Hilton is to
increase its London portfolio, by converting the former Bentley Kempinski and Courthouse
Kempinski hotels into Waldorf Astoria and Doubletree brands.
Traveller exclusively revealed earlier this year that Kempinski would be debranding
its two London properties (see online news March 12), and we can now report
that Hilton has signed franchise agreements to bring the hotels within the
Bentley in South Kensington (click here for a review from 2006) will become
Hilton’s first Waldorf Astoria property in London, the group’s luxury brand which
has several hotels in the US and recently debuted in Rome (see online news October
4). Hilton says the Bentley will be officially rebranded within the next six
Meanwhile the 112-room
Courthouse Hotel (click here for a review from 2007) will be renamed the
Courthouse Doubletree by Hilton London – Regent Street on November 18. Hilton
is steadily rolling out the Doubletree brand across the UK (see online news February
1), with converted properties already open in Cambridge and Aberdeen.
information visit hilton.com.
Report by Mark