Monthly Archives: April 2017

DoubleTree by Hilton Opens in Times Square West

DoubleTree by Hilton, announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New York Times Square West, located in the heart of bustling Manhattan.
The newly-built high-rise hotel is just steps from the Broadway theater district, The Jacob Javits Convention Center, dozens of shops and restaurants, the Empire State Building and many other New York attractions. The 37-story property features 612 modern rooms, each with Theater District-inspired artwork and many offering stunning views of the city or the Hudson River.

“Times Square is the heartbeat of New York City, offering travelers a convenient respite between their business meetings and a thrilling destination to enjoy the theater district, shopping and diverse cuisine options,” said Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “We’re delighted to now open this amazing Times Square location, welcoming guests with our signature, warm DoubleTree Cookie and delivering award-winning service throughout their stay.”

Breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline are on the menu at Lovage Rooftop & Indoor Lounge, which offers unique cocktails, light fare and nightly live music until 2 a.m. Delectable dining – for breakfast, lunch and dinner – is available at Magnolia Restaurant, an American Bistro with menu items curated by Executive Chef Brian Pancir, a longtime chef for the New York Yankees and New York Giants. A rarity for a Manhattan hotel, outdoor seating is also available on the patio in front of and behind the hotel.

Beginning with the brand’s warm DoubleTree Cookie welcome, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New York Times Square West provides guests with stylish décor and thoughtful amenities to make them feel at home. Each guest room features DoubleTree Sweet Dreams® Sleep Experience beds, a work desk with WiFi access and an adjustable desk chair, coffeemaker and a large window that opens. Guests may also order room service; or pick up snacks, sandwiches, salads, beer and wine in the convenient onsite 24-hour Made Market Pantry.

Business meetings and events accommodating up to 75 guests may be held in the hotel’s 1,000 square feet of meeting and banquet facilities. A state-of-the-art sound system and A/V equipment are also available, as is a fully-equipped 24-hour business center.

The hotel also provides a full complement of services and DoubleTree by Hilton brand amenities, including an assortment of gourmet in-room tea and coffee offerings by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, and a refreshing array of the Crabtree & Evelyn natural skin and body care line.

“This beautiful new hotel blends the finest, modern features with the caring service and thoughtful touches that will make their stay in New York great,” said Richard Hotter, general manager, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New York Times Square West. “Our entire staff is excited to welcome our guests with the simple acts of kindness DoubleTree by Hilton is known for worldwide.”

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New York Times Square West is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels save time and money and gain instant access to the benefits they care about most, such as an exclusive member discount, free Wi-Fi and a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay. Members can also redeem their Points for free nights, to gain access to unique events through the Hilton Honors auction platform.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New York Times Square West is located at 350 West 40th Street, New York, New York 10018.
For more information, or to make a reservation, travelers may visit or call 845 732 6466. The property is owned by McSam Hotel Group and managed by Crescent Hotel & Resorts.

Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel Completes $10 Million Renovation

The Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, a leading hotel managed by Hersha Hospitality Management, announces completion of an expansive 10 million dollar transformation.  Led by the internationally-recognized hospitality design firm, Puccini Group, these transformational enhancements include; all 405 guestrooms, lobby and outdoor pool as well as the entryway of the property. 

“We believe that this fresh new look will elevate the guest experience at every touch point of our hotel, far above and beyond the convenience of being the closest hotel to the airport and a number of Miami’s most popular attractions,” says Dan McDermott, General Manager of the property.  “This thoughtful and seamless redesign caters to the needs and necessities that are important to the diverse group of travelers we welcome each day at our hotel and Executive Meeting Center.”

The hotel’s transformation blends a modern tropical resort-like experience with the signature Sheraton comfort and convenience that guests have come to find synonymous with the brand. Perfectly located at the gateway of Miami, the 405-room hotel is the closest hotel to Miami Airport, which serves as the largest gateway for Latin America and the Caribbean.  The hotel has direct pedestrian access to both the airport and the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC), which provides direct connections to South Beach and Brickell.  This exciting renovation highlights the property’s sophisticated design, award-winning service, and world-class amenities setting the stage for a unique and memorable hospitality experience that does not just meet but exceeds expectations for business and leisure travelers, alike.

The arrival experience at the hotel begins with a refreshed entryway and porte corche leading into a chic redesigned lobby.  The space is brought to life through the incorporation of striking geometric shapes, colorful aft work and lush greenery.  Plush, contemporary lounge seating is sprinkled throughout, partly screened by partial link walls creating a space that can be both social and semi private in nature. A striking overhead lighting feature opens up the space by drawing attention upward and complementing the vertically integrated greenery.

Stepping outside the rear of the lobby into the outdoor pool area, guests will be immersed in a resort-like experience.  Adjacent to the Miami River and Melreese Golf Course, the hotel’s pool has been transformed into a tropical paradise with indigenous plants, luxurious fabrics and a range of statement seating options.   A unique white sandy beach installation allows guests the opportunity to get a taste of the quintessential south Florida beach experience as they swim, sun and dip their toes in the sand with a cocktail in hand.  Adjacent to this poolside paradise, guests can dine al fresco on the patio of the Rickenbacker, the hotel’s flagship restaurant that serves up a comprehensive menu of creative cocktails and seasonally artisanal cuisine.  Additional indoor dining options include MbarK, where vintage chic meets contemporary design and cocktails can be enjoyed over bistro-style fare. 

Each spacious guestroom has been transformed into a welcoming oasis through modern, clean, and relaxing design elements.  A primarily neutral palette is paired with eclectic furniture pieces and patterns in the form of a custom textile headboard and carefully placed touches of color that add personality and infuse a sense of space that is authentic to Miami.  Each room also features updated bathrooms and signature Sheraton sleep experience alongside additional amenities to the likes of; 37″ flat-screen TV’s, high speed internet, oversized work desk with a Herman Miller ergonomic chair and conveniently placed electrical outlets.  A number of guestrooms also boast sweeping views of Miami.

These transformational property enhancements also include 17,000 square feet of recently renovated, custom-built event space that can cater to groups of 30 to 300 and is conveniently located on a single floor.  As the only International Association of Conference Centers certified hotel in South Florida, meeting planners and business travelers can rest assured in the hands of the hotel’s dedicated IACC-trained staff, including an Executive Meeting Center Concierge.  Additional perks include a 24-hour Club Lounge, fitness center, preferred rates at the renowned Melreese Golf course and complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle.  


NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, is proud to support the Meetings Mean Business Coalition during its second annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) on Thursday, April 6. Tomorrow evening in advance of GMID, several spires across the City’s skyline will shine blue, the color of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition, to send a message about the importance of the meetings industry to New York City. In addition, NYC & Company will host a special NYC Talks panel discussion with its membership on Global Meetings Industry Day.

“NYC & Company recognizes the profound impact that face-to-face meetings have on New York City’s five boroughs every year,” said Fred Dixon, NYC & Company’s president and CEO. “With safety a new top priority for planners, we are looking forward to our GMID panel discussion on meeting and event security, reassuring planners and businesses that New York City remains the country’s safest large city to host a meeting or event.”

Tomorrow, NYC & Company will kick off lighting activations on the eve of Global Meetings Industry Day. The spires of the Empire State Building, Four Times Square and One Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan will be lit blue, along with One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. This Thursday for Global Meetings Industry Day, NYC & Company will convene its membership for a NYC Talks: Improving Security, Ensuring Success panel at Manhattan Center. In partnership with event security firm T&M Protection Resources, the panel discussion will focus on security strategies and best practices for public and private meetings and events of all sizes.
“New York City continues to lead the way in new development that amplifies the delegate experience, from the 1.2 million square-foot Javits Center expansion to an additional 25,000 hotel rooms expected by 2019,” said Jerry Cito, NYC & Company’s Senior Vice President of Convention Development. “As a founding industry supporter of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition, we thank the more than 6 million delegates that choose to Make It NYC each year.”

Additionally, Vornado Realty Trust’s Times Square billboard, the largest digital billboard in the City located on Broadway between 45th and 46th Streets outside the New York Marriott Marquis, will display NYC & Company’s Make It NYC meetings campaign and GMID logos on Thursday. NYC & Company has also provided a social media toolkit to its member base and clients to join the conversation about the meetings industry. To follow and join the conversation about the importance of face-to-face meetings, supporters can use the hashtags #MMBNYC, #GMID17 and #MakeItNYC on Twitter and Instagram.
For more information on planning a meeting or event in New York City, go to To learn more about Meetings Mean Business,\

Source: NYC & Company