Hilton Hotels refurbishes several UK properties

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Several Hilton Hotels properties across the UK are part of the roll out of a comprehensive 20m refurbishment programme. The Hilton branded properties, all owned by Igal Ahouvi and his partners, range from Aberdeen to Gatwick.

Igal Ahouvi and partners own 16 Hilton hotels, operated under management agreements by Hilton Worldwide's Hilton brand. The investment programme spans bedroom, bar, restaurant and public area refurbishments. It also includes the launch of The Space, an innovative lounge concept in a number of the hotels, starting with Hilton Newbury North.

Area president of Europe, Hilton Worldwide, Simon Vincent, says: "As hoteliers, our focus is on delivering exceptional guest experiences and we are thrilled that Mr Ahouvi is helping us achieve that goal with this investment programme. It will radically improve the quality of the hotels, and in the new lounge concept, we're demonstrating innovation aimed at enhancing that guest experience."

Work is due to be completed in all hotels by 2011, with some projects having already been finished at the likes of Hilton London Gatwick Airport, where a new restaurant and redesigned lobby complement the recent introduction of a Costa coffee shop.

Due to launch first at Hilton Newbury North in March 2010, The Space is set to redefine the traditional restaurant, lounge and bar area by offering the comfort and feel of an airport executive lounge across the entire ground floor of the hotel. Designed with technology and productivity at the heart, it will be the first such facility on the UK motorway network.

The Space features value-added work space, with easy laptop plug in and high-speed wireless, Bluetooth and mobile charging stations; flexible meeting space, with large bookable meeting zones; and "super foods" available throughout the day, including selected foods geared towards productivity with natural energy boosts included on the menu as well as healthy options and traditional food dishes.

CEO for Igal Ahouvi's hotel businesses Hugh Taylor adds: "We are delighted that our Hilton hotels will be able to benefit from this major investment programme. We hope that as a result of the investment, and under the expert management of Hilton, the hotels will be well placed to benefit from the economic recovery as it develops and gains pace."

Ahouvi's properties include Hilton London Gatwick Airport, Hilton London Olympia, Hilton Aberdeen, Hilton Dunkeld, Hilton Strathclyde, Hilton Basingstoke, Hilton Bristol, Hilton Bromsgrove, Hilton Coventry, Hilton Dartford, Hilton Newbury Centre, Hilton Newbury North, Hilton Newport, Hilton Southampton, Hilton Swindon and Hilton Edinburgh Airport.

In other news, Hilton Hotels Corporation has signed a deal with Costa to supply coffee to 60 of its hotels across the UK in a two-year deal.

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