Local development firm acquires DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel; NOR Hotel Properties to begin major mid-town hotel renovation project
Tucson, Ariz. - Locally-owned Nor Hotel Properties, LLC, has acquired DoubleTree by Hilton Tucson - Reid Park at 445 S. Alvernon Way, with plans to begin a large-scale renovation of the 287 guest room hotel, including 25,000 SF of meeting space, the hotel lobby, bar, and two restaurants during the next 18 months.
For Nor Hotel Properties principal, Allan Norville, a longtime Tucson philanthropist, this venture is as much sentimental as it is commercial. When Mr. Norville and his wife Alfie moved to Tucson from Chicago in 1964, they stayed at the Alvernon Gardens Motel, which was then located where the current DoubleTree by Hilton stands.
"I have wonderfully fond memories of our time at the Alvernon Gardens," said Mr. Norville. "It was the place to be. Our kids learned to swim at this hotel. We all roamed the Alvernon Gardens and the Rose Garden and felt a connection then as if this was our home."
"We are pleased to continue our investment in the Tucson community and bring this mid-town treasure back to a place of prominence," Mr. Norville said. "We plan to create a vibrant, memorable place that business and leisure travelers and area residents will enjoy for many years to come."
Renovation is underway to the hotel lobby, bar and two restaurants. The hotel ballroom, meeting rooms and courtyards will be remodeled next summer, and the hotel's guest rooms will be completed by the fall of 2018.
We are excited to offer a one-of-a-kind hospitality experience, which includes contemporary design features incorporated throughout the property, blended with a heartfelt approach to personal service at an established, Tucson landmark," said Dan Norville, principal of Nor Hotel Properties.
Nor Hotel Properties has retained Marin Management, an established hotel management and consulting company, to manage the hotel operations. Marin currently manages operations for 35 independent and franchise hotels brands throughout the U.S.
Nor Hotel Properties will retain all current DoubleTree by Hilton Tucson - Reid Park staff, with plans to expand hotel operations, events and bookings over the next year. The company also plans to hire local contractors and consultants to complete the hotel renovations.
About Nor Hotel Properties, LLC
Based in Tucson, Nor Hotel Properties, LLC is owned and operated by local developer Allan Norville and his grandson, Dan Norville. In addition to Nor Hotel Properties, Alla Norville also owns and manages Nor-Generations, LLC (NOR-GEN), which is developing an 8.5 acre mixed-use site in downtown Tucson that includes plans for a hotel, retail, arts and residential spaces adjacent to NOR-GEN's Gem and Jewelry Exchange Show (GJX) site, near I-10 and Congress.
About Marin Management, Inc.
Founded in 1990, Marin Management, Inc. is a full-service hotel and restaurant management company headquartered in Sausalito, California. Marin Management provides a variety of full-service and limited-service management, consulting, development, and support services to 35 upscale mid-market hotel franchises throughout California, Washington, Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Utah, and Arizona. National franchise brands include Hilton Hotels Corporation®, Wyndham International®, Choice Hotels International®, Carlson Hotels Worldwide®, Intercontinental Hotel Group® (IHG), and others. The company also operates independent hotels such as Bay Landing Hotel at San Francisco International Airport, MapleTree Inn in Silicon Valley and Vineyard Country Inn in St. Helena, California. Hotel Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, California and Noyo Harbor Inn, Fort Bragg, California are opening in late 2017.
About DoubleTree by Hilton
DoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global portfolio of nearly 560 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.com/doubletree, twitter.com/doubletree and instagram.com/doubletree. 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 more than 5,600 properties with nearly 913,000 rooms, in 113 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 nearly 100 year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program, Hilton Honors, nearly 85 million members who book directly with Hilton have access to 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.