Hilton Hotels & Resorts, one of the most recognised names in the hotel industry has today announced the official opening of its new landmark hotel, Hilton London Wembley, just days before the start of one of the biggest sporting events in U.K. history. With plans to transform the area into one of the most thriving parts of the capital, for sport, entertainment and architectural excellence, the opening marks a major milestone in the regeneration of the area.
The location is going to be a big sell for this new hotel, situated directly opposite Wembley Stadium and incorporating 361 bedrooms. Playing on its inherently British location, design features include an eye-catching two-floor feature wall depicting the greatest events in the history of Wembley Stadium and a custom-made art installation displaying a sequence of hand-painted porcelain plates following and illustrating the route of the River Thames.
David Horton, global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, comments “We are excited about this latest opening for Hilton Hotels & Resorts in London. This uniquely placed hotel couples a stylish and contemporary look, with a sense of quintessential Britishness in the hotel’s design.”
Hilton go on to describe the design of their latest opening by saying it embodies the spirit of Britain through its design and artistic vision – the history and heritage of its location is embraced through every facet, from the open plan ground floor lobby, with its Union Jack motif rugs, to the ninth floor roof bar with its spectacular outdoor terrace and unparalleled views of Wembley Stadium.
Wembley City is one of the U.K.’s largest redevelopment schemes, with over one million square feet of construction underway across the area. Quintain, responsible for the regeneration, is transforming 85 acres of former exhibitions lands around Wembley Stadium, which will include a new 280,000 sq ft retail destination – The London Designer Outlet – offering high street and designer brands, as well as a dynamic restaurant and leisure scene.
Simon Vincent, area president, Europe, Hilton Worldwide, said, “Hilton London Wembley is an outstanding addition to our London portfolio which now stands at more than 32 hotels across four brands. I would like to thank Quintain, Jack Nicholas and all involved in bringing this superb new hotel to life. With the major sporting events of this summer, Hilton London Wembley is in a prime location to provide upscale accommodation and will be a central part of the continued regeneration of Wembley. As our portfolio in the U.K. continues to grow, the opening of Hilton London Wembley represents another landmark for Hilton Worldwide in 2012.”
With architecture and interior design by The Manser Practice, the 281,650 square foot Hilton London Wembley includes 18 suites, a 660-capacity ballroom, 10 state-of-the-art meeting rooms, business centre, boardroom, executive lounge, 200 on-site parking spaces and a full-equipped LivingWell Health Club, complete with 12-metre pool, sauna, steam room, whirlpool and 24-hour gym for hotel guests.
Guests can enjoy spectacular views over Wembley Stadium, Wembley Arena and Wembley Way from the ninth floor roof bar, Sky Bar 9. Its spacious outdoor terrace for up to 150 people is also available for private hire, offering a unique venue for events and private functions. The hotel restaurant, aptly named The Association, seats up to 280 guests and offers a hearty modern-British menu, while the stylish Icons bar is ideal for afternoon tea, a light snack or post dinner cocktail.
“The hotel is a new leading upscale hotel addition within close proximity to Wembley Stadium, it will attract both business and leisure travellers looking for a competitively priced gateway to London and the surrounding areas. With convenient transport links, Wembley is the perfect base from which to explore both central and Greater London attractions, such as Windsor Castle and Ascot” comments GM Jack Nicholas.
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