Hilton Group to open new hotel in Birmingham Airport in summer 2018

Hilton Group is planning to open its new Hilton Garden Inn hotel at Birmingham Airport in summer 2018.

Situated on Concorde Road, Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Airport will be located next to the airport’s terminal building. The new hotel joins more than 100 Hilton Garden Inn properties operating or under development in Europe, and more than 20 Hilton airport hotels in the UK. 

According to a release by Birmingham Airport, Hilton has signed a franchise agreement with Castlebridge Hotels Birmingham Airport Limited for the construction of the hotel. The proposed 178-guestroom hotel will be built using modular build technology, working with CIMC Modular Building Systems. The construction technique will enable components of the new hotel building – including guest rooms and corridors – to be manufactured in China and transported to site for final assembly. The same concept was used on Hampton by Hilton airport hotels in Aberdeen and Bristol.

Jo Lloyd, commercial director, Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to be working with both Castlebridge and Hilton to develop this new hotel, which is an exciting addition to our hotel offering at Birmingham Airport. We have been experiencing record passenger growth as more and more passengers and airlines realise the enormous benefits of travelling from Birmingham and we are delighted to provide our customers with more choice and a great hotel product which we look forward to opening in 2018. 

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, EMEA, Hilton said: ‘Often cited as the best place to invest in the UK outside of London, demand in Birmingham is growing fast. Infrastructure projects will only boost that growth and Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Airport is in a terrific location-we can’t wait for it to open next year.’

Jenna Dienn, commercial director, Castlebridge Group said: ‘We are thrilled to be working in partnership with Hilton and Birmingham Airport to develop the new Hilton Garden Inn. We feel that this is a great time to be developing the hotel and restaurant due to the increase in passenger numbers and the airport expansion. The hotel is going to be a huge success and we look forward to the opening in the summer of next year.’

Hilton London Canary Wharf announces holiday offering for Easter

Hilton London Canary Wharf has announced weekend rates for families looking for a city break this Easter, with rates available from £144 including breakfast for double occupancy.

Located in the South Quay area of the Isle of Dogs, the four star hotel is just three miles from both the medieval Tower of London and Tower Bridge. An eight minute walk from Canary Wharf tube station, Hilton London Canary Wharf offers a good place to stay for a city break this spring, located well for sightseeing and shopping.

Holidaymakers can choose to travel to The O2 Arena, which is 11 minutes away, or shop at the Westfield Stratford City shopping centre accessible in 20 minutes, or Buckingham Palace 30 minutes away via Green Park on the Jubilee Line. For travellers looking to explore historic sites, the Greenwich; the Cutty Sark, the world’s sole surviving tea clipper; and the Museum of London Docklands are key attractions. Situated in a 200 year old warehouse the museum tells the rich history of the area and other London ports from the Roman settlement era to the development of modern day Canary Wharf.

For families looking for a relaxed weekend of fun, Mudchute Farm -the largest city farm in London – is the spot to be with its wide range of farmyard animals, horses and ponies. Sports enthusiasts may choose WakeUpDocklands to enjoy surface water-sport, including paddle-boarding – combining waterskiing, snowboarding and surfing techniques.

‘Riding the slide’, descending the world’s longest, fastest, tallest tunnel slide at ArcelorMittal Orbit, an iconic symbol of the London 2012 Games, is another attraction offering grand views of London city.

After a busy day out at Canary Wharf, guests can have a relaxing retreat at Hilton London Canary Wharf’s spacious guest rooms and suites. Guests benefit from free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs with on-demand movies. Other amenities at the hotel include a fitness centre offering a gym, sauna and steam room.

Guests can choose to dine at the hotels contemporary restaurant Cinnamon and lounge bar or may walk across to the shopping district which has a wide range of branded retail outlets, restaurants and wine bars, the hotel said.

Hilton Hotels & Resorts launches in prime Edinburgh locale

In response to the rising needs of tourists and travellers, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Hilton Edinburgh Carlton – the eighth Hilton Hotels & Resorts hotel in the country.

More than four million tourists visit Edinburgh yearly.

Located less than 10 miles from Edinburgh Airport and a short walk away from Edinburgh’s main attraction, Hilton Edinburgh Carlton is also within walking distance from the famous Royal Mile, and overlooks the beautiful St. Giles’ Cathedral. The hotel is close to Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street, as well as to some of the UK’s top companies making it an ideal location for both business and leisure travellers.

Andreas Lackner, vice president, area brand management, Hilton Worldwide, said, ‘Hilton Edinburgh Carlton offers a chic hotel experience in a prime Edinburgh locale with its sleek design, top-notch amenities and all the benefits and high-quality service expected from Hilton Hotels & Resorts. We are delighted to be extending our footprint in Scotland and to welcome guests from all over the world, especially with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival taking place this month, attracting thousands of visitors.’

The hotel, owned and operated by Amaris Hospitality, offers 211 guest rooms, including junior suites and executive rooms, to serve the needs of business and leisure travellers. All rooms are equipped with a desk, 40-inch TV and modern bathroom. Guests staying in executive rooms can enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks in the hotel’s Executive Lounge throughout the day.

With seven exclusive meeting spaces that can accommodate up to 200 people, Hilton Edinburgh Carlton caters to events and occasions. The hotel also offers customised dining options for private events along with dedicated breakout spaces. Hilton Edinburgh Carlton also features Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Grill, offering a classic dining menu, along with signature dishes and drinks.

Hilton Edinburgh Carlton participates in Hilton HHonors, the guest-loyalty programme for Hilton Worldwide. In celebration of the hotel’s opening, Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels will receive 5,000 bonus points for a three-night minimum stay (valid through October 31, 2016), along with instant benefits including an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi and digital check-in.

Hilton Worldwide to develop its first modular hotel at Bristol Airport

Hilton Worldwide has announced plans to open the first hotel at Bristol Airport under its economy Hampton by Hilton brand, the Airport said in a release.

The 201 guest room property is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2016 and will be the first hotel at the airport. The move comes as Bristol Airport saw record volumes last year when 6.7 million people passed through the terminal, making it one of the UK’s busiest passenger airport.

In developing the modular hotel, Hilton Worldwide has entered into a strategic partnership with modular building provider CIMC. Financed and owned by CIMC, the hotel will be managed by Hilton Worldwide.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide said, ‘CIMC’s capacity to deliver modular sections of the building to the final hotel site offers an incredible opportunity to overcome many of the challenges faced during construction.

‘Alongside potential time and cost efficiencies, CIMC’s ability to provide senior debt to developers using its modular building technique underpins its robust growth model, and we are seeing more and more opportunity for this structure in mature markets such as the UK, and developing economies, most notably in Africa.’

Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer at Bristol Airport, said: ‘The development of a high quality on-site hotel to be operated under such a world-renowned brand will be a very welcome addition to our facilities for the growing number of passengers choosing to fly to and from Bristol Airport. Alongside the terminal extension currently under construction, this is another statement of our ambition to be a world class regional airport serving the South West of the UK.’

CIMC’s innovative modular technique reduces construction time by manufacturing and assembling parts of the hotel, including guest rooms and hallways, in China, before transporting them to the final site for assembly. The model ensures consistent quality and accelerates the on-site schedule.


Hilton Birmingham Metropole refurbishes bar for guests, business customers

Hilton Birmingham Metropole, the largest conference and events hotel outside London, has announced the completion of a redesign and refurbishment of its bar area – The Lounge – transforming it into a stylish space for hotel guests and business users.

With a complete redesign of the space, the Lounge now features new decor and furniture, as well as the introduction of new technology to improve guests’ experience. Besides re-designing the facilities, the hotel has introduced electronic devices to help faster communication between the kitchen and the bar team.

Patrick Stapleton, general manager, Hilton Birmingham Metropole, said, ‘The Lounge bar is the true hub of the hotel. Open 24 hours-a-day, it’s where people congregate and meet for many different occasions, so it was important that the area catered for that.

‘Flexibility was key, therefore we have decided to refresh the space with comfortable sofastyle areas where guests can relax, as well as areas where multiple meetings can take place, such as a ‘connectivity table’, where users can easily set up and charge their electronic devices.’

Hilton Birmingham Metropole expects the excitement of a few upcoming major events, with Grand Central Birmingham, Resorts World Birmingham and the Rugby World Cup all set to take place in 2015. In 2014, the hotel saw 10,000 more room bookings compared to the previous year, and an extra 1,700 event delegates walking through the doors.

Stapleton said, ‘We expect to see occupancy levels increase further and also the length of stay, as people look to make an occasion of visiting the area. For example, they may attend an event at the Hilton or the NEC and then decide to stay an extra night to visit Resorts World or go shopping in Birmingham.

‘We also expect to see more leisure users in addition to corporate travellers. Resorts World Birmingham will offer our 24-hour facilities, including lounge bar, room service and gym but also through our large range of rooms and suites, suitable for solo travellers, families and executives alike.’


Hilton London Heathrow Airport launches ‘Holiday Starts Here’ package

Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 has launched its ‘Holiday Starts Here’ package, designed to offer travellers a trouble-free start to holidays.

Intended to help guests avoid the early morning drive to the airport, the hotel, located one mile from the airport, provides an overnight stay with inclusive parking for travellers setting off on a holiday.

The Holiday Starts Here flexi-package serves all kinds of travellers, from long weekends to trips of a fortnight. Prices start from £109 for four nights’ parking, £114 for eight nights’ parking and £119 for 15 nights’ parking.

The package includes an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s guest rooms, complete with sound proof windows, complimentary Wi-Fi as well as a spa and fitness centre.

With a range of restaurants, Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 claims to offer a unique dining experience, with choices ranging from pan Indian cuisine at Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen, to traditional and contemporary British specialties at The Gallery. After dinner, visitors can also enjoy a cocktail or two in the River Bar.

The package also offers the Heathrow Hoppa bus for guests to reach the airport on time. Available from just GBP4 one way, services run throughout the day from 5 a.m. until 11.30 p.m. With a secure car parking area allocated to the hotel for guests’ convenience.

In 2013, TripAdvisor gave the hotel a Certificate of Excellence Award for providing guests with a consistently exceptional experience.

Hilton London Canary Wharf celebrates ‘Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders’

Hilton London Canary Wharf is celebrating ‘Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders’ as Paul Middleton, its sales manager, has been invited to join the event launched by travel trade magazine, Travel Trade Gazette.

TTG’s ‘Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders’ claims to identify and honour the most inspiring young professionals in the travel industry who have made an outstanding contribution to their business. In the second year, the competition for the initiative has been strong, with young people participating from across the travel industry, and a panel of judges drawn from the Institute of Travel & Tourism to decide the make-up of the final group.

Paul Middleton, sales manager at Hilton London Canary Wharf, has been named one of the highest fliers in travel under the age of 30.

Middleton commented, ‘It was an honour to be nominated for Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders and even more so to be selected as one of the 30 finalists. The initiative is a great opportunity to celebrate best practice and, as a hotel, we are proud to represent Hilton Worldwide as a leading brand within the travel industry.’

Oliver Stockland, area general manager for Hilton Worldwide, added, ‘Paul is an excellent team player and an asset to Hilton London Canary Wharf. I’m delighted that he has been recognised in this way and am sure he will make an excellent contribution to the Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders scheme.’

Daniel Pearce, brand director for TTG Media, commented, ‘There are countless networking events in travel but there aren’t many opportunities for the younger stars of the business to meet, to network and to be inspired by some of travel’s leaders. Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders not only celebrates these individuals but also gives them a real opportunity to learn from some of the most senior people in the industry as well as each other. I’d personally like to congratulate Paul Middleton on making it to the final 30.’

Situated in the heart of the thriving Canary Wharf business district, the contemporary style Hilton London Canary Wharf claims to offer comfortable, neat accommodation, within easy and fast reach of East London destinations, including the Olympic Park, Cutty Sark, Greenwich Royal Observatory and The Emirates Air Line cable car. The hotel received a Certificate of Excellence Award from TripAdvisor in 2013, for providing guests with a consistently exceptional experience.


First DoubleTree by Hilton in Ireland Welcomes Guests

The Morrison Dublin, a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, has opened in Ireland, bringing the upmarket, Doubletree, hotel brand to Ireland for the first time.

Hilton Worldwide, the brand owner, had earlier entered into a franchise agreement with the owners of the existing Morrison Hotel in Dublin, and the new hotel has been converted from the 138-room property with the completion of a €7 million refurbishment.

Martinez Hotels and Resorts will operate the new hotel.

The UK and Ireland director for Martinez Hotels and Resorts, Stephen Mulligan, said, ‘We set out with a very ambitious timeline for this project so we’re delighted to be opening the hotel on schedule and with the support of our new partners, Hilton Worldwide. The refurbishment coincides with a busier than normal event calendar for Ireland this year, and we believe the reopening will not only benefit the long term patrons of the Morrison, but will also contribute to the vibrancy of this up-and-coming part of Dublin.’

The Morrison, is located on Lower Ormond Quay, in Dublin’s city centre, and is close to the Templebar, Jervis Street and Henry Street shopping and dining areas. The hotel amenities include a split level, 24-hour fitness centre, on-site dining at The Morrison Grill and Quay 14 bar, flexible meeting space, complimentary high-speed internet access and a 24-hour business centre.

John Greenleaf, the global head for DoubleTree by Hilton, said, ‘This hotel is a fabulous representation of what our brand is all about. I’m thrilled with the work Nikki O’Donnell has done in bringing to life the essence of Ireland’s rich culture through such a stylish, sophisticated design. Guests will experience a taste of the city’s Celtic heritage and modern vibrancy while enjoying the signature DoubleTree by Hilton touches that we know appeal to travelers across Europe – all starting of course with the trademark warm chocolate chip cookie served upon check in.’

Hilton Worldwide is currently operating four hotels in the Republic of Ireland, all located in the Irish capital.

DoubleTree by Hilton Announces New Hotel in Scotland

The DoubleTree by Hilton hotel brand is to open its new DoubleTree by Hilton Dundee hotel in Scotland, after Hilton Worldwide, the brand owner, entered into a franchise agreement with BDL Select Operations Limited.

The new hotel will be converted from the previous Landmark Hotel, a 95-guestroom property, and is expected to open in spring of 2013. The hotel will be located in a 100-year-old listed mansion house, and its neighbouring gardens.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, the Hilton Worldwide senior vice president of development, for Europe and Africa, said, ‘DoubleTree by Hilton is one of our most successful growth brands in the UK and we’re delighted to be introducing it to Dundee. The hotel will join more than 9 other UK properties, which have been welcomed into the brand in less than 12 months, for a total of 18 in the UK, 36 across Europe with a further 20 in the pipeline for the continent.

Once converted, DoubleTree by Hilton Dundee will serve as a perfect example of the benefits the brand offers guests and owners alike. The hotel will keep a strong sense of its unique heritage and identity whilst also benefiting from Hilton Worldwide’s global systems and Hilton HHonors guest loyalty programme.’

The hotel will have five meeting rooms, a restaurant inside a conservatory, a health club, spa and indoor swimming pool.

Rob Palleschi, the global head of DoubleTree by Hilton brand, said, ‘As we continue our growth in the UK, we look to partner with developers who share our DoubleTree by Hilton belief in offering consistency through a superior guest experience while allowing a property to keep its natural character. DoubleTree by Hilton Dundee is a unique, ideally located property, which will be a fantastic addition to the brand. We look forward to welcoming our first guests with our delicious, signature chocolate chip cookie at check-in.’

DoubleTree by Hilton Opens New Hotel in London

DoubleTree by Hilton brand has opened its newest London hotel property, DoubleTree by Hilton London – Marble Arch, close to Marble Arch station.

The hotel, which was recently officially opened by Ufi Ibrahim, the chief executive of the British Hospitality Association, is located in the heart of London, offering easy access to shopping and the city’s other attractions and business districts.

Rob Palleschi, the global head of the DoubleTree by Hilton brand of Hilton Hotels and Resorts, said, ‘DoubleTree by Hilton is delighted to welcome this historic and beautifully renovated property to our exciting portfolio of U.K. hotels.

With the introduction of hotels like DoubleTree by Hilton London – Marble Arch, the DoubleTree by Hilton brand is becoming synonymous within the U.K. and around the world with upscale hotel accommodation, and a personalised and welcoming level of service, style and hospitality.’

The hotel, previously known as the Best Western Premier Mostyn Hotel, is offering high-speed Wi-Fi, dining options that include Texture, a modern European restaurant and champagne bar, the Fire & Spice Bar & Kitchen, which features house specialties, and the Indigo Bar & Lounge. It also has a fitness suite, conference and events spaces with three meeting rooms and boardrooms, and a complimentary business centre.

The hotel’s general manager, Anup Sarin, said, ‘We are delighted to be involved with Hilton Worldwide and especially to be part of such a caring and innovative brand as DoubleTree by Hilton as it mirrors so well our own vales and ethics. I am sure we will create a superb and long-lasting partnership for the future. The team and I look forward to our journey together with our new family.’