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Hilton Liverpool Celebrates With Grand Opening Event
January 29, 2010
LIVERPOOL, U.K. - The new landmark Hilton Liverpool celebrated its grand opening last night with a celebrity studded event and an exclusive performance by international artists the Sugababes.
The stylish and contemporary 215 - bedroom property played host to a collection of local celebrities and dignitaries as guests of Hilton and the hotel's owners, the Ability Group. Guests were treated to a fashion show from renowned Liverpool fashion house Cricket, stunning jewellery display from Boodles, music from über cool DJ Freemason and exquisite food from chefs flown in from Hilton hotels across Europe.
"We're delighted to have celebrated this historic moment for the Hilton brand with such a wonderful event and look forward to welcoming guests to what is a superb hotel in an unbeatable location," Simon Vincent, Hilton Worldwide Area President, Europe, said.
Designed to represent the curvature and ebb and flow of the Mersey river, the hotel is located on the edge of the award-winning Liverpool ONE shopping complex and overlooks Liverpool's historic Albert Dock.
The sleek internal décor of the building has been created to enhance the hotel's maritime design and heritage. In the lobby, timber has been used to illustrate the meanders of the River, and a piece of artwork mounted in the reception was specifically commissioned and created in resin to support the theme.
The hotel bar, Pima, celebrates the city's heritage as a cotton trading port as Pima is a type of high-quality cotton from America. The bar's interior design includes cotton-related artworks and exclusive lighting that appears as cotton balls.
The Exchange restaurant acknowledges the site which previously housed the city's Custom House, regarded as the epicentre of the docks and where the exchange of goods was recorded. In keeping with the Customs House theme, signage for the restaurant has been created using typography and colours typical of an authentic Victorian Dock sign.
"Hilton Liverpool is a stylish addition to our global portfolio and we are excited to join the local community," Dave Horton, Global Head, Hilton Hotels brand, said. "Guests will find authentic Hilton hospitality and a look and feel inspired by local heritage and scenery, making this hotel a unique destination for both business and leisure travellers."
In addition to the 215 rooms, which include one presidential suite, six executive suites and five junior suites, the hotel offers excellent conference and banqueting facilities. The impressive Grace Suite ballroom with its own bar area and floor to ceiling windows, provides access for up to 400 theatre-style guests, while a further eight meeting rooms all benefit from natural light.
Additional hotel features include a dedicated business centre, wireless internet, state of the art audiovisual equipment, a concierge service and a gym. On the seventh floor, an exclusive executive lounge offers magnificent views over the city."
We are delighted to be opening our third property with Hilton Worldwide, having opened the first Doubletree by Hilton in Cambridge in 2008. The Hilton Liverpool is a key property not only for Liverpool and Hilton but also for the Ability Group as it is our very first Hilton brand hotel. We have invested £55 million into this property and are convinced it will be very successful in what is an iconic and vibrant city," Ability Group Chairman and founder, Andreas Panayiotou, said.
With excellent transport links, the Hilton Liverpool is 20 minutes from John Lennon Airport, 45 minutes from Manchester International Airport and less than one mile from Liverpool Lime Street train station which has services to all major cities in the UK. The hotel is also within walking distance from the Arena and the Convention Centre.
Room rates at Hilton Liverpool start from £135 per room per night on a bed and breakfast basis. To book, visit www.hilton.co.uk/liverpool.
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. Its 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.
Katrina Jones, Hilton Worldwide, Europe
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Charlotte Wilmots, Hilton Worldwide, Europe
+44 (0)207 856 8114
John Forrest Ale, Hilton Hotels
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