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May 2016

Houston DoubleTree Completes Rebranding

HOUSTON, Tex.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Houston by the Galleria completed its renovation and renaming.

Originally built in 1982, the 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”, says Phil Tufano, a partner and ceo 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 lobby features 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. 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 travelers that frequent the Galleria area.

The Mezzanine has been completely repurposed 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, 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 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 prefunction area has both architectural and decorative lighting elements. Also available for events and soirees is the hotel’s pool deck, the largest in the Uptown Houston/Galleria area.

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. All rooms were also updated with individual climate controls, Wi-Fi access, in-room safes and oversized 48 inch LCD TV’s. In addition, the redesigned suites offer full-size kitchens with residential amenities, several of which have balconies offering 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.

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