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Nine Hotel Group opens DoubleTree by Hilton in 19th Century Mill House

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With more and more hotels opening in heritage shells, Nine Hotel Group announces the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton hotel Reading M4 J10 in a 19th century mill house…

Vivek Chadha – of Nine Hotel Group – purchased the Best Western Grade II listed mill house in 2017 and has spent £4 million on the redevelopment, rebranding the hotel to a DoubleTree by Hilton and expanding its facilities.

Now open to the public, the 129-key hotel is conveniently situated on the edge of Reading Town Centre, Providing the ideal base for both business and leisure travellers, the hotel is predicted to bring an influx of people to the area as well as providing luxurious amenities for the local community.

Included in the development is the construction of a 300-person capacity ballroom complete with a large banqueting facility for weddings, giving the hotel a total of five function rooms for groups looking to host events or business meetings.

Inside the historic mill, the bedrooms boast traditional characteristics such as classic wooden beams, and the Godfather & Co Restaurant – part of the original mill – has the River Loddon flowing beneath.

The renovation of this hotel has kept the traditional and distinctive character all of which is set on 10.5 acres of natural landscape, while boasting modern amenities such as a 24-hour fitness centre.

Those looking for a local country pub can visit the onsite Poachers Pub to sample real ales in a cosy atmosphere, complete with real  log fires. The Godfather & Co Restaurant proudly sources local produce, and you can also pay a visit to the Whisky Charlie Lounge where you can enjoy the hotel’s very own local cocktail, The Lion of Sindlesham.

Speaking about the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading M4 J10 refurbishment, Vivek Chadha, Managing Director and founder of Nine Hotel Group, said: “I’m proud to bring the unique Nine Group ethos to the area and I look forward to seeing the hotel prosper. The property was selected for redevelopment as it is part of local history, rich in character and period features. It now boasts premium facilities for the discerning guest whether they are visiting for business or pleasure.”

The latest addition to DoubleTree by Hilton, one of Hilton’s 15 market-leading brands, marks the first DoubleTree property in Reading and joins an existing 50 DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in the United Kingdom.

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Malaysia’s First DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Opens in Penang

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DoubleTree by Hilton has opened its first resort-style property in Malaysia: DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang, and also marks the 50th DoubleTree by Hilton property in the Asia Pacific region.

Located in the vibrant beach area on Penang’s north coast, overlooking the Indian Ocean, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang is a family-friendly resort with exceptional facilities for all ages.

Overlooking Malaysia’s Miami Beach, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang features a distinctive design concept that blends contemporary style with classical Peranakan motifs. The 316 rooms and suites are all equipped with walk-in rain showers, 40-inch LED TVs and Wi-Fi. Families can opt for two inter-connected rooms, linked by a hallway door to create a private sanctuary, complete with double and twin bedrooms and separate bathrooms.

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“Blessed with a rich history, diverse culture and tropical scenery, Penang is a truly enchanting destination. As the first DoubleTree resort in Malaysia, we are delighted to bring the brand’s warmth and genuine hospitality to the country, as epitomized by the welcome cookie we offer to all our guests,” commented Jamie Mead, Regional General Manager, Hilton Malaysia.

Linda Giebing, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang’s General Manager, added: “We have experienced strong demand since the hotel started operating in January, with high occupancy and interest from the events sector. I am confident that all guests will be captivated by our comprehensive range of facilities and renowned standards of hospitality.”

The upscale resort also features a state-of-the-art conference area, including three flexible meeting rooms for events of between 12 and 120 delegates.

The new resort is also part of Hilton Honors, an award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct brands.

Doubletree by Hilton completes Cadbury House bedroom refurbishment

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The hotel has upgraded 72 bedrooms and also boasts a new state-of-the-art reception area.

The four-star DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury has upgraded 72 bedrooms including its Junior Suites and Loft Suites, investing over £1.5 million in the project, which has also included a refresh to several public areas.

The new bedroom décor has an emphasis on elegance and features a chrome finish, grey-toned colour palette and a focus on comfort and luxury.

DoubleTree by Hilton says the refurbishment drew inspiration from local landmarks, including the SS Great Britain, Clevedon Pier, Clifton Suspension Bridge and Avon Gorge.

Facilities include USB charging points on plug sockets, double sinks in some bathrooms and additional seating areas for relaxing or working.

The hotel’s brand new reception area is another key part of the refurbishment programme and sports a feature ‘living’ wall to the exterior. The space also has floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views across the North Somerset countryside.

In total the site has 132 luxury bedrooms, an onsite health club and spa and two Marco Pierre White restaurants.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House general manager, Mehmet Kandemir, said: “Our latest refurbishment project to upgrade our bedrooms and some public areas is part of an ongoing programme of regeneration at the venue. We have become renowned for our innovative and contemporary facilities so the evolution work never ends.

“The hotel has benefitted from over £26 million in investments since its opening thanks to owner Nick Taplin, and the latest refurbishment is testament to our commitment to guest comfort and satisfaction.

“The new rooms really give the wow-factor, especially our popular suites which really are stunning and offer a real treat for those visiting for special occasions. We’re certain guests will be impressed with the upgrades.”

DoubleTree by Hilton Sheffield Park completes extension

DoubleTree by Hilton Sheffield Park completes extension

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Sheffield-based contractor JF Finnegan has completed a 36-bedroom extension to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sheffield Park on Chesterfield Road in the city.

JF Finnegan built the original hotel 25 years ago and work has now completed on the new £3.2 million extension.

The extension to the existing hotel, located in a Sheffield suburb close to the Peak District, provides an additional 36 bedrooms split equally across three floors. Constructed at the far end of the car park near the hotel entrance, it is connected to the existing building at each floor level with access provided via a glazed link.

The works have increased the bedroom offer to 131 to accommodate guests and complement hotel facilities which include The Piano Bar and Restaurant, lounges, a health club, meeting & conference facilities, a beauty spa and swimming pool.

The former Sheffield Park Hotel reopened under the popular DoubleTree by Hilton brand in 2011 and is owned and operated by Vine Hotels. Gary Smith, Managing Director at JF Finnegan, said: “After constructing the original hotel more than 25 years ago, we were delighted to return to deliver the new extension. The new facilities have further enhanced this popular hotel and we are pleased to have continued our working relationship with Hilton.”

Andrew Rouse, Commercial Development Director at Vine Hotels, said: “Having originally acquired this hotel in 2012 and invested in upgrading the facilities to the DoubleTree by Hilton brand standards we are delighted to be investing in the expansion and growth of this popular local hotel. We have been happy to build on our successful working relationship with JF Finnegan who have now completed another excellent job.”

Alongside its varied and diverse contractual work portfolio, JF Finnegan has a long history of hotel construction, including the Hampton by Hilton 103 bedroom hotel in Oxford, the seven-storey Mercure Hotel in Edinburgh and the Holiday Inn Express hotels in central Sheffield and Bedford.

Franklin Ellis are Architect for the project, with Ridge Property & Construction Consultants as Engineer. Ben Dudley, associate partner at Franklin Ellis Architects, said: “We are delighted to successfully complete this project at DoubleTree Sheffield with Vine Hotels and we’re really pleased to reveal the completed extension. Vine Hotels are well-established in the hotel sector and they own and operate a portfolio of high quality hotels. The DoubleTree at Sheffield was identified for investment focusing on the Hilton ethos of enhancing the guest experience.

“This extension consolidates the hotel as a premium conferencing and leisure offer serving South Yorkshire and the Midlands. We are proud to have been able to deliver the extension to a high-standard on behalf of Vine Hotels and Hilton.”

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Twenty Four Seven Hotels takes over DoubleTree in El Segundo

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Twenty Four Seven Hotels has announced the addition of DoubleTree by Hilton LAX – El Segundo to its management portfolio. The LAX hotel is the first of four new management contracts in the LA area in 2017.

Twenty Four Seven Hotels played a pivotal role in the highly complex transaction providing guidance to the buyer on the transactional side with sourcing, underwriting and acquiring the hotel, and on the capitalisation side by assisting in the structuring of new mezzanine financing in conjunction with assumption of a senior CMBS loan.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel LAX is a 216-room property and the only full-service hotel within El Segundo, just minutes from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Recognised as the aerospace capital of the world, the community of El Segundo is home to many of the world’s most influential Fortune 500 companies. Twenty Four Seven Hotels is based in Newport Beach and has also assumed management of the hotel.

Catering to both business and leisure travelers, the seven-story DoubleTree by Hilton LAX is ideally situated in El Segundo, a hotbed for industry and innovation with the famed Silicon Beach next door. The hotel underwent renovations in 2016 that consisted of a complete reconfiguration and enhancement of first-floor public areas and guestroom upgrades.

The design refresh of the remaining six floors of guestrooms and a brand-new pool deck will complete the transformation in early 2018, along with tech upgrades including Whistle, a guest-oriented text messaging system.

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DoubleTree by Hilton opens latest Dubai property

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DoubleTree by Hilton, one of Hilton’s 14 market-leading brands, has announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Business Bay. The modern hotel features 238 spacious guest rooms and suites, all with floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views of the Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai or Bay Square.

It joins two other DoubleTree by Hilton properties already open in the city and eight DoubleTree by Hilton properties open across the Middle East.

DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Business Bay is located in Bay Square, a low rise community square surrounded by shops, cafes and local businesses. The hotel is ideally located between ‘old’ and ‘new’ parts of the city, allowing guests to experience all the city has to offer.

“Dubai is a fast-growing, cosmopolitan city that offers visitors a range of activities, from shopping in the modern malls, to watching a performance at the opera, to abra rides on the creek,” said Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “As the first and only hotel in Bay Square, DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Business Bay is ideal for travellers seeking accomodation in this popular new destination. We look forward to welcoming guests with something special at every stage of their stay, starting with our signature, warm DoubleTree cookie upon arrival.”

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Hull’s £25m hotel development reaches half way point

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Developers of the £25m DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Hull have announced that they have just passed the halfway point of the build.

The hotel, located in Ferensway, is being delivered by Lincolnshire-based developer Manorcrest Group who began work on the site in October 2016. With a 14-month construction period the eagerly awaited hotel, which will boast 165 bedrooms and a 1000 sq m ballroom for events and conferences, is due for completion in November this year.

Over the last eight months, the concrete lift shaft was constructed and the floor slab and structure to the conference centre has been finished. Over the course of the next few months and until completion, works on site will include the development of a restaurant space and rooftop bar, and the internal fit out of the conference centre and communal areas and the installation of its bedroom pods, which are being delivered from China.

Director of Manorcrest Group, Dean Wann, said: “The construction of the hotel is on track and now we are past the half way point you can really see the building being brought to life.

“This hotel will bring much-needed beds to Hull and the support we have had from the local community has been great. We are building a luxurious facility that the city can be proud of and it will accommodate Hull’s busy visitor economy and increasing business travellers. We have another busy seven months ahead of us but things are progressing well,” he added.

View from the 4th floor sky bar in the hotelOnsite works are continuing to the roof of the build which is 80% complete, whilst the decking and concrete floors are being put in place. General manager of the hotel, Sarah Whitfield, said: “The hotel construction is progressing quickly and as we move into the second half we are starting to look ahead to the opening at the end of the year. I’m particularly excited about the ballroom which will bring large scale events and exhibitions to Hull. The hotel will also allow us to introduce over 100 new jobs to the local community once complete, great news for the local community.”

Other suppliers on the build of the hotel include London-based architects Aros, Hull-based P&D Engineering, Jamie Millar from Bridlington who is delivering the specialised concrete flooring, White Star Security based in Hull which is providing electronic security services, and Nottinghamshire-based David Ashley Construction which is delivering the concrete structure.

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DoubleTree by Hilton opens in The Cotswolds

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A key UK tourism destination – The Cotswolds – today welcomes one of Hilton’s 14 market-leading brands, DoubleTree by Hilton, into its prospering area. Located just two miles from Cheltenham, a town famed for its Regency buildings and historical importance as a spa town, DoubleTree by Hilton Cheltenham opens its doors as the 43rd DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in the UK.

The newly-refurbished hotel is three miles away from the world-renowned Cheltenham Racecourse for racing enthusiasts or those looking for a fun day out, while also being on the doorstep of some of the UK’s most picturesque countrysides. DoubleTree by Hilton Cheltenham also provides centrally-located accommodation for the area’s popular cultural festivals hosted year-round.

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“DoubleTree by Hilton Cheltenham is conveniently located near many notable attractions, providing the perfect base for guests to explore the country’s best nature spots or to head into the bustling city centre of Cheltenham,” said Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “We are proud to open the latest addition to our ever-expanding DoubleTree by Hilton portfolio and to welcome each guest with our signature, warm DoubleTree Cookie upon arrival.”

The thoughtfully-designed Lakeside restaurant presents Cheltenham with a relaxed and unique setting to dine, offering modern English cuisine. After indulging in the restaurant’s inviting menu, guests can choose from the Manor Bar or Lilley Brook Bar. DoubleTree by Hilton Cheltenham boasts an impressive ten flexible meeting rooms, all with natural daylight. Ideal for business travellers, the largest group meeting room fits 320 guests, while the main meeting room has floor-to-ceiling windows with scenic views over the gardens.

For those looking for a relaxing stay, the hotel offers a swimming pool and gym, including spa treatments available at the hotel’s health club.

“We look forward to welcoming guests to this beautifully-restored hotel and proving the brand’s well-known caring service,” said Syed Zaidi, general manager, DoubleTree by Hilton Cheltenham.

Massive DoubleTree by Hilton New York designed by Gene Kaufman opens

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The massive DoubleTree by Hilton New York – Times Square West, designed by Gene Kaufman Architect, has opened at 350 West 40th Street, between 8th and 9th avenues.

At more than 200,000 square feet and offering 612 rooms, the towering 35-storey DoubleTree is the largest hotel Gene Kaufman Architect has ever designed and the largest to open in New York City in many years. Its arrival follows the groundbreaking, in November, of another enormous Times Square-area hotel designed by the firm, a 518-rooom, 35-story Hyatt Place at 350 West 39th Street.

The new DoubleTree sports a dramatic façade. A red brick masonry street wall wraps around a courtyard that transitions to a setback tower. The tower’s slate blue windows and metal work take advantage of the uninterrupted western exposure to capture the illumination of the sunsets.

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Said Gene Kaufman, founder and principal of Gene Kaufman Architect: “We are tremendously proud of the DoubleTree. It is not only our biggest hotel project ever, but the final touch for a block that we have helped to transform from a backwater into a fully integrated part of the bustling Times Square area.”

As the westernmost hotel on 40th Street the DoubleTree has upper-story guest rooms that offer unparalleled views of the Manhattan skyline, as does the hotel’s 4,000-square-foot Lovage Rooftop & Indoor Lounge. This dramatic glass-enclosed space boasts 17-foot floor-to-ceiling windows 36 stories above Times Square.

Gene Kaufman Architect’s interiors group, led by Natalia Tordorova, designed Lovage, which has a custom laser-cut mercury mirror brick wall, chainmail columns, walnut herringbone-and-polished cement floors, and chairs in stroke-painted velvet upholstery and Christian Lacroix fabrics.

The interiors group also designed Magnolia Restaurant, a ground floor American bistro and bar with an expansive bar and 6,000 square feet of interior and exterior dining space. White brick, natural textiles, rich wood and polished brass are illuminated by sphere pendant lighting and complemented by camel-brown leather upholstery, basket-weave fabrics, and linens of plum and soft cream.

The two venues are the latest properties of Addison Hospitality Group, for which Gene Kaufman Architect’s interiors group previously designed the 5,000-square-foot Monarch Rooftop & Indoor Lounge at the Marriott Courtyard Herald Square that opened in 2013.

“I am thrilled to once again team up with New York City’s leading design house, Gene Kaufman Architect,” stated Ric Addison, president of Addison Hospitality Group. “There is an abounding synergy between both of our brands, which was evident in our collaboration on Monarch Rooftop & Indoor Lounge in 2013. Their ideas are fresh, cutting edge, and visionary, and I am confident that Magnolia Restaurant and Lovage Rooftop & Indoor Lounge will reflect their talent and creative sense of style that is uniquely their own.”

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DoubleTree by Hilton increases UK presence with 12 hotels

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DoubleTree by Hilton has introduced an additional 12 properties to its UK portfolio in the past 12 months and now welcomes guests at more than 30 hotels throughout the country.

Eight of the 12 hotel openings were part of a £16 million conversion programme, providing unique, contemporary accommodations and full-service facilities to guests in Aberdeen Treetops, Bristol North, Coventry, Dartford Bridge, Edinburgh Airport, Newbury North, Southampton and Strathclyde.

Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global brand head, DoubleTree by Hilton, said: “The addition of 12 UK hotels in 2016 – from Aberdeen in Scotland to Southampton on the South Coast – took us past 30 properties and significantly strengthened our position in the market.”

Since launching in the UK in 2008, DoubleTree by Hilton has expanded rapidly across the country, opening an average of four new hotels each year. The brand offers a consistent, upscale standard of accommodation within a varied portfolio which has grown to incorporate many long-established hotels, such as DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Ealing and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Hyde Park.

Each hotel in the conversion programme has been refurbished, now showcases individual design and F&B concepts, reflecting the location of each property and newly renovated meeting spaces, commencing with Strathclyde in October and completing with Edinburgh Airport in December.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Kingston upon Thames opens

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DoubleTree by Hilton has announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Kingston upon Thames, located in the centre of the town. The upscale hotel joins 72 DoubleTree by Hilton properties open across Europe and is the first Hilton-branded property in the Kingston market.

Boasting 146 modern guest rooms and suites, the stylish property, managed by Interstate Europe Hotels & Resorts and asset managed by EQ Hotels Ltd, offers close proximity to a number of top attractions, with central London only a short train ride away.

As the newest dining option to the neighbourhood, Hawkers Bar and Brasserie pays homage to Kingston’s extensive contribution to the history of aviation. With its modern design as well as its lively indoor and outdoor atmosphere, Hawkers Bar and Brasserie boasts a trend-setting menu with a selection of contemporary dishes to complement its vast choice of local craft beers, spirits and wine, as well as a signature Afternoon Tea.

In addition to the hotel’s inviting dining options, DoubleTree by Hilton Kingston upon Thames offers world-class conference facilities outside of the hustle and bustle of London city. Three flexible function rooms are available to host casual business meetings, training sessions or personal events. The largest of the spaces can accommodate up to 260 people, along with offering a pre-conference and events area. Guests also have access to the 24/7 fitness centre which features state-of-the-art Precor equipment.

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Two new DoubleTree by Hilton hotels open across the UK

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DoubleTree by Hilton has opened two new properties, one in Swindon, England and another in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Airport has opened just seven miles from the heart of the vibrant city centre. The hotel boasts many features, including newly refurbished guestrooms, an onsite LivingWell Leisure Club, restaurant serving Scottish dishes and meeting areas, all conveniently located for airport travellers.

Following the £2.5 million investment, the property boasts 150 newly refurbished guestrooms, as well as The Space Restaurant which offers an all-day dining menu serving traditional Scottish dishes. The hotel also features 22 meeting rooms all with natural daylight and modern décor. The onsite LivingWell Leisure Club has also benefited from considerable investment as part of the rebrand.

DoubleTree by Hilton Swindon is located on the edge of the town centre, offering visitors and business travellers perfect access to the city.

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The hotel boasts 171 spacious guestrooms with a selection of room types, from deluxe rooms to king one bedroom suites. The new onsite restaurant, 14Twelve Brasserie, offers breakfast and dinner daily, serving a range of modern British cuisine. Able to seat 120 people, 14Twelve Brasserie is ideal for large parties and hosting special events.

For those looking to stay active on the road, the newly renovated fitness centre, open 24 hours a day, offers upgraded Precor equipment. Guests can also enjoy the cycling and jogging paths around the hotel.

Since launching in the UK in 2008 the DoubleTree by Hilton portfolio includes 32 properties operating, with recent additions being DoubleTree by Hilton Strathclyde, DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North, DoubleTree by Hilton Dartford Bridge, and DoubleTree by Hilton Southampton. Furthermore, more than 90 DoubleTree properties will be operating across Europe, Middle East and Africa by the end of 2016.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Southampton opens after £4m renovation

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The UK’s fastest growing upscale brand has announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Southampton. Following a £4 million investment and renovation programme, overseen by Hilton, the hotel has converted to a DoubleTree by Hilton property.

Located in peaceful gardens close to Southampton city centre, the DoubleTree brand’s kind and welcoming service can be seen throughout the property and its 135 renovated guestrooms.

Following the investment, the property boasts a new onsite restaurant, Bracken Place Restaurant, Bar and Lounge which offers a variety of traditional and modern dishes. Along with this, the DoubleTree by Hilton Southampton has 14 renovated meeting rooms, all with air-conditioning, high-speed internet access and natural daylight. Ranging in size, the hotel can cater for all guest event needs, from a small Executive Boardroom for 4 people, to a wood-panelled ballroom that can seat up to 150 for a glamourous event or working conference.

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The refurbishment has also seen a brand new reception and lobby area for guests to relax in, and for those wanting to keep fit, a new resident only Precor gym facility is available onsite too. Not only do the guestrooms now feature a modern and sleek design, but the renovation has seen the introduction of brand new bathroom suites and air conditioning units.

Richard Groome, General manager said, “We have a fantastic reputation in the city and Southampton is the natural gateway to the South Coast. We are extremely excited about welcoming guests to the DoubleTree by Hilton Southampton and bringing this Hilton brand and the famous DoubleTree cookie to Hampshire. The hotel’s new lobby has a very sumptuous and chic look which extends our friendly welcome.”

Since launching in the UK in 2008 the DoubleTree by Hilton portfolio includes 32 properties operating, with recent additions being DoubleTree by Hilton Strathclyde, DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North, DoubleTree by Hilton Dartford Bridge, and DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh Airport. Furthermore, more than 90 DoubleTree properties will be operating across Europe, Middle East and Africa by the end of 2016.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Aberdeen Treetops opens after refurbishment

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The UK’s fastest growing upscale brand today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Aberdeen Treetops. A renovation programme overseen by Hilton and Westmont Hospitality has seen the hotel convert to a DoubleTree by Hilton property.

Located in the west end of Aberdeen, the DoubleTree brand’s kind and welcoming service can be seen throughout the property and its 120 guestrooms. DoubleTree by Hilton Aberdeen Treetops is nearby to the Gordon Highlanders Museum, Hazlehead Park and on the door step of Royal Deeside, making it a great location to explore the local area.

Following the refurbishment, the property boasts Springfield’s Restaurant which offers local and international cuisine. Along with this guests can take advantage of the 12 meeting rooms onsite, including the largest hotel conference and banqueting space in the North East of Scotland. The largest meeting room has the capacity to hold up to 800 people, whilst the other 11 rooms can hold a further 150. The conversion has also seen improvements made to the bedrooms and Livingwell Health Club.

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“We are really excited about changing to the DoubleTree by Hilton brand as it is growing to be more and more popular and is widely recognised” said Jozef Sivak, the hotel’s Deputy General Manager. “The hotel is looking fantastic and has plenty to offer both our corporate and leisure guests.”

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Since launching in the UK in 2008 the DoubleTree by Hilton portfolio includes 32 properties operating, with recent additions being DoubleTree by Hilton Strathclyde, DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North, DoubleTree by Hilton Dartford Bridge, DoubleTree by Hilton Southampton, and DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh Airport. Furthermore, more than 90 DoubleTree properties will be operating across Europe, Middle East and Africa by the end of 2016.

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Sneak Peek: First look at DoubleTree in Hull

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Hilton Worldwide has revealed plans to introduce its upscale DoubleTree by Hilton brand to Hull, following an agreement with Brayford Hotels. Independent UK hotel Management Company, leaf HOSPITALITY will manage the forthcoming hotel when it opens.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hull is currently under development in Ferensway and is expected to open in late 2017 as Hull continues its 365 day transformative arts and culture programme as part of its UK City of Culture status. The new hotel will join more than 465 DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in 40 countries and territories across the globe.

The hotel will incorporate a range of premium leisure and business facilities, including 165 upscale guestrooms, a branded destination restaurant and bar and a 1000-sqm pillar-free ballroom designed to attract large-scale conferences and events to the city.

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Richard Farrar, founder of leaf HOSPITALITY commented: “We are delighted to be working with the Brayford team again who I know will deliver a first class hotel for Hull. There’s a real buzz about Hull and a shortage of premium hotels in the city centre but the market is robust and continuing to develop. Now more than ever, the spotlight is on the city to accommodate a rise in business visits and a steady growth in leisure tourism anticipated as a result of Hull’s City of Culture status next year and we’re confident of its long term sustainability as a vibrant leisure and business destination.”

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The announcement comes on the back of news that leaf HOSPITALITY secured the management agreement to run the focused service Hampton by Hilton, currently under development at Humberside Airport. The company now has four management agreements in the UK, taking it another step closer to achieving its target of having 20 hotels under management by 2025. The new build hotel is located in Hull’s city centre, and marks leaf’s third contract with developer Brayford Hotels, having already worked with them to manage the DoubleTree by Hilton Lincoln.

Leigh Hall, Director of Brayford Hotels, commented: “Having already established a great working relationship with leaf HOSPITALITY for previous developments, we know they are the ideal partner to bring this hotel to market and ensure its success. With the mix of accommodation, dining and banqueting facilities for up to 1,000 delegates, it was important for us to bring an established hotel management company on board. DoubleTree by Hilton’s appeal as a globally recognised brand, paired with leaf’s comprehensive knowledge of the full sales, revenue and marketing mix across both the leisure and corporate sectors will ensure an exceptional guest experience in Hull.”

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Hilton Worldwide’s first hotel in New Zealand’s Christchurch opens

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Hilton has announced the opening of Chateau on The Park – Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton.

Formerly Chateau on The Park, this Christchurch icon is adjacent to Hagley Park, within walking distance to Christchurch Botanic Gardens and the western business district, and just a five-minute drive into the city. The hotel will be the second DoubleTree by Hilton to enter New Zealand and joins four Hilton Worldwide hotels in Auckland, Taupo and Queenstown.

Paul Hutton, vice president, operations, Australasia, said, “The city’s strong tourism market was the key driver for bringing the brand into the city. We are especially proud for the brand to be represented in the re-emerging city of Christchurch – an important hub for both business travellers and leisure tourism in New Zealand.”

Located on Deans Avenue and nestled amongst five acres of verdant gardens, this fully-refurbished hotel features 192 modern guest rooms. The cozy Den Bar is a great place to meet friends for a drink and the Garden Court Brasserie is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering al-fresco style dining. The hotel also features seven meeting spaces, a business centre, a heated outdoor swimming pool and a modern fitness room.

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DoubleTree by Hilton to open first hotel in Lithuania

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Hilton Worldwide and Vičiūnai Group are bringing the upscale DoubleTree by Hilton brand to Lithuania for the first time. Construction of DoubleTree by Hilton Vilnius City Center is to begin this year, in the heart of the Lithuanian capital.

The 175-room hotel forms part of a wider project, in to which Vičiūnai Group has invested more than €20 million (£17.2 million), whqich will also create new public spaces, designed to attract residents and visitors to the city. Alongside the hotel, a modern outdoor terrace will be built to connect the property to the Vilnius Energy and Technology Museum, which will also benefit from a modern new 1,000sqm exposition hall.

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Set to open its doors in 2019, the hotel will also host a conference centre and spa, swimming pool, a restaurant, and a rooftop Sky Bar overlooking Gediminas Castle, the Cathedral and the Old Town. Once the hotel is operational it will create approximately 100 new full time jobs in Vilnius. The new hotel, will be designed by architect Algirdas Kaušpėdas, and built by Vičiūnai Group-owned real estate development company, Sunrise Kaunas.

Having joined Hilton in announcing its first project in Vilnius at a press conference last month, the capital’s mayor Remigijus Šimašius Vilnius greeted the news: “I am very pleased that the negotiations with the Energy Museum on this project were successfully completed, and Vičiūnai Group has committed to invest in the new premises of the museum and a modern public space for residents, which we all are eagerly anticipating.”

Dianna Vaughan, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton, said: “This hotel will be a fantastic addition to our portfolio in Eastern Europe which already boasts properties in Moscow, Warsaw and will soon include Minsk. We look forward to providing travellers to Vilnius with the welcoming comforts and hospitality common to all DoubleTree by Hilton hotels, starting with a warm chocolate chip cookie at check-in.”

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New DoubleTree by Hilton opens in Poland

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DoubleTree by Hilton has announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Wroclaw, housed in the uniquely designed 6-storey OVO Wroclaw complex.

The OVO Wroclaw is a landmark edifice spearheading a revolution in urban Polish design. The upscale hotel joins three DoubleTree by Hilton properties open in Poland and over 70 DoubleTree by Hilton properties open across Europe.

Boasting 189 stylish guest rooms and suites, including the Presidential suite with an attractive view of Słowacki Park, the hotel caters well for corporate travellers with its contemporary Executive Lounge. The design-led property is located in Wroclaw’s town centre on Podwale Street, nearby to the Main Square. Envisioned by the acclaimed GSARCH-Gottesman Szmelcman architecture firm, the property’s modern and sleek rounded exterior seamlessly blends the curved lines of the building with a stylish minimalism that typifies the interior spaces

The hotel features Wroclaw’s newest destination bar, the atmospheric OVO bar and restaurant, which offers a live cooking station. OVO offers a dynamic dining space with dishes built for sharing and an a la carte menu. As the evening progresses, a DJ takes to the decks while guests can enjoy the lively atmosphere of the hotel lobby, overlooking green outdoor space. OVO offers a courtyard that is open to Wroclaw’s local residents – a relaxed environment allowing up to 100 guests, open from breakfast until late night.

DoubleTree by Hilton Wroclaw offers world-class conference facilities right in the city centre. Seven flexible function rooms are available to hold a casual business meeting, briefing or training session. The visually striking hotel also serves as the perfect venue for a wedding, offering a 317 sq. m. ballroom with a height of up to 5.5 metres, divisible into three smaller areas. The entertainment continues with the hotel’s modern casino opening later this year.

“We look forward to welcoming guests to our hotel and delighting them with DoubleTree by Hilton’s kind and caring service. Wroclaw is rapidly becoming a tourist destination in its own right and demand is rising, so we are in an ideal location,” said Matthias Herd, general manager, DoubleTree by Hilton Wroclaw. “I am certain that the hotel’s range of facilities will cater to the needs of business and leisure travellers alike and will provide a new, fresh level of hospitality to this vibrant city.”

Double Tree by Hilton in Fiji

DoubleTree by Hilton opens its first hotel in Fiji

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The DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island has opened on Naisali Island, Nadi, Fiji. It is the first DoubleTree by Hilton-branded hotel in the South Pacific nation.

The resort joins an existing portfolio of six other properties operating in the Australasia region, and opens as Hilton Worldwide’s 22nd hotel in the region. The resort is owned by The Vision Group.

Paul Hutton, VP of operations, Australasia, Hilton Worldwide, said, “DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island is ready to provide guests with an authentic Fijian experience, while delivering the comforts and amenities of a full-service resort.”

Situated on a lush, private tropical island and surrounded by the South Pacific Ocean, the hotel is a three-minute boat ride from the main island of Viti Levu and a 25-minute drive from Nadi International Airport.

All 120 guestrooms and bures—traditional Fijian bungalows—have been refurbished as part of the renovation and fitted with a wide range of guest amenities, including new furniture, smart televisions and signature Sweet Dreams by DoubleTree beds. Each of the rooms and bures feature views of the Mamanuca Islands.

“The DoubleTree by Hilton brand has a strong and growing presence in Australasia, with three more hotels in the pipeline,” said Dianna Vaughan, SVP and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton and Curio – A Collection by Hilton. “The DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island is a great addition to our resorts collection, and global travelers are sure to enjoy a memorable tropical getaway enhanced by our signature DoubleTree service, starting with our warm chocolate chip cookie greeting.”

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island features three restaurants and bars, offering a variety of cuisines and dining experiences. The onsite vegetable farm, herb gardens, tropical orchards and hydroponic farm provide the kitchens with produce daily. Vulani, surrounded by a lagoon-style swimming pool, offers buffet and à la carte dining with themed nights and live entertainment. Tavu Bar & Grill, a poolside outlet offering swim-up service, is where an extensive selection of local and imported meats is served “BBQ style” on the beachfront.

“The Vision Group Fiji is delighted to launch the first DoubleTree by Hilton in Fiji. It is an exciting and energetic brand that will resonate with travellers who are looking for a contemporary resort stay combined with an authentic Fijian experience,” said Vision Group Fiji Chairman Dilip Khatri. “The renovation of the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji, our second Hilton property, makes it a key asset and at a local level, provides a new high quality, unique resort option to international visitors and the Fijian market alike.”