LONG ISLAND, N.Y.—Dow Hotel Company (DHC), a hotel owner/investor and management company, unveiled the renovation of the Hilton Long Island/Huntington in Melville, N.Y. during grand reopening ceremonies.
The 303-room hotel, owned in a joint venture between DHC and Prudential, underwent a $16 million makeover that included upgrading hotel rooms, corridors, and public spaces, as well as creating a new lobby, new restaurant, and a steakhouse scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2013.
The grand reopening festivities, hosted by DHC Vice President of Operations Dave Fincannon and Hilton Hotels Vice President Gary Steffen, included a presentation by the Civil Air Patrol Color Guard, a ribbon cutting ceremony with local officials, and a presentation to Newsday Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund, to help at risk children and families on Long Island, many of whom are still recovering from the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy.
Hilton Long Island Huntington presented a cash donation to Newsday Charities and announced plans to donate 100 room nights to be used by local organizations providing Hurricane Sandy relief. The hotel’s employees also announced expanded community initiatives including two blood drives during the Red Cross’s peak need period and participation in Stamp Out Hunger in May.
The reopening celebration gave guests the opportunity to tour the comprehensive renovations, including the made over hotel lobby which now features a brand new front desk and business center, as well as upgraded high-speed Internet service. All guestrooms, suites and corridors were upgraded, and the executive lounge, an added amenity for concierge level guests, was enhanced to incorporate a private business center, specialty coffee offerings, and a fresh new look.
The hotel offers 26,000 square feet of flexible meeting rooms and the area’s largest ballroom, a two-story event space with a built-in bar and dance floor. The ballroom and meeting space have been updated completely with enhanced internet connectivity for meetings. The hotel can serve groups and social events ranging from five to 1,200 people.
In addition to the hotel’s indoor and outdoor pools and tennis courts, guests can work out in a revamped fitness center outfitted with Precor gym equipment.
With the renovation, DHC introduced its contemporary Mediterranean, small plates restaurant, basil’s Bistro, to Long Island and soon will unveil its latest dining initiative, Masterson’s, a farm-to-fork steakhouse concept. The new basil’s Lobby Bar offers wines and hand-crafted cocktails daily.