News for the Hospitality Executive
March 11, 2010 - OSLO -Hilton Worldwide has announced that it has signed a multi-year franchise license agreement with Key Hotels Group s.r.o. to open the Doubletree by Hilton, Oslo-City Centre this spring -- the company’s first hotel in Norway and the Doubletree by Hilton’s first location in Scandinavia. This latest announcement reinforces the continued growth of Hilton Worldwide and the further development success of the upscale, full-service Doubletree by Hilton brand throughout Europe.
The Doubletree by Hilton, Oslo-City Centre is ideally located in the heart of the Oslo city centre on the historic Stortingsgata, next to the city’s famed Christiania Teater. Situated in a listed building with warm stone façade and original arched doorways, the final touches on this adaptive re-use construction project from office building to upscale hotel is being completed in accordance with local heritage guidelines. The Doubletree by Hilton, Oslo-City Centre is within walking distance of the city’s business and financial districts and surrounded by historical buildings such as the Royal Palace, the National Theatre, the Town Hall and Parliament. Hilton Worldwide currently operates seven hotels across the Nordic region.
Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president development, Europe & Africa, said: “The grandparents and ancestral family of Conrad Hilton, founder of the 91-year-old Hilton Worldwide legacy, originated from Norway. We are delighted to open our first Hilton Worldwide hotel in the country with the introduction of our Doubletree by Hilton brand into Scandinavia. As we grow our portfolio of brands in Europe, we are committed to developing our presence in capital city locations. This landmark Hilton Worldwide announcement is a testament to the heritage and growth of our company.”
The first phase of Doubletree by Hilton, Oslo-City Centre will open with 59 gracefully designed single, double and deluxe bedrooms; a full-service restaurant with views of the city’s tree-lined promenade, Spikersuppa; and an intimate lobby bar. When the entire, multi-phase refurbishment project is completed at the end of 2010, the hotel will feature 103 bedrooms, along with a state-of-the-art fitness facility and business centre. The new Doubletree by Hilton, Oslo-City Centre will also have convenient access to the airport express train, which connects downtown Oslo to Gardermoen airport.
Rob Palleschi, global head for Doubletree by Hilton hotels, said: “Having opened our first Doubletree by Hilton in Europe only two years ago, the introduction of our first Scandinavian hotel in the capital city of Oslo demonstrates the unique appeal of our brand to current hotel owners and prospective hotel developers. With a collection of 10 hotels open in Europe, 220 hotels and resorts welcoming guests across the globe, and a growing development pipeline adding new locations every month, there are more opportunities than ever before for today’s traveler to experience Doubletree by Hilton and its distinctive delivery of warm and caring hospitality.”
Some characteristic qualities of the Doubletree by Hilton experience include the warm worldwide welcome of the brand’s legendary chocolate chip cookie to every guest at check-in, the rewards of the prestigious Hilton HHonors loyalty program and a unique and caring commitment to the communities in which they operate. Doubletree by Hilton believes in a set of business values that make their hotels a desirable place for employees to work and a satisfying place for travelers to stay. Doubletree by Hilton hotels also participate in Hilton HHonors®, the only guest rewards program that allows members to earn Points & Miles® for the same stay and redeem points for free nights with No Blackout Dates at more than 3,500 hotels worldwide.
There are 18 Doubletree by Hilton hotels now open or in the pipeline in Europe and more than 200 hotels welcoming guests around the world. In the Nordic region, Hilton Worldwide currently operates: Hilton Copenhagen Airport, Hilton Stockholm Slussen, Hilton Malmö City, Hilton Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Hilton Helsinki Strand, Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa and Hilton Reykjavik Nordica. Across Europe, Hilton Worldwide currently has 70 hotels in the pipeline across its portfolio of brands.
About Owners Key Hotels Group s.r.o
The Keys Hotel Group is an established private hotel ownership company.
About Doubletree by Hilton Hotels
With a growing collection of contemporary, upscale accommodations in more than 220 gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations worldwide, Doubletree by Hilton hotels and resorts are distinctively designed properties that provide true comfort to today’s business and leisure travelers. From the millions of delighted hotel guests who are welcomed with the brand’s legendary, warm chocolate chip cookies at check-in to the advantages of the award-winning Hilton HHonors guest reward programme, each Doubletree guest receives a satisfying stay wherever their travels take them. For more information on Doubletree by Hilton, please visit www.doubletree.com.
About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For more than 90 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Our brands are comprised of more than 3,500 hotels in 81 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors. For more information about the company, please visit www.hiltonworldwide.com.