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Hilton New York Strikes A Pose And Is "Always In Vogue" - Flagship Hilton Property In Manhattan Relaunches Prime Ballroom Space Featuring Contemporary, Fresh Look
Manhattan's Largest Hotel Invests $1M in Major Soft Goods Renovation Program
December 15, 2009
NEW YORK - The 1,980-room Hilton New York recently completed an ambitious $1M soft goods refurbishment program of its Trianon Ballroom triplex and Mercury Ballroom, totaling over 15,000 square feet. To celebrate the relaunch of its Trianon and Mercury Ballrooms, the hotel held a festive reception and party last night to mark this special occasion inspired by a retro 1960's pop art design concept with a modern twist created by noted New York event planner, Jerry Sibal, founder of Design Fusion.
Manhattan-based design firm Champalimaud Design handled the refurbishment program and took a customized approach to redesigning each ballroom. Champalimaud's designers were inspired by Hilton New York's "grand hotel in the modern tradition" style and created a contemporary new look by incorporating classic architectural design elements into the materials used including wall coverings, carpeting, fixtures, furnishings, etc. These function rooms with ceiling heights of approximately 23' 6", along with the hotel's 25,000-square foot Grand Ballroom (the largest hotel ballroom in New York City), serve as the "heart" of Hilton New York's existing role in the vibrant and dynamic commercial and social fabric of midtown Manhattan venues.
"The new redesign of our ballroom space brings this hotel into the 21st century," said Conrad Wangeman, General Manager, Hilton New York. "In the past, Hilton New York, since its opening in 1963, has had a reputation for being very traditional hotel in its design aesthetic, and with the ballrooms' refurbishment project, we wanted to provide our clients and guests with an updated look that would appeal to both groups. We do not want to be known as your grandfather's Hilton," Wangeman added.
The current refurbishment project for the two ballrooms is only one component of Hilton New York's overall capital improvement program which also includes a major renovation of the hotel's guestrooms. Since 2005, the hotel has invested more than $80 million in refurbishing approximately 1,000 of the hotel's 1,980 guestrooms and suites.
Champalimaud's designers were tasked with refurbishing the interiors of the Trianon and Mercury ballrooms with a whole new look and ambiance that would reinforce each ballroom's purpose and function of playing host to both social and business gatherings.
To achieve that end, for the 10,000-square foot Trianon Ballroom triplex, Champalimaud's design incorporated many of the classic and grand details which were present to enhance the ballroom's wonderful scale and whimsy. In selecting materials used, the designers identified key words underlying what comes to mind when one thinks of this space - sparkle, fantasy, scale and texture. The designers' intention was to exploit these assets in a unified manner. Champalimaud added to the whimsy that exists in the carpet of the Grand Ballroom and played it off of the texture and sparkle of the interior architecture as well as simplifying the color contrast on the wall surfaces. By gracefully coloring the walls in a tone which creates a subtle vibrancy, Champalimaud allowed the upper section to ground the lower sections of the space. A bouquet of vibrant and complimentary colors in a traditionally-inspired pattern brings the idea of magic to sparkle to fruition.
The designers' approach to the hotel's 5,800-square foot Mercury Ballroom also shared a classically elegant underlying theme in the restoration. The stone pilasters, which flank the ballroom's walls, accentuate its general vertical scale. That scale needed to be exploited and a more gentle approach was taken for the coloration of the space. The ballroom's tailored space reflecting a warm masculine appeal and boasting graceful lines, were provided with a softer, muted color palette including rich and subtle tones of maroons, browns, silver and gold tones. The carpeting selected for the ballroom features a geometric design complementing the strong linear composition of the space.
Additionally, the Mercury Ballroom's Rotunda area included the installation of an innovative new lighting design concept, created by California-based MoodSpace. Hilton New York is their first large hotel project and their first installation in New York City. The installation is a four seasons theme for Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall. The artwork and lighting were designed to cycle through the various colors of each season. MoodSpace uses LED lighting which is a "green" product that requires very little maintenance because the lights last for up to 10 years.
About Hilton New York
The 1.980-room Hilton New York, located in the heart of midtown Manhattan on Avenue of the Americas between West 53rd and West 54th Streets, is a sophisticated international hotel that appeals to both savvy business and leisure travelers seeking an ideal location that is in close proximity to all the world-famous attractions that New York City is famous for. The hotel is within a short walking distance of Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Carnegie Hall, and just a few blocks away from Times Square, Broadway theaters and renowned Fifth Avenue shopping. Equipped with modern conveniences to meet all your business and travel needs, the hotel features extensive facilities that accommodate large conferences and conventions, smaller meetings, and elegant banquets. For reservations and or additional information, please call 1-212-586-7000 or visit the website at www.newyork.hilton.com.
About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 90 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Our brands are comprised of more than 3,400 hotels in 79 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. For more information about the company, please visit www.hiltonworldwide.com.
Mark Ricci, Hilton Worldwide, Northeast US & Canada
+ 1 212-261-5836
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