September 23, 2016 // Franchising.com // MIAMI BEACH, Fla. and McLEAN, Va. – DoubleTree by Hilton, one of Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) 13 market-leading brands, today announces the opening of The Gates Hotel South Beach – a DoubleTree by Hilton. The completely reconstructed property, which is owned by Rockpoint Group and Highgate and managed by Highgate, brings 235 upscale rooms, contemporary style and upscale services to the heart of South Beach.
“Travelers expect glamour and style when visiting South Beach, and The Gates Hotel South Beach – a DoubleTree by Hilton delivers a sophisticated, yet relaxing, experience reflective of its colorful surroundings,” said Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “Beginning with a warm Chocolate Chip Cookie welcome upon arrival, guests will be treated to the world-class service and comforts our brand is known for throughout their stay.”
The new lifestyle boutique hotel offers guests an authentic and unconventional resort-style setting, just across the street from the Atlantic Ocean. Convenient to all that South Beach has to offer, it is walking distance to Ocean Drive, Lincoln Road and the area’s renowned restaurants, nightlife, entertainment and shopping, and just a short drive to all of South Florida’s best attractions.
Built on the foundation of the 1954 Ankara Motel, The Gates Hotel South Beach – a DoubleTree by Hilton maintains the historic, Art Deco-inspired architecture on the exterior, while also breathing new life into a reconstructed interior with contemporary elements. Components of the hotel that have retained their original form include the classic brick walls of the Historic Wing and refurbished Ankara Motel signage.
Inside, modern design takes center stage as a translucent staircase welcomes guests into the thriving two-story atrium with custom leather wrapping and a striking light fixture inspired by drum cymbals. The welcoming, laid-back atmosphere encourages guests to explore their surroundings or simply relax in any one of the hotel’s finely-crafted spaces.
Each of the modern, beautifully-furnished guestrooms – including 17 suites – is designed with a vibrant color scheme and upscale in-room features. All accommodations are non-smoking and include plush beds, featuring fresh, white duvets and crisp linens; a spacious and clutter-free work desk with an ergonomic desk chair; and an in-room refrigerator, laptop-size safe and coffeemaker. Guests will be able to enjoy the Florida sunshine through oversized windows, and some guest rooms include balconies. Bathrooms feature granite countertops, extra storage space, walk-in showers and backlit vanities.
The Gates Hotel South Beach – a DoubleTree by Hilton features a lively lobby area with bar, a hub for guests and locals to mingle over drinks. The bar seamlessly transitions to the outside pool, where guests will find private daybeds nestled between the pool and lake, all under a canopy of strawberry guava trees. For guests’ convenience, solar-powered charging stations are also available outside. Other onsite features include free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, 24-hour business center, 24-hour state-of-the-art-fitness center, courtesy transportation to/from the beach, beach chairs and towels, and guest bicycles. Additionally, an onsite Concierge Desk is available, as are three meeting rooms ideal for small meetings, events and social gatherings.
Guests can dine on-property at The Continental®, a popular eatery, which is adjacent to the hotel. The restaurant features a menu of eclectic global dishes, many designed to share, amidst a modern dining room and lush tropical patio. Also a great spot to grab a drink, the bar has a flat-screen television and offers a creative cocktail list with a focus on curated spirits, fresh ingredients and tiki-inspired recipes.
The hotel provides guests with a full complement of services and DoubleTree by Hilton brand amenities, including an assortment of gourmet in-room tea and coffee offerings by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® and a refreshing array of the Aroma Actives Essentials natural skin and body care line.
“The opening of this hotel provides guests with the perfect retreat, whether visiting for business or pleasure,” said Beres Wall, general manager, The Gates Hotel South Beach – a DoubleTree by Hilton. “With our upscale amenities, sizable accommodations and close proximity to Ocean Drive, our hotel aims to be the long-term smart choice for travelers.”
As part of the Hilton portfolio of brands, guests of The Gates Hotel South Beach – a DoubleTree by Hilton are also encouraged to participate in Hilton HHonors, Hilton’s free-to-join loyalty program. Hilton HHonors members who book directly with Hilton save time and money and gain instant access to the benefits they care about most, including:
To celebrate the hotel's re-opening, Hilton HHonors members will earn an additional 1,000 Points per night from October 1, 2016 through April 1, 2017 when booking directly with Hilton. Gold and Diamond members will also enjoy free premium Wi-Fi and space-available upgrades and access to the hotel's exclusive Hilton HHonors floor.
The Gates Hotel South Beach – a DoubleTree by Hilton is located at 2360 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33139, convenient to Miami International Airport, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and the Port of Miami.
For more information or to make reservations, please visit The Gates Hotel South Beach – a DoubleTree by Hilton, or call +1 305-860-9444. For more information, or to join Hilton HHonors, visit HHonors.com. For more news on DoubleTree by Hilton hotel openings, visit news.doubletree.com.
DoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global collection of more than 465 upscale hotels with more than 112,000 rooms in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents. Everything about DoubleTree by Hilton aims to return the human touch to travel, starting with the presentation of a warm chocolate chip cookie upon arrival and continuing throughout with Team Members dedicated to Creating a Rewarding Experience (CARE) for hotel guests, other Team Members and the communities the brand proudly serves. DoubleTree by Hilton properties offer unique, contemporary accommodations and full-service facilities including restaurants and lounges, room service, health clubs, business centers and meeting and banquet space. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels receive instant benefits, including an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (selected locations) available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app. To make reservations at any DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, travelers may visit our brand website at http://www.doubletree.com.Social media users may connect with us at facebook.com/doubletree, twitter.com/doubletree and youtube.com/doubletreehotels. Reporters and bloggers may visit our DoubleTree by Hilton Global Media Center at news.doubletree.com for more information.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, comprising more than 4,700 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties with over 775,000 rooms in 104 countries and territories. For 97 years, Hilton has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of 13 world-class global brands includes 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, Tru 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 an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where Hilton HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
Highgate is a premier hospitality investment and management company widely recognized as an innovator in the industry. Highgate is the dominant player in U.S. gateway markets including New York, Boston, Miami, San Francisco and Honolulu. Highgate also has an expanding presence in key European markets through properties in London, Paris, Barcelona, Vienna and Prague. Highgate’s portfolio of global properties represents an aggregate asset value exceeding $10B and generates over $1.5B in cumulative revenues. The company provides expert guidance through all stages of the hospitality property cycle, from planning and development through recapitalization or disposition. Highgate also has a proven record of developing bespoke hotel brands and utilizes industry leading proprietary revenue management tools that identify and predict evolving market dynamics to drive outperformance and maximize asset value. With an executive team consisting of some of the industry’s most experienced hotel management leaders, the company is a trusted partner for top ownership groups and major hotel brands. Highgate maintains corporate offices New York, London, Dallas, Chicago, and Seattle.
Rockpoint Group, L.L.C. is a real estate private equity firm headquartered in Boston, with additional primary offices in Dallas and San Francisco. Since 1994, Rockpoint’s founding Managing Members with others have sponsored thirteen commingled funds and related co-investment vehicles, raising approximately $18 billion in capital commitments and investing approximately $14 billion of equity in over 380 transactions with a total capitalization of approximately $50 billion. Rockpoint employs a fundamental value approach to investing in both its opportunistic and lower-risk strategies and focuses on select product types and geographic regions, with a primary emphasis on opportunities in major coastal markets in the United States.
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