The UK’s first Doubletree by Hilton hotel, to be located in Cambridge, has been signed, representing another major step toward Hilton Hotels Corporation’s target of doubling the current portfolio of hotels in the UK and Ireland from 75 to 150 over the next five years.This project will see the highly regarded Cambridge Garden House Hotel converted to an upscale, full-service Doubletree by Hilton hotel consisting of 122 guest rooms. The hotel is expected to be complete and open to the public as the Doubletree by Hilton Cambridge - Garden House by 2nd April 2008.
Hilton Hotels Corporation and its subsidiaries will manage the hotel under the Doubletree by Hilton brand and Ability Hotels (Cambridge) Ltd., a member of The Ability Group, will own the hotel.
Dave Horton, Senior Vice President - Brand Management for Doubletree by Hilton said: “This hotel opening represents the beginning of a very exciting phase in the brand’s development internationally. Along with the UK Doubletree by Hilton launch, hotels are also signed in Milan, Italy and Kosice, Slovakia.
“The Doubletree by Hilton brand will bring our famous and unique blend of a friendly, personable atmosphere with contemporary guest rooms - offering a refreshing hotel experience for business and leisure travellers across the globe.”
Simon Vincent, President for Hilton in the UK and Ireland said:
“Cambridge is the ideal location for the first Doubletree by Hilton hotel with it being a thriving historic city with good access to London. The Cambridge Garden House was an excellent site to convert into a Doubletree by Hilton with it already having a sound reputation and great facilities for us to work from.
“We believe Doubletree’s success in the US will be continued here, with our development effort already geared up to identify new conversion sites for Doubletree by Hilton hotels across the UK and Ireland. The brand is a great fit for owners that want the benefits of an affiliation without losing out on individuality. We are aiming to have at least 20 Doubletree hotels within our estate in the next five to ten years.”
Andreas Panayiotou, Chairman of The Ability Group said:
“We are delighted to be teaming up with Hilton yet again. The Cambridge Garden House is a fabulously unique hotel in an excellent location. We are proud to be launching the first Doubletree by Hilton in the United Kingdom following on from the great success in the United States of this fresh and exciting brand. We believe that our guests will find the welcoming nature and lifestyle approach of the Doubletree by Hilton brand in harmony with the setting of the hotel.”
The Doubletree brand has more than 45,000 rooms in nearly 200 locations throughout the Americas.
Warmly appointed with spacious guestrooms, the Doubletree by Hilton Cambridge - Garden House welcomes guests with wireless high-speed internet access; in-room gourmet coffee service and the brand’s signature Sweet Dreams® by Doubletree Sleep Experience.
There will be well-appointed meeting and event space making the Doubletree by Hilton Cambridge - Garden House an excellent venue for everything from weddings and social events to executive board meetings and training sessions.
Travellers will also be able stay in shape at the Doubletree by Hilton Cambridge - Garden House by swimming a few laps in the hotel’s heated pool, relaxing in the spa or working out in the fitness room.