Hilton Impresario: Perks At Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, And LXR

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Want to take advantage of the Hilton Impresario program to receive extra perks (like breakfast and upgrades) for paid stays at Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, and LXR? Contact [email protected] for more details. He may even be able to help if you already have a stay booked.


While elite status in the Hilton Honors program is one way to score extra perks for Hilton stays, there’s another program that can score you perks without any sort of requirement to be loyal.

Specifically, the Hilton Impresario program can offer you elite-like perks for stays at three of Hilton’s luxury brands when booking through an eligible travel advisor. This is similar to the programs offered by other hotel groups, like Belmond Bellini Club, Four Seasons Preferred PartnerHyatt Privé, Marriott STARS & Luminous, Rosewood Elite, and Shangri-La Luxury Circle.

What is Hilton Impresario?

With Hilton Impresario, you can receive perks when booking an eligible rate through a participating travel agent at almost all Conrad, LXR, or Waldorf Astoria properties. Specifically, the Hilton Impresario perks are as follows:

  • Daily complimentary full breakfast for up to two people per room
  • A complimentary room upgrade, subject to availability at check-in
  • A $100 property credit once per stay
  • Early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability
  • Double Hilton Honors points (valid at select properties)

Receive complimentary breakfast when booking through Hilton Impresario

For some context on Hilton’s luxury brand:

  • Waldorf Astoria is Hilton’s most premium brand, with 33 hotels in 15 countries
  • LXR is Hilton’s new independent luxury brand, with four hotels in four countries
  • Conrad is Hilton’s brand that bills itself as “new generation smart luxury,” with 39 hotels in 21 countries

LXR is Hilton’s new independent luxury brand

Hilton Impresario FAQs

Let’s cover the other things you’ll want to know about the Hilton Impresario program in the form of some frequently asked questions.

What rates qualify for Hilton Impresario?

The Hilton Impresario rate is equal to the flexible rate that you’ll find on Hilton’s website. Hilton Impresario benefits aren’t valid when redeeming Hilton Honors points, or when booking pre-paid, advance purchase, member-only, AAA, senior, or any other promotional rates.

Do you earn Hilton Honors points for Hilton Impresario reservations?

Yes you can earn Hilton Honors points for Hilton Impresario bookings in the same way you would when booking directly (on top of that, you can earn double Hilton Honors points for many properties). These stays also qualify for any Hilton Honors promotions, and one can earn bonus points when paying with a co-branded Hilton Honors credit card.

Is there a minimum stay for Hilton Impresario reservations?

No, even one night stays qualify for Hilton Impresario perks.

How is Hilton Impresario different than Virtuoso?

Virtuoso also offers perks for all kinds of luxury hotels, and the benefits are somewhat similar. For the purposes of Hilton stays, the major benefit of Hilton Impresario over Virtuoso is that a lot more Hilton-family properties participate in Impresario.

While most Waldorf Astoria hotels participate in Virtuoso, only a handful of Conrads do, while they almost all participate in Hilton Impresario.

How is Hilton Impresario different from Hilton Honors elite status?

Hilton Honors Gold and Hilton Honors Diamond members may say “well don’t I get these perks anyway?” Not necessarily:

  • The $100 credit is something that elite members wouldn’t otherwise receive
  • The double Hilton Honors points at many participating properties is also an extra perk
  • The breakfast perk at many hotels will be more generous through Hilton Impresario than through Hilton Honors
  • At many properties elite members who book through Hilton Impresario may be upgraded ahead of a comparable elite member who didn’t book through the program

Can you book Hilton Impresario rates without a travel agent?

Hilton Impresario perks are available exclusively through eligible travel agents. This isn’t a program that consumers can take advantage of directly. Most travel agents won’t charge fees for these bookings, though that’s not the case across the board.

How do you find a Hilton Impresario travel agent?

There are lots of travel agents out there who have access to the Hilton Impresario program. Ford is always happy to help with these inquiries, and can be reached at [email protected]

Alternatively you can either find Hilton Impresario travel agents through Google, or travel agents are also welcome to leave their contact info in the comments section below.

Bottom line

Hilton Impresario offers extra perks like room upgrades, free breakfast, and hotel credits, when booking a luxury Hilton-family property through an eligible travel agent.

The program won’t be valuable for everyone with every booking, like when you’re redeeming points, or when there’s a promotional rate that’s way lower than the flexible rate. However, personally I book a majority of my paid luxury hotel stays through a program offering extra perks, and I find it to be well worth it.

Have you ever booked through Hilton Impresario? If so, what was your experience like?

Want to take advantage of the Hilton Impresario program to receive extra perks (like breakfast and upgrades) for paid stays at Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, and LXR? Contact [email protected] for more details. He may even be able to help if you already have a stay booked.


Comments
  1. Also, full breakfast could be a lot more valuable than the $15 pp credit a lot of US Waldorfs offer to Diamonds.

  2. I appreciate the comparison and discussion of differences with Virtuoso and elite status. How about a section on differences between Impresario and Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts? It seems like there is a fair bit of overlap with benefits from FHR. A huge benefit with FHR is not having to go through a travel agent.

  3. Also – currently, there is a promotion with Impresario where if you stay 2 nights or more, you receive a $200 credit plus a confirmed room upgrade at the time of booking.

  4. Are folks having luck with the Impresario upgrades. I’ve mostly been a Hyatt Privé client, but I can’t ever get a confirmed (suite to suite) upgrade at booking. Usually I’m getting a Globalist upgrade and not due to Privé at check-in.

    To NK3’s point on AmEx FHR, I’ve always gotten an upgrade at Belmond, FS, etc.

  5. @NK3 I find FHR options can be quite limited depending on where you are going. Otherwise yes, the perks are basically the same and you are correct, you don’t need to pay a travel agent.

  6. @NK3:

    Let’s use Hilton Impresario benefits as a base:
    – Daily complimentary full breakfast – both FHR and Impresario offer this.
    – A complimentary room upgrade, subject to availability – both programs offer this, though maybe Hilton elites get a preferential upgrade.
    – A $100 property credit once per stay – Impresario wins here since may it can be applied anywhere; FHR hotels have options to offer spa credit (which is moot) or F&B credit (a win)
    – Early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability – FHR wins because of the guaranteed 4pm checkout.
    – Double Hilton Honors points (valid at select properties) – Depends on how you value Hilton points.

    And don’t knock travel agents. Regular Virtuoso travel agents know the destinations and the hotels better than FHR travel agents, and they can pull strings when things go haywire. FHR may be more convenient due to online booking, but the rates are sometimes higher than hotel rack rate. PS: I’m not a travel agent.

  7. Sometimes, as in the lead photo on this post, you show pictures of places that look really cool but do not explain with a caption or a line in the main text explain what we are viewing….Lots of times the picture is just intended as a random airport scene so it’s not really relevant to know exactly what the setting is….but in this case I found myself thinking, “That looks nice–I wonder where that is?”

  8. why isn’t ford a impresio agent? i’ve gotten to trust him over the years and i don’t really want to book via other channels

  9. Happy to help with Hilton Impresario, Hyatt Prive, Marriott STARS, Four Seasons Preferred, Rosewood Elite, Belmond Bellini Club, Peninsula Penclub, Jumeirah Passport, Shangri La Luxury Circle, Langham Couture, Abercrombie 100, IHG Luxury, and Virtuoso bookings. Email me at [email protected] or find me on Facebook in most of the travel/points group or text/WhatsApp me 510 eight five one 3412.
    -Eric Kaz Brown

  10. Not all information provided is accurate. Hotels can restrict which bookings can qualify for Impresario rates, including by minimum number of nights. For example, Conrad Hangzhou Tonglu requires a stay of at least two nights. Other hotels will limit Impresario bookings to certain room categories. For example, Conrad Guangzhou requires booking at least an executive room, which is pointless if you have Diamond status.

  11. Happy to help with Hilton Impresario bookings. Additionally, I have Preferred Partnerships with most luxury hotel brands and can offer you similar perks at almost any true luxury property. Feel free to reach out.

    My email is [email protected]. I strive to respond to all inquiries within the same business day.

  12. Sometimes virtuoso travels are better. For instance, Virtuoso might offer 3rd night free or 4th night free promotion, while impresario mostly doesn’t.

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