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Hotel rebrandings happen – they are a fact of life in the industry, whether a result of lawsuits or some other drama, or just a desired change in direction or repositioning. The difference for guests can be substantial if major renovation is involved, and sometimes it is simply a case of one name on the door coming down and another going up.
We’re not entirely sure though what to call it when a hotel group loses half of its portfolio in the span of a single year, which seems to be the case for Concorde Hotels. Earlier this year, Hyatt swooped in and took over the management of four of its hotels (two in Paris, two on the French Riviera), newcomer The Set will be closing the Lutetia soon for yet another full-on French palace hotel renovation, and now Hilton is taking over Concorde Paris Opéra and Sofitel the Concorde Berlin. Seven hotels in twelve months is quite the stampede for the door marked “exit,” is all we’re saying.
HLT. That's now the symbol for Hilton Hotels on the New York Stock Exchange, after the hotel company went public today in the biggest-ever hotel initial public offering yesterday. (Hilton returns to the stock market after being taken private by the Blackstone Group in 2007.)
Hilton raised $2.34 billion in the IPO with 112 million shares priced at $20. As of 10:45am EST today, that price was at $21.72 and rising. Previously, Hyatt Hotels had the largest ever IPO with $950 million in 2009.
So what does this biggest-ever hotel IPO mean for a Hilton hotel guest? Nothing really, although one report says Hilton, now being a public company, could tap into more capital which could lead to lobby, room and even rewards program improvements. And then what does this means for an investor? Well, according to Morningstar equity analyst Chad Mollman, the Hilton stock might not be the best choice for people seeking a long-term investment. Mollman also priced the stock at $16 a share, well below the $21 mark it's at now.
But if you're interested in owning a piece of Hilton, $21 might be worth paying, especially when something goes wrong during your stay and you can throw down this, "But I'm a shareholder!"
[Photo: Hilton Hotels/Twitter]
London’s Southbank is so hot right now, to use a phrase that generally makes us recoil a bit when we read it. That there is a lot of activity – hotel and otherwise – can’t be denied: Tate Modern is busy building its extension, the Mondrian is busy transforming Sea Containers House, and for those in the market for a million-dollar plus studio apartment, well, you’re in luck.
One question mark has been the giant hole in the ground on Great Suffolk Street, less than a block away from that Tate Modern extension and the frightfully expensive Neo Bankside residential complex. Planned to have a 288-room Hilton Bankside fill up the space by 2012, the site was dormant for the longest time. But wait! Things finally seem to be moving along, with what we expect to be an underground parking garage now nearly bringing the site to street level, and some early signs of rising from there. And there is more.
Hilton Hotels are back with their creative approach to making going away for vacation a top priority. At the end of last winter, the chain wanted you to get away and now they want you to do it again; by staying at, of course, a Hilton property.
This week marks "International Use it Or Lose It Week", marking six weeks to go until we bid a fond adieu to 2013. Along with this celebration, the possibility of losing unused paid vacation time looms and Hilton doesn't really want you to relinquish this hard-earned benefit.
Diagnosing some imaginary (or not-so imaginary) working symptoms of vacationitis like Yellow Post-it Fever and Replyallgia, Hilton has gone pretty creative. If you feel like you might be coming down with any of these ailments, you can seek a consultation at the hotel's vacation website appropriately named, Vacation Care Center. A cheeky, self-triage of your workaholic needs will also enter you into a contest to win a weekend getaway at a Hilton property.
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The long-standing Sheraton near The Meadowlands Complex in New Jersey, where the Giants and Jets play, has turned into a Hilton Hotel, with some brand new rooms, a new lobby and hallways. (The remaining rooms and meeting space are scheduled to begin renovation later next year.)
Aside from a prime location near the Meadowlands and the MetLife Stadium, the hotel is just four miles from NYC and 15 minutes from Newark Liberty International Airport, making it an affordable alternative to Manhattan. But should you want to stay at this hotel sometime in early February, try again. The hotel is the host hotel of Super Bowl XLVIII which means rooms are probably sold-out.
And we say probably because there isn't an official Hilton site for the hotel right now. The existing Sheraton site is still up but when we tried to make a reservation for next week, no dice. Until the Hilton site comes online, you may want to call the hotel at (201) 896-0500 to book your stay. Who knows? Maybe you'll get lucky with a room for the Super Bowl.
[Photo: Sheraton Hotels]
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When we put together our The Master List of Worldwide Hotel Openings at the start of the year, we had a little bit of a mystery with the Hilton Cabana Miami Beach. At the time, we couldn't find out much information on this spot, only that it would open in Q3. But a lot can change in a year.
Not only does the hotel have website but we've heard that it will be soft-opening on December 16th.
The 10-story Art Deco building is located on Collins Avenue at 62nd Street (way north) but it's got prime beachfront property along Millionaire's Row. When finished, the hotel will have 231 guestrooms and a variety of suites spread out over Cabana-style buildings. Most of the rooms will have balconies from which you can gaze at either the sea or the pool. (We're digging the orange stripes and the cheeky photograph of two ladies fishing.) Also onsite will be two pools, Brasserie L'echon, an all-day dining spot, a lobby bar and both a business and fitness center.
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On the heels of Hilton's announcement that it will put Keurig coffee makers in all its Hilton Garden Inn hotels, here's a rant from our contributor, Wake about his frustration with hotels when it comes to in-room coffee, no doubt stemming from the fact that, as a writer, he depends on it to make his living.
There's nothing better than waking up and having the ability to sip coffee while you go through your morning routine, and in turn, there is nothing worse than seeing that ability go to waste at the hands of an inadequate in-room coffee maker. Nothing. You know what we're talking about: That nasty, watery, metallic cup of joe that makes you wonder why you got out of bed in the first place.
The causes of the poor production vary, but most stem from the fact that a large percentage of hotels find it satisfactory to put $10 will-this-plastic-hold-up-under-the-heat-of-the-water coffee makers in the rooms, seemingly satisfied to merely be able to add it to the list of amenities without regard for whether it adds or detracts value in reality. Like, seriously, no one drinks from these things except people who work in offices, and there's no way anyone should be reminded of the office while on vacation, or worse, while traveling for work.
Remember when the Hilton New York did away with room service and tried to make it up to us with an ice bar? We weren't convinced, and we still want our room service back, but now they've just opened something they are describing as a "new dining concept" named Herb N' Kitchen -- and it even provides room service (albeit only during very limited hours and in paper bags.)
All this week, we'll be talking about Hotel Beds--where to buy 'em, how to make 'em, how to trust 'em (just wait and see what we mean) and what to do when the bed isn't enough to send you to Sleepyland. Got a hotel bed question or comment? Send it to us!
If a hotel's got a plush bed, mounds of pillows and crisp, clean linens, one might think they've got the hotel bed down on lock. Wrong. Presentation is everything. Have you ever walked into a hotel room after a long trip, more than ready to collapse onto the hotel bed, only to find it was poorly made with the pillows out of order and the sheets half-on or wrinkled? We have. And it was pretty depressing.
That's why a properly made bed is just as crucial as the bed type itself. Now, how does one properly make a hotel bed? Well, each hotel brand has different protocols. Thanks to Diana Plazas, Director of Global Brand Marketing for DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels, we've got a step-by-step tutorial on how to make DoubleTree's own Sweet Dreams bed.
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Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)
DEALS, DEALS, DEALS*
· Hotel Monaco Baltimore's Ravens Purple Pride Package: Love the Ravens? Like, really, really, really LOVE The Ravens? Then book the “Ravens Purple Pride” package at the Hotel Monaco Baltimore. It includes deluxe accommodations, complimentary overnight parking for one vehicle, complimentary Ravens swag at check-in, two complimentary “Hail Mary” specialty drinks at B&O American Brasserie and a complimentary hosted evening wine hour, held in true Ravens fashion with festive purple sangria and purple lighting in the hotel’s living room. Rates start at $159 and are about a 25 percent savings over best available rates. The package is available from September 15 - December 30, 2013 during Ravens home games and is based on availability. Go here to book using the promo code RAVEN or call (888) 752-2363 and request the “Ravens Purple Pride” package.
· Start Peeping for Leaf Peeping Season at the Woodstock Inn: The leaves are going to change colors soon so you better book your leaf peeping hotel room now. The Woodstock Inn in Vermont, recognized as one of the “prettiest small towns in America,” is now offering a Wake up In Woodstock Package that includes one night stay, a country breakfast for two, Vermont Maple Syrup to take home, admission to Billings Farm & Museum, admission to the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and complimentary use of Racquet & Fitness Club. Rates start at $265, based on double occupancy, excluding applicable taxes and resort fee. Go here to book.
Uhhh...yeah, we hope put a little New York twist on this guestroom.
But that should change early next year when the Homewood Suites New York City Midtown Manhattan opens up on 37th Street/8th Avenue, three blocks from Penn Station. The site is the former home of a parking lot, which had reportedly been owned by the same family since around the Civil War and, in previous lives, housed horses and an embalming business. Back in 2011, The Wall Street Journal reported on its purchase for $21 million by "a venture of the Albanese Organization Inc. and the Buccini/Pollin Group Inc."
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Expedia announced last week that Hilton Hotels has officially enrolled about 4,000 of its properties in the Expedia Traveler Preference (ETP) program, bringing the total number of participating hotels across all brands to around 25,000.
Never heard of the ETP program? Essentially, it offers consumers flexibility in that they can either pay at the time of booking on Expedia, or they can pay upon checkout at the conclusion of the hotel stay. Although concerns were raised when it was introduced in July 2012, more and more hotels, including some Marriott and Accor properties, are now happy a year later. (It was originally reported that Hilton would be involved right off the bat, but it looks like it took a year to iron out the details.)
For the consumer, the option of when to pay is really nice, and the only real drawback we find at the moment is that you have to hunt for the hotels. As you see in the photo above, the ETP option presents itself only after you click on the individual hotel, and the initial search results unfortunately do not indicate which hotels carry this option. Once you click the book button, a window pops up that asks you to decide how you want to pay -- now or later.