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    Hilton is on track to open most luxury hotels in company’s history, says CEO

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    Hilton is on track to open most luxury hotels in company’s history, says CEO

    Hilton’s CEO has announced that this year will go down in history for the hotel giant as it will open more luxury properties than ever before… 

    Hilton’s President and CEO, Chris Nassetta, has announced that the company is on track to open more luxury properties in 2019 than in any previous year of its 100-year history. The hotel group expects to open seven hotels by the end of the year, in addition to the four hotels that opened in Q1 and Q2, across its luxury brands.

    Hilton’s current and projected luxury openings in 2019, which join the 65 existing luxury properties, include:

    • Waldorf Astoria: Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre, Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregaland, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
    • LXR: The Biltmore, Mayfair in London and Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa in Anguilla
    • Conrad: Conrad Hangzhou, Conrad Hangzhou Tonglu, Conrad New York Midtown, Conrad Shenyang, Conrad Tianjin and Conrad Washington, DC

    The record-breaking year marks the beginning of impressive momentum for Hilton’s luxury category and stems from more than a decade of strategic investments and planning. Following this year’s openings, Hilton’s luxury pipeline includes more than 30 properties, approximately 25 of which are expected to open through 2025.

    “After more than a decade of honing Hilton’s distinct luxury offerings and investing in key markets around the globe, we are embarking upon a very exciting phase for the category,” said Martin Rinck, executive vice president and global head, Luxury & Lifestyle Group, Hilton. “Over the next five years, starting with this year’s openings, we will start to see the positive impact of our efforts, and we are confident that our amazing portfolio of properties will reinvent luxury travel for Hilton – and for the entire industry.”

    Luxury became a top priority for Hilton when Nassetta took over as President and CEO in 2007 and re-focused the company’s business strategy around organic growth. Hilton leadership mapped out a luxury growth strategy that centered on two priorities: refining the two core luxury brands at the time, Waldorf Astoria and Conrad, to resonate with specific customer needs; and bringing the brands to diversified markets. Last year, Hilton identified a gap among independent luxury hotels and launched LXR, its third luxury brand, to provide customers with a portfolio of distinctive, iconic hotels and resorts – full of character and individuality – that are backed by a world-class commercial engine.

    “Hilton was among the first to predict that luxury travel was poised to take off across generations and markets in the years to come – and we wanted to be at the forefront of its reinvention,” said Ian Carter, president, global development, architecture, design and construction, Hilton. “Development in the luxury space requires time and resources to do it properly. Our thoughtful and targeted approach has enabled us to grow Hilton’s luxury presence globally – in many cases from the ground up – from new properties to spectacular conversions.”

    As part of the enterprise’s organic growth strategy, Hilton’s luxury development team works with strong ownership groups to select markets and tailor the respective brand’s presence. Over the past decade, Hilton and its partners expanded the luxury category’s global presence from 15 to 29 countries and territories, and they are continuing to grow the portfolio with a finely curated pipeline of more than 30 signings that are diverse in regions and market-types.

    Waldorf Astoria is growing to include more resort destinations, such as Los Cabos, Mexico and the Maldives, and is building a presence in more key urban markets like London (expected to open in 2021), San Francisco (expected to open in 2022) and Miami (expected to open in 2024). The Conrad brand, which has been concentrated in the Asia Pacific region, is gaining traction in other parts of the world, including the U.S. where it recently signed deals in Nashville (expected to open in 2021) and Orlando (expected to open in 2022) and opened a flagship property in Washington, D.C. LXR is gaining speed in a variety of markets with the additions of Anguilla’s world-class Zemi Beach resort and London’s sophisticated Biltmore Mayfair.

    Hilton and its ownership partners continue to elevate and expand the company’s luxury offerings. The Waldorf Astoria hotels in New York and Las Vegas, as well as the Conrad in Miami, are among Hilton luxury properties undergoing substantial renovations to upgrade design and enhance the on-property experience. In addition, Hilton has increasingly invested in its luxury residential portfolio, which now includes more than 2,800 units across 22 properties.

    The hotel group currently has a portfolio of 17 world-class brands, which comprises of more than 5,700 properties with more than 923,000 rooms, in 113 countries and territories around the world.

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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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    Canopy by Hilton arrives in Zagreb, Croatia

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    Canopy by Hilton, Hilton’s lifestyle hotel brand, has officially opened its first hotel in continental Europe, Canopy by Hilton Zagreb...

    The hotel, which joins Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik in the brand’s European portfolio, is situated in the heart of Croatia’s capital, near the city’s main rail station and the upcoming Branimir Centar shopping mall.

    Guests can grab a complimentary Canopy Bike and explore the many nearby attractions, where there are shops, restaurants, and nightlife in every direction. With more museums per capita than any city in the world, and with a vibrant art and theatre scene, Zagreb is a city of great culture with much to explore.

    “We are thrilled to introduce Canopy by Hilton Zagreb as our first property in continental Europe. Known for its rich history, vibrant culture and community-focused neighborhood, Zagreb is a natural fit to welcome the next Canopy by Hilton property,” said Gary Steffen, global head of Canopy by Hilton. “We are delighted to bring our locally-inspired lifestyle brand to this cosmopolitan city and look forward to sharing the Canopy by Hilton experience with our guests and neighbours in the heart of Croatia’s bustling capital city.”

    “With nearly 600,000 tourists visiting Zagreb between January and June 20182, the city is quickly becoming a must-see destination in Europe,” said Simon Vincent, executive vice president and president Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hilton. “With Croatia’s pristine beaches and vibrant cultural scene, we are pleased to be opening Hilton’s third hotel in the country following the DoubleTree by Hilton Zagreb and Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik.”

    Locally Inspired Design

    Canopy by Hilton Zagreb is home to 151 Just-Right rooms, including eight spacious suites. The interiors of the rooms are inspired by the long industrial history of the local neighbourhood, with local textiles and artwork featured throughout. This includes the brand’s signature canopy bedframe, inspired by Croatia’s national emblem and carpets inspired by traditional folk costumes. The hallways also highlight the neighbourhoods’ rich history, lined with posters of the famous Croatian investor Nikola Tesla.

    Just-Right Meeting Space

    For meetings and events, Zagreb is an ideal choice as it is superbly connected by its recently expanded airport, located just 20km away from Canopy by Hilton Zagreb. The hotel has two meeting rooms, offering smaller meetings capabilities and a unique venue for social events such as cocktail receptions. The hotel also has a spacious 24-hour fitness centre.

    At Canopy by Hilton, every guest will experience an energetic, thoughtfully local stay.

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    Top five stories of the week: New sponsors, a fresh motto and social media success

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    Following the Independent Hotel Show, and with less than four weeks until the industry gather at The Brit List 2018Hamish Kilburn reviews the week’s headlines live from Africa…

    As weeks go, this one has been rather sensational, unforgettable in fact. Following an insightful Independent Hotel Show, I have spent the majority of the last seven days checked in to one of Zimbabwe’s finest hotels, Matetsi Victoria Falls (review on Hotel Designs coming soon), to really understand the design journey – from the birth of a concept to completion – of creating a luxury hotel.

    While being ‘in the bush’ – and understanding the challenges faced when creating luxury in 132,000 acres of safari reserve – I have been corresponding back home with the editorial team in order to report on this week’s top headlines. At the top of the news chain is unsurprisingly Hilton Hotels, as this week it unveiled a new ‘affordable lifestyle’ brand to the world. Meanwhile WATG, of whom its UK Managing Director, Martin Peace, is shortlisted for The Brit List 2018, announced its completion on yet another five-start hotel in Asia. Hotel Designs passed the four-weeks-to-go mark before the highly anticipated Brit List 2018 by announced yet another sponsor. And laying down some serious style, Recommended Supplier Kobe had a message to deliver to the industry: “Go bold or go home.” Here is our top five stories of the week.

    1) Hilton announces innovative new hotel brand

    Motto by Hilton

    Hilton has unveiled the launch of Motto by Hilton, its newest affordable lifestyle brand that will empower guests by giving them the freedom to create their own experiences in the world’s most sought-after cities…

    Motto by Hilton takes a fresh approach to modern travel culture. It is a micro-hotel with an urban vibe in prime global locations.

    2) Hotel Designs reveals a new event sponsor for The Brit List 2018

    As the industry prepares to celebrate the leading British influencers in hotels, interior design and architecture, Hotel Designs is proud to welcome the flooring experts Tarkett, which will sponsor the Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year award.

    3) WATG unveils five-star Ayana Komodo Resort in Asia

    Set across a 1.4-hectare site, the hotel is surrounded by a lagoon and its marine life, where guests can soak up the 180-degree views of the Flores Sea…

    Design firm WATG has opened the doors to its brand-new contemporary hotel in Indonesia, The Ayana Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach, marking the third Ayana property across Asia.

    4) 7 ways to promote your hotel on social media 

    The world of social media is constantly evolving, making it crutial for hotels to stay ahead in the market. Serena Dorf, a content writer from Los Angeles, shares her top tops to help hotels remain competitive in the digital sphere.

    5) Kobe brings back the retro trend of colour blocking 

    Hotel Designs  recommended supplier Kobe has gone crazy for bold accents. Influenced by the catwalk, colour blocking is making a comeback…

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    Hilton announces innovative new hotel brand; ‘Motto by Hilton’

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    Hilton announces the launch of Motto by Hilton, its newest affordable lifestyle brand that will empower guests by giving them the freedom to create their own experiences in the world’s most sought-after cities…

    Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton, said: “Hilton prides itself on being a leader in the hospitality industry and evolving with the needs of our guests. Innovation is in our DNA, and as we embark on our 100th year as a company, we are innovating more than ever before. With Motto by Hilton, we are bringing to market something the industry has never experienced with its flexible and affordable room product, desirable locations and guest-empowered service.”

    The Making of Motto

    Motto by Hilton takes a fresh approach to modern travel culture. It is a micro-hotel with an urban vibe in prime global locations.

    Evaluated the emerging lifestyle hostel model globally to understand the opportunity to enhance the shared room concept. But, extensive research showed that travellers who stay in hostels, in fact, do not like rooming with strangers and often book just with their friends or family. They want more from their hostel experience but are limited by current options in the market.

    As it evaluated the existing market, Hilton quickly understood that what these travellers wanted was an affordable urban lifestyle brand – one that combined comfort and accessibility with travel and lifestyle trends that centred around:

    • Prime Locations: It’s about giving travellers access to the best location – being in the heart of the city and in the most popular neighbourhoods. Right neighbourhoods make a difference.
    • Authenticity: What does it mean to be “here”? Locality breeds identity, community, and ultimately, a sense of place.
    • Affordability: Competitive rates that open the doors to cities and locations that travellers didn’t think they could afford.
    • Flexibility: One size doesn’t fit all — choice is paramount. Multi-purpose spaces are growing in popularity because of the flexibility they afford.

    “Following extensive market research that focused on consumers’ needs and wants, we discovered the opportunity for a brand that offers travellers a trifecta of centrally located, reasonably priced and less traditional lodging that provides a one-of-a-kind experience,” said Jon Witter, chief customer officer, Hilton. “These findings led us to create Motto by Hilton, a flexible environment that allows guests to design their stay, their way.”

    Motto by Hilton – Brand Essence from Hilton Newsroom on Vimeo.

    The Motto Way

    • Guest Rooms: With an average footprint of 163 square feet or 14 square meters, the highly efficient rooms will include space-saving features such as wall-beds, lofted beds, segmented shower and toilet stalls, and multi-functional furniture that can be discreetly stowed when not in use.
    • Linking Rooms: Eliminating the hassle of coordinating travel for larger groups, Motto by Hilton hotels will have the option for guests to book multiple connecting rooms in advance.
    • Split-payments: Motto by Hilton hotels will allow guests to split payments between more than one person at the time of booking, avoiding the sometimes-complicated math exercise during checkout.
    • Connected Room: All Motto by Hilton rooms will be outfitted with Hilton’s Connected Room technology – the first mobile-centric hotel offering that allows guests to control features in their room (i.e., temperature, lighting, TV, window coverings, etc.) from their Hilton Honors mobile app.
    • Curated Sleep Experience: Motto by Hilton hotels will put an emphasis on a premium sleep experience. Whether it is a premium mattress; a Sleep Kit with eye masks, essential oils or vitamin bars; a white noise app; blackout window shades; or sound absorbing materials throughout the room, Motto by Hilton is sleep-obsessed and prioritizes quality sleep for every traveller

    “The launch of Motto by Hilton emphasizes our relentless commitment to creating innovative brands that meet what today’s travellers want,” said Phil Cordell, global head of new brand development, Hilton. “The unmatched flexibility of Motto offers tremendous value by empowering travellers to tailor every stay to their specific needs.”

    While Motto by Hilton prices will vary by market, each property will offer competitive rates that will make it a viable option for travellers who typically stay with friends or family or seek out temporary housing options when travelling to urban markets.

    Motto on the Move

    This global brand will be made up of a carefully curated portfolio of hotels in the most desirable urban destinations throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

    Motto by Hilton hotels will be located in prime neighbourhoods, such as the 100-bed Motto by Hilton in Marylebone, London, which is being developed with the UK-based developer, Dominvs Group. Demolition on the site has commenced and construction will start in January 2019, targeting a 2020 opening as one of the first Motto by Hilton properties.

    “We’ve deconstructed the traditional hospitality experience to create something truly fresh and exciting,” said Tripp McLaughlin, global head, Motto by Hilton. “This will be a global brand, heavily targeting the destinations where our connected and confident travelers want to travel to the most.”

    Motto by Hilton – Virtual Flythrough from Hilton Newsroom on Vimeo.

    Hilton perpares to more than double its footprint in Africa

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    The announcement comes as Hilton Hotels opens ‘legend hotel’ Lagos Airport, Curio Collection by Hilton…

    As it continues to grow its presence in Africa by introducing new brands and entering new countries, Hilton has announced it is on track to more than double in size in the next five years with the opening of Legend Hotel Lagos Airport, Curio Collection by Hilton – the company’s first Curio Collection by Hilton hotel in Africa.

    Legend Hotel Lagos Airport is located at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, which serves more than eight million passengers each year. The stylish hotel is adjacent to the airport’s private jet terminal and has an exclusive immigrations and customs desk in the hotel for private jet passengers. Handpicked to be part of the exclusive collection of one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts celebrated for their individuality, the hotel joins more than 60 Curio Collection hotels around the world. This is Hilton’s first hotel in Lagos and its second in Nigeria, with an additional seven hotels in its development pipeline for the country.

    Speaking ahead of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) in Nairobi, Hilton’s President and CEO, Chris Nassetta, said: “We continue to innovate in Africa with new brands and products, and we are pleased to introduce our Curio Collection brand here with the opening of Legend Hotel Lagos Airport. As the continent continues to undergo rapid urbanization, with the UN forecasting that the world’s 10 fastest-growing cities will all be in Africa by 2035, this hotel is a part of our strategy to connect guests to key cities and airport locations across the region.”

    Hilton is seeing strong demand for its brands across the continent and expects to open eight hotels in total across Africa this year, three of which will fly under the Hilton Garden Inn flag. This brand appeals to the rising tide of middle class travelers into and across Africa and the company expects to open at least 16 Hilton Garden Inn hotels in the coming five years, including brand entries in Kampala, Ghana, Malawi, eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) and many other strategic locations across sub-Saharan Africa.

    Last year, Hilton launched the Hilton Africa Growth Initiative, which will support the conversion of existing hotels to Hilton brands with an investment of US$50 million over five years. During that period, Hilton expects to secure 100 conversion opportunities with some 15-20,000 rooms added to its portfolio to meet the growing need for quality branded hotels across the continent.

    Hilton is committed to growth and opportunity across Africa and has been a continuous presence on the continent since 1959. With 41 open hotels and 53 in its development pipeline in Africa, Hilton expects to double its footprint across the continent in the next five years. This includes market entries in 13 countries where it does not currently operate including Botswana, Ghana, eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), Uganda, Malawi and Rwanda.

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    New Hilton Hotel to open overlooking Silverstone pits

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    The 197-key hotel will offer an unparalleled view over the start/finish straight at Silverstone…

    The announcement of a new Hilton-branded hotel to open at Silverstone, the home of the British Grand Prix, further solidifies the hotel design industries long-standing relationship with the automotive industry.

    The 197-room Hilton Garden Inn Silverstone, which is slated to open in 2020, will feature balconies that will overlook the circuit from the hotel, allowing customers to watch the race from their rooms.

    In addition, the hotel will also feature a rooftop terrace as well as connecting directly to the Silverstone Wing pit and paddock complex via a bridge over the straight.

    Peter Prickett, CEO of Bricks Capital Ltd which has agreed a management deal with Hilton, said the site is “an outstanding location” for a hotel. “The Wing, which will have direct access to the hotel, has helped elevate Silverstone to more than just a racetrack,” he said. “Our partnership with Hilton and the opening of Hilton Garden Inn Silverstone will enhance the circuit’s appeal, offering quality hospitality year-round.”

    Silverstone hosts Britain’s round of the Formula 1 world championship. The circuit’s managing director Stuart Pringle says it expects the number of annual visitors to increase from 1.5 million to more than two million by 2020 when the hotel is expected to open.

    Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, EMEA, Hilton Hotels said of the news: “Silverstone held the very first British Grand Prix 70 years ago and has continually hosted the event since 1987, drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators and millions of viewers around the world each year. Hilton embodies the venue’s racing legacy with a long-standing partnership with the McLaren Formula 1 Team. We are privileged to open a hotel in such a prominent location on the circuit and we cannot wait to begin welcoming guests to this iconic location.”

    The home of British Grand Prix racing will be the latest sporting venue to house a Hilton branded hotel. In addition, the international hotel giant operates more than 30 stadium hotels globally.

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    Hampton by Hilton debuts in the Middle East

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    Hampton by Hilton Dubai Airport opens as the brand’s largest hotel in Hampton by Hilton’s portfolio…

    Hampton by Hilton has celebrated its Middle East debut with the opening of Hampton by Hilton Dubai Airport, marking the largest property in Hampton’s global portfolio. The opening of Hampton by Hilton Dubai Airport reinforces the brand’s commitment to international growth, driven by concerted efforts in China and Latin America, while deepening its reach in the U.S. and Europe.

    “The opening bolsters Hampton’s international footprint of more than 2,380 hotels in 22 countries and territories.”

    “Hampton continues to bring quality accommodations, strong value, and outstanding service everywhere travelers need and want to be,” said Shruti Gandhi Buckley, global head, Hampton by Hilton. “Hampton has a long legacy of delivering an incomparable guest experience, which will be led by General Manager Nayla Chowdhury at Hampton by Hilton Dubai Airport, whose appointment signifies Hilton’s growing international female leadership representation.”

    The opening bolsters Hampton’s international footprint of more than 2,380 hotels in 22 countries and territories. With the largest pipeline in the brand’s history and in the Hilton enterprise with 620 planned hotels, Hampton is positioned for successful, rapid and steady growth in its target markets. Hampton recently opened its first hotel in Kazakhstan, and soon will enter into Argentina, Chile and France, with continued expansion in China, where it is the fastest growing international hospitality brand in the country.

    The contemporary 420-key hotel is located near the Dubai International Airport and the Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA). Hampton by Hilton Dubai Airport also features a state-of-the-art rooftop gym with panoramic views of the Dubai skyline, a large infinity pool and a fully licensed bar. Guests will immediately feel at home with the property’s warm and modern interiors, flowing with natural light and complemented by touches of lavender, gold, and locally inspired artwork that adorn the hotel walls and corridors.

    The highly anticipated property brings Hampton’s signature value-added services and amenities for the first time to the region, offering free, hot breakfast with healthy options, spacious rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a 24/7 business center. Hampton continues to be a category leader in terms of guest experience with its 100% Hampton Guarantee, making sure guests are 100% happy.

    Globally recognised for its unmatched approach to hospitality and friendly, caring service culture known as ‘Hamptonality’, Hampton aims to serve the region’s growing demand for mid-market hotels – particularly among millennial travelers, who are increasingly prioritizing value in their search for accommodation. A recent survey of just over 1,000 respondents conducted by Hilton in partnership with YouGov found that when choosing between two destinations, almost half (44 per cent) of UAE travelers were likely to base their decision on overall travel cost.

    “With Dubai’s vision of welcoming 20 million tourists annually to the emirate by 2020, diversifying its hospitality offering has become a major priority for the travel and tourism sector,” said Rudi Jagersbacher, Area President – Middle East, Africa, and Turkey. “Today’s travelers are increasingly looking for affordable hospitality without compromising on quality. They want a hotel in a well-connected location, with clean and modern rooms, free Wi-Fi, and friendly, reliable, quality service. This is precisely what the Hampton by Hilton brand offers.”

     

    Hilton Garden Inn opens first hotel in France

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    Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre Opens as the Brand’s First Property in France, offering Guests Access to World-Class Hospitality in the heart of France’s Wine-Growing Region…

    France’s hub of the famed wine-growing region, Bordeaux, has drawn the attention of Hilton Hotels’ upscale yet affordable brand Hilton Garden Inn as it launches its first hotel in France.

    The new 166-key hotel joins an existing nine Hilton properties in France, which will be managed by Naos Hotel Groupe.

    The highly anticipated property offers business travellers and holiday seekers access to Hilton’s globally recognised hospitality service in the heart of one of France’s cultural hubs. The hotel is located in the centre of Bordeaux and references motifs from the location throughout the interior design.

    “We are delighted to bring the Hilton Garden Inn experience to guests staying in the beautiful and exciting city of Bordeaux,” comments Vincent Digne, General Manager. “Infamous for the production of its local wine, Bordeaux is also known for its landmark 11th century cathedral, 18th to 19th century mansions and public gardens lining the curving river quays. Bordeaux offers travellers a sensorial escape, and we look forward to enriching travellers’ time in the city with our renowned approach to hospitality, whether it is taking comfort in our spacious and fully equipped guestrooms or dining at our unique restaurant with stunning riverside views.”

    The well-appointed modern and airy 166 guestrooms include 35 family rooms, 29 deluxe rooms, 17 suites and five wheelchair accessible rooms.

    Designed for both leisure and business travellers in mind, the indoor event spaces at Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre includes more than 250 square meters of banquet space, make it an ideal riverside venue for hosting or celebrating a special occasion. Business travellers can take advantage of the hotel’s spacious meeting rooms that are modern and fully equipped for any event.

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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.

    Large lobby area

    “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.

    Tapestry Collection by Hilton Welcomes The Troubadour New Orleans

    Hilton opened more than one hotel a day in 2017

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    Hilton have made an incredibly bold statement: they opened more than one hotel a day in 2017.

    Despite current trends suggesting that guests are demanding more boutique hotel experiences, and for hotels to feel more personalised like Airbnbs, the hotel group’s yearly report suggests big brands are still retaining customer loyalty.

    This is not to say that the hotel group haven’t been modernising by becoming more boutique. Their Canopy by Hilton rooms, soon to open in London with bespoke in-room artwork by independent suppliers Dais Contemporary, are just one example of how the group are pushing boundaries and distancing themselves from being seen as providing an anonymous hotel experience.

    Bucking the trend for Airbnb and boutique hotel experiences?

    In the group’s annual business report, the hotel say they opened 399 hotels last year. Significantly more than one a day across their 14 international hotel brands.

    Hilton’s report also revealed the group have 345,000 rooms in the pipeline to open, and that they returned $1.1 billion in capital to investors throughout the year.

    2018 net income predictions revealed

    The group’s net income for 2018 is predicted to be between $802 million and $837 million.

    Looking further at Hilton’s fresh hotel designs, ACME design studios have unveiled the look and style of the first room from the new Canopy by Hilton hotel project in the City of London.

    The landmark expansion in the heart of the City has been described as “part refurbishment, part new construction” and takes its inspiration from the City’s cultural and historic capital.

    The first look at the design appears brutal and industrial, with the eponymous treetop canopies lending softness from the window. Furnishings are modern and in rich, earthy tones and parquet wood flooring is underfoot.

    The personalised design reflects the local community

    The Canopy by Hilton brand can also be found in Reykjavik, Iceland. It’s the Hilton’s way of saying they’ve learnt about the demands of the modern traveler: out with anonymous colours, textures and patterns, in with a more personalised design reflecting the local community.

    The hotel draws on the Jewish and Bangladeshi immigrants who moved to Aldgate in the 19th and 20th Centuries, while respecting the modernist frame of the building, by exposing the concrete framework (typical of the period) wherever possible.

    Bespoke furniture and fabrics have been developed for the hotel. Some of which lay as bedspreads, while others form the chaise longue, cushions, chairs and lights.

    El San Juan Hotel, a landmark luxury, lifestyle and entertainment property in Puerto Rico, has joined Curio – A Collection by Hilton

    New Opening: El San Juan Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton

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    El San Juan Hotel, a landmark luxury, lifestyle and entertainment property in Puerto Rico, has joined Curio – A Collection by Hilton.

    As Hilton’s rapidly-expanding global collection of distinctive upper-upscale hotels, Curio caters to passionate travelers seeking local discovery and authentic experiences. Asset managed by LEÓN, MAYER & Co., who is also a co-owner of the hotel, and co-managed by IMPRINT Hospitality and Aimbridge Hospitality, the 388 guest room hotel marks the first property in Puerto Rico for Curio – A Collection by Hilton.

    “In the 1960’s, Puerto Rico became one of the most visited destinations in the United States, with El San Juan Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, being at the center of its vibrant music and entertainment scene. After a $60 million dollar restoration, we are thrilled to reopen a property that pays tribute to the history of Puerto Rico and carries on the hotel’s legendary entertainment and music programming.” said Stefan Huber, managing director and general manager, El San Juan Hotel.

    El San Juan Hotel

     

    Designed by Jeffery Beers International, one of the top hotel and restaurant designers in the world, the modern look and lavish feel of the property can be felt throughout. The front of the hotel has been completely transformed and upgraded. It also features a custom sculpture designed by acclaimed local artist, Luis Torruella. Torruella’s design of the eight-foot sphere that floats in a pool of water is inspired by the close relationship that Puerto Rico and the hotel share with music, dance and nature. The expansive lobby features a hand-carved mahogany ceiling and iconic chandelier while the rooms, suites and villas use warm-toned stone, creating a relaxed – yet sophisticated – atmosphere.

    El San Juan Hotel

    Providing diverse and distinct dining experiences, El San Juan hotel features five award-winning restaurants overseen by Executive Chef Gonzalo Rivera who, prior to joining El San Juan Hotel, served as the Executive Chef at Boca Beach Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.

    In addition to its restaurants, El San Juan Hotel boasts an 11,000 square foot grand ballroom – the second largest in San Juan – four pools, six bars and the vibrant El San Juan Beach Club. Throughout the coming year, the hotel will introduce, amongst other things, new innovative programming, spacious state-of-the-art spa and fitness facilities and curated restaurant concepts in newly-designed venues.

    Conrad Xiamen

    Conrad Hotels unveils smart luxury with opening of Conrad Xiamen

    526 351 Daniel Fountain

    Conrad Hotels & Resorts smart luxury hotel brand, today announced the opening of Conrad Xiamen, on the southwestern coast of Xiamen Island.

    Owned by Shimao Group and managed by Hilton, Conrad Xiamen is the first Conrad hotel in Fujian province, the sixth in China among a portfolio that includes Conrad Hong Kong, Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay, Conrad Dalian, Conrad Macao, and Conrad Beijing, and joins the larger Hilton portfolio of over 70 hotels in China.

    Conrad Xiamen occupies the 37th to 54th floors of the iconic 300-metre tall Shimao Straits Tower, in the heart of Siming’s Central Business District. Designed to be a shopping, leisure, and business hub, Shimao Straits Tower is a striking sea-facing landmark with a sail-shaped design boasting expansive views of the famous Gulangyu Island.

    Conrad Xiamen has 241 guest rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer breathtaking views. Averaging 60 square meters, the rooms have walk-in wardrobes, large flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi and wired Internet access, Nespresso machines, hydrotherapy rain showers and 400-thread count luxury bed linens. Alternatively, guests can opt for suites and executive rooms with exclusive access to the Executive Lounge on the 54th floor.

    Overlooking the city from the 37th floor is a 24-hour Health Club with a full range of cardio and strength training equipment, as well as personal trainers. The heated 25-meter indoor pool offers sea views and guests can also unwind in the Jacuzzi or enjoy personalized treatments at Conrad Spa, which uses only the purest natural products.

    With over 2,000-square-meters of flexible meeting space and state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, Conrad Xiamen is also an ideal venue for corporate events, social gatherings and weddings. There are eight multifunction meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 210 people and a pillar-less, 760-square meter ballroom that is connected to a sea-facing 380-square-metre foyer.

    Indidesign work on lobby of Hilton San Francisco

    Sneak Peek: Indidesign redesigns Hilton San Francisco lobby

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    Indidesign has just completed a renovation of the 17,160-square-foot lobby at Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel.

    The firm were inspired by San Francisco’s raw, yet detailed, steel structures, bridges, and turn-of-the-century flare.

    Sneak Peek: Indidesign redesigns Hilton San Francisco lobby

    Design details include custom elements with structural features throughout the lobby, such as the metal edges that stamp the corners of columns and a massive, central geometric light fixture.

    Sneak Peek: Indidesign redesigns Hilton San Francisco lobby

    One of the design challenges was integrating the new bar and Herb N’ Kitchen Market into the pre-existing space. As the majority of the lobby area – including the building’s structure, stone flooring, and central entry door system – was maintained, the team had to come up with several creative solutions to shift the dynamic of the lobby into a cohesive lounge space.

    Sneak Peek: Indidesign redesigns Hilton San Francisco lobby

    To fit all desired components and make the most of the space, the team streamlined the columns and front desk, as well as integrated furnishings that complement the lobby.

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    Waldorf Astoria, San Francisco

    Waldorf Astoria Hotels to open San Francisco property

    1000 562 Daniel Fountain

    Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts has announced its newest property, Waldorf Astoria San Francisco, which will be the centerpiece of a two million square-foot, mixed-used complex that will feature luxury entertainment, retail and office space.

    Waldorf Astoria San Francisco will reside within the first 21 storeys of a signature tower designed by the architecture firm Foster + Partners. Located at Mission Street between Ecker and 1st Streets, Waldorf Astoria San Francisco will be ideally situated in the city’s exciting new Transbay Neighborhood, in the centre of a vast redevelopment project surrounding the Transbay Transit Centre.

    Bordered by Market Street on the north, Embarcadero on the east, Folsom Street on the south, and Hawthorne Street to the west, the Transbay Neighborhood is an inspirational environment unto itself. Transportation friendly with wide sidewalks and bike paths, the neighbourhood has a vibrant mix of shops and restaurants, as well as contemporary green spaces which have been carefully planned as key components of the area.

    World-renowned hospitality design firm, Hirsch Bedner Associates, brings their award-winning design to Waldorf Astoria San Francisco’s interiors to seamlessly blend the brand’s signature worldly sophistication with modern accoutrements reflective of this iconic destination.

    The hotel will offer an elegant and spacious spa and will also feature an iconic Peacock Alley serving a San Francisco approach to the legendary cuisine and libations that have established Waldorf Astoria as synonymous with unforgettable luxury experiences.

    Hampton by Hilton Penn Yan

    Newest Hampton Inn opens in Penn Yan, NY

    553 300 Daniel Fountain

    Hilton Worldwide’s Hampton by Hilton brand, the global mid-priced hotel, has announced the opening of its newest property, Hampton Inn by Hilton Penn Yan.

    The 72-room hotel joins the Hampton by Hilton family of Hampton Inn by Hilton and Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton hotels. The hotel, located at 110 Mace Street, is managed by Keuka Lake Hotel. Hampton Inn by Hilton Penn Yan is nearby popular area attractions including Keuka Lake and Seneca Lake Wine Trail.

    “We are thrilled to join the Hampton by Hilton portfolio with our new property in Penn Yan,” said Jessica Bacher, general manager. “This village has breathtaking views as well as many local historic landmarks for guests to delight in.”

    Hampton Inn by Hilton Penn Yan also offers amenities, such as free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour business center with complimentary printing, a 1,100-square-foot meeting space that can accommodate up to 70 people, a heated indoor pool and a fitness center. Each guestroom includes high-quality amenities, including the brand’s signature Clean and fresh Hampton bed, LCD TV, microwave, refrigerator and coffee-maker.

    Designed as an extension of the guestroom with a variety of seating and lighting options for both leisure and business travelers, the new hotel features the Perfect Mix Lobby. Within the lobby, guests can find Suite Shop, a food and beverage shop filled with snacks, toiletries, local merchandise and drinks for purchase.

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