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The Most Sought After Site in Beverly Hills May Become The Number 'One' Hotel in Beverly Hills

July 30, 2015 at 4:05 PM | by | ()

Another new hotel is coming to Beverly Hills, quite possibly having the best location in the city - unless you’re the Beverly Hilton. This hotel-condo development, which may not see the light of day until 2019, is within sleepwalking distance of the Hilton and goes by the name of One Beverly Hills. We'll get to the name later.

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Hilton Finally Lists Bankside Hotel, Opens Reservations from October

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  Site Where: 2-8 Great Suffolk Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 0UG
July 14, 2015 at 8:15 AM | by | ()

We’ve been talking it about for over three years now, but Hilton Hotels has finally given the Hilton London Bankside its own website, only a few months after putting its name on the building itself. Above a King Guest Room, indeed very similar to the renderings we saw a year ago. If this is that “new brand design”, what say ye? Reservations for the 292 rooms, all with free WiFi, are being accepted from October 29, so an autumn opening seems feasible.

Restaurant OXBO Bankside will be a “fresh and contemporary grill”, and The Distillery Bar will have as a unique feature “pipette aromatics, infusions and onsite made bitters with which to accent drinks inspired by the building’s heritage as a distillery” (we presume that refers to whatever was here before, the Hilton itself is brand new). We’re curious to see the fitness center with lap pool.

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Canopy By Hilton Will Open in Iceland in 2016

Where: Iceland
July 9, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | ()

It’s time to say halló to another worldwide Hilton option, and this time it‘s Canopy by Hilton. The plan is to set up shop over in Iceland, as they stake claim to being the first of the new brand to call Reykjavik home.

Work is already underway at the future site of Canopy Reykjavik | City Centre, with the bulldozers and construction crews at hard at work over on Hverfisgata Street. We’d certainly love to visit Iceland sooner than later, but we’ll have to take their word for it when they describe the location as “a thriving neighborhood in the centre of the city.” We just are curious as to how far away the place is to that famous hot dog stand.

There are plans to incorporate plenty of local this and that to the design and architecture, so when you finally get a chance to check-in at some point in early 2016 expect an open and airy lobby. There will be a rooftop bar and restaurant with sights of the city, and we only imagine that this will be a seasonal option #thankswinter.

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HNB: Jose Andres Says Yes to SLS But No to Trump

July 8, 2015 at 6:09 PM | by | ()

So much hotel news, so little time – here are a few snippets to keep you up to date with the latest news from around the world!

SLS NEW YORK TO OPEN SUMMER 2016 WITH JOSE ANDRES IN THE KITCHEN: SLS New York announced today that it received $109 million financing from Fortress Investment Group for their 190-room luxury lifestyle hotel at 444 Park Avenue South. That's enough change to get their favorite chef José Andrés installed in the kitchen at the hotel. Word is Andrés will bring his The Bazaar by José Andrés concept to the hotel. This marks the third Bazaar for the world but the first JA restaurant in NYC. The hotel should open by Summer 2016.

AND HERE'S WHERE JOSE ANDRES WON'T BE OPENING (OR SO HE HOPES): Andrés recently backed out of opening a restaurant inside the Trump International Hotel, Washington D.C, set to open next year. He did so because of The Donald's unsavory remarks about Mexicans and illegal immigrants. However, Trump won't let him get away so fast. According to a statement from Donald Trump, Jr.: “In the event Mr. Andrés defaults in the performance of his obligations, we will not hesitate to take legal action to recover all unpaid rent for the entire 10 year term together with all attorneys’ fees and additional damages we may sustain. We will also enforce the exclusivity provisions preventing Mr. Andrés from opening a competing restaurant anywhere in the D.C area. Mr. Andrés’ obligations under the lease are clear and unambiguous." Gulp.

HILTON LOS CABOS HAS OFFICIALLY REOPENED: After getting pummeled by Hurricane Odile last September, the Hilton Los Cabos is now back open for business and better than ever. The resort has reimagined culinary concepts, including a swim-up bar; renovated guest rooms; and a new El Sombrero hat shop. In August, the resort will also open its hotel-within- a-hotel concept, called La Vista Club which features 65 Club-level rooms and suites.

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Hilton Should Get Some New 'Likes' Now That WiFi is Free for HHonors Members

June 24, 2015 at 2:45 PM | by | ()

Free WiFi=Poolside selfies, according to Hilton Hotels

Hilton Hotels may not be popular on social media but that could change now that they have freed the WiFi for all Hilton HHonors members, no matter the level, at all Hilton branded 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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The Hated Hotel Chains of Social Media

June 23, 2015 at 9:35 AM | by | ()

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.

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Hilton Heathrow Opens a Formula One-Inspired Racing Room

June 22, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

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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Philadelphia Says Goodbye to Four Seasons and Hello to Curio

Where: Philadelphia, PA
June 16, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | ()

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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Five Injured at the Waldorf Astoria as a Gun Goes Off During a Wedding

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  Site Where: 301 Park Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022-6897
June 15, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | ()

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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12 New Hotels for Amsterdam

June 4, 2015 at 8:36 AM | by | ()

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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Cleveland's New Hilton Wants Your Snapshots For Its Art Installation

May 27, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | ()

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.

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This Baby Gorilla Has Never Looked Cuter, Thanks to a Hilton Hotel

May 19, 2015 at 5:26 PM | by | ()

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]