DoubleTree by Hilton Kicks Off First Property in Lawrence, Opening Its Doors to Kansas Football Fans and University Visitors
Following multimillion dollar renovation, DoubleTree by Hilton Lawrence delivers upscale, service-focused lodging and one of the area’s largest convention centers
LAWRENCE, Kan. and MCLEAN, Va. - Just in time for football season, DoubleTree by Hilton, one of Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) 13 market-leading brands, today opens its first property in the charming university city of Lawrence, Kansas - DoubleTree by Hilton Lawrence. Following a multimillion dollar renovation, the hotel offers travelers to Northeastern Kansas / Western Missouri convenient, service-focused lodging and one of the area's only full-service convention centers - making the hotel perfect for those visiting the area for business, leisure, and university activities.
Located off of Interstate 70 and within 10 blocks of the university, the 192-room, four-level upscale hotel is also easily accessible to downtown Lawrence's historic landmarks, boutiques, fine restaurants, and numerous corporate offices. Designed in a rustic chic theme with a modern twist, the remodeled public areas, guest rooms, and dining facilities complement updates made to the 18,000-square-foot convention center, the largest in Lawrence, and its surrounding areas.
"With the university as its backdrop, Lawrence attracts a wide range of travelers seeking upscale accommodations as well as event and convention space," said Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. "Whether visiting family or coming back to cheer on their favorite college team, DoubleTree by Hilton Lawrence guests will be welcomed with our warm Chocolate Chip Cookie and then delighted with our award-winning service throughout their stay."
The redesigned lobby and other public areas embody a sleek and contemporary design and are appointed with wood and Midwestern stone accents; warm, calming hues and handpicked artworks complete the rustic yet modern feel.
Spacious guest rooms and suites feature new décor and furniture and are equipped with conveniences desired for a relaxing vacation or productive business trip. Rooms are equipped with a refrigerator, well-lit desk, in-room safe and DoubleTree Sweet Dreams® Sleep Experience beds. Several suites are available, providing more space in the separate living area, a compact kitchenette and multiple sleeper sofas. Free Wi-Fi is offered in each guest room and suite, as well as in all public areas.
DoubleTree by Hilton Lawrence provides a distinctive space for meetings and events, offering 19,125 square feet of meeting and banquet space, including two divisible ballrooms. The largest, the Regency Ballroom, can seat up to 600 guests banquet style or 1,000 guests, theater-style. Two permanent boardrooms, a hospitality room and a state-of-the-art sound system and A/V equipment are also available. Catering services and a dedicated events staff are available to enhance any occasion.
In addition to meeting space, dining options abound for all guests at DoubleTree by Hilton Lawrence. In the lobby, the Heartlands Garden Grill is a casual, contemporary restaurant offering breakfast classics and, on weekends, a full breakfast buffet. The hotel also offers Boulevard Grill, a restaurant with American-style favorites and beers on tap from Kansas City's renowned Boulevard Brewing Company. For in-room dining, guests may make use of the restaurant's room service option or purchase salads, sandwiches, snacks and beverages from the 24-hour Made Market Pantry.
In addition to the iconic warm Chocolate Chip Cookie welcome, the hotel provides guests with a full complement of services and DoubleTree by Hilton brand amenities, including the Wake Up DoubleTree Breakfast, an assortment of gourmet in-room tea and coffee offerings by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, and a refreshing array of the Aroma Actives Essentials natural skin and body care line.
Leisure time enthusiasts can enjoy a wealth of options: winding down at the billiards table; re-energizing at the indoor saltwater swimming pool and whirlpool; or working out in the 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center, featuring Life Fitness equipment and a dedicated free weight area. A 24-hour business center is located in the lobby, as is a connectivity zone featuring computer workstations and printers.
"With this extensive renovation now complete, DoubleTree by Hilton Lawrence has up-to-date features for business and leisure travelers that are second to none," said Stephen Horton, general manager, DoubleTree by Hilton Lawrence. "With the backing and reputation of this global brand, we are uniquely positioned to provide lodging and conference guests with the attentive, high-quality service they rely on from DoubleTree by Hilton."
As part of the Hilton portfolio of brands, guests of DoubleTree by Hilton Lawrence are also encouraged to participate in Hilton HHonors, Hilton's free-to-join loyalty program. Hilton HHonors members who book directly with Hilton save time and money and gain instant access to the benefits they care about most, including:
- An exclusive member rate at more than 4,500 hotels worldwide
- Instant benefits, such as free Wi-Fi, the ability to earn and redeem Points for free nights as well as access to digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key
- Unforgettable, exclusive experiences, available via Points at HHonors.com/auctions, such as access to private concerts or sought-after events
To celebrate the hotel's re-opening, Hilton HHonors members will earn an additional 1,000 Points for a three-night minimum stay from opening day through February 2, 2017 when booking directly with Hilton. Gold and Diamond members will also enjoy free premium Wi-Fi and space-available upgrades to the hotel's exclusive Hilton HHonors floor and complimentary Wake Up DoubleTree Breakfast.
DoubleTree by Hilton Lawrence is located at 200 McDonald Drive, Lawrence, Kansas 66044. Convenient to nearby airports, DoubleTree by Hilton Lawrence is 49 miles west of Kansas City International Airport and 30 miles east of Topeka Regional Airport.
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.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 18 world-class brands comprising more than 6,200 properties with more than 983,000 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. In 2020, Hilton CleanStay was introduced, bringing an industry-defining standard of cleanliness and disinfection to hotels worldwide. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the 108 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