September 09, 2015 // Franchising.com // JACKSONVILLE, Fla. and MCLEAN, Va. – DoubleTree by Hilton today opened DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront, situated directly on the popular Riverwalk, which connects to Friendship Fountain Park. Formerly a Crowne Plaza, DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront opens following a $12-million property-wide renovation that includes a complete redesign of the lobby, meeting spaces, restaurant and guestrooms. The hotel is owned by Sotherly Hotels, Inc. and managed by Chesapeake Hospitality.
“Today marks the second DoubleTree by Hilton hotel opening in Jacksonville this year. We are honored to be a part of this booming economy in such a beautiful city,” said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront provides travelers with all of the amenities they want and in a location near key business headquarters, nationally-ranked golf courses and entertainment at their fingertips. We are eager for guests to experience our DoubleTree by Hilton culture, starting with our iconic warm chocolate chip cookie welcome and continuing throughout their stays.”
The 10-story, 293-room DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront debuts a fresh makeover that celebrates the hotel’s noteworthy, mid-century modern architecture. Designed by award-winning firm Resort Interiors, the hotel’s fresh, new design aesthetic is marked by a chic, two-story atrium lobby and design touches influenced by the structured bridges and soothing waterways of northeast Florida. Throughout the hotel, guests will enjoy an inviting metropolitan atmosphere enhanced by natural sand, grey and blue hues, as well as driftwood-inspired design touches celebrating the area’s coastal environment. Guest rooms feature contemporary accommodations and balconies where guests can take in the beautiful surroundings.
Throughout their stay, guests will enjoy a range of complimentary amenities, including a large riverfront pool and sundeck with cabanas and loungers, a newly-expanded 24-hour fitness center featuring floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the pool and city skyline, a 24-hour connectivity zone with computers and printers, and free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
Among the hotel updates is a new restaurant, St. John’s Provision Co., offering all-day dining with an eclectic selection of locally-influenced entrees such as Mayport Shrimp and Grits and the Fried Green Tomato BLT. Guests can also visit Ruth’s Chris Steak House for a decadent steak or lobster dish while taking in beautiful views of the St. John’s River. At Riverview Lounge, guests can relax with a cocktail before or after dinner in a casual atmosphere. Room service is also available for guests seeking in-room dining options.
With 12,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including a 4,600 square foot ballroom, DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront is the perfect venue to host weddings, special events and receptions for up to 500 people. Many of the 19 meeting rooms feature sweeping floor-to-ceiling views of the St. John River. For smaller group meetings, the hotel offers the Meetings Simplified by DoubleTree by Hilton package from $35.00 per person, which includes the meeting room, basic meeting Wi-Fi, meeting supplies including a flipchart, markers, extension and power cord, and all day non-alcoholic beverage service. Onsite catering is available to enhance any function.
“Our hotel has been a landmark for the city of Jacksonville and has hosted everyone from presidents and foreign dignitaries to Elvis Presley. We look forward to carrying this tradition into the next generation as we open the doors to DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront,” said Shawn Frisbee, general manager, DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront. “We can’t wait to welcome guests and deliver the little things that will create a truly rewarding travel experience during their stay with us.”
DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront’s central location offers convenient access to local attractions such as the Museum of Science and History, Friendship Fountain, Jacksonville Zoo, the Jacksonville Maritime Heritage Center and the historic districts of San Marco, Riverside and Avondale. The city is also a popular travel destination for a number of special events, including the Gator Bowl and the annual Florida-Georgia football game.
In addition to the 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 London-based 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.
DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront participates in the Hilton HHonors® loyalty program, which is open to all guests and free to join – visit here for enrollment information. HHonors members always get our lowest price with our Best Price Guarantee, along with HHonors Points, free standard Wi-Fi, access to digital check-in and Digital Key (at participating hotels), and no hidden fees, only when they book directly through Hilton. To mark the opening, Hilton HHonors members can earn double points for stays that include two nights or more through February 2016. Based on availability, Gold and Diamond members will enjoy upgrades to the hotel’s exclusive Hilton HHonors floor. Additionally, Diamond HHonors guests will enjoy complimentary upgraded high-speed Wi-Fi.
DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront is located at 1201 Riverplace Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida, 32207. For more information, or to make a reservation, travelers may visit jacksonvilleriverfront.doubletree.com or call +1 904 398 8800.
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