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Hilton’s brand portfolio overtakes Marriott’s as “world’s most valuable”

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Hilton’s brand portfolio overtakes Marriott’s as “world’s most valuable”

Despite announcing earlier this year to open 30 new luxury hotels, Marriott’s portfolio drops to second place as the value of its brands in the Brand Finance Hotels 50 ranking decreases by 30 per cent, giving way to Hilton…

As luxury brands scramble over one another in the battle for being the best, there has been a change in the tables. Reporting a 17 per cent growth, Hilton now becomes the world’s most valuable brands in the Brand Finance Hotels 50 ranking.

The hotel group, which owns brands such as Homewood Suites, Double Tree, and Hampton, has extended its lead as the world’s most valuable hotel brand and, according to Brand Finance, has overtaken Marriott’s. Hilton’s brand value growth (up 17 per cent to US$7.4 billion) was largely driven by strong revenue increase over the last year, cementing the brand’s leadership position in the industry.

Meanwhile, Marriott suffered a reduction in brand value (down eight per cent to US$5.0 billion) and its brand strength dropped from AAA- to AA+. Marriott has faced several challenges in the North American market from hacking scandals to persistent problems with its loyalty schemes. At the same time, the combined value of Marriott’s brands within the Brand Finance Hotels 50 ranking decreased by 30 per cent, giving way to Hilton’s brand portfolio to claim the title of the world’s most valuable.

“Hilton’s strategic approach to brand growth has allowed it to extend its lead as the world’s most valuable hotel brand,” said Savio D’Souza, Valuation Director at Brand Finance. “At the same time, endorsement from the flagship brand has rendered benefits across the portfolio as Homewood Suites, Double Tree, and Hampton have seen their brand values sore. In its centennial year, Hilton is well-positioned for another hundred years of success.”

“Hilton’s brand value in the top 50 ranking is concentrated across six brands.”

Hilton Worldwide Holdings achieved overall brand value growth of 41 per cent. Hilton’s brand value in the top 50 ranking is concentrated across six brands, up from five in 2018, all strongly leveraging the valuable Hilton brand name and each recording solid growth this year. Hilton has continually committed to its relentless expansion programme and with thousands of new rooms and hotels in the pipeline, the company shows no signs of slowing down in the coming year.

Marriott has not fared so well, with four of its brands dropping out of the Brand Finance Hotel 50 ranking this year. With one new entrant, Marriott now has twelve brands in the ranking, many of which have nevertheless decreased in value. Marriott’s recent announcement of entering the home-rental market however, is a promising move to take back market share from Airbnb and could contribute to an uplift in brand value in the coming year.

The Hilton and Marriott portfolios remain well ahead of third-ranked Wyndham, which also suffered a drop of eight per cent in brand value to US$7.3 billion.

The three hotel brands to grow the fastest in value this year all come from Hilton’s portfolio, and each contributed to its overall growth. Its impressive performance was led by Homewood Suites (brand value up 99 per cent to US$0.8 billion), followed closely by Double Tree (up 79 per cent to US$2.1 billion) and Hampton (up 78 per cent to US$3.2 billion). This growth allowed the latter two brands to reshape the ranking’s top 10, with Double Tree jumping from 17th to 7th and Hampton rising from 10th to 5th place over the past year.

Aside from calculating overall brand value, Brand Finance also determines the relative strength of brands through a balanced scorecard of metrics evaluating marketing investment, stakeholder equity, and business performance. Alongside revenue forecasts, brand strength is a crucial driver of brand value.

“Mercure has claimed the title of the world’s strongest hotel brand.”

According to these criteria and scoring high in Brand Finance market research, Mercure has claimed the title of the world’s strongest hotel brand, significantly improving its Brand Strength Index (BSI) score from 75.7 to 86.2 out of 100 and recording a brand rating upgrade from AA+ to AAA. Mercure is also the most valuable brand in Accor’s portfolio, with nearly 800 hotels. The brand has continued to make several acquisitions through its scheme of franchise growth.

Alongside analysing the world’s biggest hotel brands, Brand Finance also ranks the top 10 most valuable brands in the wider leisure and tourism industry.

Royal Caribbean International has narrowly retained its position as the world’s most valuable leisure and tourism brand, with its brand value remaining steady at US$3.8 billion. The brand reported strong financial results in 2018, and with demand high in the cruise industry, Royal Caribbean are on course for future growth.

Meanwhile, second-ranked TUI (brand value up four per cent to US$3.7 billion) substantially closed the gap to the ranking’s leader, only just falling short of overtaking Royal Caribbean.

The fast-growing China International Travel (up 70 per cent to US$3.7 billion) has come third this year, up from 5th in 2018. China International saw a significant increase in its valuation due to a surge in forecast revenue in coming years as the Chinese tourism market continues to develop with unprecedented speed and scale.

The fastest-growing brand in the ranking also comes from China. Happy Valley almost doubled its brand value in a single year (up 97 per cent to US$2.0 billion).

The brand portfolio analysis is based on the Brand Finance Hotels 50 ranking and does not take into account less valuable brands which have not been included in the ranking.

Brand value is understood as the net economic benefit that a brand owner would achieve by licensing the brand in the open market. Brand Strength is the efficacy of a brand’s performance on intangible measures relative to its competitors.

Additional insights, more information about the methodology, as well as definitions of key terms are available in the Brand Finance Hotels 50 2019 report.

Main image credit: Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Hilton expands its presence in Morocco

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Hilton expands its presence in Morocco

Hilton expands its presence in Morocco with opening of Hilton Tangier Al Houara Resort & Spa…

Set on a pristine beach, Hilton Tangier Al Houara Resort & Spa has opened, marking the group’s third property in Morocco. With its upscale accommodations, beachfront location and extensive range of leisure facilities, the resort is an oasis for relaxation and rejuvenation. The 304-key Hilton Tangier Al Houara Resort & Spa is located within a protected national park, offering direct access to five kilometers of idyllic white sandy beach.

Tangier, a cosmopolitan port-city on the Strait of Gibraltar is the embodiment of culture with its UNESCO sights and nearby attractions, such as The Kasbah. Famous for its year-round pleasant weather and beautiful beaches, the city is seeing increasing numbers of visitors every year.

“Morocco is a flourishing tourism destination which welcomed more than 12 million visitors last year,” said Rudi Jagersbacher, President, Middle East, Africa, and Turkey, Hilton. “We are delighted to be expanding our footprint in the country and hope this will continue to support the Moroccan government’s tourism ambition to make Morocco one of the top 20 tourist destinations in the world by 2020.”

Spread across an impressive 850m², the hotel’s eforea spa is equipped with state of the art treatment rooms, a beauty salon, hairdresser, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and a 24/7 gym. For those looking to perfect their swing during their stay, the hotel offers two spectacular golf courses alongside a Golf Academy.

In addition, The hotel boasts 4,500m² of flexible event space with capacity for up to 1,400 guests. The hotel offers 15 flexible meeting rooms as well as two pillarless ballrooms. With an expansive foyer that leads to an outdoor terrace, the space is ideal for hosting coffee breaks, cocktail receptions and buffets.

Meanwhile, the culinary experience is said to be at the heart of the hotel with the hotel boasting a total of five restaurants and bars.

Boasting 304 exquisite guestrooms and suites, including 50 apartments, all guestrooms feature a blend of Moroccan and international design touches with private balconies overlooking either the Atlantic Ocean or 11 hectares of garden.

“We are excited to introduce Hilton Tangier Al Houara Resort & Spa to our growing brand portfolio,” said Vera Manoukian, senior vice president and global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts. “The opening of this property highlights our commitment to expanding in key destinations across the world, in the world’s most sought-after destinations for guests who know that where they stay matters.”

With more than 585 hotels across six continents, Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties are located in the world’s most sought-after destinations for guests who know that where they stay matters. This particular opening marks a significant growth in North Africa.

Main image credit: HILTON TANGIER AL HOUARA RESORT & SPA

MINIVIEW: Joyze Hotel Xiamen Curio Collection by Hilton

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MINIVIEW: Joyze Hotel Xiamen Curio Collection by Hilton

Opened late last year, Joyze Hotel Xiamen Curio Collection by Hilton, with all its unique design qualities, is a mere shadow of the stereotypical chain hotel you would expect check in to. Editor Hamish Kilburn dives deeper into its Chinese design story to uncover how the boutique 104-key hotel came to be… 

As a boutique hotel, the concept of a ‘floating city on the sea’ can be seen throughout the hotel design of Joyze Hotel Xiamen Curio Collection by Hilton. Combining the local cultural elements of Minnan with urban design techniques, the hotel narrates the historical changes of “the fishing village” that it neighbours. Tasked to merge architecture with interior design was Hong Kong-based design firm CCD (CHENG CHUNG DESIGN).

Image credit: CCD/Cheng Chung Design (HK)/Curio Collection by Hilton

Surrounded by mountains and seas, with the Dongping Mountain in the North, and the coastline of Huandao Road in the South, the hotel enjoys the best of both worlds. The villages in Zengcuoan are divided by walls, and the houses in the villages are scattered around. The floor plan of the hotel follows the arrangement of the villages, as different zones are divided by walls and intersected by landscapes between different areas. Look down from the above; each area is like a box, representing a household with different personalities and designs. Guests enter the hotel as if they are on a village tour, complete with alleys, walls and landscapes.

Image credit: CCD/Cheng Chung Design (HK)/Curio Collection by Hilton

The entrance of the hotel incorporates the local culture of ‘brick wall’, which is a very unique way of building a wall in Minnan architecture that uses stones and bricks of different shapes to overlay and build simple and beautiful walls.

According to the legend in the end of the Ming Dynasty that, there was a major earthquake occurred in the Southern part of Minnan region. After the earthquake, the native people used the local materials such as bricks, stones, tiles and gravels collapsed from the natural disaster to build the unique wall. And thereby, this way of wall-building has been widely practiced and followed in the region.

Image credit: CCD/Cheng Chung Design (HK)/Curio Collection by Hilton

The designer also used the mansion method to design the hotel lobby. The first sight of the guest after they get off from the drop-off area and enter the hotel is not the hotel lobby, but a door that is several meters wide, and if they are entering a mansion house. Then they will see the brick wall, followed by cultural exhibition area, then other landscapes and finally the lobby bar and reception.

“Under each box, there is a light to create a sense of levitation.”

The design concept of “Floating City on the Sea” is expressed through the subtle design method.The façade of the wall is constructed with boxes, and it transforms from empty to solid, presenting a feeling of ‘floating’, the orderly change of the gradient also presents a sense of rhythm swinging with the current. A corner of the reception desk floats into the air, becoming a warm chandelier, floating on the sea, and the entire hotel is like a floating city on the sea.

In comparison to the hotel, every box in the space is the composition of the hotel as a floating city. Under each box, there is a light to create a sense of levitation.

“The design of the guestrooms are natural, warm and cosy, creating a sense of home.”

The design incorporates natural comfort and childhood memories, vintage chandeliers, metal-trimmed glass doors, wooden tables and chairs; it brings guests back to the restaurant where they used to go with their parents. Here, the curious people walk into the old days of Xiamen.

Image credit: CCD/Cheng Chung Design (HK)/Curio Collection by Hilton

The design of the guestrooms are natural, warm and cosy, creating a sense of home. Meanwhile, it also tries to open the space as much as possible as to form a transparent visual experience. Getting rid of the traditional framework, and strengthen the interaction of spatial functions through subtle design, so that each area can be used alone and connected.

After the entrance is the cloakroom and the luggage rack, which is designed to make the walkway more functional and to make the largest use of space. In detail, it also closely follows the concept of floating city, as the wash table and the bed are suspended from the ground.

The city view and beach outside the window is one of the hotel’s business cards. The wash table, mini bar and operating desk form a small living room, so that guest can sit in the living room and enjoy the scenery with tea, just like the local residents. The texture of the old buildings in the city is projected onto the walls of the guestrooms, and the patterns of the old buildings in Gulangyu are carved into ceramic tiles, which become time fragments to record the traces of the years.

Main image credit: CCD/Cheng Chung Design (HK)/Curio Collection by Hilton

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Kimpton Hotels arrives in Scotland

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Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel brings a new, approachable luxury hotel offering to historic Edinburgh…

IHG has announced the opening of the first Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in Scotland, Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel, as it continues to invest in Scotland as a luxury destination.

Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel is in one of Edinburgh’s most beautiful squares in the Georgian New Town, a UNESCO world heritage site. With a view of Edinburgh Castle and historic hotspots just a short walk away, the hotel is at the perfect intersection between old and new. The 184 rooms and 15 suites are part of seven interconnecting Georgian townhouses which showcase Kimpton’s bold and playful design.

Last year IHG and Covivio entered an agreement to rebrand and operate 12 hotels (and one pipeline hotel) operating under the Principal and De Vere brands. The Principal Charlotte Square is the second of these properties to rebrand as a Kimpton, following the successful opening of Kimpton Fitzroy London in October 2018. The opening of Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel marks IHG’s return to the luxury market in Edinburgh, as the first branded luxury hotel in Scotland in over a decade. This year will see a continuation of this momentum with additional Kimpton hotel openings in Glasgow and Manchester and an InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts opening in Edinburgh.

Hotel guests will enjoy Kimpton’s signature perks such as in-room yoga mats and Kimpton’s ‘Forgot It, We’ve Got it’ service offering important guest essentials. Guests can also meet fellow travellers at Kimpton’s daily social hour in the hotel’s BABA Bar, take part in free fitness and wellness classes at the recently refurbished, state-of-the-art gym, or enjoy a relaxing treatment at The Spa.

“Kimpton has built its brand on the belief that heartfelt human connections make people’s lives better. We inspire curiosity and embrace people exactly as they are, creating truly meaningful guest experiences,” said Johan Scheepers, General Manager, Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel. “Each Kimpton hotel is an escape from the ordinary, and Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel will offer a vibrant Scottish service full of charm and personality, in one of the world’s most historic cities.”Karan Khanna, Managing Director, UK & Ireland, IHG commented: “We are very excited to build our presence in the luxury market in Scotland as we introduce the Kimpton brand. Edinburgh has a real demand for a lifestyle luxury brand and I’m confident that Kimpton’s relaxed approach to luxury will suit the market well.”

IHG currently has 345 hotels* operating under eight brands in the UK, including: InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, voco, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites, with another 29 in the pipeline.

*Numbers as at 31 December 2018.

Main image credit: Kimpton Hotels/IHG

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HOTEL OPENING: Lincoln Plaza London’s design inspired by London Docklands

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By taking note of the exciting and vibrant spirit of the London Docklands area, RPW Design was the design firm that sensitively designed the 129-key Lincoln Plaza London… 

Based in the heart of Canary Wharf, RPW Design has announced the opening of its most recent project, Lincoln Plaza London. Conveying its location into the hotel, the experienced RPW Design team, led by Nicola Romanelli and Richard Snow, has maintained a unique and luxurious experience through the guestrooms, function and meeting spaces while staying true to the location. RPW Design took Canary Wharf as a treasure trove of inspiration; from the historic shipping and dockland past to the present day, high tech, modern, business, luxury residential living and extraordinary architecture.

When approaching the design for a property in such a vibrant area of the city, RPW Design was inspired by a quote from the design brief for the new Hilton Curio Brand: “Hotels with a special character you can’t duplicate. They’re part of the fabric of their cities: true locals, each embodying the spirit of their home”.

For Richard Snow, Senior Designer at RPW Design, this quote really stood out and inspired the design story for Lincoln Plaza London. “We drew on the rich industrial past of the area using rusty tones and finishes alongside the design of joinery and FF&E pieces with exposed metal framework,” he told Hotel Designs. “At the same time, conscious of the hotel brand and surrounding residential developments, we included quality finishes such as natural stone in the bathrooms and on joinery, as well as statement pieces like the rusty/burnished gold wall covering to the bed head wall.”

Image credit: Main image credit: Lincoln Plaza London/Curio Collection by Hilton

Lincoln Plaza London’s focus on luxurious lifestyle facilities has been seamlessly translated throughout the 129 guest rooms. The layout of the rooms was creatively developed to move away from the standard hotel offering by incorporating the vanity into the main lobby area of the room, creating a sense of space and openness in the room. A decision to remove the traditional hotel room desk was made, and instead RPW designed a multi-use table at the right height for either a work space or dining table whilst seated at the armchair. These changes allow a more residential feel. From the bespoke shelving units made of blackened steel and antique brass, through to the marble rainfall showers, all elements work together harmoniously. The guestroom artwork was carefully curated in collaboration with RPW Design’s Art Consultant, Peter Millard and Partners, in order to show some of the East End’s most famous and unique artists: Gary Hogben; Julian Bray; Kyra Cane; and Tom Clark. Meanwhile, individual sculptural pieces by Simon Bingle, positioned in every floor lift lobby, hark back to the industrial landscape still visible around the hotel. This particular bespoke artwork conveys RPW Design’s attention to details that is inherent in their projects.

Canary Wharf is a more recent business hub for London, and the Hilton Curio offers 465 square metres of event space that is distributed across seven meeting rooms.  With sleek design details, RPW Design implemented a blend of “old industrial” and contemporary design. RPW Design has created a popular new space in this centre of commerce and it is a truly unique destination for the Docklands.

Image credit: Main image credit: Lincoln Plaza London/Curio Collection by Hilton

The reflection of the historical and industrial shipping dock is continued throughout the hotel, from the lower-ground meeting and function spaces to the fitness centre. Lincoln Plaza’s fitness centre is designed to be simple and modern, reflecting the location’s industrial heritage with a concrete reception desk formed out of concrete and rusty metal effect laminate in the joinery.

Lincoln Plaza’s meeting areas can be reached by a feature staircase that is formed of shuttered concrete, poured in situ, with an exposed timber imprint remaining on view, contrasted by a polished concrete floor. The rough concrete is offset by a luxurious brushed brass handrail and stair treads, with concealed lighting to add drama. This is diffused into the pre-function space, with a concrete render-effect wall covering and rich, dark timber doors.

Image credit: Main image credit: Lincoln Plaza London/Curio Collection by Hilton

The function areas are versatile spaces that may be configured dependent on the client’s needs and meeting planners’ specifications. The large function room can be divided into thirds when required and the buffet counters housing TV and tea/coffee facilities in the individual meeting rooms can also be concealed, thus enabling various uses from one space. A central area with a communal work table, features iconic pieces of furniture from Poltrona Frau, Walter Knoll and Porada. The cranes, such a familiar sight in the Docklands, are reflected in the pattern of two large metal work screens, dividing the pre-function area. The walls of the function rooms are designed with contrasting finishes, featuring geometric patterned wallpaper and bespoke lighting, continuing the theme.

Andrew Hart, Chairman of interior fit-out contractor Fileturn, commented: “This project was one which used all the skills of the team on site to incorporate the new designs within the existing structural shell. The fit-out areas designed by RPW included public areas, conference and meeting room facilities as well as bedrooms. The end results have produced a striking hotel in keeping with its surroundings and one the team here at Fileturn can deservedly be proud of”.

RPW Design worked alongside Fileturn to make the design become a reality, creating the perfect addition to the Curio Collection by Hilton.

Main image credit: Lincoln Plaza London/Curio Collection by Hilton

In Conversation With: Tom Lindblom, Gensler

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Lifting the curtain to peak inside one of the largest architecture firms in the world, editor Hamish Kilburn heads to Gensler’s UK headquarters to catch up with hospitality leader, Principal and Brit List 2018 finalist Tom Lindblom…

“Designing a hotel is a theatre production,” Tom Lindblom, hospitality leader and Principal at Gensler explains. “If you have ever been backstage at a theatre show, and have seen all the activity that’s going on, you will understand how many strings need to be pulled to ensure that what’s happening on the stage – front-of-house in our case – is going smoothly and flows seamlessly. The magic has to happen without the guests being aware how it is made.” This carefully chosen metaphor used to describe the realities – and often challenges – that modern architecture practices face is my first opportunity to really understand the man behind the vision of many projects in the UK, Europe and in the Middle East.

If we are to continue the theatre theme then I feel as if I have a front-row seat, exclusively invited to the opening night to critique Gensler’s award-winning performance. While the narrative explains how the company came to be one of the largest architecture firms in the world, the lead role is certainly up for interpretation. Lindblom, formally a museum and lighting designer, is one of 15 principals at Gensler and his stage is very much sheltered in the company’s London base in St Katherine Docks, with major plans for expansion. “Our expression is deliberately ‘one firm firm’, which suggests that we, the more than 6,000 employees at Gensler, are one team working across 48 offices around the globe,” he explains. “As a result of this shared mindset, our London office is able to share relationships with others around the world in order to eventually work on projects that would have otherwise gone to other architecture practices – it really is a key element to our global success.”

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Image caption: Gensler’s Four Seasons Kuwait

Although the project briefs may change as the demands from operators and owners evolve, one thing remains constant in Lindblom’s eyes; team work really does make the dream work. “As an architect, the sooner you are working with an interior designer on a hotel project, the better the end result will be,” he says confidently. “Many see our industry as a triangle, but in actual fact it is a square,” he says. “That shape is between the owner, the operator, and the two designers – architecture and interiors – everyone needs to be reading off the same script.”

“The landscape of the hotel is as important as the architecture.” – Tom Lindblom

Whether we should design hotels that are Instagrammable is a topic that we are used to debating, I am keen to understand how, in Lindblom’s eyes, social media is dictating the design of the modern hotel. According to him, the pool in a resort hotel tends to be the ‘wow’ moment. “For a luxury resort hotel we designed in Croatia, for example, the ‘wow’ moments are a pool bar and grill and the water-front adult pool,” he explains. “The landscape of the hotel is as important as the architecture, and that’s why we work closely with landscape architects as well. At Gensler, we are very fortunate to have in-house landscape designers, which is often absolutely integral to the success of the project.”

Render of a pool and bar area outside

Image caption: Brizenica Bay Four Seasons Croatia Pool Bar / Credit: Gensler

Some of Lindblom’s most memorable curtain-call openings include St Regis Langkawi, Malaysia and the unforgettable unveiling of Four Season Kuwait at Burj Alshaya. Closer to home, though, since becoming one of the finalists at The Brit List 2018, Lindblom has been working on the interiors for a Hilton hotel project in Woking, Surrey. “There will be a great rooftop bar and restaurant, which is our answer to the operator’s brief, wanting to create certain ‘Instagrammable moments’,” Lindblom explains. “Our aim here was to open up the public areas to amazing panoramic views that can become an attraction for both guests and outside visitors.”

Gensler’s recently published Hospitality Experience Index concludes that hotel public spaces are changing. “Single-use public spaces are dead,” Lindblom claims. The report concludes: “The best hotels know that designing for today’s everything/everywhere customer doesn’t mean being everything to everyone -but it does require a new approach to understanding what guests want that goes far beyond business vs. leisure or millennial vs. boomer.” In response to this, Lindblom says: “Before we start drawing the shape and design of the building, we should be asking what experience we are trying to create.”

Quick-fire round:

Hamish Kilburn: What would you say, in your opinion as an architect, is the best designed city in the world?
Tom Lindblom: I love Paris and New York, but the city that made a big impression on me recently was Ljubljana, the Capital of Slovenia.

HK: What would you be if you weren’t an architect?
TL: A Sculptor

HK: What, in your opinion, is the worst designed hotel?
TL: There are too many to list

HK: What is your biggest bugbear when travelling?
TL: Wheely bags! I hate them!

HK: What is your favourite colour?
TL: Anything with stripes!

HK: Do you have a favourite project?
TL: They are all special, but I am really proud of the Four Seasons in Kuwait – I feel as if we need end credits to list all the people who brought that vision to life, all led by an amazing client.

Exterior shot of the hotel

Image caption: St. Regis Langkawi / credit: Gensler

There is a certain ignorance that comes from reviewing hotels, one that typically completely ignores the foundation of what is, as Hilton Hotels puts it, the heart-of-house. “The back-of-house, or backstage of any hotel performance, has to be designed around functionality,” Lindblom explains. “Our job here is to design an area that will maximise service and overall productivity, which in turn leads to a seamless guest experience. Although these areas won’t have all the finishes that you see in front of the staging, they are a vital part of the production.”

In the backstage access-all-areas interview, I am eager to learn what it takes to be cast as one of the leads at Gensler. “Believe it or not, listening is the fundamental skill to be a good leader,” Lindblom says. “When we are failing, we are not listening, which interestingly is the same for both staff and clients”

For this interview’s dramatic final scene, Lindblom explains how his past experience as a lighting designer has helped him to sketch and create some of the world’s most impressive design hotels. “There is just way too much artificial light in the world,” he explains as he points to the light directly above our heads, which creates glare while we are speaking at the table. “The starting point for a lighting designer should be darkness. Then you build up from there, considering the light sources, the times of day, colours and finishes, and ultimately the intention for the spaces.” And like any hit Broadway or Westend show, the production fades on a cliff-hanger conclusion as we wait to witness the unveiling of Gensler’s next hotel project.

Top stories of the week: design love from Bangkok, hide and seek architecture and a new hotel chapter

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With architecture and construction firmly in the spotlight, Hotel Designs has witnessed another jam-packed week full of interesting stories that highlights our love in design and architecture. Breaking down these headlines is editor Hamish Kilburn… 

New York, New York! Is there anywhere else on the planet quite like it? In the original metropolis where possibilities soar high above the bustling streets below, the hotel scene is staggering. It’s latest luxury neighbour is situated on 701 Seventh Avenue on the corner of 47th Street, Times Square, and features 452 guestrooms. With four levels of public space, the hotel is, much like the area it surrounds has already done over many decades, evolving with the trends to cater to the modern man and woman.

Changing perceptions has been a theme that has stitched together this week’s headlines – and I have been fortunate enough to be the first to tell many of this week’s main features. From spending quality time in the company of interior designer Celia Chu as she prepares to complete Rosewood Bangkok, to continuing to follow Nicky Dobree on her quest to open her first hotel; it’s been a great week to be part of the industry. To top it off, we are hours away from closing the applications/nominations process for our 30 Under 30 initiative. As a young editor (26 years old), I am personally proud to support this scheme – to support young talent in our industry – with every fibre of my body.

Here are the top stories of the week:

1) EDITION arrives in New York’s Times Square

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Image credit: EDITION Hotels

“The Times Square EDITION is an entirely new lens on Times Square. From an aerie above the hubbub below, you can engage, observe or withdraw. The hotel is an oasis of sophistication brought to you through the insight of the incomparable Ian Schrager, my friend and partner. There is simply nothing like it,” said Arne Sorenson, President and CEO, Marriott International.

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2) The interior designer behind Rosewood Bangkok

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Image credit: Rosewood Hotels

As its highly anticipated opening is imminently on the horizon, the Rosewood Bangkok’s interior design story is one yet to be unveiled in detail. We caught up with interior designer Celia Chu to establish the narrative told within the walls of the soon-to-open 159-key luxury hotel.

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3) Six Senses joins IHG

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The milestone moment, where IHG aquired Six Senses happened on Wednesday. As part of the IHG family, Six Senses is expected to expand to 60 properties within the next 10 years. This includes incredible new Six Senses hotels and resorts from a restored 14th-century fort in Rajasthan, to villas on a private island in Cambodia, and the brand’s first hotel in North America – a contemporary duo of twisting towers designed by Bjarke Ingles near the High Line in Manhattan’s West Chelsea.

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4) Camouflaged hotel architecture of the 21st century

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As we continue putting architecture and construction in the spotlight, Hotel Designs reveals some of the world’s most spectacular hidden architectural gems.

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5) From Concept to Completion: Restoring a 19th-century house to create Plaza 18 (part two)

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Image credit: Nicky Dobree

In part two of our From Concept to Completion series, where we are closely following the design story of Plaza 18, Dobree’s first hotel project is beginning to take form. The building’s design is approaching the final stages before the grand reveal this Easter. Meanwhile, interior designer Nicky Dobree is able to step away from the project for five minutes – something I believe the designer is not accustomed to – in order to explain more about her relationship with the soon-to-be hotel.

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Main image credit: Rosewood Hotels

 

The Sound Hotel opens to celebrate all senses in Seattle

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The Hotel Group and Hilton have announced the grand opening of The Sound Hotel Seattle Belltown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. Woven into the fabric of Belltown, one of Seattle’s most vibrant and centrally located neighborhoods, The Sound Hotel celebrates the sights, sounds and tastes that are unique to Seattle. It occupies the first 10 floors of the 42-story Arrivé tower, one of the first mixed-use properties, featuring rental units, in the market.

“We are thrilled to see The Sound Hotel open its doors as the brand’s first hotel in the Pacific Northwest, particularly in a city like Seattle that is known for innovation, great restaurants and a thriving arts scene,” said Jenna Hackett, global head, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. “Just as Seattle is one of the fastest-growing cities in America, Tapestry Collection continues to rapidly expand as The Sound Hotel also marks the collection brand’s first of many 2019 openings.”

Design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) immersed itself into the hotel’s neighborhood, visiting local hotspots and meeting with the community, to create an authentic Belltown experience. Upon arriving at the hotel entrance, guests are immediately welcomed into an artist’s studio as stretched canvases, murals and finished concrete floors flow towards the reception desk. Guest rooms feature warm, wood-toned floors, echoing the feeling of a musician stepping onto a stage. Dark, moody bathrooms are reminiscent of backstage dressing rooms, with microphone lights, plush robes, metal accents and rich black linear tiles setting the perfect backdrop.

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Artistic elements are also featured on the exterior of the hotel. Watkins commissioned Seattle graffiti artist Weirdo, a.k.a. Jeff Jacobson, to paint an original mural on an exterior brick wall facing several of the guest rooms, effectively turning those rooms into some of the most desirable in the hotel. This larger-than-life piece features Jacobson’s signature vivid, post-Internet hyper-realism style and beautifully tells the story of The Sound Hotel through art.

The Sound Hotel features 142 exquisitely designed guestrooms with expansive views of the downtown Seattle skyline and Puget Sound, a ground level restaurant, Currant Bistro.

“The hotel’s design drew directly from the Belltown neighborhood’s deep roots in the arts and local music scene, mixed in with the natural beauty of the Puget Sound region,” said David Watkins, general manager, The Sound Hotel. “Warm, rich textures in our rooms offer visitors an authentic Northwest experience, while the artistic elements reflect Seattle as a bustling hive of creativity.”

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The building’s seventh-floor Lupine Room offers 770 square feet of divisible meeting space, ideal for groups of up to 35. Featuring plenty of natural light, it can easily transform into an event space to accommodate an intimate gathering. In addition to the Lupine Room, Sound Bite Lounge is a relaxed, post-meeting gathering spot with a seasonal outdoor sundeck offering stunning views of the Space Needle.

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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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Curio Collection by Hilton opens in Canary Wharf

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The opening of Lincoln Plaza London is the newest addition to Curio Collection by Hilton, which joins a global portfolio of more than 60 upper upscale, one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts.

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Located for the curious traveller looking to explore the city, Lincoln Plaza London is a short distance from iconic landmarks such as the Tower of London, Big Ben, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and The O2. The hotel echoes the sleek architectural cues of Canary Wharf, drawing inspiration from the area’s rich industrial heritage.

In the lobby, guests are welcomed by polished concrete floors, a steel feature wall and steel-framed windows, allowing daylight to flood into the space. Its contemporary design is authentic to the surrounding area, where guests can visit the eclectic boutiques and enjoy the variety of entertainment around the hotel.

Reflective of London’s dynamic atmosphere, Lincoln Plaza London promises a comfortable and stylish stay for guests, in addition to being the venue of choice for locals to drink and dine in style. The hotel boasts an exceptional variety of dining outlets including a Pan-Indian restaurant from celebrated chef Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL.

Alternatively, the Food Store concept is a contemporary restaurant, bar and grocer where guests and locals can relax, dine and stock up on provisions.

“We are thrilled to bring Curio Collection by Hilton to London’s premier business district Canary Wharf, perfectly located for both business and leisure travellers, marking the arrival of the second Curio Collection property in London and increasing the Shiva Hotels’ portfolio to five Hilton-branded properties,” said Ashley Cole, general manager of Lincoln Plaza London “Whether guests want to visit us to explore the many unique attractions on our doorstep or to simply spend time enjoying our stylish hotel and incredible dining offering, we look forward to welcoming guests and can cater to all types of travellers.”

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Lincoln Plaza London, Curio Collection by Hilton

For more information about the Curio Collection by Hilton or Lincoln Plaza London, visit the website today. 

 

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How the fastest brand to launch in the industry opened 13 hotels in three months

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Tru by Hilton continues to heat up this summer with the openings of 13 new hotels from June through August that span 11 states in America…

Tru by Hilton’s growth and success follows an aggressive development, with more than 35 open properties and more than 300 hotels in the pipeline. The latest Tru by Hilton properties have expanded the options for both leisure and business travelers seeking a quality stay at an affordable price point in these 13 markets.

“Tru by Hilton continues to disrupt the midscale segment as demonstrated by the growth we’ve seen this summer with 13 new open properties as well as the groundbreaking of our largest property to-date, located in Orlando,” said Alexandra Jaritz, global head, Tru by Hilton. “During an especially busy travel season for our guests, we’re offering what matters most to travelers, which are minimal yet meaningful features and amenities in a fresh, consistent and surprisingly affordable way.”

The newly opened properties represent the first Tru by Hilton hotels in Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, South Carolina and South Dakota. With the wellness travel trend soaring, outdoor adventurers will enjoy Tru by Hilton Deadwood in South Dakota, located near Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Black Hills National Forest, and Tru by Hilton Pigeon Forge in Tennessee, close to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Tru by Hilton continues to expand in college towns, with Tru by Hilton Syracuse North Airport Area and Tru by Hilton Syracuse-Camillus, both near Syracuse University in New York, Tru by Hilton Harbison Columbia, near the University of South Carolina, and Tru by Hilton Bowling Green, near Western Kentucky University.

In addition to these 13 property openings, Tru by Hilton continued its momentum this summer by breaking ground on its largest property to-date, located in Orlando, Florida. Developed by Epelboim Development Group, the eight-storey, 259-room Tru by Hilton Orlando Convention Center Area will be situated just south of the Orlando Convention Center and a short drive from Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld, making it an easy choice for business and leisure travelers alike. The property is expected to open the fall of 2019.

Tru by Hilton properties feature the amenities and experiences that matter most to guests, including comfortable beds, smaller, more efficiently designed rooms with a mobile desk, large bathrooms with premium Not Soap, Radio bath amenities, top-rate in-room entertainment, a complimentary build-your-own “Top It” breakfast bar with hot items, a 2,880-square-foot lobby offering 24/7 complimentary LavAzza coffee with areas for guests to work, play games, eat and lounge, and a 24/7 “Eat. & Sip.” market with gourmet snacks and drinks, including single-serve wine and beer. The tech-savvy hotels feature mobile check-in, Digital Key, free fast Wi-Fi, free wireless printing, lobby tablets and accessibility to outlets everywhere. Additionally, Tru by Hilton properties offer fitness centers that leverage the latest fitness trends including barre, TRX bands, free weights, cardio and flexibility gear.

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Hilton opens first tri-branded hotel

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Hilton has partnered with with First Hospitality Group to bring Combined Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton to Chicagoland area…

Hilton along with First Hospitality Group, Inc. has announced the opening of its latest hotel, the company’s first tri-branded property, which includes Hilton Garden Inn Chicago McCormick Place, Hampton Inn by Hilton Chicago McCormick Place and Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago McCormick Place.

Connected to McCormick Place, North America’s largest convention center, and adjacent to Wintrust Arena, the property is described by the hotel group as a “one-of-kind addition to downtown Chicago’s South Loop and Motor Row District lodging offerings”.

Construction of the project was led by McHugh/UJAMAA LLC, a joint venture between James McHugh Construction Co. and minority-owned contractor UJAMAA Construction Inc., and Merritt Development Group. Antunovich Associates served as the building architect, Todd Halamka + Partners as the hotel architect, while Looney Associates led the interior design.

This tri-branded hotel will serve as a convenient ‘one-stop-shop’ for convention-goers looking to rest and recharge or enjoy the local flavors of Chicago while remaining just steps from their convention events

“Hilton is passionate about delivering exceptional travel experiences and continually looking for opportunities to add value for our guests,” said Bill Duncan, Global Head, All Suites and Focused Service Category, Hilton. “This milestone tri-brand property embodies that spirit. Bringing together these three category-leading brands and their signature, yet distinct, offerings under one roof provides travelers with a wealth of shared amenities, and the opportunity to enjoy the warmth and hospitality of Hilton through an innovative lodging option that fits a variety of travel needs and desired price points.”

Managed by FHG, the 23-storey hotel boasts 184 Hilton Garden Inn rooms, 187 Hampton Inn rooms and 95 suites within the Home2 Suites, as well as a skybridge providing guests with convenient access to McCormick Place.

“We are thrilled to bring three powerhouse hotel brands, as well as inventive new dining concepts to the continuously-evolving landscape of McCormick Place and the Motor Row District,” said First Hospitality Group, Inc. Founder and Chairman, Stephen Schwartz. “This tri-branded hotel will serve as a convenient ‘one-stop-shop’ for convention-goers looking to rest and recharge or enjoy the local flavors of Chicago while remaining just steps from their convention events. It is also a great option for guests traveling with larger groups or extended families, as everyone can stay under one roof despite having varied preferences on room-type and price-point.”

Hilton currently has a footprint of more than 85 open, multi-brand properties, with an even larger pipeline of multi-brand projects in development around the globe.

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Top 5 stories of the week: Mountain-mad retreats, chart-topping hotel groups and cliff-hanging hotel design

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As our month of threading together the latest in fabrics and soft furnishings comes to a close, we wrap up another fast-paced week in the creative world of international hotel design with the top five stories of the last five days…

Following on from the successful Meet Up North networking event we hosted in Manchester’s King Street Townhouse, this week we’ve covered hotel design news from around the world. We’ve seen ambitious plans launching, hotel groups becoming leaders and Hotel Designs has announced its Spotlight On features for August. Here are the top five stories of the week, as selected by editor Hamish Kilburn.

1) Spotlight On: Hotel Concepts and Flooring & Carpets

Throughout August, Hotel Designs will be putting the spotlight on two massively talked-about areas of international hotel design, namely: Hotel Concept and Flooring & Carpets…

2) IHG becomes the UK’s leading luxury hotel operator

The story with the most views this weeks comes from a brand that is taking luxury travel to a new level – and fast! IHG has just been named the UK’s leading luxury hotel operator after a series of shifts and openings. The hotel group has confirmed the UK debut locations for its boutique brand Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants and its recently launched upscale brand, voco™ Hotels. This move follows the announcement made in May of an agreement with Covivio (formerly Foncière des Régions), to rebrand and operate 12 high-quality open hotels in the UK and one pipeline hotel. Nine of the hotels join IHG’s brand portfolio today, making IHG the UK’s leading luxury hotel operator. The remaining three open hotels are anticipated to be added in the coming weeks…

3) Design hotel in the Dolomites will define a new model of mountain luxury hotels

The plan for the new Faloria Mountain Spa Resort, historical glamorous hotel based in Cortina, has finally been unveiled. A new design hotel in the Dolomites, the Faloria Mountain Spa Resort, is said to set a new standard in mountain luxury hotels. The project, signed by the architect Flaviano Capriotti, upgrades the resort to the highest hospitality standards, achieving the fifth star and presenting a new hospitality model: at crossroads between local tradition, innovation and comfort.

4) Opposites attract at Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay

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Nestled behind vibrant streets, where thousands of Gap-Year backpackers find shelter in cheap hostels, rises a luxury hotel with personality, style and unmatched ocean views. Editor Hamish Kilburn checks in to ‘a new kind of luxury’ at the Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay to see for himself how opposites in South East Asia can attract after all…

5) Waldolf Astoria Bangkok prepares for ‘Asia’s most anticipated hotel openings this year’

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The anticipated opening of Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, designed by the award-winning André Fu is said to evolve the hotel landscape in Southeast Asia. The end of August will see the opening of what is said to be Asia’s most anticipated hotel openings of 2018. The grand Waldorf Astoria in Bangkok, meticulously designed by, André Fu, from AFSO who was named Designer of the Year for Maison & Objet Asia in 2016, captures the brand’s iconic image in the vibrant Thai capital.

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DoubleTree by Hilton debuts in French medieval city of Carcassonne

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DoubleTree by Hilton Carcassonne opens a Fairy-Tale Escape in the Heart of France’s Medieval City…

France’s medieval city of Carcassonne has welcomed the country’s first DoubleTree by Hilton, one of Hilton’s 14 market-leading brands. The property is the first DoubleTree by Hilton in France and joins nine other Hilton properties in the country.

The 88-key hotel includes 33 deluxe town-facing rooms, as well as 14 junior suites and three one-bedroom suites with private terraces overlooking the fortifed city. Conveniently located along the banks of the Aude River, DoubleTree by Hilton Carcassonne enjoys panoramic views of the fairy-tale-like town, which is accessible via the “Pont View” pedestrian bridge over the river. Guests will receive a warm welcome the moment they arrive at the hotel with a signature DoubleTree by Hilton Cookie, a symbol of the upscale hotel brand’s dedicated service and thoughtful approach to hospitality.

Resembling a scene taken out of a children’s storybook, the fortified city of Carcassonne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous worldwide for its stout walls, Gothic cathedrals, medieval castles, and beautiful vineyards.  Every year, the Cité Médiévale, as the old walled town is now known, attracts more than 4 million visitors who come to experience its historic charm.

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Naturally fitting into the city’s picturesque landscape with its medieval inspired design, stained glass windows, and greenery adorned exterior, the hotel boasts a prime location, just a 100-metre walk to the city and a five-kilometre drive to Carcassonne Airport.

“We are delighted to bring the DoubleTree by Hilton experience to the beautiful city of Carcassonne. Guests’ will feel right at home in the heart of one of France’s most fascinating medieval towns,” said Sandrine Kaiser, the hotel’s general manager. “From enjoying a cruise along the Canal du Midi to visiting the Languedoc vineyards, a host of experiences await guests just minutes away from the hotel. After exploring the city, guests can take comfort in our spacious rooms, enjoy town-facing views from our garden or terrace, or indulge in a relaxing spa treatment.”

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DoubleTree by Hilton Carcassonne also offers 60m2 of stylish and naturally lit meeting space. The hotel’s beautiful garden area can also be privatised to host a memorable event with breathtaking views of the city.

DoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global portfolio of more than 525 upscale hotels with nearly 125,000 rooms across six continents. The brand offers contemporary accommodations and full-service facilities, including restaurants and lounges, room service, health clubs, business centers, and meeting and banquet spaces.

Hilton Garden Inn opens in Qidong

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Opening marks the arrival of the first international hotel brand in the Chinese city.

Hilton has opened the 181-room Hilton Garden Inn Qidong, owned by Jiangsu Hui Long Tang Culture Investment Development Co. Ltd, managed by Hilton itself and located within Central Park Mall, a recreational hub in the Chinese city’s central business district.

The opening marks the arrival of the first international hotel brand in Qidong, which is located at the estuary of the Yangtze River across from Shanghai, and is home to the fourth largest fishery port in China. The city has six industrial zones covering pharmaceutical, mechanic and civil construction industries, and is a fast-growing economic engine for Jiangsu province.

The Hilton Garden Inn Qidong is located 103 kilometers from Shanghai Pudong International Airport and 25 kilometers away from Golden Beach, with the usual guest amenities in place, including 42-inch LED TVs, walk-in showers, mini-refrigerators and generous work spaces with ergonomic furniture.

 

“We are extremely proud to be the first international hotel brand to enter Qidong city, and we look forward to extending Hilton Garden Inn’s award-winning, service-driven culture to the area,” said John Greenleaf, global head, Hilton Garden Inn. “The opening of Hilton Garden Inn Qidong is a testament to Hilton’s commitment to sustained growth throughout China.”

“The opening of Hilton Garden Inn Qidong furthers our mission to be the most hospitable company in the world, especially as we continue to tap the burgeoning potential of the mid-market sector in China,” said Qian Jin, area president, Greater China and Mongolia, Hilton. “I am confident that the hotel will not only offer visitors to Qidong a revitalizing experience, but will also contribute to advancing the tourism industry in the city.”

Tru by Hilton opens new US college sites

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Wisconsin, Alabama and Florida hotels aimed at families, students and alumni.

Hilton’s midscale hotel brand Tru by Hilton has opened five new hotels, three of which are its first college town properties, including Auburn, Alabama (Auburn University); Tallahassee, Florida (Florida State University) and Madison, Wisconsin (University of Wisconsin-Madison).

Tru by Hilton has ongoing strategy of opening new sites in diverse areas, with upcoming hotel openings in urban, suburban, resort and interstate locations – these latest openings have been built with families, future students and alumni in mind and are the first opened by the brand in Wisconsin, Alabama and Florida.

  • The 106-room Tru by Hilton Madison West is located 15 minutes from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a short drive from downtown Madison.
  • The 98-room Tru by Hilton Auburn is situated off I-85, four miles from Auburn University and a 10-minute drive from downtown Auburn.
  • The 90-room Tru by Hilton Tallahassee Central is located nine miles from Tallahassee International Airport and four miles from Florida State University and downtown Tallahassee.

Come Fly With Me

In addition to the college town properties, Tru by Hilton also recently opened hotels in Salt Lake City Airport, located in the SLC International Center, and Williamsville Buffalo Airport, situated next to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and a quick drive to Niagara Falls.

“We’re excited to open properties in college towns where there is a need for a comfortable stay at an affordable price,” said Alexandra Jaritz, global head, Tru by Hilton. “When families visit their children away at college, they want an inviting place to stay with proximity to the university campus and downtown area. We look forward to expanding our presence in more college towns across the country.”

Hampton expands footprint in US, China and Germany

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Nine new properties taking in the mid-West and Far East.

Hampton by Hilton has confirmed the opening of nine new properties, including Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Detroit/Warren in Michigan, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton St. George in Utah and Hampton by Hilton Dortmund Phoenix See in Germany.

Meanwhile, the opening of two properties – Hampton by Hilton Shunde Longjiang, Foshan and Hampton by Hilton Suzhou Xiangcheng District – has extended the upper midscale brand’s position in China.

A quick overview of each property:

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Detroit/Warren in Michigan:

  • Modern amenities, value and access to attractions make this hotel ideal for travel to the newly-revitalised Detroit area.
  • The hotel is near popular sites such as the Detroit Zoo, Hitsville USA Museum, casinos, and all major Detroit sporting venues: Comerica Park, Ford Field and the new Little Caesars Arena.

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton St. George in Utah:

  • The weather and scenery make St. George a popular spot for biking, golfing, bird-watching, hiking, rock climbing and boating.
  • The property is also along the route to Zion National Park, Lake Powell, Snow Canyon State Park and other areas of Southwest Utah.

Hampton by Hilton Dortmund Phoenix See in Germany:

  • Centrally located, guests can watch football at Signal Iduna Park or visit the Ruhr District and cities like Bochum, Essen and Duisburg with ease.
  • Guests will enjoy the signature offerings of the Hampton brand, including complimentary breakfast every morning, a fitness center, and business center with free WiFi and natural lighting.

Hampton has also grown its presence in Massachusetts, California, Oklahoma and Canada with the addition of Hampton Inn by Hilton Foxborough Mansfield, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Irvine-Orange County Airport, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Oklahoma City/Quail Springs and Hampton Inn by Hilton St. Paul, respectively.

Hilton lines up new Curio Collection resort in the Maldives

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Hilton will open a new boutique resort in the Maldives, following a franchise agreement with Singha Estate.

The new resort will join the Curio Collection by Hilton portfolio of nearly 50 upscale independent hotels around the world, and forms part of its ‘Crossroads’ project – a leisure and entertainment resort currently under development in Emboodhoo Lagoon, Maldives.

The new resort will be managed by S Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of Singha Estate, and will open at the end of this year.

“Opening the first Curio Collection hotel in the Maldives is a very exciting milestone for us,” said Mark Nogal, global brand head of the Curio Collection by Hilton. “The Maldives is renowned for being a one-of-a-kind tropical paradise and we are confident that the resort will offer curious travellers seeking an authentic experience truly memorable accommodations.”

INDIVIDUALITY & THE HILTON ‘ENGINE’

The resort will boast 198 guest rooms, beach villas and overwater villas, as well as facilities such as a fitness centre and swimming pool. In addition to duty free shops and multiple restaurants, guests will also enjoy a beach club, watersports, a dive centre, a cultural centre and a kids club.

“As we continue to grow our portfolio across Asia, we are proud to introduce the Curio Collection by Hilton brand in one of the world’s most celebrated resort destinations,” added Guy Phillips, senior vice president, development, Asia & Australasia, for Hilton. “With this brand, our owners can benefit from the proven track record and quality of the Hilton engine, also known as the Hilton performance advantage, while staying true to the hotel’s individuality.”

Hilton Garden Inn Jackson opens under Peachtree Hotel Group management

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Hilton Garden Inn Jackson has opened in Jackson, Tennessee, under the management of hotel investors Peachtree Hotel Management.

The 98-room property will feature a heated outdoor saltwater pool, a 24-hour hour gym and fitness centre, and complimentary breakfast for all guests.  An on-site restaurant serving classic ‘Americana’ themed food will be available for lunch and dinner, and an on-site store called the Pavilion Pantry will sell snacks and small items.

Jackson is a regional hub for business

A raft of professional event space will appeal to businesses. 2,300 square feet will include the grand Tennessee Room, which can hold up to 100 people, and an adjacent board room which fits a more intimate 12.

Jackson is a regional hub for many large companies including FedEx, UPS and Old Dominion.

“A market leader”

Brent LeBlanc, senior vice president at PeachTree Hotel Group, who will manage the property said: “Following its initial ramp-up phase, we are confident the Hilton Garden Inn Jackson quickly will become the market and segment leader.”

“While we continue to seek both acquisition and third-party management candidates, we have a healthy appetite for ground-up development projects… By targeting smaller, secondary and tertiary markets with comparable demand and typically an even more pronounced lack of supply, we can move quickly and purposefully with our fund reserves to transact on deals that meet our portfolio criteria.”

Peachtree’s current portfolio is comprised of 87 hotel assets totaling 10,147 rooms

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.

Waldorf Astoria opens in Africa for the first time as Hilton unveil ‘landmark’ new Cairo hotels

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Hilton are making an impact in Africa in 2018. The worldwide hotel group are pushing further into Egypt, where they opened their first hotel 60 years ago, with a couple of new ‘landmark’ hotels.

Both the Hilton Cairo Heliopolis and the Waldorf Astoria, Cairo, will open this year, and most notably this will be the first time the Waldorf Astoria brand have entered Africa.

The rooms of the currently-standing Towers Luxury Hotel will be entirely repurposed and made to reflect “the finest traditions of Egyptian hospitality” when it re-opens as the Waldorf Astoria, with 247 rooms.

Statement stone flooring and a spacious atrium will make the new lobby a focal point

The initial photos suggest warming gold colour palettes and statement stone flooring in block colours, with laid-back woven wooden chairs which will encourage guests to stick around longer in the lobby.

The lobby, which features an impressively spacious atrium, will become more of a central feature of the hotel. A spa will be one of the new luxurious features, with traditional treatments that will reflect the country’s steep culture with water-based medicinal care.

The hotels, famous for their ubiquitous Waldorf Salad, are classically luxurious with a glamourous feel and send a message of timeless glamour.

First though, the Hilton Cairo Heliopolis opens, the sixth Hilton hotel in the Egyptian capital, and will feature 593 rooms.

President of Hilton for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey Rudi Jagersbacher explained Hilton’s partnership with Gulf-Egypt for Hotels & Tourism for the projects. He revealed the “great partners”, who will manage the properties day-to-day, will bring “great success”.

Design high points include two ballrooms, and an Ampthitheatre

Mohsen Abu Al Azm, who is the managing director of Gulf-Egypt for Hotels & Tourism insisted the hotels would be “world class” and will “set the standard for accommodation in Cairo and across the region”. Hilton, he says, “brings nearly 100 years of experience to these hotels and their international reputation for service, quality and excellence will ensure the continued success of these great hotels”.

Other design high points include two ballrooms, an Ampthitheatre, and tonnes of high spec business facilities for conferences at every level.

More opulent is the choice of two swimming pools, and a whopping 17 eating and playing destinations across both properties. Food will be international and eclectic, pulling influence from Italy with a “subtle and modern” twist, Far Eastern and Asian and Lebanese food, and there’ll be a large nod to the local Egyptian fare.

Hilton continue to expand. With 5,100 hotels, seven more hotels across Egypt are pegged to launch over the next five years.

Hilton Cairo Heliopolis and the Waldorf Astoria are set to open later in 2018, although no set date has been announced

Hilton announces Waldorf Astoria Cancun and Hilton Cancun

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Hilton has announced plans to welcome the luxury Waldorf Astoria Cancun and the all-inclusive Hilton Cancun resort to the global hospitality company’s growing portfolio in Mexico. Developed by Parks Hospitality and set to open in 2021, the neighbouring properties will feature distinct characteristics and amenities across 100 acres of Caribbean beachfront.

Set to deliver a truly unforgettable experience for guests, the Waldorf Astoria Cancun will feature 150 exceptionally appointed guest rooms and suites, with waterfront or mangrove-facing terraces and private balconies. The property will boast the signature Waldorf Astoria spa, in addition to state-of-the-art fitness facilities, two plunge pools and two exquisite dining experiences.

A one-of-a-kind beachfront escape, the neighbouring all-inclusive Hilton Cancun resort property will feature 600 stylish guest rooms offering stunning panoramic views. The Hilton resort will welcome guests to relax on the beach, lounge at the swimming pool complex, and experience curated adventures in local art, gastronomy and culture. The hotel will also tempt palates with six all-inclusive unique culinary experiences.

Expansive meetings and events space across both hotels will be available to accommodate everything from small gatherings to large weddings.

Renowned design firms SB Architects, EDSA and HBA have been hand-selected to create a fluid transition between indoor and outdoor spaces throughout both the Waldorf Astoria Cancun and the Hilton Cancun properties. Inspired by the surrounding area’s natural elements, the design at both properties will incorporate variations of modern lines, repetitive patterns and undulating forms that mimic the sea. Both properties will also feature classic Mexican colours and materials, as well as modern design elements and technology.

Hilton currently has a portfolio of more than 100 hotels and resorts open and welcoming travellers in Latin America, including more than 50 in Mexico. The company is actively pursuing additional Latin American growth opportunities and currently has a robust pipeline of more than 70 hotels throughout the region, including nearly 30 projects in Mexico. This year, Hilton has opened seven hotels across four brands in the country, including the in-market debut of the Conrad Hotels & Resorts brand in San Luis Potosi.

Conrad London St. James

Conrad London St. James named winner at the 2017 World Luxury Hotel Awards

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Conrad London St. James is delighted to announce it has won three accolades at the prestigious World Luxury Hotel Awards. The award ceremony took place in St Moritz, Switzerland on 2nd December, and saw participants from more than 50 countries come together to celebrate the luxury hospitality industry.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards recognises elite hotels and resorts in over 60 categories on a country, regional, continent and global basis. This year the awards celebrated its 11thanniversary in awarding the world’s finest hotels for their high-end offerings and exceptional service delivery.

Conrad London St. James was announced as the UK winner in the Luxury Contemporary Hotel category and in addition, the hotel was awarded the regional winner in the Luxury City Hotel and Luxury Art Hotel categories for London. All the winners are determined by a public voting system during a six-week process and Conrad London St. James received over 300,000 votes from international travellers.

Beverly Payne, General Manager at Conrad London St. James said: “We’re thrilled to have won several awards at World Luxury Hotel Awards this year. Recognised as the best luxury contemporary hotel in the whole of the UK is a real honour. We are also delighted with our London awards, as we know the competition is always so steep. We often refer to the hotel as a living art gallery so we are particularly happy to receive the award for luxury art hotel, as our collection is something we are very proud of. Similarly to have won the luxury city hotel category, for London, is really exciting as it reflects the work and dedication from the whole team to create a memorable and luxury experience for guests.’

Anton Perold, Managing Director for the World Luxury Hotel Awards said: “We wish to congratulate all our winners for the 2017 award year, who through their tireless efforts and unbounded passion to satisfy their guests needs, have received this honour. True luxury is no small feat, it takes a team of highly dedicated staff willing to go the extra mile and stop at nothing to ensure that no request goes unanswered. This is the definition of luxury, this is what defines a World Luxury Hotel Awards winner.”

With a prime London location on the doorstep of Westminster, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, Conrad London St James is perfectly placed in the heart of the city and a smart choice for the modern-day traveller. Representing the best of iconic London, the hotel offers sleek interiors, state-of-the-art facilities and legendary hospitality.

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Construction complete on Hull’s eagerly-awaited £25m hotel development

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Developer Manorcrest Group has announced the completion of the new £25 million DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Ferensway, Hull.

The four-star hotel, which boasts 165 bedrooms, a 1000 sq ft ballroom for events, a Marco Pierre White restaurant and rooftop bar, has had an accelerated constructed period of only 13-months.

Manorcrest Group started the construction of the hotel in October 2016 and set itself an ambitious target of completion within 2017 – while Hull remains the City of Culture.

By investing in off-site manufactured bedroom pods, which were installed by the Manorcrest team, the firm saved time on the construction period. Dean Wann, director at Manorcrest Group said: “We are highly ambitious and proactive developers that use the latest construction methods to deliver the best product; the DoubleTree by Hilton Hull is a great example of this.

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“This was a big project, the biggest we have worked on to date and for the last 13 months we have put our heart and soul into bringing it to life. Myself and my business partner Leigh Hall are so proud that we have now completed a hotel of this scale which looks incredible inside and out.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hull“We have gone above and beyond to ensure the that hotel is the best it could possibly be from the bedroom’s fixtures and fittings right through to roof top bar. It’s a fantastic addition to Hull, not just to its visitors but also the local community who we hope will regularly use the restaurant, bar and events space.”

It’s been a busy year for the developer; as well as the delivery of the new Hull hotel, the team have also been extending the DoubleTree by Hilton in Lincoln.

Other suppliers on the build of the hotel in Hull included Hull-based P&D Engineering, Jamie Millar from Bridlington which delivered specialised concrete flooring, and Hull-based White Star Security which delivered the concrete structure.

Rockbridge acquires Seelbach Hilton Hotel

Rockbridge acquires Seelbach Hilton Hotel

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Rockbridge has announced its acquisition of The Seelbach Hilton in Louisville, Kentucky in a joint venture with Louisville-based Musselman Hotels Management, which will manage the property.

“We look forward to working with our local partner and the City to explore potential opportunities for the Seelbach,” said Jim Merkel, Rockbridge CEO.

The Seelbach Hilton is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 321-room property features several restaurants and bars and has more than 32,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.

Musselman Hotels Management is a developer, owner and manager of award-winning hotels. Their portfolio has included 38 hotels over 27 years, and they currently own and manage five hotels in the Louisville area, including one under construction. With four additional locations throughout Kentucky and one in Virginia, Musselman represents national brands Hilton and Marriott and has won numerous awards, including Hotel of the Year honors. Focused on the customer, Musselman Hotels Management’s core belief is treating people right.

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Meet the Top 5-Star Hotel Brands in the Middle East

Meet the top 5-star hotel brands in the Middle East

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Forbes Middle East recently named its list of the top 5-star hotel brands in the Middle East, a group of 20 that was determined based on the status of their hotels in the region.

At the top of the list is the Swiss hospitality company, Mövenpick, which has 47 five star hotels spread throughout 10 countries in The Middle East, adding up to a total of 12,592 rooms. Mövenpick is followed by Hilton Hotels and Resorts, which has 29 hotels and 9,631 rooms spread throughout eight countries in the Middle East. In third place was Sheraton, which has a hospitality presence in 10 of the region’s countries.

Meet the Top 5-Star Hotel Brands in the Middle EastForbes reports that to formulate its list, associated researchers screened more than 800 five star hotels from 190 total brands, gathering their information primarily from those hotels’ websites as well as from some of the other major travel websites within the industry. They also determined three benchmarks to use in the ranking: the number of countries that a brand is represented in, the total number of estimated hotels and rooms, and equal weights. This list, however, did not take into account the revenue numbers that were generated by each brand, and it did not calculate the average price of the rooms there. Neither of those financial concerns were factored into this study, meaning that sheer quantity of properties and their spread were the backbone of this ranking.

Of the top 20 brands that landed on Forbes’ list, there were 375 hotels and resorts that added up to a grand total of 116,454 rooms in 17 total countries, those countries being: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan, Morocco, Qatar, Lebanon, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Tunisia, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Palestine, and Algeria.

The three most dominant countries were no surprise, with those being Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, which is home to the red hot tourism market of Dubai, one of — if not the most — popular markets in the entire world. Hotels and resorts in those three countries take up 66.4 percent of the list, adding up to 349 total properties and 71.9 percent of total rooms, with 83,711 rooms. These are numbers that are nothing to scoff at.

The other brands represented on the list include: InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, Rotana Hotels and Resorts, Radisson Blu, Le Meridien, Sofitel Hotels and Resorts, Marriott Hotels and Resorts, and Four Seasons, among others.

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Embassy Suites by Hilton, a global brand of upscale, all-suite hotels from Hilton has announced the opening of the newly built Embassy Suites by Hilton Boulder

Embassy Suites by Hilton Boulder debuts

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Embassy Suites by Hilton, a global brand of upscale, all-suite hotels from Hilton has announced the opening of the newly built Embassy Suites by Hilton Boulder. Embassy Suites by Hilton prides itself on providing guests an approachable and stress-free experience at each of its spacious, all-suites hotel properties.

Owned by Orchim, LLC and managed by Sage Hospitality, the property welcomes guests to enjoy its contemporary two-room suites where travelers can spread out, enjoy a free, cooked-to-order breakfast each morning, free Wi-Fi, and complimentary drinks and snacks each night. With 204 contemporary, spacious suites, more than 7,595 square feet of meeting and banquet space, and the city’s largest hotel ballroom with space for up to 650 guests, Embassy Suites by Hilton Boulder provides customer service that always anticipates the needs of both business and leisure travelers and delivers what matters most.

“Embassy Suites by Hilton Boulder is a great addition to our portfolio, bringing adventurers the amenities and space they need,” said Alan Roberts, global head, Embassy Suites by Hilton. “After exploring the natural beauty of the area, this urban retreat offers the perfect place to relax and enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks at the evening reception.”

The property also boasts amenities such as a 24-hour fitness centre, an outdoor, heated pool located on the roof of the ballroom, as well as Brickstones Kitchen and Bar, which is open daily for lunch and dinner. The hotel also features a retail market, an outdoor plaza and nearly 700 pieces of unique art created by local Colorado artists.

“We are excited to help our guests experience all that Boulder has to offer,” said Kathleen Bates, general manager, Embassy Suites by Hilton Boulder. “Our exceptional location is the perfect launching point for your Colorado adventure and our staff is dedicated to sharing their local knowledge on everything from our favorite hiking trails to the best craft breweries.”

New York Hilton Midtown, the 1,907-room iconic landmark hotel and member of Park Hotels & Resorts’ prestigious portfolio, has announced the completion of three suites

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New York Hilton Midtown, the 1,907-room iconic landmark hotel and member of Park Hotels & Resorts’ prestigious portfolio, has announced the completion of three types of premium suites overlooking Central Park.

Further elevating the level of hospitality on the 40th and 41st floors of the popular Midtown destination, the five high-end suites feature the finest products, interior design and architecture in the hotel’s history.

New York City-based architecture and interior design firm Stonehill Taylor designed the suites and drew inspiration from nearby landmarks such as the Prometheus sculpture by Paul Manship at Rockefeller Center and the Seagram Building by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Each room features a custom curated art collection by consulting company Museum Edition, as well as custom made carpets, furniture, framing, lighting and more. With private vestibules, foyers and kitchens connected to corridors for staff to seamlessly come and go, each suite was designed to entertain. The connected adjacent rooms allow for a greater number of guests to share accommodations.

Presidential Suite
As the largest of the collection, the 3,700-square-foot Presidential Suite is the size of approximately ten guest rooms and intended to accommodate large parties. Designed to look like a home, the open layout is complimented by a neutral palette, modern furniture and luxe fabrics. The sophisticated aesthetic is seen throughout the suite, consisting of a gallery and foyer, living and lounge area, media room, game room with a custom made billiard table, dining room, bar and kitchen area, master bedroom and bath clad in travertine stone. The media room stands as a true home theater, encompassed by Art Deco-inspired folding walls for maximum flexibility.

Corner Suite
The Corner Suite, of which there are three iterations varying between 1,820 square feet and 2,180 square feet, is a romantic space that nods to Martha Graham’s fluid movements. This suite exudes elegance with elevated finishes paired with warm woods. Large groups of furniture create a relaxed, residential feel and elevate entertainment opportunities. The six-bay suite includes a foyer, living room, dining room, bar and master bedroom with a master bath including a black claw-foot tub, Carrara marble walls and porcelain tiles.

Linear Suite
The Linear Suite, at 1,600 square feet, is an edgy, tech-forward space inspired by the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art. Geometric art is coupled with theatrical furniture in the living area. The eight-bay suite consists of a foyer, living room, media room, dining and bar, and master bedroom with master bath featuring hexagon porcelain tiles.

Hilton's upscale Tapestry Collection adds New Orleans boutique hotel

Hilton’s upscale Tapestry Collection adds New Orleans boutique hotel

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Hilton’s newest brand, Tapestry Collection, continues to grow with the addition of three vibrant and unique hotels, all of which anchor notable southern, coastal cities in the United Sates.

The Troubadour New Orleans open this week, and The Cotton Sail Hotel Savannah (Georgia) and Hotel Ballast Wilmington (North Carolina) have been signed and are set to debut as part of Hilton’s collection of original upscale hotels in 2018.

Located in the blossoming Central Business District near the Mississippi River, The Troubadour exemplifies the vibrant character of New Orleans. The 184-guestroom boutique hotel boasts the Petit Lion – a casual bistro – and the Monkey Board – a lively rooftop bar offering panoramic skyline views across the Crescent City.

The Troubadour is a great addition for Hilton loyalists desiring upscale hotel accommodations in the city, joining the iconic Roosevelt, a Waldorf Astoria hotel, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Hilton New Orleans St. Charles and DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans.

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Hampton by Hilton arrives in Italy

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Hilton’s Hampton by Hilton brand has this week announced the opening of its first property in Italy, Hampton by Hilton Rome East. The hotel joins 64 other Hampton by Hilton properties open across Europe.

Hampton by Hilton Rome East is also Hilton’s first property in Italy to offer Digital Key, the mobile-enabled room key technology that enables Hilton Honors members to simply and securely open the door of their room, as well as any other area of the hotel that requires a key, at the touch of a button available through the Hilton Honors app.

“We are thrilled to open Italy’s first Hampton by Hilton property which offers modern rooms, meeting space and a convenient location. We are also pleased to be Hilton’s first property in Italy to offer Digital Key,” said Sebastian Siciliano, general manager. “We look forward to welcoming guests with caring and thoughtful Hamptonality service and providing them with the brand’s signature amenities, all backed by the 100% Hampton Guarantee.”

The hotel contains 148 contemporary rooms (some interconnecting) with comfortable beds, 40-inch HDTV, work desk with ergonomic chair and complimentary Wi-Fi.

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Landmark £10m hotel investment for Hamilton Park Racecourse

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Hamilton Park Racecourse has unveiled plans for a multi-million pound hotel development on its grounds, with a formal planning application made to South Lanarkshire Council. The prestigious venue aims to open a hotel on the site on the town’s Bothwell Road for the first time in its 90-year history.

The 118-guestroom property, operating under Hilton’s fastest growing brand, Hampton by Hilton, is to be built on what is currently the main public car park of the racecourse grounds.

The £10 million project will bring up to 20 new jobs to the racecourse, doubling the current number of employees, with a variety of roles in managerial, professional, customer service and administrative positions.

The Hamilton Park executive team has undertaken extensive feasibility studies into the development and projects it will generate an additional £5.9million per year in additional visitor expenditure in the area, and add a gross value of £700,000 per year to the economy, with £400,000 of that directly in South Lanarkshire.

Vivien Currie - Hamilton Park RacecourseThe hotel, which has been designed by local practice, ICA Architects, is expected to double the size of the racecourse’s business within three years of opening. Vivien Currie, Chief Executive at Hamilton Park Racecourse, said: “We are delighted to unveil this landmark project for Hamilton Park Racecourse and are certain it will deliver substantial benefits to our business and the wider economy.

“The project has been driven by both public demand, largely from our local customer base, not only for racedays but for weddings and other events, and from our racing personnel. With an onsite hotel, Hamilton Park Racecourse will further enhance its reputation as a wide-ranging, world-class sporting and hospitality attraction, whilst also providing a fantastic facility for racing staff when they visit Hamilton Park for our 18 race meetings.

“We are constantly competing with racecourses further south to attract top trainers and jockeys. Having an onsite modern Hampton by Hilton hotel for them to stay in will add to the host of benefits and incentives we offer to racing connections to ensure we stage top quality racing here in Hamilton. Our prize money increased by 15per cent this past season and now it’s time to invest again in our facilities and attract new visitors.

A great deal of planning has been put into the design of the hotel, which will be constructed in a modular fashion, and proposals have been developed in such a way that the project will cause minimal disruption to the area.

Graham Dodd, Senior Director, Development, UK & Ireland, Hilton said: “Hampton by Hilton has grown rapidly since being introduced to Scotland last year. We will soon have six hotels operating under the brand in four key locations across Scotland and we look forward to welcoming guests to Hamilton and its racecourse in the coming years.”

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Sneak Peek: Hilton Astana launches in Kazakhstan

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Hilton has announced the opening of Hilton Astana, the first Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in Kazakhstan. The 253-room hotel offers a wide range of amenities including unrivalled event space and a state-of-the-art spa, ideal for local and international travelers to Kazakhstan’s capital city.

Hilton Astana boasts more than 4,000-square-metres of events space, comprising nine meeting rooms and a ballroom that can host up to 900 people. The hotel is also close to the Expo’s main congress hall which can host up to 5,000 people. For guests looking to unwind, Hilton Astana features Hilton’s signature eforea spa. At over 1,900 square meters, the eforea spa at Hilton Astana is one of the city’s largest spas, featuring an indoor swimming pool, a 24-hour fitness centre, nine treatment rooms, saunas and a Turkish bath.

The hotel offers a range of exciting dining options, including Cloud 9, the only hotel rooftop bar with a terrace in Astana. Diners can also taste traditional Kazakh dishes and European cuisine at The Park Kitchen, an all-day dining venue, or visit Axis lobby lounge for coffee, drinks and snacks.

Hilton Astana features 253 contemporary guest rooms and suites. Guests staying in executive rooms have access to the spacious Executive Lounge, which offers private meeting space, city skyline views and complimentary drinks and snacks. The Presidential Suite is over 200 square meters and features a living room, study, dining room and kitchen.

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Canopy by Hilton says hello to Malaysia

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Canopy by Hilton has announced the signing of Canopy by Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang.

The latest signing marks the debut of the Canopy by Hilton brand in Malaysia as well as Southeast Asia. The property, scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2021, will provide an energetic and comfortable stay for guests in search of thoughtful local experiences in Kuala Lumpur’s vibrant Bukit Bintang district.

Set along Pudu Road within the Bukit Bintang neighbourhood, the 456-key hotel includes the Canopy Central café and bar as well as a fitness centre. The swimming pool and F&B outlet located on the 28th floor rooftop will overlook Kuala Lumpur’s city skyline.

Following the brand pillars, Canopy by Hilton Kuala Lumpur will be inspired and influenced by its local surroundings, and will be a natural extension of the neighbourhood. Guests can expect a thoughtfully-curated local food and beverage menu that will highlight the capital city’s exceptional cuisine as well as an artisanal breakfast and Wi-Fi to be included in the room rate.

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Hilton Boston/Woburn Announces Completion of $16 Million Renovation

Hilton Boston/Woburn announces completion of $16m renovation

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Hilton Boston/Woburn has completed a comprehensive $16 million (£12 million) renovation spearheaded by a joint venture between The Davis Companies and The Rubicon Companies.

Today’s opening of Matadora, the hotel’s highly-anticipated Spanish tapas restaurant, marks the culmination of the property”s top-to-bottom renovation, which drew inspiration from the area”s historic shoe and leather-making industries. The new hotel has been timelessly tailored for the modern traveler while articulating Woburn’s legacy of craftsmanship throughout the transformed lobby, guest rooms, event and meeting spaces.

The $16 million renovation revitalized the Woburn hotel’s lobby, guest rooms, event and meeting spaces, which pay homage to the town’s legacy of craftmanship that dates back to the 17th Century. Cobblers and cordwainers dominated the city”s industry through the mid-1800s when manufacturing shifted to leathermaking by 1865.

In 1885, Woburn became New England’s leading leather producer and its talented tanners are credited with innovations still used today. In fact, it was Woburn’s Henry Thayer who developed chrome tanning in 1901, a process that makes leather water-resistant, more durable, softer and suppler than traditional vegetable tanning.

Guests enter the Hilton Boston/Woburn through the vibrant lobby, which welcomes visitors with a dramatic lighting installation, reclaimed woods, layered area rugs, retail-inspired check-in desks displaying vintage artifacts and accent walls inspired by a Brannock shoe measuring device. The lobby flows into a six-story open atrium and past the Rivet Room, a new social space where guests can relax in oversized leather armchairs, play billiards or enjoy cocktails while overlooking the refurbished indoor swimming pool.

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Ultimate luxury in Cape Verde with Hilton’s Sal Resort

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Hilton has announced the opening of Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort, marking its debut in the country and further growing the brand’s portfolio of world class resorts.

Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort is set against the backdrop of Sal’s famous Santa Maria beach. The hotel boasts a stunning natural stone pool set within a lush tropical garden. Guests can enjoy a 24-hour fitness centre, a kids club with a children’s pool and a nautical centre for diving and sailing. The hotel also features a casino, a beauty salon and Hilton’s signature eforea Spa concept with a wet area and eight treatment rooms.

Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort is also the only hotel in the area to offer 24-hour room service and a minibar.

With over 1,000 square meters of flexible meeting and events space, including a 300 square-meter ballroom with high ceilings, Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort is ideal for business groups, small meetings and social events. The hotel also offers wedding packages which allow couples to celebrate their special day on the scenic beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

“Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort is a world-class destination resort that caters to the increasing demand for next level hospitality in Cabo Verde,” said Alejandro Casamor, general manager. “With a beach club, flexible meeting space and a host of other facilities, Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort is poised to become the preferred choice for travelers visiting the country.”

Each of the hotel’s 241 spacious guest rooms features a 50-inch LED television, Wi-Fi and a balcony or terrace. All rooms span at least 39 square meters, while suites offer at least 75 square meters of space. In addition, guests staying in Oceanfront Suites or in the Presidential Suite will be able to enjoy breathtaking ocean views.

Stylish transformation of The Trafalgar St. James

Stylish transformation of The Trafalgar St. James

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The Trafalgar St. James hotel launched with a star-studded event at the stunning new Rooftop restaurant in London this month. Working with hospitality giant Hilton on its first Curio Collection property in the UK, SHH Architecture and Interior Design led the multi-million pound renovation, turning the only hotel in London’s Trafalgar Square into a ‘sanctuary of style’ in the heart of the city.

London based SHH, one of Britain’s most prestigious architecture and interior design practices, boasting clients including Ascot, Wimbledon and Faberge, were entrusted with the project as lead architects. ‘We didn’t want it to feel like a mainstream chain hotel, because it’s not, so staying true to the independent ethos, as well as creating a distinctly London aesthetic, was key,’ says SHH Creative Director and Founder Neil Hogan on the concept behind the transformation.

Stylish transformation of The Trafalgar St. JamesThe Trafalgar St. James has 131 bedrooms including 15 suites. Each has been designed with Art Deco flourishes and references to the history of the building, which once housed the offices of the Cunard Steamship Company with news of the ill-fated Titanic breaking there. Tactile furnishings and bold colour choices have been used to create a sense of comfort, while art walls in the bedrooms pay tribute to London’s Trafalgar Square.

Design Detail – Carpet
The bespoke carpets are by Hotel Designs clients Brintons, a British carpet brand founded in 1783. The blue and white Axminster carpet design used in the bedrooms ties in with other items in the room, such as the red headboard, subtly representing the union jack. The corridor continued the deep blue palette and drew design inspiration for the star pattern from one of Lord Nelson medals: Trafalgar Square of course commemorating Nelson’s victory in the Battle of Trafalgar in the Napoleonic Wars.

Design Detail – Chandelier
A bespoke chandelier was created for the project working with British luxury lighting designers, CTO Lighting. Taking inspiration from the Array Opal range, the bespoke piece measures over 2.5 meters in length, and is the first thing that can be seen when entering the roof top bar from the lift.

Design Detail – Soft Furnishings
The ‘Napoleon’ feature scatter cushions in the guest rooms are from the Glasgow based textile designer Timorous Beasties. The luxurious crimson velvet and fun gold and black bee prints are representative of the hotel itself and match the British red and blue colour palette. 

Working with the existing building was a challenge as all the rooms had a different footprint or window type so there was a lot or coordination and joinery tweaks to undertake.

The brief for the ‘The Rooftop’ was to create a destination bar and dining space that worked all year round, therefore a retractable canopy, and heated space, was the solution to ensure Britain’s changeable weather didn’t interfere. “We created distinct indoor and outdoor zones to provide multiple uses including a private glasshouse for intimate events. The Rooftop is all about the stunning, uninterrupted views across Trafalgar Square and London skyline beyond so we worked to maximise these wherever you were on the Rooftop.”

Stylish transformation of The Trafalgar St. James
Working with a variety of international and homegrown design talent and manufacturers, Hogan and his team selected furnishings for The Trafalgar St. James that reflect its unique London heritage. An artfully curated blend of furniture, finishes, and light fixtures set the scene of The Trafalgar St. James giving the space an identity fit for its iconic location. “We wanted the space to be engaging and comfortable. The scheme is bold and inviting and the colours chosen are uniquely British. As a guest you’ll see a lot of deep blues with highlights of red and burgundy. The unique artwork was designed for the hotel to subtly remind guests of their iconic location.”

Stylish transformation of The Trafalgar St. JamesBritish craftsmanship in particular makes sense for such a quintessentially British hotel: Leading British and design manufacturers were specified by SHH including Brintons who delivered the bespoke carpets throughout the scheme; Peter Millard & Partners, tasked with creating the bespoke art work in the rooms; CTO Lighting who created a show-stopping bespoke drop chandelier upon entry to the Rooftop; textile designers Timorous Beasties’ crimson velvet cushions make statement accents in the bedrooms and Tom Dixon’s ‘London’ scented diffusers are used throughout the bedrooms.

Commenting on the re-launch design, Joanne Taylor-Stagg, General Manager of The Trafalgar St. James said: “It was paramount to us that the new look reflected the overall ethos of the hotel – we want guests to feel that every stay with us is a unique London experience. Working in close collaboration with the owners and SHH, we’re so happy with the results and the reaction from our first guests has been incredibly positive.”

Stylish transformation of The Trafalgar St. JamesThe Trafalgar St. James is tucked away on the south-west side of the world-famous Trafalgar Square, in the heart of the West End and amidst the hustle of bustle of St. James. This part of London has long been seen as more of a tourist destination but the hotel wants to put it back into the hearts of Londoners and bring a whole new level of excitement to the area.

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Hotel Saranac to reopen in 2017 as part of Curio Collection

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Hotel Saranac will reopen in late 2017 after a multi-million dollar restoration that infuses modern indulgences with untamed North Country spirit.

With its glorious ballroom, gorgeous public spaces, and landmark exterior burnished to a new glow, the Hotel Saranac will also boast amenities fresh as the Upstate air. Indigenous ingredients like pine, birch, and maple will infuse treatments at Ampersand Salon and Spa, a state-of-the-art sanctuary named for the majestic mountain nearby. The Hotel Saranac’s rustic-chic restaurant, is the Campfire Adirondack Grill + Bar.

Originally designed by Adirondacks architects Scopes and Feustmann, Hotel Saranac opened in 1927 as a beacon of elegance in serene Saranac Lake. Visitors from up and down the East Coast flocked to the hotel, drawn by its grand design, breathtaking scenery, and historic surroundings on downtown’s Main Street. A painstaking, thoughtful restoration has brought a modern spin to everything that made the Hotel Saranac a 20th-century icon.

Now part of the select Curio Collection by Hilton, a collection of unique hotels appealing to travelers seeking local discovery, the Hotel Saranac was bought in 2013 by New Hampshire-based Roedel Companies, a standard-setting owner-operator with deep family ties to Saranac Lake. Offering a comprehensive suite of hospitality services, Roedel Companies has taken a fully integrated approach with the restoration, including managing its development, construction, interior design and operations.

Roedel engaged Boston-based Korn Design to guide the overall vision and create a brand strategy for the re-launch of the iconic hotel. Governor of New York State Andrew Cuomo also played an instrumental role in bringing the hotel to life, awarding a $5 million (£3.8 million) redevelopment grant to Hotel Saranac.

The hotel – the sole survivor of 13 luxurious properties that dotted Saranac Lake in the 1920s – includes 82 reimagined guest rooms in its main building, and 20 more suites in Compass Point, an adjacent complex that will open in early 2018. Each Compass Point suite has been uniquely designed to match the architectural detailing of the building. These larger, more private sanctuaries are perfect for families, social groups and events.

Hotel Saranac’s legacy echoes throughout guestrooms, all reimagined with regional heritage in mind. RSJ Associates of Wilton, New Hampshire. spearheaded the interior design with the goal of giving the guestrooms a modern touch while still maintaining the feel of the ‘Great Gastby’ era of sophistication and elegance. Dark-wood architectural furniture, deep blue rugs, crisp white linens, and rich textures, in color palettes of deep reds and rich oranges, marry cherished history and polished modernity. Each guestroom features original, retro-inspired travel posters specially commissioned for the hotel, incorporating native symbols from the region.

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Hilton recognised as best hospitality company to work for

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Hilton has been named the highest ranked hospitality company on the list of the World’s Best Workplaces by Great Place to Work, joining a group of 25 elite global companies recognized for high-trust, high-performing workplace cultures in 2017.

This is the second consecutive year that Hilton’s employees have placed the company’s workplace culture among the world’s best increasing the ranking to 9 from 17 last year.

“Together with our more than 360,000 Team Members across the globe, we’ve built a truly special culture at Hilton that’s all about exceptional hospitality,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton. “We know that our people are our greatest asset, and we are committed to showing them this same hospitality by creating an environment where they can thrive and be at their best every day. From back-of-house, to front desk, to our corporate offices – our Team Members are the heart of our success, and I’m incredibly proud of each and every one of them.”

Each year, Great Place to Work compiles the list based on global assessments, asking employees about their jobs, managers, coworkers, culture, opportunities for training and support for work/life balance. Hilton also ranked on 14 of Great Place to Work’s country lists in the past year, including number one rankings in Italy, Peru, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

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Hampton by Hilton arrives in Edinburgh’s cultural hub

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Hilton has announced the opening of Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh West End, the first Hampton by Hilton property in the Scottish capital.

This new hotel is located in the heart of Edinburgh, close to all attractions, shopping and business facilities and within walking distance of Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Paul Wood, general manager, Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh West End, said: “It is an honour to open the first Hampton by Hilton in Edinburgh. This is one of Hilton’s fastest growing brands and I cannot wait to see results this hotel will be bring.

Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh West End“Edinburgh is one of the busiest conference destinations in the UK and is second only to London for attracting international tourist visitors, so we look forward to providing a warm welcome and stay for guests as they explore the charms of Scotland’s capital city,” he added.

Key Features of the hotel:
• New build property offering easy access to the city centre
• Fully equipped 24-hour fitness centre and 24-hour snack zone
• 228 elegant and contemporary rooms with 34 interconnecting rooms

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Canopy by Hilton opens first US property in Washington DC

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Canopy by Hilton, Hilton’s lifestyle hotel brand, Hoffman-Madison Waterfront and Concord Hospitality Enterprises revealed the brand’s first North American property, Canopy by Hilton Washington DC, The Wharf.

Set on the Potomac River, The Wharf is home to some of DC’s most anticipated new restaurants, year-round entertainment and waterfront accommodations.

The property’s 175 guestrooms and rooftop bar and lounge, Whiskey Charlie, are part of Hoffman-Madison Waterfront’s $2.5 billion (£1.8 billion), world-class mixed-use waterfront neighbourhood in south-western Washington DC The Wharf is designed to be the capital city’s destination and waterfront community.

Canopy by Hilton Washington DC, The Wharf is inspired and influenced by its local surroundings. An extension of The Wharf, the new Canopy property offers guests a thoughtfully-curated, locally-inspired experience representative of Washington, D.C.’s newest neighbourhood.

Canopy by Hilton Washington DC, The Wharf offers tiered variations of 175 “Just Right” rooms with sweeping riverfront or city views. Guestrooms are thoughtfully designed for comfort and function with local influences. The distinctive interiors include nautical touches inspired by the history and beauty of the riverfront. Warm grey and beige tones create a relaxing atmosphere along with a splash of orange, Canopy’s signature colour. Guests will also experience contemporary bathrooms with illuminated mirrors and a luxurious shower experience. Other guest amenities include 55” TVs, refrigerated drawers, Nespresso machines and plenty of places to charge tech devices.

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Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach opens

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Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, the latest addition to the Conrad Hotels & Resorts growing hotel portfolio, opened its doors on 10th October 2017. As the second Conrad property to open in Florida, Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach is enhancing their Gold Coast presence with the opening of the 290 all-suite oceanfront resort, situated on Fort Lauderdale’s exclusive North Beach.

The Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach oasis offers four dining and bar experiences, full-service spa – featuring a couples massage room and separate men and women steam rooms, fitness centre with state-of-the-art equipment, abundant event space and an awe-inspiring 20,000-sq. ft. ocean facing pool deck.

Destination Meets Design
As a one-of-a-kind resort that mirrors the transcendent nature of Fort Lauderdale, known as the yachting capital of the world, the waterfront haven pays homage to the city’s celebrated waterways. Designed by the late renowned architect, Michael Graves, who’s known for iconic postmodern architecture, Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach was inspired by the golden area of high-end cruise lines. The nautical décor reflected in the coastal suites, complements the balconies that overlook the Atlantic Ocean or Intracoastal Waterways, galley kitchens, 50” HDTVs and more.

Other amenities and services at the first-class resort include Fort Lauderdale’s only 20,000-sq. ft. pool deck; signature Conrad 1/3/5 destination itineraries, which immerses visitors into the local culture; art; 4,000-sq. ft. Conrad Spa; library; around-the-clock concierge service; heated fresh-water pool; whirlpools; fire pit; cabanas; and artisanal libations and cuisine.

With 10,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space and 10,000 sq. ft. of oceanfront outdoor space, Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach can accommodate up to 500 attendees. Highlights include the 4,524-sq. ft. Ocean Ballroom, outdoor Ocean Terrace, ten meeting rooms and event spaces, private conference facility entrance, state-of-the-art technology and a dedicated meeting concierge.

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H Hotel Los Angeles, Curio Collection by Hilton opens

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Hilton has announced the opening of its newest hotel, the dual-branded Homewood Suites by Hilton Los Angeles International Airport and H Hotel Los Angeles, Curio Collection by Hilton.

Located less than a mile from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the new hotel brings 290 rooms to the City of Angels, and provides a great new lodging option for the more than 40 million leisure and business travellers that come through what is considered one of the country’s busiest airports.

The property is the first hotel in Los Angeles for both brands, Homewood Suites’ fourth in Los Angeles County. The opening also adds to the growing number of multi-brand hotels Hilton currently has open or in the pipeline throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe and the Middle East.

The dual-brand concept creates larger and enhanced communal areas and amenities than what would be standard at a standalone property, benefiting both business and leisure travelers. The hotel has a mix of unique offerings – each catering to the needs of their respective guests – including two distinct 24-hour fitness centres, a shared outdoor pool. The hotel also offers 1,800 square feet of flexible meeting space.

H Hotel Los Angeles will provide high-end accommodations that currently do not exist at LAX Airport. Guests are greeted in the lobby by eight pieces of art that were specifically commissioned for the hotel, as well as guest room amenities not found elsewhere at the airport, including Nespresso machines, Temple Spa bath amenities, and Google Chromecast on every TV.

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In Conversation: Leigh Hall – Manorcrest Group

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Hotel Designs catches up with Leigh Hall, who heads up developer Manorcrest Group. The firm has vast experience in the hotel industry and is currently working on the current DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Hull. We talk to him about the ongoing project, the wider hospitality industry and his experience…

Hotel Designs: How many years of experience do you have as a developer?
Leigh Hall: I have been a developer for over 30 years now.

HD: How many years of experience does Manorcrest Group have working in the commercial sector/ on hotels?
LH: My business partner, Dean Wann, and I started our company in 1998 by building residential homes. We later moved into caravan parks and the commercial sector. We have been working on hotels for over 10 years now, we have a real passion for delivering quality brands that will add to the culture of the local community

HD: Can you name some of the hotel brands Manorcrest Group has worked on?
LH: We have and are working on a fantastic range of hotels in areas such as Lincoln, Hull, Grimsby and more. The brands include the DoubleTree by Hilton and Holiday Inn Express.


HD: You are currently constructing the DoubleTree by Hilton Hull hotel, can you give us any updates on its progress so far?
LH:
The DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Hull will have 165 rooms and features a 1,000 sq m ballroom for large conferences and events – the biggest in the region by far. Regarding the progress of the hotel, the bedroom pods have been successfully delivered from China and installed by our highly experienced team, and the construction is on track for completion later this year, a great addition for the City of Culture.

HD: What other hotels are you working on at the moment?
LH: We are working on a major extension to the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Lincoln, which will introduce a further 47 bedrooms, 35 parking spaces and additional conference facilities. The 4000 sq m extension is now 70% complete. We are also considering sites in Sheffield and other cities.

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LH: We’re looking into the possibility of another hotel site in Sheffield as we can see a clear gap in the market there and we’d like to introduce a 24-hour service hotel. We have ambitious growth plans to build and open a further four hotels in the next five years across the UK.

HD: What do you like about working in this sector/ delivering hotels?
LH: Hotels are exciting places to be and it is a fast paced and ever-changing industry. I enjoy seeing the hotel developments grow from the planning stages through to completion. As developers, we believe it is important to deliver innovative schemes which integrate well into the local community. It is also very satisfying to be able to support and contribute to local economies, as hotels inevitably provide jobs and we take great joy in using local suppliers throughout the construction process. Hotels are not just for tourists and commuters, we try to create destinations that local people want to use, we encourage people to visit our hotels and enjoy the facilities, such as the bar and restaurants on a regular basis. We work with blue-chip brands who are constantly innovating and more than ever we see there is a great appetite and demand for well executed hotels across the country.


HD: You also work on residential developments, are there any challenges with leisure compared to residential?

LH: There are so many elements to consider when developing a hotel. Residential developments are a lot more straight forward, whereas for a hotel you are working on a much larger scale scheme with hundreds of bedrooms, bars, restaurants, spa facilities, parking and so on, which all must be taken into consideration. It is both rewarding and challenging to run a development and construction company, Dean and I oversee each site keeps us very busy.

HD: Has there been an increase in demand for hotels? If so why do you think this is?
LH: The hotel sector is a growth story and we have plans to develop four more hotels in the next five years. There has been a boost in tourism in many cities and we have found that smaller cities such as Lincoln for example, have a high demand and need for more beds. Several years ago, people only stayed in hotels due to necessity because of work/ their commuting needs, but there has been a boost in leisure travellers who go to high-quality hotels for a getaway and to enjoy luxury. Even with the results of Brexit I don’t see this impacting the hotel industry in the next few years.

HD: Can you provide a figure for how much you are investing into developing hotels currently if possible?
LH: We are investing £35 million into the hotel sector throughout 2017.

Historic Georgetown hotel - The Graham - joins Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Historic Georgetown hotel – The Graham – joins Tapestry Collection by Hilton

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Tapestry Collection by Hilton continues to expand with the signing of the distinguished The Graham Georgetown, in Washington DC, slated to join the collection in early 2018.

With stunning rooftop views across the Georgetown neighbourhood and its picturesque waterfront, the seven-story Federalist building is home to 57 guest rooms, including 32 one-bedroom suites with generous living space. As part of Tapestry Collection by Hilton, a growing portfolio of original upscale hotels, The Graham will continue to celebrate its authentic spirit while offering guests an independent hotel stay backed by the value and reassurance of the Hilton name and its award-winning Hilton Honors program.

“In our pursuit to offer guests the best of both worlds – through hotels that are as unique as they are reliable – The Graham truly embodies the travel experience we are committed to delivering,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. “With its rich background, distinct personality and historic location, we look forward to welcoming this charming, local property to our collection in the back yard of Hilton’s headquarters next year.”

Originally opened in 1962 as the Monticello, the hotel’s discreet brick façade with Colonial-inspired sash-over-sash windows fits beautifully into the traditional architecture found throughout the prestigious Georgetown neighbuorhood. The property takes its name from renowned inventor Alexander Graham Bell, who pioneered countless inventions, including the telephone, just minutes away from the hotel at the famous Volta Laboratory and Workshop.

To take in the historic locale, request the Frank Sinatra Suite, named after the rumored regular, featuring a 200-square-foot outdoor deck overlooking the surrounding area. From the roof down to its chic lobby, the hotel carries a look that is distinctly contemporary with a fresh color palate of earthy grays, cool blues and crisp whites, reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour.

The Graham will remain open as usual during its transition process. Renovations will include updated furnishings to select areas of the hotel’s public spaces, new finishes to the lobby and an enhanced check-in and concierge experience.

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Hilton adds iconic property to growing Washington DC portfolio

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Hilton has announced that the Loews Madison Hotel will join Hilton Hotels & Resorts’ portfolio as The Madison Washington DC, a Hilton Hotel.

In partnership with affiliates of Walton Street Capital and Waterton, The Madison Washington DC is poised to set a new standard for hospitality and elevate Hilton’s presence in this globally sought-after destination.

Hilton planted its hospitality roots in Washington, DC more than 60 years ago when its founder, Conrad Hilton, purchased the hotel now known as Capital Hilton in 1954. In addition to Capital Hilton, The Madison Washington DC joins Washington Hilton, marking the brand’s third hotel in the city.

“We are delighted this distinguished hotel will join the Hilton family, strengthening our presence in the nation’s capital,” said Shawn McAteer, vice president, global brand management, Hilton Hotels & Resorts. “We look forward to welcoming discerning travelers seeking an exceptional experience at the intersection of the city’s quintessential offerings.”

A short walk to the White House, Walter E. Washington Convention Center and many key attractions, museums and landmarks, the hotel combines a reverence for history with modern luxuries and amenities, offering 356 guest rooms, including 27 suites. The Madison Washington DC offers more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space, including eight stylish meeting rooms equipped with the latest technology and high-speed internet access. Other amenities include a 24-hour business center, lobby bar, restaurant and lounge and fitness center, which includes floor-to-ceiling windows with great views of downtown D.C. as well as his-and-her steam rooms.

Renowned since its opening, with President John F. Kennedy attending the hotel’s commencement ceremony, The Madison Washington DC has long set the stage for countless distinguished guests. From Frank Sinatra to the Dalai Lama and nearly every president since Kennedy, the hotel, named after James and Dolley Madison, combines class and comfort, providing exceptional service and unique guest experiences, every day, every time. Built in 1963 by philanthropist, art collector, history buff and developer Marshall B. Coyne, the hotel redefined luxury in Washington as Coyne filled the hotel with his personal collection of antiques to set the tone and ambiance for visiting travellers.

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DoubleTree by Hilton opens in historic city of York

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York has welcomed one of Hilton’s 14 market-leading brands, DoubleTree by Hilton. Conveniently located in the centre of York and opposite the city’s historic walls, DoubleTree by Hilton York joins Hilton York and Hampton by Hilton York – paving the way as the first DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in the city.

Hotel features and amenities include:

DINING
Guests can dine at the hotel’s charming on-site Yorkshire Bar and Grill restaurant, which celebrates the very best of the region’s produce. Guests can enjoy an array of local home-comforts, light bites and delicious seasonal dishes served in the courtyard garden or in the beautifully designed restaurant. Guests can unwind after dinner at the hotel bar or, for those who want to stay in, there is an in-room dining service.

AMENITIES
The hotel has 143 stylish, full-refurbished guest rooms – many of which have views of the City Walls. All guests are greeted with a warm welcome and signature DoubleTree Cookie upon arrival. To help burn off those delicious Cookie calories, there is a 24-hour gym at the hotel, with state-of-the-art equipment.

MEETINGS & EVENTS
The hotel also boasts York’s newest purpose built meeting space with integrated audio visual equipment, wide screen projection and HDMI connectivity, capable of hosting up to 250 guests. There is a stunning courtyard garden for delegates to enjoy throughout the day.

“We are delighted to be welcoming guests to the latest destination in York, which has the most recently refurbished accommodation in the city,” said Graham Usher, general manager, DoubleTree by Hilton York. “The hotel is perfectly located, near to key landmarks in this historic city, which attracts a vast number of travellers each year. From those wanting to explore or wishing to host conferences in our versatile meeting spaces, we cater for every type of traveller.”

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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.”

Hilton Brings Unforgettable Waldorf Astoria Experience to the Maldives

Hilton to bring Waldorf Astoria experience to the Maldives

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Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts has announced the signing of a management agreement with Ithaafushi Investments for the brand’s first new-build resort in the Maldives. Located on the exclusive South Male Atoll, the Waldorf Astoria Maldives will be the second hotel in the Maldives for Hilton, adding to a total of 11 Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts properties open or under development in Asia Pacific.

“Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts continues to deliver on its mission to be the world’s fastest growing, most innovative luxury hotel brand, expanding its global footprint with landmark signings in iconic destinations,” said John Vanderslice, global head, luxury and lifestyle brands, Hilton.

“Waldorf Astoria Maldives will set a new standard for Maldivian luxury, offering global travellers first class accommodations in a unique and inspirational environment where they can experience our bespoke True Waldorf Service, while enjoying an unforgettable getaway in the Indian Ocean.”

Hilton Brings Unforgettable Waldorf Astoria Experience to the MaldivesSpanning three islands in the South Male Atoll, approximately 23 kilometres from Velana International Airport, about 20 minutes away from the Maldivian capital of Male, Waldorf Astoria Maldives will offer the best of both worlds – an exclusive, charming escape with easy access to the mainland. The resort will boast 10 dining outlets, including nine specialty restaurants, providing guests with a selection of unique experiences.

“We are thrilled to continue our luxury expansion in Asia by introducing Waldorf Astoria in one of the world’s most sought-after destinations. With magnificent natural beauty and an amazing underwater world, the Maldives remains an inspirational choice for world travellers today,” said Guy Phillips, senior vice president of development – Asia & Australasia, Hilton.

The Maldives is famous for its natural beauty and world-renowned dive sites. Consisting of approximately 1,190 islands and sandbanks, encircled by a lagoon of crystal clear water, it is home to exclusive and spectacular underwater life. In addition to the extensive range of water-based adventure sport available, other activities, include exploring island villages, sourcing local handicrafts, visiting the National Museum and watching cultural performances. With its unspoiled beauty and rich and vibrant culture, the Maldives is a perfect getaway.

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Hilton Garden Inn opens at Manchester Emirates Old Trafford

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Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton’s award-winning mid-scale brand, has announced the opening of the 150-guestroom Hilton Garden Inn Manchester Emirates Old Trafford, the brand’s first property in the city of Manchester.

The state-of-the-art hotel is on-site at the renowned Emirates Old Trafford venue – home to Lancashire County Cricket Club, which hosts domestic and international cricket,
conferences and events and concerts for up to 50,000 people.

Of the 150 guestrooms, 85 overlook the world-famous cricket pitch, 80 of which have balconies. On match days, some of these rooms will be converted to hospitality boxes, offering unbeatable views for spectators.

Within the hotel, each guest room boasts the brand’s signature bedding featuring fresh, white duvets and crisp linens; a spacious and clutter-free work desk with an ergonomic desk chair; and an in-room “hospitality centre” with a mini fridge.

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First Curio hotel opens in London – The Trafalgar St James

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Overlooking the world-famous Trafalgar Square, The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton, officially joins the exclusive collection of more than 35 hotels and resorts.

As the first Curio Collection by Hilton hotel in the UK, the hotel was hand-picked to be a part of the global, upper upscale collection of one-of-a-kind independent properties all celebrated for their individuality.


The hotel boasts 131 bedrooms and 15 exquisite suites; each space is artfully accentuated with Art Deco design notes, tactile furnishings and bold colour choices creating a sanctuary of style.

A destination in itself, the hotel offers everything from contemporary bedrooms to a stunning rooftop bar with unrivalled panoramic views over the city, all in the bustle of central London. Opening this October, The Rooftop, formerly known as Vista, has been transformed into a year-round destination featuring a luxurious lounge and dining area.

First Curio hotel opens in London - The Trafalgar St JamesComplete with alfresco and canopy-covered seating, the 378-square-metre sky-high space features an open fireplace, heaters and blanket selection to provide warmth throughout the cooler months. For special occasions and intimate gatherings, Room – a glass-enclosed private dining Room with the capacity to seat 14 people – will be available for hire.

Hotel Highlights
– Musical Bedrooms: The bedrooms feature iconic wall art, celebrating the best of London’s music idols. For a classic British experience, guests can choose from an in-room book and tea selection.
– All the Details: Plush beds, LED illuminated makeup mirrors, Nespresso machines and conveniently located charging points have been placed in rooms for a pleasant and convenient guest experience.
– The Rooftop: Set atop London’s iconic skyline on the south west corner of London’s most central point, Nelson’s Column, The Rooftop Bar is counted amongst the world’s finest when it comes to alfresco drinking and dining.
– Comforts Reminiscent of Home: Biblio, the house living room, located in the hotel’s underground chamber, evokes the intimacy of a private members lounge in a setting that’s open to all.
– 24-hour Fitness: 24-hour gym access will help guests keep fit at a time that’s convenient for them.

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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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More than half of Hilton portfolio to be ‘Digital Key’ enabled by end of 2017

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Hilton has announced Digital Key will now be available at 362,000 hotel rooms across 2,000 hotels worldwide with the introduction of the exclusive technology at the Hampton Inn & Suites Washington DC-Navy Yard.

The milestone demonstrates Hilton’s continual ability to launch technology that improves the guest experience and do it on a global scale. Every new hotel that is opened worldwide, roughly one a day, is equipped with Digital Key technology.

The award-winning Hilton Honors app is designed to make travel easier and put control back in members’ hands so they get more out of their travel experience. From their smartphones, guests can book a room, check-in, choose their desired room from a digital floor plan set against Google Maps and request additional items to be in their room upon arrival. Hilton Honors members have widely adopted the app’s technology features and continue to set new records for usage and engagement, including 30 million digital check-ins, 3 million room key downloads and more than 13.6 million doors opened. In the month of July, a door was unlocked with Digital Key every two seconds.

“We know our customers operate in a digital world and we are obsessive about embracing technology that helps remove the friction points from our guests’ travel experiences. We’ve built a world of experiences at your fingertips with our app – you can check in, choose a room, set personal preferences and unlock your door using Digital Key,” said Geraldine Calpin, chief marketing officer at Hilton. “We’ve more than tripled our rate of Digital Key hotel installs since 2016 and are on pace to exceed our goal of 2,500 hotels by the end of 2017, enabling us to scale across our 14 brands worldwide to deliver exceptional and consistent experience for guests everywhere.”

Digital Key is live worldwide in 185 markets today, and Hilton will continue to expand to new regions throughout the remainder of the year. By the beginning of 2018, Hilton has committed to have well over half of its portfolio of hotels across all 14 brands, equipped with Digital Key, creating a consistent technology experience for guests regardless of where they stay across the globe.

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Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza announced

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Hilton has announced that ONE UN New York will join the Hilton network as Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza on August 30 as Hilton Hotels & Resorts’ seventh local property.

The landmark hotel, situated alongside the United Nations headquarters, has long welcomed both leisure and business travellers, and the world’s most esteemed leaders, diplomats and heads of state.

The iconic property is now poised to deliver Hilton’s flagship hospitality to visitors from across the globe.

It has completed a $68 million phased renovation since 2012, which preserved the distinctive architecture and layout of the original Kevin Roche-designed building, while upgrading the hotel’s 439 guest rooms and suites, meetings and event spaces, public areas and restaurant.

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Waldorf Astoria Chengdu opens as Hilton’s 200th Asia Pacific hotel

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Hilton and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts have announced the opening of Waldorf Astoria Chengdu, the company’s 200th hotel in Asia Pacific.

Located in Western China’s gateway city of Chengdu, the 289-room Waldorf Astoria Chengdu is housed within the high-end in99 Plaza, a 190,000-square-metre mixed-use development comprising a retail mall, office towers, and apartment towers.

A 52-storey, art deco inspired landmark that weaves classic elegance with modern luxury, Waldorf Astoria Chengdu offers guests an inspirational environment in the new financial district of Chengdu Hi-Tech Zone.

Guest rooms at the hotel start from a spacious 50 square metres, each elegantly-furnished and featuring the signature Waldorf Astoria bed, a walk-in closet, marble bathrooms with double vanities, and modern entertainment amenities. A personal concierge cabinet at the entryway of each room ensures convenience and allows for discreet service at all times.

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North of England welcomes Hampton by Hilton Humberside Airport property

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Hilton’s Hampton by Hilton brand has announced the opening of its newest property at Humberside Airport, North East Lincolnshire. The 100-room Hampton by Hilton property, joins the brands UK portfolio of 22 properties.

Hampton by Hilton Humberside Airport offers guests value-added amenities such as a free, hot breakfast featuring delicious waffles and seasonal offerings. Additionally,
guests can take advantage of its complimentary Wi-Fi.

Hampton by Hilton has long been known for its unique and unmatched approach to hospitality. Team members proudly exhibit a unique culture described as ‘Hamptonality’. This term is defined by each hotel’s approach to friendly customer service, anticipation of guests’ needs, and establishing an authentic, friendly and caring culture.

Guests can benefit from two meeting rooms that are on offer at Hampton by Hilton Humberside Airport, suitable for up to 40 delegates each with natural daylight. An onsite fitness centre with state of the art cardio and strength equipment is also available, along with a 24/7 snack hub.

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First Curio property in Rome – Aleph – opens

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Following an extensive restoration, Aleph Rome Hotel – an elegant property in the heart of Rome – has reopened as part of the exclusive Curio Collection by Hilton, a global portfolio of upper upscale, independent hotels and resorts.

Acquired by Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company “ARTIC” in 2016, Aleph Rome Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, is now an 88-room hotel based just a short stroll from the legendary Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Villa Borghese and many other key attractions. The 1930s-built property is the first in Rome and the second in Italy for the rapidly growing Curio Collection by Hilton.

AlephThe property-wide renovation of Aleph Rome Hotel focused on blending its Roman charm with contemporary features, while preserving its spirit, grandeur and historical treasures, including authentic Cipollino marble. Guests will enjoy a distinctly remarkable experience, taking advantage of a wide range of uniquely re-designed guest rooms and suites, restaurants and bars, along with a rooftop pool overlooking the city of Rome. The hotel is conveniently located near the Barberini metro station, between Via Veneto and Piazza Barberini.

The hotel offers 88 guest rooms, including 14 suites and a junior suite, each featuring modern Italian furniture, high ceilings and marble floors. Guests may also enjoy contemporary comforts, such as an interactive TV, Nespresso® machine and walk-in shower.

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Hilton leading the way in hospitality industry design

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With more than 4,900 properties in over 100 countries worldwide, Hilton is at the forefront of hospitality design innovation.

Gone are days of beige interior and a corporate feel, modern day Hilton hotels are influencing the way the hospitality industry designs places to stay. From striking interiors and a level of detail previously unseen in chain hotels, to technological firsts, Hilton’s 14 brands feature design stories across the globe.

Hilton London Bankside – a modern representation of Hilton in the capital (pictured above)
With more guests looking for authentic, stand out places to stay that truly reflect the surroundings, this property is a shining example, as it takes inspiration from the heart of London. The Distillery, Bankside’s destination bar, is located on the site of a renowned Victorian essence factory and pays homage to its heritage by serving signature cocktails with homemade aromatics, infusions and bitters. Meanwhile the ‘penny wall’, made up of 16,800 pennies, reflects the site’s former use as a warehouse to store five pound notes for the Bank of England. Listen to this podcast to hear the full design story for Hilton London Bankside.

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Curio Collection by Hilton – remarkable hotels for authentic experiences
Curio Collection by Hilton is a portfolio of remarkable hotels, handpicked for their unique character and personality, providing authentic experiences reflective of the destinations they are in. Reichshof Hamburg, Curio Collection by Hilton is a prime example of the uniqueness of this newly-launched Hilton brand. A £30m renovation in 2015 ensured the preservation of the hotel’s art deco features to highlight the ‘Golden 20s’ era. Mixing old with new, the cosmopolitan concept for the hotel was inspired by the ocean-liners of the German-owned HAPAG, specifically the SS Cap Polonio, built in Hamburg in 1914. Most noticeable in the hotel’s Restaurant Stadt, the space features heavy chandeliers and wood panelling. For more information visit www.curiocollection.com and to listen to a podcast about the design story at Reichshof, Curio Collection by Hilton.


Hilton Tallinn Park – light fixtures to delight and surprise

The first Hilton to open in the up and coming capital of Estonia features an eye-catching light installation by leading designer Tom Dixon. 150 copper mirror ball pendants, inspired by the famous space helmet, descend 11 metres from the high ceilings of the spacious lobby, making for a stunning first impression upon arriving.

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Hilton Bournemouth – the ‘Ted Baker hotel’
Ray Kelvin, founder of clothing brand Ted Baker, was heavily involved in the design of Hilton Bournemouth. Ted Baker’s retro British identity is clear throughout the interiors with colours and original prints synonymous with the renowned fashion designer, while guest rooms feature unique Bournemouth vista wallpaper. The hotel’s LEVEL8IGHT The Sky Bar heads further into the past, capturing the essence of the roaring twenties with an art nouveau, creating a Great Gatsby style venue.

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Curio Collection opens first French property on Riviera coast

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Hilton has announced the opening of Grand Hotel Des Sablettes Plage, Curio Collection by Hilton. The hotel was hand-picked to be a part of the collection.

As the first Curio Collection by Hilton hotel in the region of Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur, the hotel joins a collection of more than 35 distinctive, upper upscale hotels and resorts around the world.

Situated in a historic 19th century building, Grand Hotel Des Sablettes Plage is perched above the breathtaking beach of Les Sablettes in the coastal city of La Seyne sur Mer. With 75 fully refurbished guest rooms and suites, including a 200 square-meter Presidential Suite with sweeping sea-views, the hotel’s décor is a clever mix of modern and classic elements to pay homage to the building’s legacy.

Room at Grand Hotel Des Sablettes PlageIn addition to soaking up the pristine private, sandy beach and the charming shops and restaurants of Promenade Jean Charcot, guests can also delve into the culture and history of the city of Toulon just 10km away, immersing themselves in the lush greenery of Port-Cros National Park and facing all heights with cable car shuttles to Mont Faron.

“Grand Hotel Des Sablettes Plage is the latest hotspot on the stunning and historic French Riviera, offering guests a truly unforgettable and unique experience to unwind and explore everything this remarkable location has to offer,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio Collection by Hilton. “As we continue to expand our distinctive Curio Collection we are delighted to debut our first property in France, and soon to open property in Paris.”

The spacious rooms and suites offer optimal comfort, including a leather travel chest containing complimentary soft mini-bar items, an espresso machine, and an open bathroom complete with complementary products. As an added unique benefit, each room features a spyglass to discover boats out on the open sea. The hotel offers one of the largest ballroom’s in the city with picturesque views, holding more than 350 guests.

Hilton’s Curio brand debuts in Asia Pacific

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Hilton has announced the opening of Sanya Yazhou Bay Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton, the first Curio Collection property in Greater China and Asia Pacific to join the exclusive, upper upscale collection brand of more than 35 distinctive hotels and resorts around the world.

Located on the West Coast of Hainan Island’s southernmost city, Sanya Yazhou Bay Resort is only a short drive from renowned attractions to discover such as Dongtian Park, Nanshan Temple and the unique Tianya Haijiao. Sanya Yazhou Bay Resort’s 267 rooms and suites include large soaking tubs and boast panoramic views of the sea, pool or tropical gardens.

Curio by Hilton, Greater ChinaOther amenities include a 2,000 square meter swimming pool beach access, as well as a kids’ club and game room for adults.

Curio by Hilton, Greater ChinaSanya Yazhou Bay Resort, which is a 25-minute drive from the Sanya Phoenix International Airport and 35 km away from the Sanya city centre, offers full support for meetings and events.

Curio by Hilton, Greater ChinaMeeting and outdoor banquet spaces, which can be configured for events of any size, make up a total of 2,000 square metres. Equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, these flexible spaces include a main 1,200 square metre meeting area and nine meeting rooms.

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Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills welcomes first guests

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Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills has opened its doors, adding a much-anticipated, soon-to-be-iconic hotel to the intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards – the gateway to Beverly Hills.

Adjacent to The Beverly Hilton, the 12-story hotel is the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts” first new build on the West Coast and second California property, joining the legendary Waldorf Astoria portfolio of now 26 hotels and resorts worldwide.

Waldorf Astoria Beverly HillsOwned by Alagem Capital Group and clients of Guggenheim Partners, the hotel”s 119 deluxe rooms and 51 suites are part of a world-class, Art Deco-influenced design created by renowned interior design firm Pierre-Yves Rochon.

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The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is located at 9850 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Jerone Werdmolder serves as the general manager and Luc Delafosse is the managing director.

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Conrad Guangzhou opens to the world

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Conrad Hotels & Resorts is SET to welcome guests to the new Conrad Guangzhou, the seventh Conrad property to debut in China.

Created as a stylish urban oasis in the heart of CBD Zhujiang New Town, Conrad Guangzhou boasts panoramic river views from its rooms and restaurants while offering intuitive amenities and flawless service. The hotel is ideal for leisure and business travelers alike who want to explore, do business and stay inspired.

Conrad Guangzhou offers 309 spacious guest rooms and suites in a modern 27-storey tower overlooking the Pearl River. The hotel enjoys a prime location in the midst of a new, multi-use complex, where guests can easily walk to premium shopping, entertainment and public art, or attend to business at the nearby corporate offices. Popular landmarks like the Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou Opera House and Canton Tower are minutes away, as are the subway system and bus stations.

Conrad Guangzhou opens to the worldConrad Guangzhou features a variety of modern and spacious rooms and suites with panoramic river views and best-in-class amenities. Starting at a generous 48 square meters, rooms feature walk-in closets, large flat screen TVs, WiFi and wired internet access, Nespresso coffee machine, and a shoe dryer, a thoughtful amenity unique to Conrad Guangzhou to keep your shoes dry and toasty.

Conrad Guangzhou guests can stay healthy, fit and inspired while traveling with a stunning fitness center located on the sixth floor with state-of-the-art equipment, a 25-metre indoor pool and sweeping views of the city. The onsite spa offers relaxing and rejuvenating treatments.

Ideal proximity, convenience and unique services make Conrad Guangzhou the preferred choice for business travelers and conferences as well as corporate events or weddings.

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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.

Hilton crowned most valuable hotel brand

Hilton pips megagroups, hospitality trends to be named ‘most valuable’ hotel brand

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Global hospitality giant Hilton has been crowned the world’s most valuable hotel brand. The 2017 annual report Brand Finance Hotels 50 has ranked the Hilton group as leaders in the hospitality field in terms of their net worth, which is valued at $8.4 billion (£6.4 billion).

The brand is AAA rated, putting it among the top names in the hotel industry, along with Marriott, Sheraton and the Holiday Inn. North American brands are placed in the top four spots of the leader board by the report carried out by the valuation and strategic consultancy firm Brand Finance, cementing North America’s position as a commercial heavyweight in an increasingly competitive industry, with alternative markets such as China and Asia Pacific growing steadily.

The news will be welcomed by Hilton, whose worth up 7% on 2016. The hotel brand has staved off competition from new trends in hospitality in the form of temporary accommodation such as AirBnB, poshtels and boutique hotels, who appeal more to a younger demographic such as millennials. Hilton has built a loyal client base since its foundation nearly 100 years ago, surely a contributing factor to its sustained popularity. The power of the Hilton brand has been bolstered by new initiatives in sustainability and recycling, and also by new brand partnerships and acquisitions.

Premier Inn was listed at the top of the report as the world’s most powerful hotel brand. The UK group’s draw lies in the sheer quantity of hotels it operates, and the reliability of the brand in terms of economy and service it provides. Holiday Inn and Days Inn follow suit in the power brand category, pointing to a steady demand for mid-range accommodation that serves a wide range of customers.

StepStone Hospitality expands with Hilton Cincinnati Netherlands Plaza

StepStone Hospitality expands with Hilton Cincinnati Netherlands Plaza

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StepStone Hospitality, a premier hotel management company specialising in hotel, restaurant and renovation management, has announced the addition of the 561-guestroom, including 73 suites, Hilton Cincinnati Netherlands Plaza, bringing its third-party management portfolio to 17 hotels.

Located one block from the Duke Energy Convention Center at 35 West Fifth Street, the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza is a charter member of Historic Hotels of America, as well as a registered National Landmark and a member of the National Register of Historic Places.

StepStone Hospitality expands with Hilton Cincinnati Netherlands PlazaOne of the world’s finest examples of French Art Deco architecture, the hotel features rare Brazilian rosewood, Italian marble and free-flowing designs on the etched Benedict metal elevator doors showcasing herons and a lotus floral arrangement capped by a small light symbolising the sun. The hotel provides more than 40,000 square feet of meeting space, from boardrooms to ballrooms, including the Hall of Mirrors, one of the Midwest’s most breathtaking event spaces.

Additional amenities include a full-service business centre, fitness room, indoor heated pool, barbershop and beauty salon. A seven-time winner of Hilton’s #1 Food and Beverage Hotels in North America, the hotel also is home to Ohio’s only AAA Five-Diamond fine dining restaurant, Orchids at Palm Court.

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Hilton Garden Inn opens in Ras Al Khaimah

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Hilton Garden Inn and RAK National Hotels have announced the opening of Hilton Garden Inn Ras Al Khaimah, marking the brand’s entry into the northernmost emirate of the United Arab Emirates. The hotel joins five other Hilton properties operating in the Emirate and 22 across the UAE.

Located in the heart of the Al Nakheel area, just steps from two major shopping malls and minutes from the souks and historical sites of the old city, Hilton Garden Inn Ras Al Khaimah features 240 modern and comfortable guest rooms, including 10 family rooms and eight suites, with sweeping city, creek and garden views.

Hilton Garden Inn Ras Al Khaimah guests will be treated to numerous amenities and services, including complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property, a 24-hour business centre, two tennis courts and a state-of-the-art fitness centre open all day. The property also offers an outdoor pool, a separate shaded pool for children, and access to the beach facilities at Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa via complimentary shuttle.

For conferences and other events, Hilton Garden Inn Ras Al Khaimah can accommodate up to 400 guests in more than 500 square meters of flexible meeting space, including a 380 square meter pillar-less ballroom that can be separated into three meeting rooms, along with two large pre-function areas and three outdoor garden venues. The hotel’s meeting space also features four small and medium sized meeting rooms.

Each guest room and suite boasts the brand’s signature bedding featuring fresh, white duvets and crisp linens; a spacious and clutter-free work desk with an ergonomic desk chair; and an in-room “hospitality center” with a mini fridge.

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Berlin welcomes world’s largest Hampton by Hilton

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Hilton’s Hampton by Hilton brand has announced its newest property, Hampton Hilton Berlin City Centre Alexanderplatz in Germany’s vibrant capital. The hotel brand unveils the 344-room Hampton by Hilton Berlin City Centre Alexanderplatz as its largest hotel in the world.

Boasting a prime location, Hampton by Hilton Berlin City Centre Alexanderplatz is surrounded by famous attractions such as the Berlin TV Tower, the beautiful Museum Island and the Brandenburg Gate, and it joins the existing portfolio of three Hampton by Hilton properties in Germany.

“International visitors to Berlin exceeded five million for the first time this year, demonstrating the city’s increasing popularity as a top European destination,” said Simon Vincent, executive vice president and president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hilton.

“This milestone opening is a testament to the strength of Hilton in Germany and marks the first of five new mid-market hotel openings for 2017 in cities including Frankfurt and Hamburg.”

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Agreement signed for Waldorf Astoria Antigua

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Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts has announced the signing of a management agreement with Callaloo Cay Antigua for the brand’s first new-build resort in the Caribbean, Waldorf Astoria Antigua.

Scheduled to open in 2020, the elegant resort in the middle of the Leeward Islands will provide unparalleled service and one-of-a-kind experiences where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic.

The resort’s 95 guest rooms and 25 branded villas, including beachfront suites and hilltop accommodations, will boast breathtaking views of the bay and calming lush surroundings, providing the ideal space for a comfortable and exclusive stay.

“We are pleased to embark on this exciting development with Hilton and build a landmark luxury resort in the heart of this island sanctuary,” said Dawood Shah, senior vice president, business development, Callaloo Cay Antigua. “Hilton’s nearly 100 years of renowned hospitality, combined with the timeless sophistication of Waldorf Astoria, will help position this resort as the finest choice for luxury travel in Antigua and marquis development in global citizenship.”

Antigua, the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands, is a Caribbean paradise that welcomes visitors with calming ocean breezes and pristine natural wonders while boasting fine sand beaches, sapphire waters, untouched coral reefs, lush tropical surroundings and more. Visitors can take in the island’s rich history and culture, or experience one of the island’s most famous activities such as sailing and yachting.

Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana marks 100th Latin American hotel

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Hilton has announced the opening of Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana, marking a significant milestone as the company’s 100th hotel in Latin America.

The 545-room beachfront Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana is one of the largest hotels in the famous Copacabana neighbourhood, one of Brazil’s most visited destinations, and represents Hilton’s second property in the city.

“The opening of our 100th hotel in Latin America solidifies our commitment to strategically expanding our footprint and introducing our industry-leading brands throughout this promising region,” said Ian Carter, president, global development, architecture, design and construction, Hilton. “This milestone is a testament to the strength of our brands and the steadfastness of our teams to deliver success stories.”

Hilton Rio de Janeiro CopacabanaKey hotel deals, productive partnerships and many momentous openings paved the way for Hilton to reach the 100 hotel mark in Latin America, where it now supplies approximately 17,000 rooms across nine brands and boasts a pipeline of more than 70 projects across the region.

The iconic beachfront hotel in Rio, which was built in 1975 and completed an extensive renovation in 2011, includes 545 rooms featuring the brand’s sophisticated amenities for guests traveling on leisure or business to the South zone of Rio de Janeiro. Two exclusive pools, one with a 360º view of the city’s three main tourist attractions – Copacabana Beach, Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf, a full-service spa and impeccable beach provide the backdrop for relaxation and memorable experiences.

Two restaurants and three bars feature options for breakfast, lunch and dinner and for meetings and events, Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana’s expert team helps guide planning and the hotel’s upscale infrastructure featuring 36 flexible spaces for up to 500 attendees is ideal for banquets, corporate meetings and special events.

Hilton plans to open approximately 20 properties across Latin America in 2017, including hotels and resorts in Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay. In addition to the opening of Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana, highlights include two Conrad Hotels & Resorts properties in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and Cartagena, Colombia; two Curio – A Collection by Hilton hotels in Mahogany Bay Village, Belize and San Jose, Costa Rica; a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Iquitos, Peru; a Hampton by Hilton hotel in Montevideo, Uruguay; and more than 10 openings in Mexico.

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Hampton by Hilton opens in Garden suburb of Aberdeen

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Hilton’s Hampton by Hilton brand has announced the opening of its second property in Aberdeen – the 173-room Hampton by Hilton Aberdeen Westhill.

Hampton by Hilton Aberdeen Westhill offers guests amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, work zone and 24/7 workout facility – sure to set any guest on the right track.

Hampton by Hilton Aberdeen Westhill is located in Scotland’s third most populous city, 14 minutes away by car from Aberdeen International Airport. With close proximity to Aberdeen city-centre, leisure and business guests alike can take advantage of His Majesties Theatre, Aberdeen Exhibition Centre and the Maritime Museum, all located eight miles away from the hotel. Guests can also delve into the culture and history of Aberdeen at the royal grounds of Balmoral Castle – the Scottish holiday home to the Royal Family.

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Hilton Hotels sign agreement for Hilton Bahrain Bay Hotel & Residences

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At a meeting in Dubai attended by Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta and Mohammed Alshaya, Chairman of KFCD and Mabanee Company, the two parties confirmed an agreement to open Bahrain’s first Hilton Hotels & Resorts property. The 210 room Hilton Bahrain Bay Hotel & Residences will be located at The Avenues in Manama – a major retail and leisure destination scheduled to open later this year.

Hilton Bahrain Bay Hotel & Residences will be directly attached to The Avenues, Bahrain. Phase 1 of the development will offer a wide choice of leading retail and restaurant brands covering 40,000 sqm of GLA which is due to open in the last quarter of 2017. A second Phase will add a further 30,000sqm of GLA. The site is located on the waterfront of Bahrain Bay.

Hotel guests at Hilton Bahrain Bay Hotel & Residences will have direct access to the world class retail and entertainment offered at The Avenues, as well as the new 1.5km stretch of the Corniche, created to provide recreational and family-friendly facilities on the waterfront. The property will also benefit from direct links to both King Faisal Highway and Sheikh Isa Bin Salman Causeway, enabling ease of access to international visitors arriving at Bahrain International Airport or on the Causeway system linking Bahrain to Saudi Arabia.

Carlos Khneisser, Vice President, Development, Middle East, North Africa & Turkey, Hilton said: “We are continuing to sustain rapid growth across the GCC under a range of brands and all these hotels represent quality locations and valuable additions to our portfolio. Working in strong partnership with owners such as KFCD and Mabanee, on a continued basis allows us to expand more quickly and more strategically. We look forward to working together on identifying further opportunities, as well as progressing the projects we are already developing together.”

Construction of the 210 guest room property is already underway and once completed it will consist of 150 apartments and 60 studio suites. Guests will be able to enjoy four distinct stand-alone dining outlets, a swimming pool, spa and fitness facilities. It is expected that the hotel will be completed and to welcome its first guests in early 2020.

Hilton Bahrain Bay Hotel & Residences joins a pipeline of 120 properties for Hilton in the Middle East, North Africa & Turkey. The company boasts the largest active pipeline in the GCC of any hotel company, with over 16,000 rooms under construction.

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Hilton opens its 100th hotel in Greater China

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Hilton has announced the opening of Hilton Quanzhou Riverside, Hilton’s 100th hotel in Greater China. Hilton Quanzhou Riverside is also the first Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in Fujian and the brand’s 40th in Greater China.

The 25-storey, 296-room riverfront hotel is located in the heart of Quanzhou, Fujian Province’s largest metropolitan area and an important economic center in southeastern China that continues to support the corporate, MICE and leisure travel segments.

“Hilton is strengthening its footprint across China in locations that attract business and leisure travellers,” said Bruce McKenzie, senior vice president, operations, Greater China & Mongolia, Hilton. “We celebrate a great milestone today with the opening of our 100th hotel in China. And we are continuing to grow. With more than 230 hotels in the pipeline, we will provide guests with more choice and more opportunities to experience our best-in-class service, wherever they travel to.”

Hilton Quanzhou Riverside’s 296 guest rooms each span at least 40 square meters, making them the largest in the district. Guests can expect views of the river and the city skyline, modern décor, and in-room amenities such as Wi-Fi and 49-60 inch LCD televisions. The hotel’s heated indoor pool on level six affords river views, while an underwater sound system enables guests to enjoy music while they do their laps. Hilton Quanzhou Riverside’s guests can also relax in the hotel’s steam rooms, or they can work out on the Italian-made Technogym equipment at the 24-hour fitness centre.

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First Curio Collection by Hilton opens in Italy

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A once medieval village turned sprawling retreat, La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena has joined the upscale Curio Collection by Hilton.

The hotel was hand-picked to be a part of the collection of one-of-a-kind independent hotels and resorts all celebrated for their individuality. As the first Curio Collection by Hilton hotel in Italy, the brand welcomes the resort to the collection of more than 30 hotels and resorts worldwide.

“As our debut hotel in Italy, we are honoured to welcome an incredible and picturesque resort, a showcase of all that Tuscany has to offer, to Curio Collection by Hilton,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio Collection by Hilton and Tapestry Collection by Hilton. “A destination in itself, La Bagnaia offers everything from expansive terraces with breathtaking views of Tuscany to an exclusive spa where guests can relax in therapeutic mineral waters.”

La Bagnaia offers everything visitors want from a relaxing sojourn to Tuscan: breathtaking views of rolling countryside, delectable Italian fine dining, a captivating wellness spa and world-class 18-hole golf course designed by world-renowned architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. Spread over 1,100 hectares, the resort has a medieval village-like look and feel, divided across a number of buildings and featuring two main ‘hamlets’ – Borgo La Bagnaia and Borgo la Filetta.

“As one of the most distinctive hotels in Tuscany, La Bagnaia has earned a reputation for delivering one-of-a-kind experiences that blend elegant Italian accommodations with modern amenities,” said Marisa Monti Riffeser, owner, La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena, Curio Collection by Hilton. “We are proud to join Curio Collection by Hilton, affording us the ability to offer authentic discoveries complemented by the service and consistency of Hilton.”

Resort Highlights
– Spacious Guest Rooms: 99 guest rooms, including 12 suites, each furnished with uniquely sourced art to add that extra touch of elegance. The Canonica residence, for example, combines nine bedrooms, a living room and an exclusive garden.
– The Buddha Spa: A modern and exclusive Tuscan wellness center, The Buddha Spa provides a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Its natural thermal waters are channeled into swimming pools decorated with classical columns and antique vases.
– Royal Golf Bagnaia: The first 18-hole Tuscan golf course, designed by the renowned architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Royal Golf Bagnaia, covers 120 hectares amongst the rolling hills of Siena and picturesque lakes.

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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.

Conrad Hotels & Resorts has welcomed guests to Conrad Bora Bora Nui, the destination's first five star resort to debut in 10 years

Conrad debuts first French Polynesian property – Conrad Bora Bora Nui

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Conrad Hotels & Resorts has welcomed guests to Conrad Bora Bora Nui, the destination’s first five star resort to debut in 10 years.

Conrad’s first property in French Polynesia is ideally located in a private cove on Motu To’opua, a small islet off the coast of Bora Bora. The beachfront property features 114 guest rooms, including 28 tropical garden and beach villas and 86 overwater bungalows, as well as the Presidential Villas, Bora Bora’s only two-storey overwater accommodations.

Conrad Hotels & Resorts has welcomed guests to Conrad Bora Bora Nui, the destination's first five star resort to debut in 10 years

The new resort blends Tahitian history and legend with modern design and amenities. Dining concepts include an overwater lounge and swim-up pool bar serving international cuisine, while the full-service Hina Spa offers an indulgent oasis with seven indoor treatment rooms and one open-air space overlooking the lagoon.

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The resort also features an expansive infinity pool, Kids Club, mini-golf course, fitness centre, retail spaces and complimentary activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, stand up paddle boarding and sight-seeing boat tours. The exclusive private islet of Motu Tapu, located a short boat ride away, is ideal for intimate events and romantic dinners for two.Conrad Hotels & Resorts has welcomed guests to Conrad Bora Bora Nui, the destination's first five star resort to debut in 10 years

 

The resort tapped renowned international design firm BLINK Design Group and Bangkok-based interior design firm P49 Design to blend the natural beauty and rich cultural heritage of the destination with Conrad’s stylish and modern aesthetic. Light and airy villas, designed by P49 Design, reflect the resort’s overall approach to contemporary, functional and uncomplicated style with local artwork and accessories incorporated throughout.

Conrad Hotels & Resorts has welcomed guests to Conrad Bora Bora Nui, the destination's first five star resort to debut in 10 years

The resort’s public spaces, designed by BLINK Design Group, exude the effortless, understated elegance of South Pacific living through bespoke French Polynesian touches paired with unspoiled surroundings.

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Hilton Garden Inn signs at Genr8’s Smithfield, Stoke-on-Trent

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The ongoing regeneration of Stoke-on-Trent city centre has been given a major boost following news that Hilton is to open Hilton Garden Inn Stoke-on-Trent. The 140-guestroom hotel will be located in the Smithfield development in Hanley, following a franchise agreement between Hilton and Smithfield developer and hotel owner Genr8.

The plans were revealed last week and are being hailed as a major coup for the city. The new hotel will deliver an economic boost to the area, creating more than 50 jobs, and introducing high-quality meeting and conference facilities. Hilton Garden Inn Stoke-on-Trent will bring quality hotel accommodation to the rising number of visitors and further support the City of Culture 2021 bid.

Dave Conway, City Council leader, said: “This truly is a fantastic piece of news for Stoke-on-Trent and a major milestone in the continued transformation of the city centre.

“Hilton is a name famous around the world and a lot of hard work has gone on behind the scenes to make this development a reality. It will not only improve the hotel offer in the city which is vital if we are to be successful with our UK City of Culture bid, but help grow our tourism industry and further revamp the area with increased footfall.

“Having a brand like Hilton Garden Inn committing to coming here shows the confidence there is in the city centre from the private sector and will undoubtedly lead to further interest and investment from other businesses and organisations. Stoke-on-Trent is a city on the up right now and this is further evidence that our drive to attract new business and jobs is gaining fantastic results.”

The new hotel will be delivered and owned by Smithfield Stoke-on-Trent developer, Genr8, working alongside the city council. Genr8 is expected to submit a planning application in the near future facilitating a start on site later in 2017, subject to approval. The hotel is expected to welcome its first guests in 2019. Genr8 has appointed the UK’s leading hotel management company Redefine BDL Hotels to operate the hotel on its behalf.

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Hilton debuts new hotel in Saint Petersburg

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Hilton has announced the opening of Hilton Saint Petersburg ExpoForum, marking the debut of Hilton Hotels & Resorts in the northwest region of the Russian Federation.

The new-build hotel is part of the ExpoForum Complex, which attracts more than 400 events per year including conferences, corporate functions, shows and sporting events. The opening of Hilton Saint Petersburg ExpoForum strengthens Hilton’s offering in the city, as it joins sister hotel, Hampton by Hilton Saint Petersburg ExpoForum.

The hotel offers 169 contemporary guest rooms, including 65 stylish executive rooms and suites, where guests can enjoy access to the Executive Lounge and a range of complimentary snacks and meals. Hilton Saint Petersburg ExpoForum also caters to meetings and events of all sizes, with eight multifunctional modern meeting rooms and one pillar-less ballroom capable of accommodating up to 550 guests. The large foyer also provides a unique touch, as it is available for pre-function events and benefits from natural daylight.

Furthermore, with access to the ExpoForum, Hilton Saint Petersburg and sister hotel Hampton by Hilton ExpoForum are great destinations for large-scale events, allowing guests to attend a conference or corporate function with convenience and the reassurance of a comfortable night’s sleep.

Guests can replenish at the two-level spa, which includes over 10 treatment rooms on the second level and a large indoor swimming pool on the lower level, as well as a massage room, saunas and Turkish bath. The fitness centre, featuring the latest Technogym equipment, is also available to guests’ 24-hours a day.

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Hilton expands resort portfolio Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa

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Hilton has announced the official opening of Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa. The opening marks the first Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in Jordan.

Strategically located at the lowest point on Earth on the eastern shores of the Dead Sea, the 285-room contemporary hotel is an exclusive resort of choice for the discerning international and local traveller.

Andreas Lackner, regional head, full service brand management, Hilton said, “The Dead Sea is one of the most unique places in the world and has evolved into a major hub of both religious and health and wellness tourism in the region. As the first Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in the country of Jordan, this project marks an exciting addition to the Hilton portfolio as we continue to deliver distinct hospitality experiences to travelers from around the globe.”

The hotel’s innovative facility provides exclusive direct beach access through two elevators that lead to a floating pool surrounded by a sun deck. The stylish guest rooms offer breathtaking views over the Dead Sea and feature terraces and contemporary amenities including Wi-Fi, a 24-hour fitness centre and an infinity pool. The executive rooms and suites have access to the only Executive lounge in the area.

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Hampton by Hilton opens third property in Scotland – Dundee City Centre

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Hampton by Hilton has announced the opening of its newest property, Hampton by Hilton Dundee City Centre.

Located within two miles of Dundee Airport, and nearby to Dundee Rail station, the 105-room hotel is easily accessible for guests travelling to the Scottish coastal city from across the UK.

Having been praised as one of Europe’s most creative cities, Dundee is the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design, which is soon to be complemented by the upcoming opening of the V&A Museum of Design Dundee, part of a wider £1bn regeneration project for the city.

“We are excited to open our third Hampton by Hilton property in Scotland and to introduce the brand to Dundee,” said Phil Cordell, global head, focused service and Hampton by Hilton brand management, Hilton. “We look forward to providing our guests with all of our signature brand services and amenities they will need for a comfortable stay in the city.”

Guests can host corporate or personal functions onsite at Hampton by Hilton Dundee City Centre in one of the four available meeting rooms. Each room is fully equipped with state of the art technology, and the largest meeting room can hold up to 65 people.

Hampton by Hilton Dundee City Centre offers guests the best that Hampton by Hilton has to offer, with the brand’s signature hot breakfast included with all rates, a complimentary fitness room open 24 hours a day, a 24-hour convenience hub with a selection of snacks and drinks, all backed by Hampton by Hilton’s Satisfaction Guarantee. Guest rooms also include a 40-inch HDTV and large work station.

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Hilton Hotels & Resorts to open hotel in view of the Eiffel Tower

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Hilton has announced that its flagship Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand will add a second property in central Paris, Hilton Paris Eiffel Tower.

The plans were unveiled at MIPIM this week in conjunction with owner Compagnie de Phalsbourg with whom Hilton has signed a management agreement to operate the 118-room property. The renowned French visionary designer Philippe Starck will be in charge of the interior design of the property.

Hilton Paris Eiffel Tower will be located in the 7th arrondissement, renowned as the district of choice for Parisian and the home to France’s National Assembly, a range of museums, the Invalides and the Eiffel Tower itself. The site on Avenue de Saxe, sits next to Place de Breteuil and leads towards the Champ de Mars.

Construction is due to begin shortly on adaptation of two adjacent buildings from the 1900s and 1970s. Additional features to be found within the property include a fitness centre and executive lounge. Philippe Starck will be in charge of the interior design of the property to bring French elegance and flair into the historical building while Atelier Cos, who specialise in luxury and upscale hotels, develops the architectural concept for the property.

Andreas Lackner, regional head, full service brand management, Hilton added: “Paris remains one of the most enviable cities in the world for any traveller. Our existing Hilton Paris Opera is one of the brand’s most popular properties amongst our global network of loyal customers and we cannot wait to begin welcoming guests to this new property within such proximity to so many Parisian landmarks.”

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Hilton surpasses 100,000 open hotel rooms in EMEA

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At this year’s International Hotel Investment Forum in Berlin, Hilton has announced that it has passed the milestone of 100,000 rooms trading across its Europe, Middle East & Africa portfolio.

The news comes in a period of unprecedented global growth for the company. In EMEA specifically, this has seen net unit growth of more than 20,000 rooms in the past three years, a trend which is set to continue with close to 40,000 rooms currently under construction and expected to open by the end of 2020.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Hilton said: “Reaching 100,000 trading rooms is a significant milestone for us as a company, particularly given the quality and breadth of Hilton’s portfolio in the region. Our development journey in EMEA continues to set the pace for the industry – with over 60% of our pipeline rooms already under construction.”

Brand Highlights:
– A burgeoning pipeline is set to double the number of Hampton by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn hotels over the next three years
– This year has also seen Hilton’s upscale DoubleTree by Hilton brand open its 100th property in the region, (DoubleTree by Hilton Madrid Prado)
– The city of Reykjavik, Iceland became home to the world’s first Canopy by Hilton in 2016
– Curio – a Collection by Hilton has already accumulated 16 trading and pipeline properties in EMEA.

Fitzgibbon added: “In the last decade we have introduced five new brands to the market which have allowed us to kick-start growth in a variety of segments, with our mid-market and economy brands now trading or under development in more than 200 locations. We have also successfully launched our collection brand, Curio, as well as continuing to build our core Hilton brand and luxury offering. Owners of our hotels were rewarded with the highest occupancy rates recorded in our history across the globe last year, 2017 is set to be another milestone year for Hilton in EMEA.”

Hilton’s EMEA growth in numbers:
– 5,477 new rooms opened in 2016 helped reach the 100,000 landmark
– 23,384 rooms added in the past three years alone
– 11,000+ rooms expected to open in 2017 and 40,000+ by the end of 2020
– 64,000+ total rooms in Hilton’s EMEA pipeline
– Approximately 50% of Hilton’s pipeline located in Middle East & Africa

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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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Sneak Peek: AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection

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Curio – A Collection by Hilton announced recently the opening of AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton, the brand’s first property in the Middle East to join the global portfolio of more than 30 distinctive hotels.

Curio – A Collection by Hilton hotels and resorts cater to travellers seeking local discovery and authentic experiences and AlRayyan Hotel Doha joins two other Hilton properties in the city.

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The AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton offers a choice of 201 elegant guest rooms and suites featuring timeless decor along with floor-to-ceiling windows, oversized bathrooms and walk-in rain showers. The stylish and spacious Presidential Suite boasts two bedrooms, large living and dining areas, walk-in closet and a full-sized hammam in the marble bathroom.

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The hotel also caters to small meetings and alluring, large-scale weddings and events alike, with five state-of-the-art meetings rooms and a 300 square-metre ballroom with private entrance.

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“For travellers desiring elegance and style during their hotel stay, AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton offers the perfect blend between authentic experiences, sophisticated accommodations and renowned Middle Eastern hospitality,” said Luca Crocco, general manager. “We look forward to welcoming residents, travellers and all guests seeking to discover something distinct at our one-of-a-kind property in Doha.”

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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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Hilton continues Moroccan expansion with first hotel in Casablanca

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Hilton has signed a management agreement with Group Sadiki to open its first hotel in Casablanca. The news follows the conclusion of a landmark year for Hilton in Morocco which saw it re-establish a presence in the country in March 2016, with the opening of Hilton Garden Inn Tanger City Center.

The mid-scale Hilton Garden Inn brand will now be soon represented in Morocco’s largest city, with construction set to begin this year.

Hilton Garden Inn Casablanca Sidi Maarouf will consist of an initial 118 guest rooms with space available on site for further expansion. The hotel forms part of a mixed use development with a 550sqm ballroom and Moroccan-oriental restaurant also to be built in the vicinity. The Hilton Garden Inn will contain three dining options on property, in addition to another 300sqm of event space to the complex. It is forecast that the hotel may welcome its first guests in 2021.

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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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New York welcomes New Hampton Inn by Hilton to New Paltz

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Hilton’s Hampton by Hilton brand has announced the opening of its newest property, Hampton Inn by Hilton New Paltz. The 86-room hotel joins the family of Hampton by Hilton and Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton. Located at 4 South Putt Corners Road, the new hotel is managed by New Paltz Hospitality.

Hampton Inn by Hilton New Paltz offers amenities, such as free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour business centre with complimentary printing, a meeting space that can accommodate up to 100 people and an indoor heated saltwater pool. Each guestroom includes high-quality amenities, including the brand’s signature Clean and fresh Hampton bed®, mini-refrigerator, HDTV and coffeemaker.

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 TREATS, a food and beverage shop filled with snacks, toiletries, local merchandise and drinks for purchase. Hampton by Hilton hotels are infused with local photography and artwork, highlighting each property’s connection and support to its own community.

Hampton Inn by Hilton Paltz participates in Hilton’s award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key.

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Hilton Garden Inn debuts in Hong Kong

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Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn have announced the opening of Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong Mongkok in Hong Kong SAR, China.

Managed by Hilton and owned by Hong Kong China Development Holding, the 258-room Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong Mongkok is the first Hilton Garden Inn hotel in the bustling city of Hong Kong. It is also the first Hilton hotel to open in the SAR since Conrad Hong Kong opened in 1990.

Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong Mongkok occupies a prime location in Mongkok, one of the most popular shopping districts in Kowloon.

The hotel is surrounded by tourist attractions, including major shopping malls, colourful street bazaars and hip nightspots. Getting around the city is easy as Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong Mongkok is just 1 kilometre from Mongkok MTR station, which also offers connections to Hong Kong International Airport, which is 31.2 kilometres from the hotel, and to Hong Kong Disneyland, which is 21 kilometres away.

The tastefully decorated rooms are designed to optimize comfort and convenience. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer garden views and comprehensive in-room amenities include work stations with ergonomic chairs, laptop-sized safes, as well as 40-inch flat-screen HD televisions with local and cable channels. Guests can also expect comfortable bedding with hypoallergenic pillows, in addition to coffee and tea-making facilities.

The hotel also offers flexible event space, including a 400 square metre pillar-less ballroom that can accommodate up to 300 people. Equipped with cutting-edge audiovisual technology, including LED TV walls, the hotel is an ideal venue for corporate events, social gatherings and weddings.

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Hilton debuts in Bali with stunning cliff-top Nusa Dua getaway

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Hilton Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Hilton Bali Resort, which joins 130 distinguished resort properties across the Hilton portfolio located in some of the world’s most sought-after destinations.

Designed for travelers seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, Hilton Bali Resort brings breathtaking views, extensive recreation facilities and magnificent event space to the Nusa Dua beach enclave on Bali’s southern Peninsula.

“Hilton Bali Resort is a significant addition to our flagship brand portfolio, bringing Hilton Hotels & Resorts’ renowned hospitality to one of the world’s premier island destinations,” said Sean Wooden, vice president, brand management, Asia Pacific, Hilton. “Hilton continues to deliver world-class service and product innovations that meet the changing needs of discerning travelers and Hilton Bali Resort is well positioned to deliver exceptional experiences to every guest, every time.”

Hilton Bali Resort is situated atop a 40-metre cliff in the prestigious Nusa Dua area of Bali’s southern Peninsula. While offering direct access to one of the most picturesque beaches on the island, Hilton Bali Resort is also within 1.3 kilometers of the 18-hole Bali National Golf Course and various watersports centres, and 3.7 kilometers from the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre.

Hilton Bali Resort is set within a lush 28-acre compound. Each of its 389 guest rooms and suites combine modern amenities with local Balinese charm and feature private balconies and terraces overlooking the Indian Ocean or hotel gardens. Guests may also choose to stay in one of 19 exclusive villas which feature a private plunge pool, gazebo, separate living area, round-the-clock butler service and access to the private Nusa Dua Villa Lounge, or an Executive Room, which has access to the Executive Lounge. Hilton Bali Resort’s extensive recreational facilities boast four interconnecting swimming pools including an adult-only pool, a sand lagoon, a 30-metre waterslide and a Jungle Kid’s Club with indoor and outdoor playgrounds, and a 360-degree observation deck. In addition, guests may enjoy a sun deck, sauna, hot tub and gym, as well as a Mandara Spa, three indoor tennis courts and a retail outlet.

“Hilton Bali Resort is a testament to the confidence we have in this stunning resort destination and our deep commitment to serving the burgeoning market of Indonesia. This opening marks our fifth property in Indonesia and third in Bali alongside Conrad Bali and Hilton Garden Inn Bali – Ngurah Rai Airport,” said William Costley, vice president, operations, South East Asia & India, Hilton. “The location makes the hotel a great base for travelers visiting Bali, and positions us well to capture opportunities from Bali’s rising inbound and domestic tourism.”

The hotel also offers 8,470 square meters of versatile indoor and outdoor event space, perfect for meetings, conferences, banquets and weddings. Hilton Bali Resort’s two conference centers each feature a flexible, pillar-less ballroom that can accommodate up to 1,500 guests, as well as nine break-out rooms and multiple pre-function areas with glass walls affording spectacular sea views. Hilton Bali Resort also has seven outdoor venues including an amphitheater and two cliff-top wedding chapels for intimate ceremonies and the renewal of vows.

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Hilton launches architecture, design podcasts for select hotels

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Hilton Worldwide is for the first time launching a series of podcasts that will act as audio guides to landmark hotels within its European portfolio.

With a focus on architecture and design, the podcasts tell the hidden story behind five hotels from a variety of Hilton brands to encourage guests to see the buildings as more than a place to lay their heads.

Hotels selected for the podcast project have been hand-picked by Hilton’s in-house architecture and design team. The collection includes iconic restoration projects in Paris and Hamburg, a refurbishment inspired by a little known corner of Dublin, a London conversion on the city’s artistic South Bank and a first of its kind, design focused concept in Reykjavik.

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Over the past five years, Hilton has significantly expanded its dedicated team of experts focused on the architecture and design of each property. The team works collaboratively across the entirety of Hilton’s portfolio covering a diverse array of locations, brands and projects. The team’s philosophy is centred on creating a sense of place that reflects the destination – not just the city or country, but the hotel’s district, neighbourhood or even street.

By working with local designers and consultants, Hilton’s design and architecture team ensures that each hotel not only encapsulates an all-important sense of place and the DNA of its brand, but showcases the very best of each location. This can range from commissioned artwork to mark an important moment in time, the inclusion of furniture and soft furnishings from celebrated local workshops or the preservation of historical artefacts for the public to enjoy for decades to come.

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Gordon Coles, ‎Senior Vice President, Architecture, Design and Construction, EMEA, Hilton, said: “Whilst our hotel guests are excited to explore a city’s architecture or its design hotspots during their visit, the hotel itself can be overlooked – it is sometimes seen as just a place to lay your head or enjoy a nice meal after a long day of sightseeing or business meetings. We want to challenge this misconception by revealing the hidden stories of five very special European hotels. Each podcast tells a very different tale reflecting the diversity of our projects, but we hope listeners will be inspired to take a closer look at their hotel after learning a little bit more about its history and hearing one or two secrets.”

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Chris Webb, Senior Director, Interior Design, EMEA, Hilton, said: “Every project is unique, so we approach each hotel with a blank canvas. Creating a sense of place is our core aim – it enhances our guest experience by making their stay more authentic, but it also makes people feel more at home. There is a risk that this could become pastiche, so we spend a lot of time getting under the skin of each location to identify lesser known or quirky flourishes that are still true to the building itself. Each of the five hotels featured in the podcast series are a testament to this approach, from preserving historical features for future generations in Paris and Hamburg to creating interiors that reflect and celebrate a particular neighbourhood in Dublin, London and Reykjavik.”

The five hotels profiled in the new audio guides are Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre (Iceland); Hilton London Bankside (United Kingdom); Conrad Dublin (Ireland); Hilton Paris Opera (France); and Reichshof Hamburg, Curio Collection by Hilton (Germany).

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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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Canopy by Hilton says ‘hello’ to Chicago

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Canopy by Hilton has unveiled plans to develop a Canopy by Hilton in Chicago. Residing at the southwest corner of South LaSalle Street and West Adams Street in Chicago’s Loop neighbourhood, the 223-room Canopy property will be the ideal location for both business and leisure travellers.

Slated to open in Autumn 2018, at 208 S. LaSalle, Canopy by Hilton Chicago Loop was designed as a natural extension of Chicago’s downtown neighborhood with local design influences and natural materials used throughout the hotel’s architecture and interiors. The hotel’s entrance will be on La Salle Street with its reception area, restaurant, bar, and Canopy Central lobby located on the 20th level. The hotel also will feature a fitness centre, a day transfer lounge, 4,000 square feet of meeting space, and a rooftop terrace and bar.

“We are delighted to bring the Canopy by Hilton brand to the thriving Loop neighbourhood, in the heart of the Financial District,” said Michael W. Reschke, Chairman and CEO of The Prime Group. “With convenient proximity to Chicago’s central business district, dining, shopping, the theater district, and Canopy’s dedication to comfort and service, our Canopy by Hilton hotel will be a natural choice for both business and leisure travelers looking for a true Chicago experience.”

The Canopy by Hilton Chicago Loop will be a conversion of the top four floors of the historic landmarked building by Daniel Burnham at 208 S. LaSalle, which also houses the new 610-key JW Marriott with its entrance at 161 W. Adams. Canopy’s room will be spacious with an average of 480 square feet, wood floors, 60” HDTVS and large bathrooms with walk-in showers and private toilet compartments, as well as many one and two-bedroom corner suites.

Curio – A Collection by Hilton debuts five-star resort in Honduras

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Indura Beach & Golf Resort has joined Curio – A Collection by Hilton. Owned by Desarrollo Turistico Bahía de Tela and managed by Trust Hospitality, the 60-suite Indura Beach & Golf Resort marks Curio’s first property in Central America.

“We are honoured to continue our growth in the region by welcoming the first Curio property in this spectacular destination,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio – A Collection by Hilton. “Indura Beach & Golf Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton mixes luxury and environmentally conscious amenities, offering guests a truly authentic travel experience.”

With 26 miles of the picturesque Tela Bay on the North Coast of Honduras as its backdrop, and Jeanette Kawas National Park as its surroundings, Indura Beach & Golf Resort is part of a larger destination resort that will eventually include two to three hotels and 800 residential units.

Curio – A Collection by Hilton Debuts Five-Star Beach & Golf Resort in Honduras

“Indura” is the Garifuna word for Honduras and the resort strives to incorporate the culture of the Garifuna people – descendants of Caribe, Arawak and West African people – into its offerings, with local Honduran products and sustainable materials used in its construction.

Dotting a lush tropical landscape, the hotel’s 60 junior suites are located in 15 scattered villas, interconnected by footpaths that meander to a pristine beach. The design of each guest room thoughtfully reflects the Honduran architecture and tropical style combined with sophisticated and modern elegance. Guest room highlights include bamboo floors, pine walls, decorative accents of Guanacaste wood and floor-to-ceiling windows that slide open to breezy wrap-around terraces with ocean, golf course or garden views.

Curio – A Collection by Hilton Debuts Five-Star Beach & Golf Resort in Honduras

The hotel also presents the Maina Spa, which is a reflection of an immersion in the culture of Honduras, both in design and development of treatments. A philosophy in tune with nature’s elements, Maina is a sanctuary of relaxed simplicity designed around fragrant and serene water gardens. Gentle sea breezes pass through private spa cabins capturing the essence of local flora while sunlight and shadows play lightly throughout the space.

A focal point and central gathering spot within the resort, the pool is temperature controlled and strategically designed to feature three uniquely appealing swim areas. The resort also features a 1,500 square foot fitness centre with state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment and private fitness studio.

Homewood Suites - Washington DC

Homewood Suites expands presence in Washington DC

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Homewood Suites by Hilton has announced its newest property, Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington DC – Capitol Navy Yard. Offering 195 new suites, the hotel strengthens the brand’s growing presence in urban markets after reaching its 400th property milestone.

“Over the past five years, our nation’s capital has seen a steady increase in both domestic and international tourism*, creating the ideal scenario to not only expand Homewood Suites’ footprint in urban markets, but also strengthen its presence in Washington D.C.,” said Adrian Kurre, global head, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton. “The Homewood Suites flexible brand model drives its success in these areas while also delivering tremendous value and comfort to both business and leisure guests.”

Developed by KCG 50 M, an affiliate of Englewood and CG Investments, designed by Cooper Carry and operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington DC Capitol-Navy Yard complements the city’s growing tourism which hit a record-breaking year in 2015.

The new hotel offers a combination of studio and one bedroom suites, featuring fully-equipped kitchens, and separate living and sleeping areas. Guests are also provided all the essentials needed for a comfortable and convenient stay such as complimentary daily full-hot breakfast, evening social Monday-Thursday, Wi-Fi and grocery shopping service. Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington DC Capitol-Navy Yard also makes it easy for travelers to unwind with a rooftop terrace, fitness centre, and indoor pool.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hull

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.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hull

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.”

DoubleTree by Hilton Hull

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.”

Embassy Suites - Greenville

Embassy Suites by Hilton Debuts in Downtown Greenville

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Embassy Suites by Hilton has announced the opening of a newly-built hotel in the heart of downtown Greenville’s bustling business and entertainment district.

Embassy Suites Greenville Downtown Riverplace — the brand’s second property in South Carolina’s Upstate – rises eight stories above the cascading Reedy River, just steps across from iconic Liberty Bridge, shops, restaurants, galleries and businesses along historic tree-lined Main Street. The 156-suite hotel offers all the amenities associated with the Embassy Suites name, as well as stunning views of downtown, Falls Park and the distant Blue Ridge Mountains.

The hotel is owned by RiverStreet Lodging, LLC and developed by Windsor Aughtry Hotel Group.

“This dazzling property in downtown Greenville is a spectacular addition to our award-winning brand of upscale all-suite hotels,” said Alan Roberts, global head, Embassy Suites by Hilton. “Its convenient location near numerous attractions makes it an ideal option for leisure and business travelers.”

Managed by Hospitality America, Embassy Suites Greenville Downtown Riverplace offers guests the brand’s signature amenities, including a free made-to-order breakfast and two-hour complimentary Evening Reception* with snacks and beverages, free WiFi and comfortable two-room suites and guest rooms with a living area and bedroom.

Other features are distinctive to the property, including an innovative, contemporary design and spacious lobby – resplendent in regional artwork – that is perfect for meeting and gathering. The charming river is the focal point for scenic, panoramic views throughout the hotel, including those from Up on the Roof.

Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide opens new dual-brand property in Miami

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Hilton Worldwide has announced the opening of its newest hotel, the dual-branded Hilton Garden Inn Miami Dolphin Mall and Homewood Suites by Hilton Miami Dolphin Mall, bringing a total of 232 new rooms to the city. The opening further establishes Hilton’s strong presence in Miami and continues the company’s growth in dual-build properties.

“Our dual branded Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites hotels serve as a great addition to the thriving area of Miami and continue our expansion in major urban markets,” said John Greenleaf, global head, Hilton Garden Inn. “Each brand retains its signature amenities which provides guests a unique opportunity to customize their stay.”

Developed by Procacci Development and managed by Real Hospitality Group, Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton Miami Dolphin Mall complement the city’s vibrant and growing tourism attractions. Situated adjacent to Miami Dolphin Mall, the properties offer guests a centralised location with convenient access to Miami International Mall, the Doral Golf Course and Everglades National Park. Additionally, downtown Miami, South Beach and Miami International Airport are a short drive away.

The dual-brand concept creates enhanced and larger communal areas benefiting both business and leisure travelers. The hotel has two distinct lobbies and dining areas that cater to the needs of their respective guests, while sharing a 1,100 square foot fitness centre, outdoor pool and putting green. All guest rooms offer 43-inch HDTV with 55 channels including complimentary music and movie viewing options. Evening room service is also provided to all guests.

The hotel also offers 5,500 square feet of conference space and versatile meeting rooms with state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment including the divisible Flamingo Ballroom which can seat up to 180 guests. The Sandpiper meeting room can accommodate cocktail receptions up to 225 guests and offers a 1,200 square feet private terrace which is ideal for evening receptions and breaks. For the business traveler, the Heron is a perfect setting for business presentations, meetings, small dinners and intimate social functions.

DoubleTree Glasgow Central opens after £11m refurbishment

DoubleTree Glasgow Central opens after £11m refurbishment

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DoubleTree by Hilton has announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central, located in the centre of the city. The property is owned and managed by Amaris Hospitality and is joining Hilton’s Scottish portfolio of 16 properties.

Having undergone a £11 million refurbishment, this new hotel in the centre of Glasgow is home to 300 modern guest rooms, including three fully equipped suites. DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central also offers world-class conference facilities with Scotland’s largest hotel meeting space, The Grand Ballroom.

DoubleTree Glasgow Central opens after £11m refurbishment

The ballroom can accommodate up to 1,500 meeting or event attendees, making it the perfect space in Scotland for large events, conferences and weddings. A further 12 meeting spaces are also available on site, all with natural daylight and state-of-the-art equipment.

DoubleTree Glasgow Central opens after £11m refurbishment

Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton said, “The sophisticated property offers close proximity to a number of top attractions, including the SSE Hydro arena, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and major nearby businesses. Beyond this, DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central offers guests the welcoming comforts and hospitality that travellers can expect from DoubleTree by Hilton, starting with the presentation of a warm, Chocolate Chip Cookie at check-in, a symbol of the kindness that makes a stay with us so memorable.”

DoubleTree Glasgow Central opens after £11m refurbishment

Guests can unwind and refresh at the hotel’s heated pool, sauna and steam rooms. Additionally, the property’s restaurant, Brisket, offers another space for guests to relax.

John Brennan, CEO of Amaris Hospitality said, “We are extremely excited to be opening the new DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central Hotel after an extensive £11 million investment and refurbishment. This wonderful, city-centre hotel is Amaris Hospitality’s second Hilton brand hotel in Scotland. We look for great hotels in world class locations and the DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central Hotel is the perfect addition to the Amaris portfolio.”

Hampton by Hilton - Hilton's Hampton by Hilton brand has announced the opening of its newest property, Hampton by Hilton Istanbul Zeytinburnu

Hilton unveils new hotel in Istanbul’s Zeytinburnu District

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Hilton’s Hampton by Hilton brand has announced the opening of its newest property, Hampton by Hilton Istanbul Zeytinburnu.

The 162-room hotel joins the Hampton by Hilton family of Hampton Inn by Hilton and Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton hotels, and joins a further 44 Hilton properties in Turkey.

Hampton by Hilton Istanbul Zeytinburnu is conveniently located 13 kilometres from Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy Environment Design) Platinum certified property has been recognised for its green building features, including its significant water and energy savings. Preserving the environment is one of the key pillars of Travel with Purpose, Hilton’s corporate responsibility strategy.

Free Wi-Fi, a business centre and five meeting rooms are also available. Each guestroom features high-quality amenities, including the brand’s signature Clean and fresh Hampton bed®, 40-inch LCD TV and complimentary coffee and tea.

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