Hilton London Metropole Unveils £6 Million Lobby Transformation

Guests’ Arrival Experience Revolutionised at London’s Largest Hotel

This information originated in U.K. English.

April 19, 2013

LONDON - Hilton London Metropole is undergoing a major £6 million lobby transformation, revolutionising the arrival experience in one of the biggest conference and events hotels in Europe. The hotel will be the first UK property to incorporate the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand's new innovative lobby design narrative, which provides smartly designed and functionally relevant lobby spaces, for guests and locals to work, socialise and enjoy.

The two phase refurbishment, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson, reflects the Hilton commitment to creating engaging spaces. The completed first phase sees a new lobby bar - EDG Bar & Lounge - and Whisky Lounge, whilst the installation of double-height glass entrances will mark the overall completion of the project in August 2013.

Phase One - Completed
Ten British custom-made vanilla leather and fabric suspended lights form a focal point over the new double-height EDG Bar & Lounge, while stylish muted grey fabrics, with splashes of yellow, create a warm atmosphere. A feature wall behind the 20ft long bar also forms a central part of the lobby bar & lounge design as delicate fusions of colour in night and day lighting effects are projected through cut-out sections in the wall sculpture. Free WI-FI and power sockets are available for guests.

The intimate 22-cover Whisky Lounge encompasses sumptous black and mauve-grey furnishings, with hints of dark cyan and teal. Open to guests, delegates and outside visitors, the luxurious Whisky Lounge exhibits feature lighting in the form of suspended whisky decanters, while whisky display cabinets frame and showcase a wide collection of whiskies from around the world.

Phase Two - To Be Completed August 2013
The installation of two double-height entrance glass doors will modernise the exterior appearance of the hotel, as well as creating a brand new entrance on Harbet Road, giving guests direct access from the taxi rank. Guests will check-in at individual pod-style desks, contrasted against a striking leather feature wall.

As part of the lobby refurbishment, the mezzanine level meeting rooms will also undergo renovations, including the creation of an octoganal shaped meeting room, seating up to 18 delegates boardroom style, with floor to ceiling windows on six-sides. An additional mezzanine meeting room will cater up to 40 delegates, taking the total meeting rooms on this level up to 11.

Once complete, the refurbishment will increase the lobby floor space by 60 per cent and double the number of restaurant and bar options. Five new bedrooms will also be created, raising the hotel's total number of guest rooms and suites to 1,059.

Avner On, general manager, Hilton London Metropole, said, "Hospitality requires constant innovation to be the best - this major renovation will further secure our position as one of Europe's top conference and events hotels.

"The refurbishment will see relevant and inviting spaces that have been created for today's busy travellers. The lobby design is visually appealing and dynamic, yet comfortable and intuitive, creating an inviting destination that seamlessly transitions from day to night, providing a social atmosphere where people come together to meet, relax, reflect, enjoy and work."

Conveniently located outside of the congestion charge zone, Hilton London Metropole boasts first class conference and events facilities, including two large conference suites each with the capacity to hold 1,600 people and a third theatre style suite, which caters to 800. Located just 20 minutes from Heathrow Airport via the Heathrow Express at Paddington Station, the hotel also offers multiple restaurants, a 12.5 metre heated indoor pool, sauna and steam room.

For more information, visit www.hilton.com/londonmet. Media can access additional information about Hilton London Metropole at http://news.hilton.com/londonmet.


Guy Marturano
For Hilton London Metropole
+44 20 7420 7759

Lauren Trinder
For Hilton London Metropole
+44 207 255 6466

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