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Free WiFi=Poolside selfies, according to Hilton Hotels
We reported on this program benefit back in March with an estimated roll-out date of August but it looks like they've released the perk a little earlier than expected.
There are a couple of catches--you need to be a Hilton HHonors member, and you need to book directly with Hilton. Also, the free WiFi is just standard WiFi. If you'd like premium internet, you'll need to be a HHonors Diamond member for that.
Still, this is a big step for Hilton as they join the other hotel brands that have already freed their WiFi for their loyalty program members. Hopefully, this will get them some new "likes."
[Screengrab: Hilton HHonors]
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We like to think that we know our way around social media, but when it comes to aggregating data from Twitter and parsing out the positive and negative posts—that’s above our pay grade.
Thankfully Fortune is featuring the handiwork from the smarty-pants team over at Crimson Hexagon, as they just released a little information about the most hated hotel brands doing their thing on social media. We’ll get to all the details in a minute, but to cut to the chase Hilton has a lot of work to do. They scored a 17% negative rating, as guests aren’t cool with paying for WiFi, complain of poor connection speeds, report billing problems, and note a few other less than positive comments.
It’s been quite some time since we sleot in a race car bed, as socially it’s kind of frowned upon for an adult—and well, we don’t exactly fit in it anymore. Hilton has heard our dilemma, and they recently opened up the next best thing thanks to their F1 partnership with the folks over at McLaren-Honda.
At Hilton London Heathrow Airport Hotel within the airport’s Terminal 4 there’s now a great place to welcome race fans, and that’s especially the case with the racing series coming to the UK during the first weekend of July.
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This month marks the end of the road for the Four Seasons Philadelphia, as the brand is shutting its doors in the city and it won’t return until early in 2018. Fear not if you’re a fan of the building, as we can only imagine that workers are already busy at upgrading and improving things as part of its rebirth into a new property.
Things will be closed until the fall, and that’s when the property will reopen as a Hilton. Not just any Hilton either, as The Logan—as it will be known—will be part of the chain’s latest brand known as the Curio Collection.
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The lobby in happier times
It’s not the normal behavior you see in Old Lady Waldorf, the Waldorf Astoria; on Saturday, during a high falutin wedding reception, a guest’s gun went off, injuring five fellow partiers – luckily, not seriously.
The reception was due to take place in the Ballroom but the guests were actually posing for photos in the lobby when Vladimir Gotlibovsky’s 9mm Ruger went off in his pocket, hitting the floor. One woman suffered a headwound, a graze from the bullet; others were wounded in the leg after debris – glass, marble and tile – went flying.
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Every month, we tell you which hotel openings you need to know about (and which, inevitably, miss their deadlines). While we have a healthy list of arrivals around the world, there are a few places that are either consistently popular or having a bit of a hotel moment, so “new hotels for…” gives you a rundown of the openings you will want to know about for a particular destination. Even on our Master List of Hotel Openings we highlighted Amsterdam as enjoying a bit of a renaissance – and so much has happened since then. Last year, Waldorf Astoria was the talk of the town, which followed the likes of Andaz and the Conservatorium. But in 2015, and the next few years, the Dutch capital is picking up steam, adding a range of interesting hotels. Tallying them up quickly took us to 12, and there will be more:
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A new Hilton isn’t generally that exciting a prospect, but with a little local flair and art it certainly can be. That’s the case over in Cleveland, as hotel developers are asking for snapshots and shares of The Forest City—yep, we had to look the nickname up on Wikipedia.
Hotel officials are asking locals to show off some of why Cleveland rocks, and that’s what they’re going to use to decorate bits and pieces of the new property. According to Crain’s Cleveland Business, the arts and crafts is all taking place as part of construction at the new Hilton Cleveland Downtown.
What's better than a photo of a baby gorilla? A photo of a baby gorilla playing on linens donated by a hotel to a local zoo.
That's exactly what the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center has done for the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. Above is toddler gorilla, Nayembi, playing on a blanket donated by the hotel to the zoo for the western lowland gorilla exhibit. The momma gorillas at the zoo use the blankets as nesting materials, while the toddler gorillas use them for playing, which keep them stimulated and active.
But these aren't old discarded linens. These are the same table linens and blankets that hotel guests use. Nothing but the finest for baby gorillas!
We reached out to the Hilton's director of sales and marketing, Nathan Karsten, and asked him about how this donation effort came about. Here's what he told us:
"We work with our local humane societies, and based on the amount we had to donate we knew we needed a larger organization, said Karsten. "We reached out to the zoo to see if there was an interest and there sure was. Again, we are just so happy to help out."
And we are just so happy to keep looking at this photo. Thanks, Hilton!
[Photo: LP Zoo]
Here’s some news sure to please staunch preservationists and dedicated followers of Mid-Century design. The former Statler Hilton Dallas, a classy 1950s gem in downtown Dallas, is getting a second act.
The hotel is reopen in 2016 after extensive renovations as a new member of Hilton Hotels' Curio Collection .
The Dallas Morning News reports that developers Centurion American Development Group got the official “nod” from City Council along with about $46 million in pocket change to forward the mixed-use project which includes the restoration of the Old Dallas Central Library, another cool 50s building, located next door to the hotel.
There was certainly some discussion way back when in 2014 when the folks at Hilton let the cat out of the bag regarding their new hotel brand—Canopy By Hilton. Fast forward a few months, and we’re still a bit away from the planned 2016 debut. In the interim the Hilton people are getting ready, as they've begun to get some opinions from those in the know. They’re calling it Canopy by You.
Have you been saving all your HHonors points from your Hilton Hotel stays so that you can have enough to splurge on a wonderful vacation? How very basic of you. Kidding! But if you've been trying to get tickets to a popular summer concert and are appalled at the ticket prices, you can use your HHonors points instead.
Hilton has partnered up with Live Nation to give Hilton loyalty program members access to concerts and sporting events. (This is similar to what Starwood Preferred Guest did a few years ago with Live Nation.) Called @Play, is similar to HHonors members can cash in their points for said concert and sporting events, or they can use the points to bid on special experiences like artist meet and greets. (There's one coming up with Meghan Trainor and another for Paramore.)
As for how many points you need, well that depends on the artist. Right now, the most expensive one is the Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga concert in Los Angeles for 250,000 points. (The one in Massachusetts is much cheaper.) That's a hefty sum to cash in but it includes four tickets in "premium seating." But expensive doesn't always mean popular. The Ed Sheeran concert is sold-out and that was only 50,000 points.
Still, it's safe to say you will need at least 50,000 points to get what you want. So start booking more stays or sign up for the Double Your HHonors promotion to earn double points through May 31, 2015. Want to learn more about the nitty gritty of redeeming your HHonors points for these experiences? Read the FAQ page, especially if you plan on bidding for your item.
It’s maybe not quite six months since we last looked at the Hilton Bankside, but it’s worth checking in on the hotel now rather than wait for our usual twice-a-year update on the long-running project. Why? Because not only does less scaffolding give us a better view of the hotel’s exterior, we also have proof that this indeed will be a Hilton: the logo is right there. What’s more, it seems Starwood is preparing to attach its Westin logo to a project nearby. Read on for details.
If you need a little refresh on the Hilton and why you should care, here we go: yes, it is one in a long list of Hiltons London has, but we have our eye on it for the “new brand design” it will supposedly showcase, which based on renderings we saw looks very interesting. There will be a leisure club with pool, and location is just a block or so behind Tate Modern and the Thames. Despite the logo being up, there is still no sign of the hotel on Hilton’s website; let’s assume that cannot be far off.