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Barron Hilton

It has been announced that Barron Hilton, son, entrepreneur and philanthropist sadly passed away at his home in Los Angeles on September 19th 2019, aged 91.

“Today the world of hospitality mourns for one of the greats.

“Barron Hilton was an incredible family man, business leader and philanthropist. From his leadership of our company for more than three decades, to the transformative work he led with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for many years, Barron was a man unlike any other. I always found inspiration in how he saw the tremendous potential of hospitality to change the world for the better – and in the unique and meaningful ways he sought to make that happen.

“On behalf of everyone at Hilton, I extend our deepest condolences to the Hilton family.” – Christopher J. Nassetta, President and CEO, Hilton.

Barron Hilton is preceded in death by his wife of nearly 60 years Marilyn Hawley Hilton. He is survived by his eight children, 15 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, thousands of friends and associates from his extended hotel family.

To find out more on his life and contribution to the Conrad N Hilton Foundation please read HERE

Radisson RED set to make Johannesburg debut with new signing

Radisson Hotel Group has announced the signing of its second Radisson RED in South Africa. Scheduled to open early 2021, the Radisson RED Johannesburg Rosebank will arrive and shake up the hospitality industry in Africa’s second largest city. The hotel brings the group’s African portfolio to almost 100 hotels in operation and under development.

Rosebank is one of the fastest-growing business precincts in Johannesburg, offering an ideal opportunity for expansion. The new Radisson RED hotel will be located in Oxford Park, a vibrant mixed-use precinct comprising premium offices, apartments and supporting retail and restaurants, all situated within an exceptionally high-quality, privately managed and walkable public environment.

Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “We are excited to have signed our second Radisson RED in South Africa, building on the successful opening of Radisson RED Cape Town and introducing our third brand to Johannesburg, alongside Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson. Rosebank is regarded as Johannesburg’s art district, making it the ideal fit for the vibrant Radisson RED brand. The hotel will be the first internationally branded lifestyle hotel in Johannesburg and our fourth hotel in the city. We thank our owners for their trust in us and look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

Thinus Crafford, Developer and Oxford Parks’s representative, commented: “The hotel will be located in the first phase of Oxford Parks – a unique, holistic urban space designed to uplift and enhance the community and promote a sense of belonging. The Radisson RED will complete phase one of Oxford Parks, consisting of 4 commercial buildings, the Radisson RED hotel and ancillary retail on the ground floor of each of the commercial buildings. Oxford Parks offers you an experience where business, lifestyle and leisure are harmoniously integrated. We are proud to announce that tenants such as BPSA, the Life Healthcare Group, Thebe Investment Corporation, ARUP, Metier, Credo Wealth and Sony have decided to relocate their corporate offices to Oxford Parks. All buildings within Oxford Parks will be designed to meet a minimum 4-Star Green Star rating. In Oxford Parks, sustainable technology becomes a lifestyle and not just a passing trend. We are delighted and honored to welcome to Oxford Parks, both Radisson RED and the investor, RDC Properties Limited, and are confident that soon both will experience and be part of this uniquely compelling urban space”.

Guido Giachetti, Executive Chairman of the Realestate Group future owners of the hotel, via RDC Properties Limited, commented: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Radisson Hotel Group in bringing the first Radisson RED hotel to Johannesburg, injecting a new life into the district through the hotel’s leading and unconventional concepts. This Radisson RED will be a welcome addition to our portfolio of hotels and to our property investments in the Republic of South Africa. As foreign investors based in the SADC region we are pleased to contribute to the growth of this magnificent country through capital inflow and employment creation”.

The new-build, 222-room hotel will comprise of standard studios and suites in bold designs. The hotel will feature the famous Radisson RED food and beverage concepts and social scenes, such as the ‘all day dining’ OUIBar + KTCHN. Following the footsteps of its sister hotel in Cape Town, voted the best rooftop bar in the city, Radisson RED Johannesburg Rosebank will also boast a trendy rooftop bar and terrace. This will also include a swimming pool and fitness room, giving guests various options to unwind, all while basking in the stunning Johannesburg skyline views.

The largest single metropolitan contributor to the national South African economy and home to the largest and busiest airport in Africa, Johannesburg is an important destination for business travelers. Introducing its distinct and quirky meetings and events space to the city, the hotel will offer six event studios, a conference room and a large meeting room – each with high-speed Wi-Fi, the latest audio-visual technology and creative spaces to drive inspiration.

Rosebank is located to the north east of Johannesburg, 4.5km from the Sandton area, and is one of the most popular nodes in the economic capital. The area is connected to the OR Tambo International Airport by the Gautrain, one of the most important mass transportation systems in Africa – providing guests with easy access to the hotel and offices, as well as Greater Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Hilton Opens New Dual-Brand Property in Columbia

Located near the University of South Carolina, Hilton Garden Inn and Home2 Suites by Hilton together welcome guests visiting South Carolina’s capital city

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced the opening of its newest hotel, the dual-branded Hilton Garden Inn Columbia Downtown and Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbia Downtown, bringing a total of 223 new rooms and suites to the Columbia area. The dual-brand hotel complements the strong business and tourism environments in South Carolina’s growing capital city, which now boasts the second-largest population in the state (according to Experience Columbia). 

“As Hilton Garden Inn and Home2 Suites by Hilton continue their strong expansion, we are excited to provide all of their amenities and offerings under one roof in South Carolina’s capital,” said Bill Duncan, global head, All Suites and Focused Service categories, Hilton. “Adding a new dual-brand hotel in Columbia gives business and leisure travelers the variety of price points and value-added amenities they search for when visiting the heart of the Palmetto State.”

Hilton Garden Inn Columbia Downtown and Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbia Downtown is owned and operated by CN Hotels, Inc. Established in 1994, CN Hotels owns and manages a portfolio of 26 high quality hotels throughout the Southeast.  This will be the fourth hotel opened by CN Hotels, Inc. this year, with an additional seven hotels under construction including four which are slated to open by the end of the year.  

The dual-brand concept creates enhanced and larger communal areas than what would be standard at a single-branded property, benefiting both business and leisure travelers.  The property, located at 1615 Gervais St., has two distinct dining areas – each catering to the needs of their respective guests – as well as a shared 24-hour fitness centre and indoor heated pool for guests to unwind. The hotel also offers 4,500 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space that can accommodate up to 600 people. Guests have convenient access to the University of South Carolina, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Williams-Brice Stadium, Colonial Life Arena and EdVenture Children’s Museum. 

Guests of Hilton Garden Inn Columbia Downtown will have access to The Shop, a 24-hour, grab-and-go retail space, offering an upscale mix of healthy, indulgent and fresh foods, including salads, gourmet snack items and artisanal food offerings, various beverages and a self-serve speciality coffee bar. Each guest room boasts the brand’s signature bedding, featuring fresh, white duvets and crisp linens; a spacious and clutter-free work desk with an ergonomic desk chair; and an in-room “hospitality centre” with a mini fridge, microwave oven and Keurig® coffee maker. The hotel offers other amenities and services, including complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property, 24-hour business centre with Print Spots™ remote printing and a state-of-the-art fitness center. 

Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbia Downtown offers all-suite accommodations with fully accessorised kitchens and modular furniture, providing guests the flexibility to customise their suite to their style and preference. The hotel also features complimentary Internet, inviting communal spaces and the Inspired Table, a complimentary daily breakfast that includes more than 400 potential combinations. Guests can also enjoy a heated indoor pool. Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbia Downtown is pet-friendly.  

Hilton Garden Inn Columbia Downtown and Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbia Downtown are a part of Hilton Honors®, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 17 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Members also enjoy popular digital tools available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app, where Hilton Honors members can check-in, choose their room and access their room using a Digital Key. 

Hilton Garden Inn Columbia Downtown information HERE

Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbia Downtown information HERE

Luxury Palms Casino Resort with Iconic Julius Chairs

After undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation, the new and improved Palms Casino Resort brings a new meaning to the world of luxury in Las Vegas.
Known for the posh and playful suites in its iconic Fantasy Tower, the hotel is now among the world’s most expensive. The boldest suite is the 2-Story Sky Villa, a 9.000-square-foot space designed by British artist Damien Hirst in collaboration with Bentel & Bentel. This incredible suite includes two bedrooms, a private massage room, a fitness area, ample living space and tons of original artwork.
The iconic Julius Chairs from DUISTT make part of the living room décor, a place where the floor is made of avalanche marble and the space is filled with an elegant mix of gold, grey and white veining to match the brass hardware accent throughout the space. For the project it was chosen a custom-made version of Julius in white leather and polished brass.  

DUISTT’s Julius Chair in white leather and brass construction

DUISTT’s best seller, Julius Chair, inspired in mid-century modern design is a timeless and understated luxury piece. It is constructed with noble materials like brass, leather or 100% cotton velvet with small details that enhance its beauty such as the engraved screws and the hidden structure of the chair that makes it look suspended.
Julius Chair is a very versatile piece that can be used as a dining, living or office chair. It can be customized in all kinds of fabrics and metal finishes.

Dukes London appoints Paul Skinner as General Manager

The five-star luxury hotel is thrilled to announce its latest appointment

DUKES LONDON, Mayfair announced the appointment of Paul Skinner as the new General Manager from the 2nd September 2019.

With a 27 years experience within the catering and hospitality sector, Paul joins the five-star hotel from Jumeriah Carlton Tower, London where he held the position of Operations Director.

CEO of DUKES LONDON, Bin Sulayem, has said of Paul’s appointment: “The team and I are delighted to welcome Paul to the DUKES family. I’m sure that Paul will help DUKES LONDON to maintain and enhance its reputation, delivering world-class service and exceptional guest experiences at the hotel”.

Of his new appointment, Paul says, “I am delighted to be joining DUKES LONDON; the hotel is a prestigious establishment and has a long tradition of providing luxury service and hospitality for its customers. It is an honour to be appointed as the General Manager, and I very much look forward to commencing my position in September”.

Located within London’s West End, DUKES LONDON provides 90 guest rooms, 11 suites, a penthouse overlooking Green Park, a Private Members Health Club and Spa, Great British Restaurant and DUKES Bar.

Hotel group mental health wellbeing initiative named national award finalist

Edinburgh-headquartered Apex Hotels is preparing for the possibility of picking up a prestigious award this month, for its pioneering mental health initiative.

The family-owned company, which has 10 hotels across the UK, has been announced as a finalist in the Workplace Wellbeing Initiative category of this year’s People Awards – which take place later this month – thanks to the incentive, which sees a renewed focus on employee mental health.

Borne out of partnerships with MHScot and SeeMe, the Apex initiative will go up against three others at the ceremony – with the winner revealed on 20th September at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Bridge.

Following a complex needs assessment alongside a SeeMe consultant – including in-depth analysis of the wellbeing support already in place for Apex employees, and of anonymous feedback from staff on their experiences working from the group – Apex has created a wellbeing initiative aimed at supporting mental health concerns and encouraging open communication amongst colleagues.

Spearheaded by mental health first aid training for key staff members, the flexible and adaptable approach also involves a combination of employee surveys, 1-2-1 support sessions and an Apex App with ready-made support information. 

It is designed to be tailored to suit the needs of the staff at each of the 10 UK-wide properties as well as at the group’s Edinburgh headquarters.

Jennifer Mathieson, HR Officer at Apex Hotels, was instrumental in implementing the initiative along with colleagues.

She said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to see our initiative shortlisted for an award at such a prestigious industry ceremony. The initial aim was to work towards engaging team members by creating an initiative to improve mental health wellbeing across the group. 

“Thanks to consultations with MHScot and SeeMe, we now have a successful and robust wellbeing initiative in place. What started with a focus on Mental Health First Aid Training has grown to include physical and financial initiatives as well, which aim to be supported by a Wellbeing Budget and Policy.

“More than 40 Apex employees are now certified Mental Health First Aiders, and those trained continue to work on further ideas to constantly set the standard when it comes to wellbeing. And the 80 per cent of our workforce who have downloaded the app have instant access to wellness information at their fingertips.”

Robert Allan, HR Director at Apex Hotels, said: “Jennifer and the team have done an outstanding job on implementing the foundations of what has grown into an exceptionally successful wellbeing initiative.

“Hospitality is an industry that never stops working round the clock and, with these demands come various pressures. As a group we promote a culture of honesty and openness to ensure our employee wellbeing remains at the heart of all we do. We are a business centred on people, and it is of vital importance that we look after and support our staff, physically and emotionally.

“The team does face stiff competition on the night, but I am confident their efforts will be rewarded.”

W Marriott Debuts in the Heart of Edmonton, Marking Marriott International’s 250th Hotel in Canada

Marriott International Inc., has announced the opening of the highly anticipated JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District. Located in the heart of downtown Edmonton, JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District offers a fresh and welcoming take on luxury and will feature modern guest rooms, specialty wellness programs, enriching dining experiences, and 22,000 sq. ft. of meeting and conference spaces, which have been named after iconic Edmonton Oilers Alumni.

“We are thrilled to be opening our 250th hotel in Canada as well as bringing our iconic JW brand to the city of Edmonton,” said Don Cleary, President of Marriott International’s Canadian operation. “Our 250th property underscores the importance of luxury to this market, and the tremendous opportunity for growth in Canada. Guests of the new JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District hotel can expect to be treated to uplifting experiences that showcase the local pride and warm spirit of Edmonton.”

Now the third JW Marriott property in Canada, the JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District was designed with guests’ wellbeing in mind. All touchpoints are intentional and inspired by the principles of mindfulness, being present in mind, nourished in body, and revitalized in spirit. This is a new approach to luxury, one that is welcoming and will leave guests feeling recharged after their stay. The hotel’s approach to warm-hearted hospitality includes world-class dining and tailored guest experiences.

“JW Marriott is dedicated to providing our guests with enriching experiences in distinctive locations around the world, and JW Marriott Edmonton is the perfect example of this philosophy in action,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Global Brand Leader, JW Marriott. “The centerpiece of the city’s buzzing new ICE District, JW Marriott Edmonton provides guests the opportunity to experience every moment to the fullest through JW Marriott’s individualized approach to luxury.”

The hotel is also home to a comprehensive wellness facility, including Spa by JW, Edmonton’s only full-service luxury hotel spa, and Archetype, a state-of-the-art fitness club. Archetype combines the science of high performance, a team of expert coaches, and a comprehensive health and fitness experience in one exceptional space occupying one and a half floors of the hotel. Spa by JW offers lavish treatments and soothing massages in a serene setting featuring five treatment rooms with rain showers and private balconies in each room.

Archetype, a cutting-edge health club led by Edmontonian Simon Bennett, brings the newest and most innovative experience to the Edmonton market. The club focuses on health coaching and high-performance living in an environment with unparalleled amenities and purposeful luxury. The club will include some of the most innovative equipment brands such as Sorinex rig systems, Keiser compressed air technology, Woodway, ICG 7 spin bikes and a Somadome meditation pod. Hotel guests and members will also have access to four custom curated group studios with experiences ranging from yoga, boxing, spin and HIIT style classes.

“ICE District is unlike anything Edmonton has seen before with its unique and upscale offerings,” said Tim Shipton, Senior Vice President, Communications and Government Relations, ICE District. “With today’s grand opening of the JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District, we are proud to be home to only the third JW Marriott in Canada, which will certainly be Edmonton’s finest hotel, as we continue to set the standard for state-of-the-art living.”

JW Marriott Edmonton is proud to collaborate with nationally acclaimed restaurateur Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality to bring expertly orchestrated culinary experiences to its hotel guests and Edmontonians. Executive Chef Jeremy Korten will bring his progressive vision to the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant, Braven and lively cocktail bar, Alchemy, while Chef de Cuisine Jason Greene will execute recognizable classics with a playful accent at Kindred, the hotel’s all-day dining destination. Guests at JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District will have access to four restaurants and bars, which offer seasonal menus and curated cocktails in the beautifully designed spaces:

– Braven, a five-star dining destination offering dry-aged steaks, quality chops and fresh seafood

– Kindred Food + Drink, an accessible all-day eatery focusing on locally sourced, seasonal fare

– Alchemy, a destination cocktail bar with a spectacular patio overlooking the ICE District

– Lobby Bar, a hub for business and social gatherings, featuring a selection of signature and classic cocktails

Connected to Rogers Place Arena and within easy walking distance to Edmonton’s Arts District, River Valley and the Edmonton Convention Center, the JW Marriott Edmonton has a unique partnership with Rogers Place, allowing the hotel to offer prime access to its guests, such as behind-the-scenes arena tours and meet-and-greet opportunities with Oilers Alumni.

JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District features 346 tech integrated, luxurious guestrooms and approximately 22,000 sq. ft. of meeting and conference space, including Edmonton’s largest event ballroom, featuring 9,000 square feet of space with ample natural lighting and soaring 22 ft. ceilings. Situated above JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District is The Legends Private Residences – 262 sophisticated and functional condominium units that occupies floors 23 through 54 of the tower, offering panoramic city views.

Cambria Hotels Welcomes First Iowa Location

The upscale Cambria Hotels brand, franchised by Choice Hotels International, Inc.(NYSE: CHH), welcomed its first location in the Hawkeye State with the opening of the Cambria Hotel Bettendorf – Quad Cities. The hotel is the first of seven Cambria locations expected to open this summer in top-tier markets across the country, together representing over 1,200 upscale rooms.

The newly constructed, four-story, 112-room upscale hotel is located in the heart of the rapidly growing Quad Cities region at 5061 Competition Drive, close to the Quad City International Airport and within walking distance to the TBK Bank Sports Complex—a regional attraction that is spurring further development of the Interstate 80 corridor. The hotel is also a short drive from major employers, including 3M, Deere & Company (John Deere), Arconic, and the Rock Island Arsenal, a major U.S. Army installation.

“Bettendorf’s location in a metropolitan area alongside the ‘mighty Mississippi’ is the perfect place to open the first Cambria hotel in Iowa,” said Janis Cannon, Senior Vice President, upscale brands, Choice Hotels. “With access to prominent businesses as well as recreational riverfront activities, we expect the Cambria Hotel Bettendorf – Quad Cities to exceed the needs of modern travelers, whether they’re in town for work or play.”

The design elements of Cambria Hotel Bettendorf – Quad Cities are inspired by the Mississippi River, with nods to bridges, dam systems, and wildlife to provide experience-hungry guests with a rich sense of place. Amenities include:

  • Immersive, spa-style bathrooms with Bluetooth mirrors 
  • Contemporary and sophisticated guest rooms, complete with modern fixtures, abundant lighting, and plush bedding 
  • A bistro and full-service bar offering food, local craft beer, wine, specialty cocktails and small bites 
  • Multi-function meeting space 
  • Indoor heated pool 
  • State-of-the-art fitness center

Frontier Hospitality Group developed the Cambria Hotel Bettendorf – Quad Cities, the first Choice-branded property in their portfolio.

“We are thrilled to work with Choice Hotels to bring our vision for this hotel to life,” said Dan Huber, owner and CEO, Frontier Hospitality Group. “The TBK Bank Sports Complex and the transformative commercial development springing up at Interstate 80 and Middle Road indicated we needed a hotel well suited for both the corporate and leisure guest. We are confident our Cambria hotel will fit the bill and be a welcome addition for travelers who want an upscale guest experience in this exciting city,” says Huber.  

There are currently more than 40 Cambria hotels open across the U.S. in popular cities, like Chicago; Dallas; Los Angeles; Nashville, Tenn.; New York; New Orleans; Phoenix; and Washington D.C. The brand is on pace to break its openings record for the second-straight year and is fast approaching 50 open Cambria hotels.