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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.
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Always wanted to visit all fifty states, but didn’t know where to stay? Hilton Garden Inn now has you covered, as they’re happy to announce that they’re in the works to have a property in each and every one of those in the nifty fifty.
The final one for the Hilton folks will be over in Hawaii, as the chain just signed the paperwork to get down to business over in Hawaii. They’re skipping right over Waikiki and Oahu, as the plan is to head right into Kauai with the Hilton Garden Inn Kauai/Wailua Bay. They’re partnering up with the locals over at Aston Hotels and Resorts to manage things, and the 216-room beachfront spot will open its doors in 2016.
This won’t be new construction, but a full renovation and remodel will take place before the place starts flying the Hilton Garden Inn flag. Room rates and other details still haven’t been released, but we’d hope things would be a little more affordable than other spots on the island—saving you some cash for that helicopter tour.
[Photo: Hilton Garden Inn / Facebook]
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Slowly, but surely, the last of the hotels extensively damaged by Hurricane Odile last September are opening again in Cabo, Mexico. The other week we let you know One & Only Palmilla will reopen April 20. Now, we hear the Hilton Los Cabos will reopen July 1, almost a year later.
We do not have to tell fans of Game of Thrones that season five is hitting HBO this weekend, but we did figure it was worth mentioning that the Iron Throne is now a real thing ready for your visit.
The throne is made of around 1,000 pounds of ice, and apparently it’s even better than the ice we get here in the nifty fifty—this stuff is 100% pure Canadian ice. Of course photo opportunities are available, and visitors can even choose from white or black fur jackets that fit right in with those who would be considered royal citizens of the Seven Kingdoms.
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We’ve not heard a huge amount about Curio Collection since Hilton announced its “collection of originals”, but this month’s news is that the collection is planning its first two European hotels, with Istanbul and Hamburg to make their curious debut.
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There are lots of April Fools jokes flying around today but this is not a joke.
The Hilton San Francisco Financial District really does have its own karaoke room on site.
Located on the lobby level near the meeting rooms, the Karaoke Room costs around $1,000 to rent out for several hours. You can have food and drink placed in the room as well, but at an extra charge.
The set-up is a groovy modern lounge, not unlike many common areas found in tech start-ups, and your gear includes four microphones, an iPad stand for reading lyrics (or playing songs not in the system), a small TV and even a semi-professional sound system. (You know, the ones that will minimize the horrible drunk singing voices.)
Um, yes. Do we really need to say anything more? Ok, we'll say just a little bit more about this stunning view of Coit Tower and the San Francisco Bay from the Hilton San Francisco Financial District.
This is the view from one of the Premium Bay View Rooms which are located on the 20th through 25th floors. There are city views on these floors as well that are just as interesting, especially since the hotel overlooks Chinatown ,but really, it's all about the bay here. Fingers crossed for a clear and sunny day!
All rooms at the Hilton SF FD feature 32" flat screen TVs, a long desk for working and tea and coffee makers. Best of all, you don't need Zuckerberg dollars to stay here as we found a bay view room for this weekend for just $239 a night.
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Lake Como is so hot right now, and we don’t even have George Clooney to blame. Right in time for an overnight break from Milan’s Expo (an easy hour away), Starwood is hitting the lake this week with a Sheraton, while Hilton has announced plans for a hotel, too.
The Sheraton Lake Como is taking over the Grand Hotel di Como, a four-star hotel located between the lakeside towns of Como and Cernobbio, with 112 rooms, 4 suites and a ridiculously futuristic meetings space. The website mentions a “complete refurbishment” of the property, and indeed it looks pretty nice - the simple rooms may be nothing to write home about but the floor-to-ceiling windows, with views of the surrounding mountains, certainly are. There’s a pool, out in the garden, which should be lovely come summer, and there are three restaurants and two bars to choose from, too.
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So when we were in town last week, we couldn’t help popping over to get a peek of both of them from the rooftop bar at the Hilton Molino Stucky.