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Hilton Opens Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Hilton Opens Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

SCHIPHOL, Netherlands—Hilton Hotels & Resorts, pioneer of the world’s first airport hotel in 1959, has opened the new Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the latest vision for modern air travel accommodation. The state-of-the-art 433-room hotel replaces the previous Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, which opened in 1972. The landmark property was developed and is owned by Schiphol Real Estate. Created by acclaimed Dutch architects Mecanoo, alongside British interior design company The Gallery HBA, Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has a distinct cubic design that features a glazed roof. Contemporary Dutch influence can also be found throughout the public space and guestrooms. Spanish artist Israel Páez has created a wide range of bespoke pieces for the hotel such as story-telling tile walls in the open kitchens and a series of headboards for the guest rooms representing the Dutch landscape that gives every space an authentic and local touch. Rob Palleschi, global head, full service brands, Hilton Worldwide, said, “The airport hotel concept was born in 1959, with the opening of Hilton San Francisco Airport. Innovation is in our blood—from being the first hospitality company to install televisions in guest rooms to introducing digital check-in with room selection via the Hilton HHonors app – and ...

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Hilton Hotels Opens Latest United Kingdom Property

Hilton Hotels Opens Latest United Kingdom Property

BOURNEMOUTH, England & MCLEAN, Va.—Hilton Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of its newest property in the United Kingdom, Hilton Bournemouth. The new hotel joins 67 hotels within the Hilton portfolio across the country, including new additions at London Bankside and the Ageas Bowl, Southampton. Classic design and quirky innovation are central to the hotel’s aesthetic, with bespoke interiors and furnishings designed exclusively for Hilton Bournemouth by Ray Kelvin throughout. Hilton Bournemouth was developed by privately owned property company That Group, which owns the hotel and neighbouring Hampton by Hilton Bournemouth. Housed in a soaring glass structure, the 172-room property offers panoramic views to the coast and across the popular seaside town. “With miles of beaches and buzzing nightlife, Bournemouth was a natural fit for Hilton Hotels & Resorts to bring its brand of hospitality and continue its expansion in the UK,” said Rob Palleschi, global head, full service brands, Hilton Worldwide. “This property incorporates cutting edge design with all the Hilton touches our guests identify with. Our collaboration with That Group and the opportunity to incorporate Ray Kelvin’s design expertise has created a posh getaway for travelers to create memorable experiences.” Local craftsmanship and design influences are visible ...

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Hilton Slapped with Fine Over Wi-Fi Investigation

The Federal Communications Commission has hit Hilton Hotels with a $25,000 fine for interfering in an investigation of whether it blocked customers’ personal Wi-Fi hotspots, reports CNN Money. In August 2014, the FCC began receiving complaints that the hotel was blocking the use of hotspots unless they paid a $500 fee. In November, the FCC sent Hilton a letter of inquiry asking for information about its Wi-Fi blocking practices, but says Hilton has failed to provided the proper information. “Throughout this inquiry, we have cooperated with the FCC, providing extensive background and details in a timely and efficient manner,” a Hilton Worldwide spokesman told CNN Money. “We believe that the FCC has no basis for vastly expanding the initial inquiry based on a single complaint at a single Hilton hotel.” For the full story, click here.

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Palmer House Gives Travelers Opportunities to Connect

Palmer House Gives Travelers Opportunities to Connect

Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel, has been catering to travelers in downtown Chicago for more than 140 years. With a long and lush history, the property has hosted almost every U.S. president since Ulysses S. Grant. The hotel’s famed Empire Room—now a venue for lavish weddings and high-end corporate events—was once a supper club that showcased the top performers of the day, including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and Louis Armstrong, just to name a few. According to Ken Price, Palmer House’s director of public relations and resident historian, it is the people who built and stayed at Palmer House who are responsible for its rich history. “It is their blood, guts, and DNA that make it so fascinating,” he said. Price is especially well versed in the origins of the hotel and family who built it—the Palmers. Constructed as a wedding gift from Chicago entrepreneur Potter Palmer to his bride, Bertha Honoré, the original Palmer House was open for less than two weeks before it was destroyed by the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. The hotel was rebuilt at Bertha’s insistence, a decision that Price credits with helping the city get back on its feet after the cataclysmic blaze. The ...

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Hilton Paris Opera Opens Following $50 Million Renovation

Hilton Paris Opera Opens Following $50 Million Renovation

PARIS and McLean, Va.—Hilton Paris Opera has officially opened, unveiling a chic and contemporary new look, following an extensive renovation. Located in Right Bank’s Opera district, a short distance from the Champs-Elysées and French boutique shopping experiences at Galeries Lafayette and Printemps Haussmann, the hotel was originally the vision of architect Juste Lisch. Having first opened in 1889 to welcome visitors of the Exposition Universelle, the hotel has undergone a $50 million refurbishment that returns it to its former glory. This historical centerpiece of the hotel is the Le Grand Salon which, along with 268 guestrooms and suites, several bars and restaurants, plus meeting and event space have all been transformed under the close supervision of design firm Richmond International. “France has the largest inbound tourism market in Europe, estimated to reach 100 million by 2018, with Paris itself remaining one of the world’s great destinations,” said Simon Vincent, EVP and president, Europe, Middle East & Africa at Hilton Worldwide. “Hilton has a long history in the city and we are delighted to be bringing one of its most illustrious hotels back to life, following a stylish renovation that will ensure Hilton Paris Opera becomes a home for Parisians and ...

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