Hilton’s Secret Weapons

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For years now we’ve known the Hilton Hotel brand to be one of luxury,comfort and a leader in terms of global hotel domination. The brand might not be one you’d automatically think of when booking your average short break, and last week I may have had to agree. However, after attending a trade night a few weeks ago with members of The Hilton Group, my opinion of the brand has altered – in a very positive way. Instead of the untouchable, Godfather-esque supremacy I associated  with the Hilton brand, I found that every single detail of the hotels are catered to even the smallest of guests’ needs, even adding unique touches we might not have thought of ourselves as well as showcasing stunning interiors and, facilities.. I’ve put together a list of my favourite Hilton highlights from their UK hotels, and hope that next time you’re booking a short stay, Hilton is at the forefront of your mind.

Skylounge View Over London
Image supplied by Katie Bendeaux, Director of Business Development for the Doubletree by Hilton london – Westminster

When you visit London, whether for business or pleasure, it’s always nice to be able to enjoy the highlights of the city as much as you can. So when I was shown the magnificent Skylounge at the Doubletree London Westminster Hotel, I simply had to get it into one of my posts. Not only does this panoramic room give you a feeling of being on-top-of-the-world with its views over the big city, it’s also available to hire exclusively for you and your party whilst you enjoy a delicious dinner and a rendezvous with a view. It’s perfect for stylish cocktail parties or a romantic dinner for two. I know I’d be impressed if I was whisked off there for the evening!

This highlight is more convenient than extravagant but none-the-less, it would be a pro-point for me if choosing between numerous hotels. The Hilton Garden Inn brand is the 3 and 4 star side of the hotel giant’s portfolio, aimed more towards families and short stays, so the 24/7 availability of the Pavilion Pantry is an absolute winner. Hilton Garden Inn have taken their attention to detail to the next level by providing a pantry area near reception with healthy snacks, sweets, drinks and even microwave meals plus microwave for any guests with midnight cravings or simply those arriving too late for dinner. For me, this makes it stand out from the rest and would get my booking every time. You never know when you’ll need chocolate!

Doubletree by Hilton Cookies
Image supplied by Colette Sherry, sales manager for Doubletree by Hilton Manchester Piccadilly
Doubletree Cookies

Doubletree by Hilton is one of ten sub-brands within the Hilton Empire. With 250 Doubletree hotels throughout the world it’s fast becoming a force all of its own, and with little perks like a gorgeous, warm, double chocolate-chip cookie for every guest on arrival, I’d say I’ll be keeping and eye out for them next time I go away! I can vouch for just how delicious these cookies are thanks to my wonderful evening at the Hilton trade night and although it may not be enough reason alone to choose these hotels over another, as far as home comforts go it’s a nice little extra.


For me, room facilities amongst hotels of a similar standard tend to blur together with the usual tea & coffee, complimentary Wi-Fi and ‘luxury’ toiletries, but yet again, the Doubletree by Hilton and Garden Inn brands are adding unique touches to their hotels. Not only does each guest room come filled with freebies and every TV channel under the sun, but the majority of hotels belonging to these two chains also have brand new iMacs in their guest rooms! So not only do you get to watch TV but the kids can play their DVD’s, you can browse the internet and anyone away for business can catch up on work from the comfort of their room.

Robb Collins and His Winning Cocktails
Image supplied by Jonathan Burgoyne, hotel manager at the Hilton Brighton Metropole

Brighton Bar

One of the Hilton hotels that really caught my eye at the trade night was the Hilton Brighton Metropole. Sat right on the seafront in a huge Victorian building, there was just something about this hotel that grabbed my attention, and it was probably this … 2012 has seen the bar area of the hotel transformed from old people’s lounge to the fabulous and stylish Waterhouse Bar & Terrace. With a champagne and cigar area and private booths along with some delicious food to boot, not only has the bar improved for guests but it’s also put its name on the map as a destination to head for on a night out. To add to the excitement, the bar manager Robb Collins is magnificent renowned mixologist and will be on hand to knock up any kind of drink you can think of. As a cocktail kind of girl myself, this is a real bonus and definitely adds that little spark to the hotels classic, traditional exterior. Robb has taken the title of Brighton & Hove Mix Off champion 2012, so he’s sure to be busy over the coming months. I think I can hear Brighton calling!

Have you taken advantage of any of these Hilton highlights before?

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