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DoubleTree Hilton Boston Wraps Its $8.6 Million Facelift

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  Site Where: 821 Washington St. [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02111
April 16, 2014 at 10:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.

For a hotel located across the street from a hospital, you’d think that that the DoubleTree Hilton Boston would have had a facelift sooner. But this month the property announced the completion of an $8.6 million renovation that gave the 267 guest rooms a much needed new look. That's the "Before" picture above. Now brace yourself for the "After" shot below.

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Suddenly, Perth is So Hot for Hotels Right Now (But Will It Be Affordable?)

Where: Perth, Australia
April 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

We first talked about the vintage awesomeness of Terrace Hotel and the gaming paradise of Crown and then the luxury of a Ritz-Carlton, but now even more hotel announcements are coming out of Perth. Australia's fourth largest city is surely the newest hot spot for new properties, major renovations and increased service, but all of this may come at a high price.

Room rates in the west coast city are not cheap. On a recent trip with an overnight stop-over in Perth, we searched high and low for an affordable room that wasn't the Bates Motel. Our efforts turned up a room that was close to the airport (we had an early flight) that set us back $250 for the night. The room was basic; the building, prison-like. We weren't impressed and we wondered what was going on with Perth's hotel scene?

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An Idyllic View of Santa Barbara From The Fess Parker Hotel

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  Site Where: 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard [map], Santa Barbara, California, United States, 93103
April 3, 2014 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

A few weeks ago, we showed you the before and after pics of the Fess Parker's most recent renovation. The revamp ensured that the hotel will remain one of the city's flagship hotels going forward, at least as far as aesthetics go. We love the new rooms, and one thing that hasn't changed is the beautiful ocean and mountain views they provide.

Next week, we'll poke around town and dish on all the hotel news happening around town, including other hotel renovations as well as offerings you can expect from different properties this summer.

For now, enjoy this wonderful view from the hotel's Gardenia Building, and feel free to daydream about the warm California sun as we transition into spring.

[Photo: Will McGough]

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Edinburgh Just Got its First DoubleTree

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  Site Where: 34 Bread Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH3 9AF
April 1, 2014 at 9:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

As the site of a year-long Homecoming celebration, the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup, Andy Murray hotel, and possible declaration of independence, Scotland is having a huge year in 2014. Good time for a new hotel to open up in the capital, Edinburgh.

The just-opened 138-room DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre is the first DoubleTree by Hilton in the city, joining 21 of the brand's properties in the United Kingdom. While the hotel at first looks to be a wee bit out from the main Old Town/Grassmarket/Princes Street drag, it's actually in a pretty handy location, a few minutes' walk from the castle, the bars and restaurants of Lothian Street, and the National Museum.

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5 Tasty Facts About The DoubleTree Cookie You're Probably Eating Right Now

March 20, 2014 at 8:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Got a craving for a cookie? Then get yourself to the nearest DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel because the hotel brand is celebrating its 300 million cookie milestone by giving out even more cookies to guests and non-guests around the world.

That's right. Whether or not you're a guest at a DoubleTree today or just passing by, you can stop in and get one of their signature chocolate chip cookies. And if you live in NYC, keep an eye for DoubleTree team members who will be roaming the streets handing out two cookies to people from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. DoubleTree is hoping folks will take one cookie to keep and one to share with their friends. (We'll see about that!)

The DoubleTree cookie was first handed out to all guests in the late 1980s at a time when it was common for hotels to only give them to VIP guests. By 1986, a secret recipe for the cookie was created and to this day, only a handful of bakeries around the world hold the secret recipe. However, each chocolate chip cookie is baked fresh daily at the hotel. And yes, the cookie is served at EVERY DoubleTree hotel in the world from Chile to China.

"It's something that seems to transcend all cultures--a chocolate chip cookie," said John Greenleaf, global head of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels.

Here are 5 more interesting, and tasty, facts about the delicious DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie:

1. 77,000 chocolate chip cookies are given out each day.
2. 28,000,000 warm welcomes happen at DoubleTree annually
3. 300,000,000+ chocolate chip cookies have been given out to date
4. 20 is the average number of chocolate chips per 2 ounce cookie
5. 950,000 pounds of chocolate chips are used each year.

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Before and After: The Fess Parker in Santa Barbara Gets All Dressed Up

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  Site Where: 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard [map], Santa Barbara, CA , United States, 93103
February 18, 2014 at 2:19 PM | by | Comment (1)

We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.

The Fess Parker, a laid-back Doubletree by HIlton resort in Santa Barbara, Calif., has just finished much-needed upgrade to their 360 guest rooms and suites and we're happy to report the renovation managed to keep the resort's chill vibe but in a thoroughly modern way .

This is what the guest rooms used to look like. Um, plaid much? While we do appreciate the modern amenities, like a flat-screen TV and rolling desk chair, the rest of the room is a bit of a turn-off. Fortunately, it's all been changed.

Keep reading to see how much better the rooms look today!

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3 Hotel Spa Treatments For Beating The Winter Blues in Chicago

February 7, 2014 at 4:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

At this point, Chicagoans are so over winter (and we still have 40 days to go.) Local spas are rising to the occasion with new treatments that do more than just pamper. If you're not down for swimming laps, check out these three services that combine plush bathrobes and tranquil settings with serums, gels, and rituals meant to clear bad energy. Let the healing begin.

CHUAN SPA AT LANGHAM CHICAGO can give you a fresh start to the year, if you have three hours—and $525—to spare. Available through February 28, The Chinese New Year Rejuvenation Package includes a bamboo-and-seasame body buff, a ginger-wasabi detox body wrap, and a massage that incorporates an orchid-and-pearl cream. Afterwards, try fresh fruits pair fresh fruits paried with soothing teas during the Chuan Signature Elemental Tea Service. Guests leave with a personalized Chinese New Year Fortune.

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How DoubleTree By Hilton Makes Their Sweet Dreams Beds Everyday

September 18, 2013 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (2)

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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DoubleTree Opens a New Cinema-Themed Hotel in Łódź

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  Site Where: 29 Lakowa Street, Łódź , Poland, 90-554
July 30, 2013 at 1:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Poland's third city, Łódź (it's pronounced "woodge") may lack the charm of Krakow and energy of Warsaw, but it is at the heart of the Polish art scene.

Łódź's famous National Film School counts three Oscar winners amongst its alumni (Roman Polanski, Andrzej Wajda, and Zbingniew Rybczyński) so it is fitting that DoubleTree has given its new Łódź property a cinema theme and located it on the site of Łódź Film Studio.

"Hilton Worldwide has a long history of association with the film industry and DoubleTree by Hilton Łódź builds on this heritage in an important European market" said Simon Vincent, Hilton Worldwide's EMEA president.

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Got $50,000? Then You Can Spend The Night in a Bouncy House Hotel Room

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  Site Where: 1405 Curtis St [map], Denver, CO , United States, 80202
July 24, 2013 at 11:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've seen all kinds of pop-up hotels here on HotelChatter from the glamping kind, the sleep around kind, the "world's smallest kind" and even an edible kind and so many more. But this latest pop-up hotel from The Curtis Hotel in Denver, a DoubleTree Hotel, might just be the craziest we've seen yet.

The hotel has created a $50,000 floating bounce house hotel, billed as "the world's only floating pop-up hotel room" and referred to as Lloyd in the Sky With Diamonds. That's because the hotel stay includes a Tiffany diamond necklace & earrings, a 60s themed party for 100 friends, and the butler service of Lloyd, the hotel's spokesrobot who will give you Swarovski binoculars and iPad mini loaded with the Stargazer app. Um, yes, please!

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DoubleTree's New "Made Market" is Making Us Hungry

July 15, 2013 at 4:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've seen plenty of hotels change up their food offerings to entice new guests and keep the old ones happy. Yet while luxury hotels focus on bringing in celebrity chefs and starchitects to liven up the hotel restaurant, the road warrior hotel brands are focusing on their all-day (or most of the day) dining options.

Lately, we've seen many a brand revamp their free breakfast offerings from Holiday Inn to Hampton Inn as well as up their grab n' go offerings like we've seen at Aloft, Element, Courtyard by Marriott and Hyatt Place. But we're not talking about package of cereal and box of milk or a microwavable meal to take up to the room. We're talking about freshly made meals. With real food used for ingredients.

And now DoubleTree is gearing up to roll out their new dining concept, Made Market.

Officially introduced earlier this year in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the DoubleTree Made Market gives guests a choice of "fresh-made specialties and classic recipes from fresh, wholesome ingredients." Some of the menu options include omelets, fritattas and souffles for breakfast and flatbreads, salads and burgers on brioche buns for lunch and dinner. Guests can also grab their morning coffee here or unwind with a glass of wine or draft beer in the evening.

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Why Hilton's Arrival in Skopje is a Big Step for Macedonia

June 19, 2013 at 1:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Earlier this month, Hilton announced it is planning to build a DoubleTree in Skopje, Macedonia. It might not seem like anything to write home about on the surface, but those who are aware of the steep uphill climb the country's capital has endured since it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1963 might understand why this is an especially big deal.

Most interestingly, the announcement comes during what is supposed to be the final chapter of the highly controversial Skopje 2014 endeavor, a multi-year government effort to restore the city's identity and, among other things, begin attracting tourists.

Quick backstory: The 1963 quake destroyed about 80 percent of the city, and most of the construction right after was, in a word, boring, lacking the personality it once had and evoking a socialist feel. In 2010, the city announced it would rebuild via the Skopje 2014 project, which was centered around the construction of new infrastructure along the Vardar River - think pedestrian bridges, historic statues, and the remodeling of town squares.

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