario properties you can book.

Which Hotels Are Part of Hilton Impresario?

Hilton Impresario hotels are properties under Hilton Worldwide’s luxury brands. There are 3 in total:

What Benefits Do I Get When Booking Through Hilton Impresario?

All Hilton Impresario bookings made through a partner travel agent or advisor are eligible for these perks:

  • Best available rates
  • VIP guest status
  • Complimentary full breakfast for 2 daily per room
  • $100 hotel credit per stay or local currency equivalent
  • Upgrade to next room category, subject to availability
  • Double Hilton Honors points
  • Last room availability

One of the biggest reasons to book Hilton Impresario rates is that complimentary upgrades are prioritized for Impresario bookings over other rates such as Amex’s The Hotel Collection or Fine Hotels & Resorts.

The other benefit to note is that Hilton Impresario bookings are made at the best available rates, which are often lower than the rate displayed on third-party booking options such as AmexTravel.com‘s website.

Also, the ability to earn double the Hilton Honors points is highly impressive. Hilton Honors already makes it extremely lucrative to earn points through hotel stays, and earning double points is an absolute no-brainer.

The last benefit worth calling out is that Hilton Impresario bookings get last room availability, which helps a lot if you’re either booking last-minute or your stay falls under peak travel dates.

How To Book a Hilton Impresario Rate

Hilton Impresario stays can be booked by reaching out to your travel advisor or travel agent. Simply provide your travel advisor with the required details, and they will book your hotel stay for you.

In this next section, we’ll walk you through some of the terms and conditions of Hilton Impresario.

Is There a Minimum Stay Requirement?

Hilton Impresario does not have any minimum stay requirements, so you’ll get this collection of benefits with a stay as short as 1 night.

What Rates Qualify for Hilton Impresario?

The first thing to remember is that special promotional rates including advance purchase, AAA, senior, corporate, prepaid, and member-only rates will not qualify for Hilton Impresario benefits.

That said, the best available flexible/standard rate gets Hilton Impresario perks.

Can Existing Reservations Get Hilton Impresario Benefits?

Maybe. Usually, you need to initiate and complete your booking with an eligible travel advisor to get Hilton Impresario benefits.

That said, your travel advisor might be able to retroactively get these benefits on an existing reservation if you booked with an eligible rate.

Another potential solution would be to cancel your existing reservation (as long as there’s no cancellation penalty) and rebook the same reservation with a travel advisor.

What Credit Card Should I Use?

In general, you’re free to use the credit card of your choice to book Hilton Impresario stays. This is in contrast to Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts bookings, where you have to make the hotel reservation using your eligible Platinum-branded or Centurion-branded card.

To maximize the number of points earned, you should use one of 4 Hilton-branded credit cards:

*All information about the Hilton Aspire card has been collected independently by Upgraded Points.

The Hilton Aspire card earns 14x points at Hilton and comes with complimentary Hilton Honors Diamond status (enrollment required).

If you pay for a Hilton Impresario using your Hilton Aspire card as a Hilton Diamond member, you’ll earn:

  • 10x points per dollar spent as a Hilton Honors base member
  • 10x points per dollar spent as a Hilton Honors Diamond member (100% bonus)
  • 10x points per dollar spent through Hilton Impresario (double points)
  • 14x points per dollar spent on the Hilton Aspire card

At the end of the day, you’ll earn 44x Hilton Honors points per dollar spent, which is equal to an amazing 22% return on spending.

From time to time, there are also Points Unlimited promotions that allow you to earn up to triple points on your stay, which would add another 20x points. This is equal to a maximum of 64x Hilton points, which is a nearly inconceivable 32% return on spending.

Hot Tip: If you’re deciding among the various Hilton Honors co-branded cards, check out our complete guide breaking down each of the card options in detail.

The 10 Best Hilton Impresario Properties in the World

Now that we’ve gone over the details of the Hilton Impresario program, let’s take a look at the best Hilton Impresario properties in the world.

As a reminder, we recommend comparing Hilton Impresario rates with the best prepaid/advance-purchase rate you can find to see if the extra benefits are worth any rate difference you might pay.

You can only get Hilton Impresario benefits on eligible paid stays, so redemption and award stays will not qualify.

1. Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. Image Credit: Hilton

The most exclusive resort in Hilton’s entire portfolio is the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, which is located in the Maldives, a tropical island paradise off the coasts of India and Sri Lanka.

This phenomenal property is accessible via a 45-minute yacht transfer from the international airport, and each of the thatched-roof villas is at least 3,000 square feet large, making this property home to the largest standard villas in the Maldives.

In particular, the standard villas have signature Waldorf Astoria bedding and furnishings with 1 king bed or 2 queen beds. There are floor-to-ceiling windows, direct access to the azure blue waters, a spacious outdoor area with an infinity pool, a dining gazebo, sunloungers, shaded daybeds, an overwater hammock, and so much more.

The oversized spa bathroom has indoor and outdoor showers, a deep-soaking bathtub, double vanities, and high-end Aesop amenities.

The massive property has a total of 11 dining options, an unbelievable spa, an aqua wellness center with hydrotherapy, a gym, a dive center, complimentary non-motorized water sports, and so much more.

Average room rates hover around $3,000 per night, though it’s possible to find low-season rates for as low as $1,500 per night or peak season rates as high as $6,000 per night.

2. Zemi Beach House, LXR Hotels & Resorts (Anguilla)

Zemi Beach House, LXR Hotels & Resorts
Zemi Beach House, LXR Hotels & Resorts. Image Credit: Hilton

Zemi Beach House, LXR Hotels & Resorts is a Caribbean resort property that happens to be one of the best Hilton has to offer in the region. Nestled in Anguilla’s Shoal Bay Beach, this tropical resort offers boutique luxury to the discerning traveler.

There are just 76 rooms and suites at this oceanfront property, and the standard rooms measure at least 600 square feet large and come furnished with 1 king bed or 2 queen beds.

The airy rooms have garden views or ocean views, a private balcony, and a small dining area for 2.

Within the bright spa bathrooms, you’ll find a walk-in shower, separate soaking tub, double vanities, and lavish Malin + Goetz bath and body products.

Here, a complimentary breakfast buffet is served daily at the onsite restaurant 20 Knots — there are also 4 additional dining options to keep you well-fed.

Relaxation is the top priority here, which is why you’ll find a spa, gym, hammam, 3 outdoor pools, and a tennis court.

Although room rates can vary widely depending on the season, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any rates cheaper than $900 per night, with the average around $1,400 per night and peak season rates going as high as $2,000 per night.

3. Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal (Mexico)

Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal bedroom
Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal. Image Credit: Hilton

Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal is the premier luxury points resort in Mexico’s famous Los Cabos. Although this property is just steps from the nightlife of Cabo San Lucas, the resort feels totally isolated from the chaos of the town.

Currently, each of the standard rooms has beautiful ocean views, handcrafted Mexican furniture, and furnished terraces with private plunge pools.

Each full bathroom features a soaking bathtub, walk-in rain shower, water closet, double vanities, and Salvatore Ferragamo amenities.

In terms of dining options, you’ll find 2 full-service restaurants (including El Farallon, which is one of the hottest restaurants in all of Cabo), 2 poolside bars, a lobby cocktail bar offering tequila and mezcal tastings, a Champagne bar, a coffee shop, room service, and private dining options.

The spa is decidedly lavish, and you can also utilize the multiple pools, gym, tennis court, and more.

Room rates usually hover around $1,750 per night on average, though you’ll notice rates as low as $1,000 per night during the summer hurricane season and rates as high as $3,000 per night during the peak winter season.

4. Conrad Bora Bora Nui (French Polynesia)

Conrad Bora Bora overwater villa
Conrad Bora Bora Nui. Image Credit: Carissa Rawson

Conrad Bora Bora Nui is the premier Hilton property in French Polynesia. Famous for Polynesian culture and tropical beauty, Bora Bora is absolutely a place worthy of a honeymoon or anniversary.

This property has sweeping panoramic views of Mount Otemanu and is just a 20-minute boat ride away from Bora Bora Airport (BOB).

The standard suite is over 1,000 square feet large and features a separate living room and bedroom, king bed, flat-screen TV, a furnished outdoor patio, and convenient amenities like a Nespresso machine.

Each bathroom has double vanities, a soaking bathtub, a walk-in rain shower, and Shanghai Tang amenities.

There are 6 dining options available here, as well as a spa, watersports, gym, kids’ club, regular live entertainment, and much more.

On average, room rates will be around $1,000 per night, but that number can balloon to $1,500 per night or drop to as low as $700 per night, depending on the seasonality.

5. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Image Credit: Hilton

Until the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi came along, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island was the most luxurious Hilton property you could book in the Maldives.

This awesome property is split up across 2 islands with standard beach villas at least 1,600 square feet in size. The villas have either 1 king bed or 2 queen beds, direct beach access, floor-to-ceiling windows, and plenty of outdoor space.

Plus, each full-sized bathroom has double sinks, a soaking bathtub, a walk-in rain shower, a separate outdoor rain shower, and a separate outdoor bathing pavilion.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has a total of 11 dining options, 2 spas, a fitness center, a dive center, a watersports center, a tennis court, and much more.

This sprawling resort starts at $1,000 per night and can go all the way up to $2,500 per night during the prime peak season — the average rate is closer to $1,600 per night.

6. Conrad Koh Samui (Thailand)

Conrad Koh Samui
Conrad Koh Samui. Image Credit: Hilton

Arguably, the most luxurious Hilton resort in Thailand is the Conrad Koh Samui, which is located on the southwestern tip of Koh Samui, an incredibly popular yet exclusive island.

The hillside villas offer jaw-dropping views of the landscape, and the standard villa measures around 1,400 square feet in size.

Each room has air conditioning, a king-sized bed, free Wi-Fi, a smart TV, a beautiful infinity pool and furnished terrace, and tropical ocean views.

Within the bathrooms, you’ll find separate soaking tubs, double vanities, bathrobes, luxe bath products, a TV, and a walk-in rain shower.

There are 6 full-service dining options, as well as in-villa dining and private dining available. You can also enjoy infinity pools, a gym, a spa, a dive center, and event space.

The average room rate is around $600 per night, with the low around $500 per night and the high around $900 per night.

7. Conrad Algarve (Portugal)

Conrad Algarve
Conrad Algarve. Image Credit: Hilton

Conrad Algarve is a stunning property located in the Algarve, southern Portugal’s world-class beach destination. This Quinta do Logo property is near some of the best beaches, dining, and golf on the continent.

Standard rooms start at roughly 400 square feet large and showcase a furnished balcony, king bed, Nespresso machine, private bar, tea facilities, flat-screen TV, and in-room media center.

There’s a marble bathroom with double sinks, a rainfall shower, Shanghai Tang amenities, a separate soaking bathtub with a built-in TV, and his-and-hers bathrobes.

Choose from 6 dining options here, including options from Michelin-starred chefs. Elsewhere on the premises, there are 3 pools, a tennis court, a gym, and a full spa with an ice fountain and a sauna.

This property happens to be one of the most affordable Conrad properties, and room rates start at $200 per night during the low season, $550 per night during the high season, and an average rate of $300 per night.

8. Conrad Chia Laguna Sardinia (Italy)

Conrad Chia Laguna Sardinia
Conrad Chia Laguna Sardinia. Image Credit: Hilton

One of the newest properties to grace the Conrad portfolio is southern Italy’s Conrad Chia Laguna Sardinia. This particular property is located on the island of Sardinia, one of Europe’s most popular beach destinations.

Standard rooms have 1 king bed or 2 double beds and 323 square feet of space. Though the rooms are on the smaller side, you’ll still find a furnished terrace or balcony, an HDTV, espresso machine, a minibar, and high-end bedding.

The bathroom is appointed with natural stone and golden light colors to go along with the single vanity, shower-tub combination, and designer bath amenities.

This resort has 7 dining options, ranging from grilled seafood to traditional Mediterranean fare. There’s also a full spa, long stretches of golden beach sand, a shopping boutique, 4 tennis courts, a watersports center, and event space.

Room rates to stay here fluctuate widely — they can be as low as $250 per night during the low season or as high as $800 per night during the summer peak season. On average, you should expect to pay around $350 per night here.

9. Susona Bodrum, LXR Hotels & Resorts (Turkey)

Susona Bodrum, LXR Hotels & Resorts
Susona Bodrum, LXR Hotels & Resorts. Image Credit: Hilton

If relaxing in the heart of the Turkish Riviera is high on your to-do list, one of the best properties to revel in is the Susona Bodrum, LXR Hotels & Resorts.

This exclusive resort overlooks the sparkling Turquoise Coast and is nestled within the Aegean coast’s forests.

Each room comes with 1 king bed or 2 twin beds and 430 square feet of space. Plus, the rooms are appointed with a sitting area, smart TV, espresso machine, tea facilities, free Wi-Fi, and a minibar.

The spa bathrooms have double sinks, a soaking tub, floor-to-ceiling windows, an LED-backlit mirror, bathrobes, slippers, and high-end bath products.

There are 3 full-service dining options (1 of which is a beach club spot). Things to do include a trip to the spa, taking a dip at either of the 2 on-site pools, or checking out special entertainment from live bands or DJs. There’s also a gym, tennis court, and event space.

This seasonal resort starts at $250 per night, but prices can go as high as $700 per night. The average is somewhere around $300 per night.

10. Waldorf Astoria Cancun (Mexico)

Waldorf Astoria Cancun
Waldorf Astoria Cancun. Image Credit: Hilton

The last property on our list is the glamorous Waldorf Astoria Cancun, a deluxe property just 15 minutes from the Cancun International Airport (CUN) with amazing luxury appeal.

It occupies 100 acres of Mayan coastline and is the perfect vacation option for U.S. travelers looking to stay close to home while enjoying the aesthetic of a brand-new luxury resort.

One of the biggest selling points is that all standard rooms have ocean views and a private balcony with a plunge pool. You’ll have a minimum of 675 square feet of personal space, plus a lovely king bed, sitting area, table for 2, and floor-to-ceiling windows.

The spa bathroom has twin vanities, a private water closet, and a walk-in rain shower overlooking the picturesque balcony.

There are a total of 5 dining options available at this hotel. You can also enjoy beach games, nature walks, movie nights under the stars, s’mores, watersports, gym workouts, and other personalized wellness activities. Of course, you’ll want to take advantage of the signature spa and salon with 21 total treatment rooms and a sauna.

Expect to shell out at least $900 per night for the honor of staying here; average rates will float at around $1,200 per night with a high of $1,500 per night.

Final Thoughts

Hilton Impresario is the VIP benefits program with added value for those staying at Conrad, LXR Hotels & Resorts, and Waldorf Astoria properties.

You’ll get free breakfast for 2 people per room, room upgrades subject to availability, a $100 hotel credit, early check-in and late checkout (both subject to availability), double Hilton Honors points, a last room guarantee, VIP service, and access to the best available rate when booking Hilton Impresario stays.

Hilton Impresario stays must be booked through a preferred travel advisor or travel agency to qualify for benefits.

The information regarding the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hilton Impresario?

Hilton Impresario is a VIP recognition program that enables select travel advisors and agencies to offer complimentary benefits including:

  • Best available rates
  • VIP guest status
  • Complimentary breakfast for 2 people per room
  • $100 hotel credit per stay
  • Upgrade to next room category (subject to availability)
  • Double Hilton Honors points
  • Last room availability

What additional amenity does Impresario offer when compared to other luxury membership offerings?

The complimentary benefits include:

  • Daily full breakfast for up to 2 people per room
  • $100 property credit once per stay
  • Complimentary room upgrade (subject to availability)
  • Early check-in, subject to availability
  • Late checkout, subject to availability
  • Double Hilton Honors points (select properties only)

Earning double Hilton Honors points is one of the additional amenities Impresario offers. Also, you’ll notice that the breakfast benefit is a full breakfast benefit, instead of a continental breakfast benefit like you might get with other rates.

How do I book a Hilton Impresario rate?

Hilton Impresario is only available to select travel agencies and travel advisors. You’ll need to find a company or individual who is partnered with Hilton to book Impresario rates. We recommend contacting Leigh Rowan from our team who can help you score all of the perks and upgrades mentioned.

What's so special about Hilton Impresario?

Hilton Impresario allows you to get elite-like VIP perks at select luxury Hilton properties without having top-tier elite status. In many ways, Hilton Impresario is superior to Hilton Diamond. For example, the breakfast benefit extends to a full breakfast, as opposed to the “continental breakfast” offered to Diamond members. Usually, resort properties extend a full breakfast to Diamond members, but it’s an important distinction to point out nonetheless.

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