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Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre Architecture and Design Podcast

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre was hand-picked by Hilton’s in-house architecture and design team to take part in the podcast project. The podcast highlights the fascinating history of the local area that inspired the design of the new build hotel, located in a district renowned for its graffiti.

Conrad Dublin Architecture and Design Podcast

Conrad Dublin was hand-picked by Hilton’s in-house architecture and design team to take part in the podcast project. The podcast highlights the fascinating history and design of the property which took inspiration for its €13 million refurbishment from the beautiful Iveagh Gardens opposite – one of the finest and least known of Dublin’s parks and gardens designed by famed landscape gardener Ninian Niven.

Hilton London Bankside Architecture and Design Podcast

Hilton London Bankside was hand-picked by Hilton’s in-house architecture and design team to take part in a podcast series and highlight the fascinating history and design of the property, which reflects the Bankside’s industrial heritage and the neighbouring Tate Modern. The podcast points out some of the hotel’s quirky design features, including the concrete effect tile flooring in the lobby which evokes the famous Turbine Hall.

Hilton Paris Opera Architecture and Design Podcast

Hilton Paris Opera is steeped in tradition and its prime location in one of the world’s great cities made it a natural choice for the podcast series. Initially finished in 1889, the hotel underwent a €46 million renovation which was completed in January 2015. Upon its original opening, Hilton Paris Opera offered 500 rooms and featured some of the latest technological innovations such as telephones and elevators, and was in fact the first ever hotel to be supplied with electricity.

Reichshof Hamburg Architecture and Design Podcast

The Reichshof Hamburg was chosen for the podcast project because of its remarkable history and unique architectural heritage. The hotel was originally designed by architect Heinrich Mandix in the reform style with baroque and classical references, with the first stone laid in 1906. The art deco building was completed in 1910 before undergoing a €30 million renovation in 2015.

Two Million Doors, 400 Hotels, One Revolutionary Year: Hilton Celebrates Digital Key Milestones and New Hilton HHonors App Features

“Digital Key is fabulous!” "This is an extremely convenient benefit for being a Hilton HHonors member." “For a frequent traveler like myself, the ability to select my room and bypass the front desk is a competitive advantage. No other hotel group offers this type of service.” These are just a few of the 55,000-plus Hilton HHonors testimonials since Hilton (NYSE: HLT) launched Digital Key one year ago. Since that time, Digital Key has opened 2 million doors for Hilton HHonors members at 400 hotels.

Responding to Popular Demand, Hilton Taps Google Maps to Help HHonors Members See More When Choosing Their Room

More than 13 million times, Hilton HHonors members have used the award-winning HHonors app to choose the exact room they want. Now, in a new benefit available exclusively to Hilton HHonors members, Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) has integrated Google Maps into the app, giving members the unprecedented ability to see more details about the hotel’s surroundings and their room’s potential view before making a room selection. With the updated room selection feature, you can now be your family’s hero by choosing the room at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark Downtown that faces Busch Stadium, or by picking a room at Hampton Inn Marquette/Waterfront that looks out at Lake Superior.

Hilton And IBM Pilot “Connie,” The World’s First Watson-Enabled Hotel Concierge

Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a collaboration to pilot “Connie” – the first Watson-enabled robot concierge in the hospitality industry. Connie draws on domain knowledge from Watson and WayBlazer to inform guests on local tourist attractions, dining recommendations and hotel features and amenities.

Hilton Worldwide Truly Opens Doors: Company to Roll Out Mobile Room Keys in 2015 at Hundreds of U.S. Hotels Across Four Brands

Hilton Worldwide is opening more doors for its guests through the scaled deployment of its latest innovation: mobile-enabled room key. Beginning in late spring of 2015, Hilton HHonors members staying at U.S. properties of the Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts and Canopy by Hilton brands, can simply and securely use their smartphones to access their rooms.

Hilton Introduces Hilton Elevated Discussions, Delivering Insights And Ideas From Travel Industry Experts

As a way to provide meeting industry professionals and customers with key insights and best practices, Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) has launched Hilton Elevated Discussions – a video series showcasing thought leadership from various meeting industry professionals and travel industry influencers.

Hilton Revolutionizes Hotel Experience with Digital Check-In, Room Selection and Customization, and Check-Out across 650,000-Plus Rooms at More Than 4,000 Properties Worldwide

In a first for the hospitality industry, Hilton Worldwide today announced its guests will have unprecedented choice and control over their entire hotel stay with the ability to check-in and choose their exact room from digital floor plans, as well as customize their stay by purchasing upgrades and making special requests for items to be delivered to their room, on their mobile devices, tablets and computers.

CNBC: Hilton Hotels goes high-tech

Christopher Nassetta, Hilton Worldwide president & CEO, says Hilton Hotels are revolutionizing the hotel experience by offering guests the ability to check-in, select rooms and customize the hospitality experience all from their smartphones.

Engadget: Hilton will let you use your phone as a hotel room key

ilton is launching an initiative that lets you use your Android or iOS device to control virtually every aspect of your stay. Later this summer, a Hilton app will let you choose your preferred room, make special requests, check in and check out. You'll only have to speak to staff when it's time to pick up or return your keys. And in 2015, you won't even need to do that much -- your phone will also unlock your room, letting you make a beeline for your bed after a long flight.

The Wall Street Journal: Hilton Books Upgraded Technology

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. is placing a $550 million bet that hotel guests increasingly will use smartphones to choose rooms, check in and even unlock doors.

Conrad Hotels & Resorts Introduces Luxury Segment’s First Comprehensive Pre Check-In Feature through its Conrad Concierge App

Conrad Hotels & Resorts introduces the luxury hospitality segment's first comprehensive pre check-in feature to its award-winning travel mobile application, Conrad Concierge. All guests at each of the Conrad brand's 24 hotels worldwide can now find greater customization and convenience at the touch of a button - from selecting pre-arrival amenities to ordering in room dining and enjoying mobile check-out. Since Conrad introduced the platform with check out and amenity pre-selection functionality in November 2012, the app has been downloaded more than 100,000 times.

Conrad Hotels & Resorts Introduces Personal-Choice Amenities

It’s been nearly 40 years since name-brand shampoos were first introduced as in-room amenities at hotels and roughly a decade since hotels began carrying more specialized and high-end bath and body brands.* Today, Conrad Hotels & Resorts revealed the latest evolution of hotel bath amenities, and yet another way to customize your luxury hotel experience, by offering a selection of three distinct bath amenities – Aromatherapy Associates, Shanghai Tang and Tara Smith Vegan Hair Care – to all guests staying at its 20 properties around the globe.

Technology Drives New Design Innovations by Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Hilton Hotels & Resorts, the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide, today launched Hilton Design Studio (HDS), a new cutting-edge online tool that transforms the way in which owners, developers and design firms implement the brand's forward-thinking design narrative.

Hilton Books IT Partners for Long Stay

Recognizing the opportunity for partnership and the need to focus more on its core hotel businesses, Hilton Worldwide created the Innovation Collaborative, working with top global technology companies. Hilton Worldwide CIO Robert Webb says that under the program, Hilton’s IT partners have implemented systems development best practices, leveraged extensive R&D efforts and delivered next-generation technology solutions.

Hilton Garden Inn Launches ‘BizWords’ Mobile App

Let’s circle back later. Is that plan fully baked? This team has great synergy! Hilton Garden Inn today launched BizWords, a new interactive iPhone/iPad app, to help business travelers decode and navigate the business speak that has become so common in the workplace. The free app will also serve as a professional social network and a practical tool for on-the-go business travelers.