DoubleTree by Hilton Opens First Property in Lafayette, Louisiana
May 04, 2015 // Franchising.com // LAFAYETTE, La. and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette, located near the city’s vibrant downtown and less than three miles from Lafayette Regional Airport. Formerly a Hilton hotel, the property has undergone a $12 million transformation that includes a total redesign of the lobby, updated guest rooms, new furniture throughout the public areas, renovated pool and sun deck, reconstructed porte-cochère and revamped restaurant and bar concepts. The hotel is owned by Garrison Wright Prop Co JV LLC and managed by Hospitality Management Advisors.
“With its beautiful renovation and first-class services and amenities, we are proud to count DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette as the newest addition to our rapidly-expanding portfolio," said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “DoubleTree by Hilton prides itself on providing guests with the 'little things' that create a rewarding travel experience – starting with our warm chocolate chip cookie welcome. We look forward to delighting guests with our globally-renowned service from the moment they enter the hotel and continuing all throughout their stay.”
Set on the banks of the Vermillion River in a modern 15-story glass tower, DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette debuts a fresh look complemented by a clean color palette of white and neutral hues. Contemporary furnishings and vibrant artwork are seen throughout the hotel’s public areas. The 327 stylishly-appointed guest rooms feature beautiful mahogany furniture, in-room safes and mini refrigerators, with many of the guest rooms offering views of the river. In addition to the hotel’s upscale accommodations, guests will enjoy an array of complimentary amenities, including the newly-updated outdoor pool and sun deck, 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour business center, and complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel’s public areas and guest rooms.
Among its updates, the hotel also debuts its completely revamped food and beverage concepts. Located on the lobby level and open for all-day dining, SoLA Restaurant and Lobby Bar is a dining destination celebrating the many vibrancies of the South while delivering signature flavors unique to Louisiana. Entrees like Shrimp & Grits and Roasted Semi Boneless Chicken with Pecan Meuniere are sure to entice guests. For those seeking a relaxed bar atmosphere, the hotel’s bar, 337, features a pool table, signature cocktails, local beers and creative small plates such as Thunder Shrimp and Crawfish Wontons.
“We are excited to show our guests and the Lafayette community the dramatic renovations and additions to our beautiful property,” said Jimmy Thackston, general manager, DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette. “Our team looks forward to welcoming guests to DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette, where they will not only revel in the city’s famous ‘Cajun Culture,’ but also the award-winning service culture for which the DoubleTree by Hilton brand is known worldwide.”
DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette offers 22,000 square feet of meeting space suitable for conferences and receptions up to 1,200 people. Among the hotel’s 11 flexible event rooms are a 9,409 square foot Grand Ballroom – the largest hotel ballroom in the city – and a 380 square foot room for more intimate meetings. For smaller group meetings, the hotel offers the Meetings Simplified by DoubleTree by Hilton package from $55.00 per person, which includes the meeting room, basic meeting WiFi, meeting room supplies including a flipchart, markers, extension and power cord, and all day non-alcoholic beverage service. On-site catering is available to enhance and perfect any function.
In addition to the signature warm chocolate chip cookie welcome, guests will enjoy other DoubleTree by Hilton brand amenities, including an assortment of gourmet in-room tea and coffee choices from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, the refreshing new Aroma Actives natural skin and body care line, and an industry-recognized service culture built around the idea of CARE, which stands for Create a Rewarding Experience for guests, team members and the community.
As a participant in the Hilton HHonors guest loyalty program, Hilton HHonors members will be able to earn double points during their stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette. To mark the opening, the hotel will offer a Hilton HHonors promotion during which guests may earn double points for stays completed from June 1, 2015 – September 8, 2015. Based on availability, Gold and Diamond members will also enjoy upgrades to the hotel’s exclusive Hilton HHonors floor as well as access to the executive lounge for breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres. Additionally, Diamond Hilton HHonors guests will enjoy complimentary continental breakfasts and 1,000 bonus points per stay, and Gold Hilton HHonors guests will have the option of complimentary continental breakfast or 1,000 bonus points.
DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette is located at 1521 West Pinhook Rd., Lafayette, Louisiana. For more information, or to make a reservation, travelers may visit www.doubletree.com or call +1 337-235-6111.
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About DoubleTree by Hilton
With a fast-growing, global collection of more than 415 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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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 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 4,350 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 720,000 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 facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, flickr.com/hiltonworldwide, and linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.
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