Hilton has signed a deal with Wessal Capital to open a new hotel in the Moroccan capital city of Rabat. When it opens in 2022, the 150-room Hilton Rabat will be part of the city’s Wessal Bouregreg project.
The Wessal Bouregreg master development has a range of residential, entertainment and cultural attractions on the banks of the river Bouregreg. The development's upcoming Hilton Rabat will be near new facilities, including a shopping mall and the Grand Theatre of Rabat designed by Zaha Hadid.
Last year, Hilton opened two hotels in Tangier: the Hilton Garden Inn Tanger City Center and the Hilton Tanger City Hotel & Residences. Hilton signed the two Tangier hotels in June 2012 with Spanish company Inveravante. Both properties are part of the Tanger City Center mixed-use development, which has a shopping mall, residences and commercial office space. The Hilton Tanger City Center Hotel & Residences has 182 guestrooms with 19 suites and 68 hotel apartments while the Hilton Garden Inn Tanger City Center has 323 guestrooms with 10 family rooms.
Another three Hilton hotels are currently under construction in Al Houara, Taghazout Bay and Casablanca. In April 2017, Hilton opened a development office in Casablanca to facilitate the expansion of its presence in North Africa, a focus area for the group's future development. Hilton announced its first hotel in the region—Hilton Garden Inn Casablanca Sidi Maarouf—in January 2017. Hilton announced the development of its hotel in Taghazout Bay a year earlier with plans to open the new-build property in 2018. Hilton has invested approximately $33 million in the new Hilton Taghazout Bay Beach Resort & Spa, which will have 170 guestrooms. The group signed the project with Société d'Aménagement et de Promotion de la Station de Taghazout. Hilton Tangier Al Houara Resort & Spa was also expected to open in 2017.