DoubleTree by Hilton Expands Portfolio
Upscale brand to arrive in leafy Greater London borough
LONDON and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide and EQ Group today announced an agreement to open DoubleTree by Hilton London - Kingston upon Thames. Acquired by EQ Group and affiliates, the hotel is set to open in the second half of 2016 following a multi-million pound fit out. The hotel will be asset managed by EQ Hotels Limited under a franchise agreement with Hilton Worldwide and operated by Interstate Europe Hotels & Resorts' UK division.
Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide said, "Our fastest growing full service brand has added Chelsea, Islington and Docklands to its roster of top locations in the capital in the last 12 months. DoubleTree by Hilton London - Kingston upon Thames joins nearly 30 hotels under the brand across the UK. The hotel will form a major component of a new mixed-use scheme, responding to the diverse needs of visitors to the borough."
Situated 12 miles south west of central London, Kingston is an affluent borough, increasingly popular with corporate businesses choosing to expand in Greater London. The new hotel is located adjacent to the River Thames in the heart of Kingston town centre, on the prominent corner of Skerne Road and Down Hall Road, opposite the Bentall Shopping Centre and a five minute walk from Kingston station. DoubleTree by Hilton London - Kingston upon Thames will offer 146 rooms and suites, a restaurant and bar, as well as conference and meeting rooms.
Regular trains run directly from Kingston station to London Waterloo, with a journey time of approximately 25 minutes, and the hotel will be located five miles east of the M3 - leading into the M25 - providing easy access in and out of central London.
The area is also popular with tourists visiting attractions including Hampton Court Palace and Kew Gardens, and the largest of the Royal Parks, Richmond Park, which has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a National Nature Reserve. Kingston is ranked the third best shopping centre in London, behind only Oxford Street and the West End.
Councillor Kevin Davis, Leader of Kingston Council, said: 'Kingston town centre is a thriving place, rich in culture and heritage. 20 million people visit Kingston every year and large businesses are being attracted to our borough due to our thriving local economy, vibrant university community and strategic transport links. Just a few weeks ago, the supermarket giant Lidl announced they were moving 500 staff to a new 220,000 sq.ft office building in the borough. There are some excellent hotels in the borough, but Kingston town centre itself has been crying out for a high quality place where leisure and business visitors can stay. So I am delighted that EQ Group, working with DoubleTree by Hilton, have chosen to take on and fit-out an existing purpose-built building located in a prime position in the town centre. As well as offering much-needed high quality accommodation, the new hotel will also fulfil a growing demand for professional meeting facilities and business accommodation."
John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton said, "We're pleased to introduce DoubleTree by Hilton to yet another great London location. Guests at this hotel will be welcomed with the signature chocolate chip cookie and will experience the DoubleTree by Hilton CARE culture, which strives to Create A Rewarding Experience for both guests and Team Members."
Media can access additional information about DoubleTree by Hilton at news.doubletree.com.
ABOUT EQ GROUP
Q Group is a privately held company that both owns and manages hotels. Investing alongside its institutional equity partners, it is focused on value-added hotel opportunities across the UK and Europe
ABOUT THE ROYAL BOROUGH OF KINGSTON UPON THAMES AND THE 'KINGSTON FUTURES' PROGRAMME
Kingston has been a destination of choice for over a thousand years, and its future is as a destination too. A thriving and successful town centre is key to the economic and cultural prosperity of the borough as a whole. Shaping Kingston as a major metropolitan destination that benefits the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of residents, businesses and visitors in a challenging economic climate requires plain and determined thinking ahead. To remain competitive, particularly in the face of a sharp rise in internet shopping, Kingston needs to be more than just a retail destination - it needs to broaden its offer in terms of leisure, culture and tourism. This is what will make Kingston stand apart from some of the vast but soulless modern shopping developments. It is what will make people continue to choose to come to Kingston.
Kingston Council is leading that development through its Kingston Futures programme. The Council is working with local partners, landowners and developers in a joined up and strategic way; using collective means and statutory powers to shape the physical character of the borough. The Council is working hard to attract external funding to redevelop and improve key parts of the borough. Investors increasingly have confidence in Kingston as a place where things happen and there are some major retail, leisure, residential and public realm improvements already underway or in the pipeline. For more information on Kingston Council and the Kingston Futures programme, visit www.kingston.gov.uk
About DoubleTree by Hilton
DoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global portfolio of more than 565 upscale hotels with more than 130,000 rooms across six continents. Over the past 50 years, DoubleTree by Hilton has maintained its philosophy that it’s the little things that make a big difference, from welcoming guests with its signature, warm DoubleTree Cookie, to serving the local community. Thanks to the dedication of its Team Members, DoubleTree by Hilton ensures the absolute best experiences for guests and continues to be a symbol of comfort through contemporary accommodations and amenities, including unique food and beverage experiences, state-of-the-art fitness offerings, and meetings and event 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.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 17 world-class brands comprising nearly 5,900 properties with more than 939,000 rooms, in 114 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton earned a spot on the 2018 world’s best workplaces list, and has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its 100-year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, more than 94 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.Download Article Photos