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First Canopy by Hilton Hotel to Open in Reykjavik, Iceland

First Canopy by Hilton Hotel to Open in Reykjavik, Iceland

Hilton announced that it plans to open the Canopy Reykjavik/City Centre hotel in Reykjavik, Iceland in early 2016.  Hilton launched its Canopy by Hilton brand in October 2014, and the property in Reykjavik will be the brand’s first property in the world.
The hotel will offer 115 guestrooms and suites with complimentary Wi-Fi and local breakfast.  Upon arrival, guests will receive a welcome gift that is unique to the area.
A bar …

DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands Opens on the Banks of the River Thames

DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands Opens on the Banks of the River Thames

Hilton announced the opening of a new DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in London, England.  The DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands is the 11th DoubleTree hotel in the London area.
The property has 378 guestrooms, each with LCD TVs. Seventeen different meeting rooms, the largest of which is 3,256 square feet (302 square meters), are located on the premises.
Guests can dine at Columbia, an all-day restaurant offering international cuisine, as well as …

Accidental Shooting at Waldorf Astoria in New York Injures 5

Accidental Shooting at Waldorf Astoria in New York Injures 5

Five people were injured Saturday evening at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City after a wedding guest accidentally fired a gun.
Vladimir Gotlibovsky was reported to have discharged a gun in his pocket.  The bullet richochetted and grazed another guest, Maya Rafailovich in the head.  Four others were injured by flying debris from the ricocheting bullet.
The incident occurred at 7:20 p.m. according to the New York City Police Department.
Gotlibovsky …

Hilton Adds Free Wi-Fi for HHonors Members, Eliminates All Benefits for Third-Party Bookings

Hilton Adds Free Wi-Fi for HHonors Members, Eliminates All Benefits for Third-Party Bookings

Hilton Worldwide announced it will offer Hilton HHonors members of any level free Wi-Fi.  To qualify for the benefit, the reservations must be made via an official Hilton channel such as a Hilton website or app.
Diamond-level members will receive free premium Wi-Fi where available, while Gold, Silver, and Blue members will receive free standard Wi-Fi.
Hilton is joining other global chains that offer all of their loyalty program members free Wi-Fi, …

New DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Opens in Austin

New DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Opens in Austin

Hilton announced the opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton Austin Northwest – Arboretum hotel in Texas.  The property was previously a Holiday Inn, and underwent a multi-million dollar renovation to become a Hilton hotel.
The hotel offers 194 guestrooms, each with 42” HD TV and complimentary Wi-Fi Internet.  The property also hosts an outdoor pool and 24-hour fitness center.
Guests can dine at Overlook, an all-day restaurant that offers classic American cuisine, …

Great Moments in Travel History – June 2015

Hawaii

On June 23, 1905, the Wright Flyer III, piloted by Orville Wright, made its first flight.  The Flyer was the third powered aircraft built by the Wright Brothers and with the modifications they made, it achieved substantially greater performance than their previous two efforts.
The Hotel Utah opened its doors in downtown Salt Lake City on June 9, 1911.  It remained open for 76 years, hosting such notable figures as U.S. …

New DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Opens Outside of Nation’s Capital

New DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Opens Outside of Nation’s Capital

Hilton announced the opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton Largo – Washington D.C. hotel in Largo, Maryland. The property is located just outside of Washington, D.C., 16 miles (25 kilometers) from Reagan National Airport, 26 miles (41 kilometers) from Baltimore-Washington International Airport, and 43 miles (69 kilometers) from Washington Dulles.
The hotel offers 184 guestrooms and suites, each with 40” HD TV, minifridge, tea and coffee maker, and complimentary Wi-Fi Internet. …