Originally published by (c) Premier Construction News
One of the world’s largest Hampton by Hilton hotel’s to date has opened at London Stansted Airport. The stylish hotel boasts 357 rooms set over seven floors, many with spectacular runway views and will provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere for guests to kick back and relax during their stay ahead of their flights.
Hampton by Hilton offers clean and comfortable hotel rooms allowing guests to rest easy on a plush, comfy bed with a crisp white duvet and choice of comfy pillows. The hotel also offers spacious one-room studio suites which include a king or double queen clean and fresh Hampton bed, LCD flat screen TV, free high-speed internet access, sleeper sofa, bar sink, under the counter refrigeration and microwave oven. Additionally, guests can enjoy free hot breakfasts, free coffee and tea in the lobby and 24-hour front desk message and fax services. Accessible rooms are also available to make guests with disabilities – as well as friends and family who accompany them more comfortable.
Work on the hotel was undertaken by contactors McAleer & Rushe, Architects Leach Rhodes Walker and interior designers Koncept ID.
Speaking to Premier Hospitality magazine about the project, Paul Scott, Senior Interior Designer at Koncept ID said:
“With a brand such as Hampton by Hilton there are clear brand standards to adhere to but they are also looking to give each of their hotels their own identity which is always great from a design point of view. This is one of the largest hotels in their portfolio so we wanted to make sure the design reflected this. The public areas are designed to create a number of seating options to suit any type of activity from lounging and relaxing, to dining or even working. There is an aviator theme throughout the space in the artwork, given its location, but we tried to avoid that being too obvious through use of details and more abstract images. The furniture and finishes throughout the space represent the luxury that you would expect within the brand.”
Hilton Honors guests will each be offered the hotel’s new ‘straight to room’ Digital Key technology. Digital Key provides guests with a secure way to access rooms. Activated the day before arrival. Hilton Honors members who book directly with Hilton can select their desired room on their smartphone using digital check-in. On the day of arrival and once their room is ready, guests will receive a notification via the app and will need to pass by the front desk to get their Digital Key enabled before heading to their room. When the guest approaches their hotel room, they can simply press the virtual “unlock” button on the app to unlock the door.The hotel also offers a contemporary 24-hour fitness suite and boardrooms equipped with state-of-the-art AV systems. Guests who are travelling for business can opt to stay in the 24-hour work zone, where they can print documents and access free wi-fi.
A new twelve-strong management team has been brought on board to open and run the hotel, led by General Manager Paolo Franchi. He commented:
Paolo’s team will include Deputy General Manager Lina Savickaite, Director of Sales Jack Hollis, Reservations Manager Chloe Holmes, Food and Beverage Manager Adam Burrell and Maintenance Manager Luke O’Leary. The full team has more than 80 years’ experience between them.
“It has been a brilliant project. We have had a great relationship with the contractors McAleer & Rushe; we have worked with them before and will be working with them again, so it is always good to build on this relationship.”