Hilton Westchester, the 445-room flagship hotel of Hilton Worldwide in Westchester County, is celebrating completion of a $35 million, multiyear project to transform its guest rooms and public spaces in the image of the country-club history of the region.
The renovation is part of a larger scope of major projects by individual hotels above standard annual capital expenditures across the global portfolio of Hilton Hotels & Resorts, the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide. Beginning in 2011, the projects currently total more than $3 billion during a three year period.
“Think of Camelot and the classic styles we identify with the early 1960s,” said Alon Ben-Gurion, general manager, in an announcement. “Westchester County is known for its 'country club cool.' This hotel is surrounded by 37 acres of meticulously landscaped grounds where our guests can enjoy nature, just minutes from New York.”
The renovated lobby was stripped of multiple interior walls which previously divided the lobby, bar, and restaurant. The open concept creates a more flexible space.
“The dramatic impact achieved by this renovation was brought about as much by selective demolition as it was by the new design,” said Michael Maurer, principal in charge of the project for Gettys, a hospitality design and interior architecture firm that directed renovation of the hotel’s public spaces. "Removing the walls that had previously separated the lobby, lounge, restaurant, and bar created an open floor plan with a variety of functions that all contribute to a dynamic lobby and food-and-beverage experience."
The renovation also includes upgraded guest rooms, each featuring a large desk with ergonomic chair, high-speed Internet service, 42-inch flat-panel televisions, MP3 docking stations, and the Hilton Serenity bed by Serta.
Luxury or junior suites are available in one or two bedrooms. Suites include an additional full bath and a pullout sofa bed in the parlor. ADA guestrooms feature lowered in-room thermostat controls and entry-door port holes, easily accessed closets or armoires, elevated toilets and roll-in showers.
Hilton Westchester also upgraded its 32,000 square feet of of meeting space. It is the only hotel in Westchester County with two ballrooms. The Westchester Ballroom can accommodate up to 1,110 attendees theater-style or 900 for
a banquet, both with unobstructed views. For a more intimate setting ideal for executive conferences, there are eight boardrooms that can accommodate groups up to 204.
The hotel formerly was known as Hilton Rye Town in a tribute to its hometown: suburban Rye Brook, 20 minutes north of New York City. The new name reflects the hotel’s commitment to the entirety of Westchester County and the 45 municipalities within it, according Ben-Gurion.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 by nahid