Homewood Suites by Hilton Louisville Downtown opens

April 12, 2018

Homewood Suites by Hilton Louisville Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Louisville Downtown (Photo courtesy of Hilton)

The following is a press release from White Lodging:

Homewood Suites by Hilton, part of Hilton’s All Suites portfolio, announced today its newest property, Homewood Suites by Hilton Louisville Downtown. Developed and owned by Poe Companies, REI Real Estate Services and White Lodging and managed by White Lodging, the Homewood Suites by Hilton Louisville Downtown offers guests all the comforts of home, whether they are traveling for work or enjoying a well-earned getaway. With 133 new suites, the hotel complements Louisville’s growing tourism industry with increased lodging options, adding to the more than 2,000 hotel rooms that were opened in 2017 alone*.

 “Nestled in the heart of the ‘Derby City’, Homewood Suites by Hilton Louisville Downtown’s central location, spacious suites and convenient amenities offer the value-added experience that both business and leisure guests seek when visiting this robust city,” said Adrian Kurre, global head of Homewood Suites by Hilton. “Tourism is Kentucky’s third-largest industry**, and adding an extended-stay option for travelers in such a key area can further strengthen the state’s economy.”
Designed for guests who want to travel on their own terms, Homewood Suites by Hilton Louisville Downtown offers a combination of studio and one-bedroom accommodations, featuring fully equipped kitchens and separate living and sleeping areas. Guests are also provided all the essentials needed for a smart, reliable and convenient stay including complimentary daily full-hot breakfast, evening social Monday-Thursday, Wi-Fi and a grocery shopping service***. Homewood Suites by Hilton Louisville Downtown also makes it easy for travelers to unwind with an indoor pool, fitness center and outdoor patio. The property also offers over 1,000 square feet of flexible space that is ideal for meetings and social events.
Located at 635 West Market St., Homewood Suites by Hilton Louisville Downtown offers guests convenient access to major businesses, like Humana and UPS, as well as entertainment and dining district, such as the Louisville Riverwalk. The Kentucky Science Center, Louisville Slugger Museum & Bat Factory, KFC Yum! Center, Fourth Street Live!, and the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts are also just a short walk from the hotel.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Louisville Downtown participates in Hilton’s award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app, where Honors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. For more information or to make a reservation, visit Homewood Suites by Hilton Louisville Downtown or call +1 502 589 2000.
Read more about Homewood Suites by Hilton at www.homewoodsuites.com and www.news.homewoodsuites.com.

*SOURCE: Louisville CVB
**SOURCE: Louisville CVB
***Guest pays for groceries. Other restrictions apply.

Hilton Munich Airport expands by adding 162 rooms

April 11, 2017

Hilton Munich Airport
Hilton Munich Airport (Rendering courtesy of Hilton Hotels & Resorts)

Hilton Munich Airport is now offering an additional 162 new deluxe rooms covering nearly 95,000 square feet. The expansion increases the hotel’s number of rooms by about  40 percent, bringing the total to 551 rooms. The hotel has also expanded the hotel’s meeting spaces at the palm atrium to a capacity of up to 500 people.

The east wing of the meeting center was also expanded and modernized. It has 17 renovated or newly built event rooms, which Hilton business customers can use for meetings and events. All feature high-level technical equipment. Customers can book private offices for two people by the hour or a large, daylit event space.

The Hilton Munich Airport’s location near the Alps was considered in its interior design, with an emphasis on local flair and well-being as well as on cutting-edge techniques. All rooms were styled by JOI Design in a natural style featuring authentic references to the region. The focus of the interior design is on concepts like “mountains” and “airport,” highlighting materials such as light oak wood, natural stone and felt.  Bathrooms also showcase the new design. Further reconstruction activities, such as a restaurant redesign, are also planned for 2017.

Hilton Denver Inverness opens for business

April 6, 2017

Hilton Denver Inverness
Hilton Denver Inverness (Rendering courtesy of Hilton Hotels & Resorts)

Hilton Denver Inverness has opened at 199 Inverness Dr West in Englewood, Colorado.

The following is an excerpt from a Hilton press release:

The iconic getaway, formerly known as the Inverness Hotel & Conference Center, will bring a freshly appointed and technologically sophisticated guest experience to the region while also offering all the benefits and high quality service expected from a Hilton resort. Hilton Denver Inverness is conveniently located minutes south of the Colorado capital and offers travelers and local customers alike a retreat with a championship 18-hole golf course, full-service spa and five award-winning restaurants.

For travelers seeking top attractions nearby, Hilton Denver Inverness places guests within steps of many essential Denver experiences, including the Denver Zoo, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver Botanic Gardens, Park Meadow Shopping Resort and Mile High Stadium. There is no better place to spend time outdoors than with Denver’s 300 days of sunshine per year and optimal location as the gateway to the Rocky Mountains featuring many parks and attractions.

Menus for All Taste Buds

Guests and the people of Denver will be coming back for more once they get a taste of Hilton Denver Inverness’ five on-site restaurants, including the robust selection of house infused spirits, original craft cocktails and native microbrews:

  • GARDEN TERRACE: Garden Terrace is a local favorite known for its award-winning Champagne Sunday Brunch, which features more than 100 offerings each week including prime rib and an elaborate shellfish display
  • FIRESIDE BAR & GRILL: Fireside Bar & Grill welcomes everyone to savor authentic Colorado flavor with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients, and a unique local selection of wine, spirits and beer
  • SPOTTED DOG: Spotted Dog invites travelers to unwind in an authentic pub environment with traditional fare and pub games, including shuffleboard, darts, billiards and more
  • GOLF GRILLE: The Golf Grille offers sandwiches and taste-tempting finger foods along with a thirst-quenching selection of your favorite seasonal beverages
  • ELEVATE COFFEE BAR: Elevate is the perfect place for a working breakfast, a quick lunch or just a lively catch-up session over a latte

Top-Notch Amenities That Will Complete Your Stay

With a 24-hour fitness center, three tennis courts, sauna rooms, two pools (both indoor and outdoor) and a hot tub, guests will feel right at home at Hilton Denver Inverness. The 302-room hotel also offers a full-service spa with seven treatment rooms, steam rooms, a relaxation suite and a private patio. Complete with an Executive Floor Lounge, business travelers and select leisure guests will have access to complimentary breakfast and evening snacks. Golf aficionados looking to hit the links will enjoy exclusive access to The Inverness Golf Club, a championship 18-hole golf course with sweeping views of the Rockies.

A Space for All Meetings

Hilton Denver Inverness offers guests more than 62,000 square feet of high-tech meeting space, and features 43 flexible meeting spaces – all of which are certified by the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC). The hotel can accommodate 500 guests for meetings and 1,000 for social events. Hilton Denver Inverness also houses a 5,400-square-foot ballroom that can be divided into four equally sized rooms. Business travelers will be pleased to find a fully-staffed business center with administrative support services, graphic design and experienced technicians to assist with AV, computer, equipment and production needs.

Hilton Denver Inverness is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Members also enjoy popular digital tools available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app, where Hilton Honors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key.

Hilton Denver Inverness is owned by Silverwest Hotels and managed by Two Roads Hospitality.

Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida opens after $100 million in renovations

April 3, 2017

The Diplomat Beach Resort
(Photo courtesy of The Diplomat Beach Resort)

The following is an excerpt from a Diplomat Beach Resort press release:

A new icon has officially taken center stage in Hollywood, Florida, The Diplomat Beach Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton. Emerging from a $100 million transformation, The Diplomat Beach Resort is an oceanfront, experiential destination resort offering a fresh new take on vacationing. From the Atlantic coast to Intracoastal, the reinvented resort pays homage to the hotel’s storied past as a social hub, which began in 1958, with a modern take on design and amenities, including more than 10 new culinary concepts. As part of Curio Collection by Hilton, a global set of remarkable upper upscale hotels handpicked for their unique character, The Diplomat Beach Resort redefines comfort and style with 1,000 re-imagined guestrooms and suites and indoor and outdoor public spaces, bringing the resort’s sunny, beachfront location to life. And, the property’s variety of culinary offerings and programming creates a central hub for the surrounding community, giving locals a new Hollywood destination to call home.

 The Diplomat Beach Resort’s all-inclusive mindset and offerings provides travelers and locals with the ease they seek, whether visiting for business or pleasure, by bringing a collection of experiences together in one place, all set around the resort’s pristine footprint between the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway.
THE HEART OF IT ALL
The Diplomat Beach Resort
(Photo courtesy of The Diplomat Beach Resort)

Nestled between the aquamarine shores of the Atlantic Ocean and the peaceful Intracoastal Waterway, The Diplomat Beach Resort stands at the very heart of Hollywood, Florida. With an ideal location, the property’s transformation caters to those looking for seamless travel and local experiences with easy access to key destinations.

  • 10 minutes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport
  • 30 minutes from Miami International Airport
  • 5 minutes from Hollywood’s historic oceanfront Boardwalk
  • 10 minutes from world-class shopping at Aventura Mall
  • 20 minutes from Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale
  • 30 minutes from South Beach

ROOM TO RETREAT

The Diplomat Beach Resort
(Photo courtesy of The Diplomat Beach Resort)

With more than 1,000 guest rooms—including a Presidential suite, 515 king rooms and 484 double rooms, with 96 being suites—The Diplomat Beach Resort is the largest hotel in Broward County, offering sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean or Intracoastal Waterway with an abundance of natural light. Designed by the world’s leading hospitality interior design firm, Hirsch Bedner Associates, the resort’s stylish and thoughtfully designed rooms offer refreshed spaces, befitting the prime beachfront location in Hollywood.  A strong sense of place is weaved throughout, reflecting a sophisticated oceanfront design that nods to the storied history of the Diplomat Hotel of the 1950s. Carefully selected artwork throughout the property highlights the local-regional lifestyle, with modernized spaces harkening back to the hotel’s vibrant past.

All rooms feature unobstructed ocean or Intracoastal vantage points, while most suites boast 180-degree views of the tropical surroundings including a variety of premier suites, the Governor and Presidential suites, each with an individual identity delivering on guest’s needs.  Suites exude a mix of midcentury elements with refreshing ocean tones, creating the perfect backdrop to relax and recharge complete with hand tufted rugs, natural wood furnishings, crisp white bedding backed by driftwood headboards and nautical touches that speak to the location.

Guestrooms at the property depict two separate design schemes: Sunrise and Sunset. Sunrise rooms are modern, vibrant and refreshing with earthy tones that provide a soothing, calm atmosphere accented with blue ocean colors. Tactile rope accents are weaved into bedside lighting and deckchairs, while custom designed carpets recall the organic coral and sand patterns found locally. Vintage artwork reflects the region’s history and streamlined furniture lend to the spacious room layouts. Sunset rooms present a more subtle, modern and organic design scheme with views overlooking the famous South Florida west horizon, giving guests a front seat view to famous and stunning sunsets.

A CULINARY DESTINATION

The Diplomat Beach Resort
(Photo courtesy of The Diplomat Beach Resort)

The Diplomat Beach Resort has a new and simple approach to food: whatever you want, wherever you are. Helmed by Howard Wein of Howard Wein Hospitality, whose expertise in the culinary world brings knowledge and creativity, the resort now offers 10 innovative and surprising culinary destinations.

Unique dishes and drinks highlight ingenuity and variety, using locally sourced ingredients and fresh mixes for cocktails created on-site. Each destination is rooted in strong culinary sensibilities and exudes brand individuality, creating distinct spaces and experiences:

  • Bristol’s BurgersSouth Florida’s best burgers, salads and shakes in a fun, playful space.
  • Candy & Cones – Sweets parlor that makes candy dreams come true, offering candies and innovative house-made ice creams.
  • Counter Point – An extension of Point Royal offering gourmet grab-and-go options, with coffee drinks, juices, house-made pastries, sandwiches and light bites.
  • Diplomat Prime – 1950s inspired, sophisticated steakhouse with steaks aged in-house and a chef driven, seasonal menu with an extensive wine list.
  • Monkitail – Famed Chef and Restaurateur Michael Schulson’s modern Izakaya, coupling sharable Japanese-inspired fare with craft cocktails, sake, and a hidden karaoke bar.
  • Playa – Beachfront Nuevo-Latina restaurant and bar featuring an extensive rum and tequila selection.
  • Point Royal – A Coastal American restaurant featuring Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s approachable American cuisine complete with indoor/outdoor seating, a large center bar for drinking, and a grand yet modern raw bar.
  • Portico Beer & Wine Garden – Beer, wine and cocktails on tap, and a menu of light Italian fare situated on the Intracoastal Waterway.
  • The Canteen – Supply & trading company offering convenience food and beverage items for hotel guests.
  • The Hotel Bar – A modern take on the classic hotel bar, featuring signature upgraded cocktails from hotels around the world.

A VACATION FOR EVERYONE

The Diplomat Beach Resort
(Photo courtesy of The Diplomat Beach Resort)

The Diplomat Beach Resort is perfect for family-focused guests, providing a variety of activities and amenities meant to create happy, genuine and memorable vacation experiences. Guests and smaller travelers will find unique offerings throughout resort:

  • The Water Works: With two beachfront pools, jet skiing, ocean kayaking, paddleboard rentals, and the property’s newest addition, the Dip + Slide water play area, The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood is the ideal destination to cool down. Designed with an interactive water bucket that playfully tips over when full, the area entertains small travelers and is strategically located to give parents a direct line of sight from the lagoon pool, allowing them to relax poolside.
  • Kids Only: From sand castle building and poolside games to bounce houses and behind-the-scenes resort tours, younger guests ages 4-12 are always entertained and supervised at the fun-filled, Diplomat Kids Club.
  • Relax and Recharge: Guests can recharge by melting stress away at the expansive 24-hour fitness center or get pampered at the new, full-service spa overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Designer Luxury Pool Cabanas by Trina Turk: Exclusively designed for The Diplomat Beach Resort, specialty cabanas created by fashion designer Trina Turk are available for rent on the second floor of the pool deck, providing a relaxing and stylish oasis for the day.

COME TOGETHER AT THE DIPLOMAT BEACH RESORT

The Diplomat Beach Resort
(Rendering courtesy of The Diplomat Beach Resort)

With 209,000 square feet of flexible function and meeting space, The Diplomat Beach Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton continues to serve as the premier location for business travel and large-scale conferences, weddings and milestone celebrations. With recent upgrades in comprehensive technology, transportation services and unbeatable ocean views, travelers and locals can expect thoughtfully designed and unique spaces meant to create memorable meetings, events and weddings:

  • 50,000-square-foot unobstructed Great Hall
  • Four ballrooms, including 20,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom overlooking the Atlantic
  • 39 breakout rooms, ideal for smaller events
  • Outdoor special event areas including the pool deck and 33rd floor lounge space
  • On-site IT and audio-visual support
  • Specialty packages, rates and programming

Hilton Makkah Convention Hotel opens in Saudi Arabia

April 1, 2017

Hilton Makkah Convention Hotel
Hilton Makkah Convention Hotel (Rendering courtesy of Hilton Hotels & Resorts)

Hilton Makkah Convention Hotel has opened in Makkah, Saudia Arabia. The hotel has 64 contemporary guest rooms with large modern walk-in showers; 90 executive rooms, 25 executive suites; and 16 suites with views of Haram. There is also a ballroom that can accommodate up to 1,600 people, as well as eight multi-purpose meeting and boardrooms.

Hilton Makkah Convention Hotel boasts three restaurants and a cafe where guests can indulge in various eclectic cuisines:

  • Al Mustafa offers guests an international buffet.
  • Azure serves Indian and Malaysian cuisine.
  • Sahtein offers Lebanese food.
  • Al Multaqa Café has light snacks in a casual setting.

Hotel guests have access to the 24-hour fitness center featuring the latest state-of-the-art equipment. Hilton Makkah Convention Hotel is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Members also enjoy popular digital tools available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app, where Hilton Honors members can check-in and choose their room.

Pier 5 Hotel Baltimore, Curio Collection by Hilton, opens for business

March 21, 2017

Pier 5 Hotel Baltimore
Pier 5 Hotel Baltimore, Curio Collection by Hilton (Photo courtesy of Curio – A Collection by Hilton)

Pier 5 Hotel Baltimore, Curio Collection by Hilton has opened at 711 Eastern Avenue in Baltimore.

The following is an excerpt from a Curio Collection by Hilton press release:

The property is a  66-room boutique hotel and popular event venue situated on its own private pier along Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor. From this idyllic location, guests have only a short walk or water taxi ride to discover the city’s most spectacular attractions, such as the National Aquarium, M&T Bank Stadium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Pier 6 Pavilion, the Baltimore Convention Center, historic Fort McHenry and dozens of local shops and restaurants. The first Curio Collection hotel in Maryland, the three-story property just completed a million-dollar transformation.

Contemporary design, local flair

As stunning as the waterfront views is the ambience within the hotel. Enhanced by its recent renovation, Pier 5 Hotel Baltimore offers bold, whimsically-designed guest rooms and suites with such distinctive features as custom-made furniture and balconies boasting views of the Inner Harbor. Custom suites feature an array of amenities, such as a state-of-the-art entertainment center and a plush eight-person sofa. For the ultimate in luxury, the 1,900-square-foot Presidential Suite—also known as the Mystic Suite—includes a whirlpool, Swiss shower and panoramic harbor views.

The contemporary design extends throughout the hotel, with striking urban and local art decorating walls and hallways including custom murals depicting Baltimore attractions, fantastic terrazzo floors and a magnificent staircase to second floor ballrooms in the lobby atrium.

Delectable dining, gorgeous views

Pier 5 Hotel Baltimore offers the best in Baltimore dining, for fans of surf or turf. The hotel hosts chef culinary experiences including hands-on cooking demonstrations, food and beverage tastings and other culinary events throughout the week, highlighting chefs from its on-property restaurants. Festivities include Pier 5 Hotel’s signature Monday through Friday “Crabby Hour” featuring a variety of delicious bites such as sweet and savory, crabby crepes, sushi and crab cakes and waffles. On Saturdays, weekend visitors can indulge in tasty treats at the hotel’s chocolate hour.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant features 30+ varieties of fresh seafood prepared in the warm, sophisticated atmosphere reminiscent of a private club. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse features USDA Prime steaks, which may be enjoyed from its waterfront deck. At either restaurant, patrons may drink in stunning Inner Harbor views, along with their premium handcrafted cocktails, beer and wine.

Exquisite events, inside or out

Pier 5 Hotel Baltimore is a sought-after destination for weddings, meetings and social events accommodating up to 300 guests, thanks to nearly 7,400 square feet of meeting and banquet facilities. Two ballrooms and four meeting rooms adjoin an expansive outdoor terrace, the ideal spot for breezy spring and summertime receptions featuring natural light and stunning harbor views.

Location and perks
After guests get their fill from the delicious crab-based dishes and food the Inner Harbor has to offer, they may enjoy complimentary passes to the nearby Maryland Athletic Club fitness and aquatic center, which features cardio stations with personal viewing screens, four salt water pools and two squash courts.

Pier 5 Hotel Baltimore is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 world-class brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels save time and money and gain instant access to the benefits they care about most, such as an exclusive member discount, free Wi-Fi and a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay. Members can also redeem their Points for free nights, to gain access to unique events through the Hilton Honors auction platform or, coming soon, to make purchases with Amazon Shop With Points. To celebrate the hotel’s opening, Hilton Honors members will earn an additional 1,000 points per night on eligible, best available rate stays from April 13 through August 31, 2017 when booking directly with Hilton.

Pier 5 Hotel Baltimore, Curio Collection by Hilton is owned and managed by Meyer Jabara Hotels.

Hilton Garden Inn to open in Denver and Oxfordshire, England, in 2018

March 30, 2017

Hilton Garden Inn Abingdon Oxford
Hilton Garden Inn Abingdon Oxford (Rendering courtesy of Hilton Garden Inn)

The following are excerpts from press releases:

Hilton has signed a franchise agreement with Abingdon Lodge Hotel Ltd, a subsidiary of Esher based ,Coldunell Ltd, to open a Hilton Garden Inn, Abingdon Oxford in England. The existing Oxford Abingdon Hotel will undergo a comprehensive redevelopment, increasing the number of guest rooms by over 100 percent through a new four-story extension. The 150-guest-room hotel is expected to open in summer 2018 when the extension, which will include a new lounge bar, restaurant, function rooms and fitness centre, is due for completion. The existing hotel will remain open throughout the extension works, and current bedrooms will be fully renovated when the new wing is complete.

Hilton Garden Inn Abingdon Oxford joins 100 Hilton Garden Inn properties trading or under development in Europe. Founded in 1959, Coldunell Ltd owns five hotels in the UK. The Oxford Abingdon Hotel’s conversion to Hilton Garden Inn is part of a wider plan to improve Coldunell’s current portfolio of hotels. Hilton Garden Inn Abingdon Oxford will be situated on Marcham Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1TZ.

Meanwhile, Davidson Hotels & Resorts has announced  the addition of the 233-room Hilton Garden Inn Denver Union Station, projected to open in 2018. Located in the Union Station Neighborhood, connecting the Lower Downtown (LoDo) entertainment district to the Central Platte Valley, the Hilton Garden Inn will be steps away from Union Station; Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies; Denver’s Central Business District; and other attractions, including the 16th Street Mall, Larimer Square, Denver Art Museum, Pepsi Center and the Colorado Convention Center.

The Hilton Garden Inn at Denver Union Station will leverage the current trend of adaptive reuse of historic buildings, opening a one-of-a-kind restaurant concept in the repurposed Hose Company #1 fire station, one of the city’s oldest and most unique landmarks, adjoining the newly constructed hotel. The restaurant will not only lend an eclectic vibe to the hotel, but will become an iconic neighborhood dining venue. The hotel will also feature over 6,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, heated indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center and two levels of underground parking. The newly opened East Rail line operating between Union Station and DenverInternational Airport will allow guests of the Hilton Garden Inn to take advantage of a stress-free, 35-minute train ride to and from the hotel.

 

Waldorf Astoria New York unveils renovation designs

March 29, 2017

Waldorf Astoria New York
Waldorf Astoria New York’s renovated Lexington Avenue Entry Space (Rendering courtesy of Waldorf Astoria)

The Waldorf Astoria in New York City closed for renovations on February 28, 2017. Most of the hotel (which will re-open in 2019 or 2020) is being converted into condominium apartments.

The following is an excerpt from a Waldorf Astoria press release giving an update on the renovations:

The Waldorf Astoria New York has released proposed plans for the meticulous restoration and revitalization of the historic property’s landmarked exterior and interior spaces. The plans, which were prepared by a world-class design team including leading architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and renowned interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon (PYR), were submitted today for public review by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. The plans restore all landmarked spaces, ensuring the historic public and event spaces will be accessible for generations of New Yorkers and visitors alike.

Waldorf Astoria New York
Waldorf Astoria New York’s renovated Park Avenue Foyer (Rendering courtesy of Waldorf Astoria)

This restoration is among the most complex and intensive landmark preservation efforts in New York City history. If approved, it will revive key elements of the Art Deco masterpiece that have been altered over time, providing an experience that reflects the hotel’s original intent while delivering an enhanced visitor experience by modernizing the building’s functional capability to a 21st Century standard of luxury.

The proposed restoration plan is part of a major renovation that will set a new standard for service in New York when The Waldorf re-opens in two to three years. The hotel will continue to be operated by Hilton as part of a 100-year management agreement.

Waldorf Astoria New York
Waldorf Astoria New York’s renovated lobby (Rendering courtesy of Waldorf Astoria)

SOM will lead the architectural design team for the project. The New York-based architecture firm has overseen restoration and adaptive reuse projects for several New York City landmarks, including Moynihan Train Hall, the General Electric Building headquarters and Lever House.

PYR will lead the interior design of the hotel, including its public and guest room areas. Since its founding in 1979, the firm has focused exclusively on five-star luxury hotels,  including the forthcoming Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills scheduled to open June 2017, fine dining restaurants and private residences. PYR’s interior design has helped preserve the spirit and design heritage of some of the world’s most iconic hotels.

Waldorf Astoria New York
Waldorf Astoria New York’s renovated Peacock Alley (Rendering courtesy of Waldorf Astoria)

In addition to historic public and event spaces restored to their original intent, the Waldorf will feature new guest rooms, suites and condominiums when it reopens.

Originally opened in 1893 on the present site of the Empire State Building, the Waldorf Astoria New York opened at its current Park Avenue location in 1931, was designated an official New York City landmark in 1993 and had its most important interior spaces landmarked in 2017.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Uptown debuts in North Carolina

March 21, 2017

Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Uptown
Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Uptown (Photo by Scott Stuart)

Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Uptown has opened at 301 East MLK Boulevard in Charlotte. The newly built hotel iis conveniently located in the financial and arts center of Uptown Charlotte, giving guests access to sports, theatre, restaurants, biking, city parks, shops and museums.

The following is an excerpt from an Embassy Suites by Hilton press release:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Uptown offers breathtaking views of the city just steps away from the Charlotte Convention Center and seven miles from the airport. The hotel has 250 Suites that include open living areas, kitchenettes and modern amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi, 42-inch HDTVs and ergonomic workspaces in each room.

Owned by BPR CMC Charlotte LLC and developed by BPR Properties, Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Uptown welcomes guests to enjoy its 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 for each night. Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Uptown, managed by Ron Feeney, provides customer service that always anticipates travelers’ needs and delivers what matters most.

In addition to Embassy Suites by Hilton’s traditional amenities, this property also features a custom-made fireplace in the lobby and a Meck Dec Terrace where guests can enjoy complimentary nightly receptions and craft cocktails from the QC Lounge. The Suki Akor Asian Fusion restaurant serves fresh grilled meats, fish and vegetables and freshly made sushi in an upscale environment. The hotel has up to 12,000 square feet of event space and includes multiple meeting rooms for guests.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Uptown participates in the Hilton Honors loyalty program, which is open to all guests and free to join – visit here for enrollment information. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app, where Honors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. In celebration of the recent opening, Hilton HHonors is offering 5,000 Bonus HHonors points for a thee-night stay from May 1 to August 31, 2017.

Hampton by Hilton opens two new locations in the Dallas area

January 20, 2017

Hampton by Hilton has opened two new locations in the Dallas area.

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Dallas/Richardson
(Photo courtesy of Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Dallas/Richardson)

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Dallas/Richardson is located at 2250 North Glenville Drive in Richardson, Texas. The new hotel has 101  guest rooms and is owned and managed by Icon Lodging. There is also a meeting space that can accommodate 60 people. Situated in the Telecom Corridor, the hotels is less than one mile from the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and three miles from Sherrill Park Golf Course.

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Dallas - The Colony
(Photo courtesy of Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Dallas – The Colony)

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Dallas – The Colony is located at 3650 Plano Parkway in The Colony, Texas. The new hotel has 115  guest rooms and is managed by Atlantic Hotels Management.  There is also a meeting space that can accommodate 100 people . Situated in the heart of Grandscape, the hotel is near 400 acres of restaurants, shops and entertainment and parks with views of Lake Lewisville.

Both hotels offer amenities such as free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour business center with complimentary printing, and a fitness center. Each guestroom includes high-quality amenities, including the brand’s signature Clean and Fresh Hampton bed, LCD TV, refrigerator and coffeemaker. Inviting suites are also available, offering additional space, a microwave, refrigerator and a comfortable sleeper sofa. Each hotel also has Perfect Mix Lobby, where 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.

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