February 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // LONDON and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide has announced plans to redevelop and reflag Hilton London Docklands Riverside as DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands hotel in 2015. The hotel will continue to operate under a Hilton Worldwide management agreement with owner H.I.G. Capital and joins 10 DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in Greater London.
Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide, said, "The property's recent sale and lease agreement's conclusion has created a unique opportunity to redevelop and transition the hotel under our upscale DoubleTree by Hilton brand. Building on our existing relationship with H.I.G. Capital and following a substantial refurbishment programme, we are looking forward to introducing new guests to DoubleTree by Hilton in one of London's prime business districts."
Sanjoy Chattopadhyay of H.I,G. Capital said, "This is a unique asset in a unique location and we were pleased to invest a substantial sum in its repositioning, consistent with our focus on medium-sized value-add opportunities in the hotel sector. The hotel will continue to welcome guests during the redevelopment, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2015, with the hotel operating under the DoubleTree by Hilton brand starting in Spring 2015. Renovations planned include refurbishments of the hotel's 378 guestrooms, reception area, ferry entrance, 16 meeting rooms, Terrace Restaurant,Terrace Lounge Bar, kitchen and staff facilities.
John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton, said, "We are excited to add to this property to DoubleTree by Hilton's portfolio, further enhancing our offer in central London and catering to growing demand for upscale hospitality in east London's cultural and business hub."
Chris King, Principal of CS Hotels, who advised H.I.G. Capital, said, "It was clear early on in our discussions with Hilton that we had an opportunity together to create a genuinely unique and attractive hotel distinct from any other hotels serving the same market".
Situated in a district that has seen significant urban renewal and investment in recent years and corresponding increases in accommodation demand, DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands will attract both corporate and leisure guests. The Canary Wharf business and shopping precinct, Olympic Park, Westfield Stratford City, ExCel exhibition centre, O2 Arena and London City Airport are all in close proximity. For guests wishing to visit central London, the hotel is conveniently connected by rail and river transport networks.
Recognized worldwide for its warm, hospitable service, DoubleTree by Hilton is Hilton Worldwide's fastest growing full service brand, with more than 400 properties in 34 countries and territories.
Hilton London Docklands, to be known as DoubleTree by Hilton Docklands from Spring 2015, is located at 265 Rotherhithe St, London SE16 5HW. Media can access additional information at news.doubletree.com.
With a fast-growing, global collection of more than 400 upscale hotels in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents, every little thing we do at DoubleTree by Hilton inspires us to create a rewarding experience for our hotel guests, our Team Members and the communities we proudly serve. Our hospitality begins with a warm chocolate chip cookie welcome upon arrival and continues with the award-winning Hilton HHonors guest loyalty program, an array of fine services and amenities and our longstanding CARE Culture tradition that empowers Team Members to provide the special comforts and acts of kindness that make the traveler feel human again.
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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 95 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 4,300 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 715,000 rooms in 94 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 Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide, and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.
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