Hilton Worldwide announced on November 8 that it had reached agreement to re-brand and operate the eight Mint Hotel properties that have been acquired by its owning company, Blackstone (NYSE: BX) as part of the upscale, full-service DoubleTree by Hilton and mid-scale Hilton Garden Inn brands.
This significant multi-brand deal will also bring the total number of hotels managed by Hilton Worldwide to more than 100 in the UK and more than 220 hotels and resorts – comprising more than 50,000 rooms – across Europe.
Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development – Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide, said, ‘Hilton Garden Inn and DoubleTree by Hilton brands have tremendous traction across Europe and further demonstrate the momentum we have behind our great global brands. These eight fantastic additions to our company’s portfolio will promptly join our DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn brands with a fast-track transition program that aims to see all hotels fully integrated into our Hilton Worldwide systems in the coming weeks.’
Guests at newly rebranded DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in Amsterdam, Tower of London, London Westminster, Leeds and Manchester will benefit from the characteristic qualities found at more than 265 DoubleTree by Hilton hotels and resorts open around the world. The upscale, full-service hotel brand has seen remarkable growth since its European introduction in spring 2008 with 25 DoubleTree by Hilton hotels now open in 10 countries across Europe. The fast-growing global momentum of more than 70 DoubleTree by Hilton hotels and resorts anticipated to open across five continents in the next few years also represents the most robust hotel development pipeline in the brand’s history.
New Hilton Garden Inn locations in Glasgow, Bristol and Birmingham will provide travelers with signature amenities that can be found at a network of more than 520 hotels around the world. The midscale hotel brand has seen significant expansion globally throughout the past two years, with the most recent opening the Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul-Golden Horn as the brand’s fourth hotel in Turkey. The brand currently has more than 150 projects in various stages of the development pipeline and is set to make its debut in China in the first quarter of 2012.
These three properties in key cities join another 15 across Europe, including two in the UK, the Hilton Garden Inn Luton North and Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen City Centre.