The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Houston by the Galleria Unveils an Evolved Hotel Featuring Contemporary Interiors and Amenities
HOUSTON - Kokua Hospitality announced today The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Houston by the Galleria (5353 Westheimer Road) has completed the evolution of the hotel and proudly unveils its newly updated design. Originally built in 1982, the DoubleTree hotel operated as a 380-key all-suite hotel for more than 33 years. The refreshed hotel now features modern and beautifully designed interiors offering guests a choice between 238 guest rooms and 238 suites. The hotel now has more suite selections to choose from than any hotel in Houston.
"We are very committed to maintaining a quality experience for our guests and after noticing an increasing trend of international travelers to the Galleria area with a need for varying room types, we thought it was important for the hotel to evolve", said Phil Tufano, a partner and Chief Operating Officer at Kokua Hospitality, the hotel's management firm. "This is one of the reasons why we completely redesigned the rooms and now offer both guest rooms and suites. With the new variety of options available, we took the opportunity to rename and rebrand the property, changing the name from 'The DoubleTree Suites' to 'The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites.' We are so proud of the hard work the design team put into delivering a fresh, contemporary aesthetic aimed to enhance our guests' experience while staying with us, from the new check-in area and lobby to the public spaces and guest rooms."
The Public Spaces
The arrival begins with a welcoming lobby featuring clean lines and modern lounge seating areas. Natural tones beautifully compliment the lobby's extensive use of wood and the featured art pieces were specifically commissioned to accentuate its new urban ambiance. Weary travelers will appreciate the relaxed and social atmosphere of the new and improved lobby and its bar that allows for an opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine, a cocktail, "Bar Bites", or dinner. In addition to a grab-and-go section, a high-tech lounge area has been incorporated into the lobby spaces to accommodate the needs of the sophisticated travelers that frequent the Galleria area.
The Mezzanine has been completely re-purposed and now includes a variety of seating arrangements, a breakfast bar as well as a casual restaurant where breakfast offerings include an elaborate American Breakfast Buffet, as well as delicious a la carte selections prepared to the preference of guests.
"The new food and beverage venues will attract international clientele and the locals, both as a one-of-a-kind place to conduct business, as well as a place to come and enjoy the festivity and social atmosphere that is the Galleria area," assures Sam Kapadia, the General Manager of the hotel. "We also believe the new meeting facilities will suit the needs of business travelers looking for convenience and comfort and function while visiting Houston. The hotel has been a favorite destination of business planners for years, and now they will have even more reasons to hold their meetings and events whilst staying at the hotel and enjoying the convenience of the facilities."
All 9,000 square feet of meeting rooms and conference spaces have been completely revamped to accommodate a variety of guest requests, including the latest in technology in lighting, sound, and visual components. The stylish meeting spaces also offer a range of menus to compliment any type of gathering, from collaborative events among colleagues and social gatherings, to family events. These newly designed spaces are available in a variety of configuration options and have an inviting visual appeal. The aesthetically pleasing pre-function area has both architectural and decorative lighting elements; the new design features a ceiling constructed for maximum acoustical integrity. Also available for events and soirees is the hotel's pool deck, the largest in the Uptown Houston/Galleria area.
The Guest Rooms and Suites
All accommodations are equipped with amenities and furnishings curated to enhance a modern lifestyle. The design team focused on editing the sizes and styles of the original guest room and suites with a focus on the modern needs of experienced travelers. Today, the new DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites features 476 stylish options via 238 guest rooms and 238 suites, perfect for both short visits and extended stays. All rooms and suites not only feature a contemporary design, they are also updated with individual climate controls, Wi-Fi access, in-room safes, as well as On Demand movies with premium television channels on oversized 48 inch LCD TV's. In addition, the redesigned suites also offer full-size kitchens with residential amenities, several of which have balconies offering panoramic city views. Overnight guests have access to the hotel's various services and amenities, including same-day valet laundry services, self-laundry facilities, a 24-hour tech lounge, and a 24-hour fitness area by Precor. A grab and go concept, ATM, and a car rental office are all conveniently located in the lobby.
"The team worked tirelessly for over a year to create a modern and inviting space that still speaks to the global sophistication of our guests whilst making sure that everything that has always made the hotel exceptional remains in place, including the signature Hilton hospitality services we are known for," says Kapadia. "We are excited to welcome old friends and new into the hotel. Our valet and reception desk staff are ready to welcome you with smile and a warm chocolate chip cookie."
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Kokua Hospitality, LLC is an independent hotel management firm founded in Chicago with the mandate to become the operator of choice for strategic institutional and select private lodging investors by producing superior results as turnaround specialists. Created by veteran lodging investment and management experts to appeal to an investor's sensibility, Kokua Hospitality blends best-in-class operating practices with an owner's DNA. Kokua Hospitality manages a growing portfolio of hotels and resorts nationwide. For more information on Kokua Hospitality, please visit KokuaHospitality.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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.Download Article Photos