The Admiral Hotel Mobile to Join Hilton Worldwide’s Curio – A Collection by Hilton Portfolio

1940’s Era Alabama Hotel to Bring Southern Charm to Global Collection

August 19, 2015 // // MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) today announced that the iconic Alabama building, The Admiral Hotel Mobile, will join Curio – A Collection by Hilton, a hand-picked global set of upscale and luxury properties embodying the distinct culture and spirit of their local communities. The hotel is scheduled to re-open this fall as The Admiral Hotel Mobile, Curio Collection by Hilton following a multimillion-dollar renovation.

The property originally opened in 1940 and became known as the first building in Mobile to have air conditioning, and featured a cocktail lounge, coffee shop, drug store and National Airlines Office. Renovations to the hotel will include updates to the lobby design, restaurants, and public spaces as well as 6,000 square feet of functional meeting and event space with state-of-the-art equipment that can seat up to 550 people.

“Air conditioning sounds simple by modern standards, but in its heyday it drew stars like Elvis Presley and Jimmy Stewart,” said Matt Wehling, senior vice president, development – North America, Hilton Worldwide. “We are excited for The Admiral Hotel Mobile to join Curio’s global collection of 50 properties and 13,000 rooms open or in various stages of development and to soon be welcoming guests who are equally as curious and passionate about traveling the world.”

The hotel’s two new on-site dining options will include Corner 251, a bakery/café with a new bar, and Launch, an upscale urban restaurant featuring a diverse menu of American classics made with fresh ingredients from local fisheries, growers and purveyors, prepared daily.

The final phase of the hotel’s remodel will include a complete makeover of 155 guest rooms, including five luxurious suites on the top floor, as part of a comprehensive redesign by architect James Flick, of Dallas-based project development firm Flick Mars.

“We are excited to join Curio – A Collection by Hilton to re-launch The Admiral Hotel Mobile,” said Charles Oswald, president & COO, HP Hotels. “Owner Ike Thrash and his team at The Thrash Group have done a first-class job of completely re-imagining the hotel, while staying true to its historic characteristics. The Admiral Hotel Mobile will once again take its rightful place among the finest hotels in downtown Mobile. We are delighted to have this beautiful, charming and historic hotel as part of our growing portfolio at HP Hotels."

In the heart of Mobile’s historic business, entertainment and cultural district, The Admiral Hotel Mobile is within walking distance of the restaurants and shops of the famed Dauphin Street, and is close to attractions such as Mobile Carnival Museum, Fort Conde and the History Museum of Mobile.

“The Admiral Hotel Mobile will appeal to the discerning traveler who seeks the very best in historic elegance, refined hospitality and a splash of local flair,” said Dianna Vaughan, global head, Curio – A Collection by Hilton.

As members of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio, all Curio hotels, including The Admiral Hotel Mobile will participate in Hilton HHonors®. HHonors members always get Hilton’s lowest price with its Best Price Guarantee, along with HHonors Points, free Wi-Fi, access to digital check-in and Digital Key, and no hidden fees, only when they book directly through Hilton.

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About Curio – A Collection by Hilton

Curio – A Collection by Hilton™ ( is a global set of remarkable upscale and luxury hotels hand-picked for their unique character and personality; each one a part of the city they call home. Curio guests are passionate, independent-minded travelers seeking local and authentic experiences who value the added peace-of-mind that comes with the Hilton name and award-winning Hilton HHonors program. Curio joins a portfolio of world-class brands from Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality company. Come discover the latest stories at, connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or inquire about development opportunities at

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 96 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of twelve world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,440 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 730,000 rooms in 97 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. Visit for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at,,,, and

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