Jurys Inn Hotel Group and Hilton Worldwide Sign Franchise Agreement for Three London Hotels
LONDON, DUBLIN and MCLEAN, Va. - Jurys Inn Hotel Group ("the Group" or "Jurys Inn") and Hilton Worldwide, today announce that they have signed a franchise agreement for three Jurys Inn properties, all of which will join the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of hotels.
Under the new agreement, Jurys Inn's Chelsea and Islington hotels will be rebranded as DoubleTree by Hilton (during Spring and Summer 2014 respectively), while the Heathrow property will become Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow in December 2014. Jurys Inn will invest approximately £20 million in the planned rebranding, incorporating the current capital investment programme in the Chelsea and Islington hotels. The three hotels will continue to be owned and operated by Jurys Inn.
Commenting on the announcement, John Brennan, CEO of Jurys Inn Hotel Group, said, "This initiative will see three of our London hotels leverage their prime locations, a significant investment programme and Hilton's upscale brands to further optimise future revenues and deliver exceptional service to our guests.
"The excellence of our leadership team and employees within these hotels, working in conjunction with our new partners in Hilton Worldwide, will ensure a smooth and seamless transition for our guests to DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn."
Commenting on behalf of Hilton Worldwide, Jim Holthouser, executive vice president of global brands, said, "Both DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn have seen dramatic growth in the UK and are earning increased loyalty and preference both amongst UK guests and international visitors. We are delighted to be taking this next step with a partner such as Jurys Inn."
The hotel improvement programme will bring a number of new facilities, including the addition of 143 guest rooms to the DoubleTree by Hilton - London Islington as part of a substantial extension. Guests at the Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow will see a full renovation including the addition of a Pavilion Pantry®, as well as benefitting from other amenities for which Hilton Garden Inn is known, including an on-site fitness centre and guest laundry.
Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development - Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide, said, "This is an incredible testament to the strength of our brands in London and the wider UK market. In the five years since we introduced DoubleTree by Hilton into the UK, it has grown rapidly, and with this signing we will have 10 hotels in the capital, 2,767 quality rooms, and yet more to come.
"We are delighted to be working with Jurys Inn's visionary leadership team who will continue to be instrumental as we launch these superbly placed properties within our London portfolio, which includes 36 hotels trading or under development."
Jurys Inn is a leading mid-market hospitality group with 32 hotels spread across the UK, Ireland and the Czech Republic. Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company that manages and operates 10 world class global hotel brands, comprising more than 650,000 rooms in 90 countries and territories.
The remaining 29 hotels within the Jurys Inn portfolio will continue to trade as Jurys Inn, building on the success the Group has achieved to date on the back of a sustained recovery in trading across all its hotels.
Jurys Inn recently completed a successful financial restructuring which saw new and existing shareholders commit substantial additional equity, in combination with a significant reduction in debt. The restructuring has allowed Jurys Inn to accelerate its future growth and development plans.
About Jurys Inn Hotel Group
Jurys Inn Hotel Group has 32 hotels in great city centre locations across the UK, Ireland and Czech Republic, employing approximately 2,000 people and catering to three million guests every year. Founded in Ireland, the Group's consistently high customer service scores and employee satisfaction ratings have been reflected in a range of major industry accolades.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 18 world-class brands comprising more than 6,100 properties with more than 977,000 rooms, in 118 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its 100-year history, earned a top spot on the 2019 World’s Best Workplaces list, and was named the 2019 Global Industry Leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, more than 106 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy, plus enjoy instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.
About DoubleTree by Hilton
DoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global portfolio of more than 590 upscale hotels with more than 136,000 rooms across 48 countries. For more than 50 years, DoubleTree by Hilton has continued to be a symbol of comfort for business and leisure travelers around the world, from welcoming guests with its signature warm DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie, to serving the local community. DoubleTree by Hilton offers contemporary accommodations and amenities, including unique food and beverage experiences, state-of-the-art fitness offerings and meetings and events spaces. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. To make reservations, travelers may visit doubletree.com. Connect with DoubleTree by Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Learn about the latest brand news at newsroom.hilton.com/doubletree.
About Hilton Garden Inn
The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn brand provides business and leisure guests upscale, affordable accommodations and unexpected amenities for an experience that is ‘Simply on Another Level.’ The Hilton Garden Inn Promise affirms the brand’s goal to make each guest’s stay better and brighter. Guaranteed. Team Members at more than 860 hotels in 49 countries and territories around the world ensure today’s busy travelers have a bright and satisfying experience, starting with the first hello. As a recognized F&B leader, Hilton Garden Inn serves locally sourced food and beverage at its full-service restaurants and bars, featuring cooked-to-order dishes, handcrafted cocktails, and on-trend small plates. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. For more information about Hilton Garden Inn, visit www.hgi.com or newsroom.hilton.com/hgi, and connect on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.