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Hilton Worldwide set to increase its Cambridge Presence

Hilton Worldwide has announced the signing of a management agreement enabling it to open its first Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in Cambridge. Once converted, Hilton Cambridge will become the second Hilton Worldwide brand to have a presence in the city, joining DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge.

Hilton Cambridge will inherit the site of the Cambridge City Hotel, and has undergone a major refurbishment ahead of its planned conversion in December 2015. The property is owned by CDL Hospitality Trusts, which completed the acquisition of the hotel on 1 October 2015, and will be continuously operated, and independently branded, in the interim months.  

Located in the heart of the city, the hotel is nestled within the Gothic architecture of Cambridge’s famous university colleges and boutique shopping outlets.  The Grand Arcade shopping centre is adjacent to the property whilst guests are also in easy reach of a plethora of renowned art galleries, libraries and museums.  

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide said, “Cambridge is an established tourist destination owing to its rich academic history, but in recent years it has also become a centre of economic growth, thanks in part to more than 1,500 technology, research and development companies based in the area. Having enjoyed great success pioneering the DoubleTree by Hilton brand in Cambridge, this hotel will extend our upscale offering in this thriving regional market.”  

Hilton Cambridge will feature 198 guestrooms (inclusive of six suites) along with a gym, and business centre. The hotel’s extensive suite of facilities includes an executive floor and lounge, three food & beverage outlets, and meetings and events space for up to 200 people.  

Rob Palleschi, global head, full service brands, Hilton Worldwide, said, “Hilton Cambridge represents our latest collaboration with CDL Group, joining hotels in Seoul, Bangkok and New York City. Having completed a substantial renovation programme, the hotel will be an elegant addition to Cambridge’s city centre, and is a fitting property with which to mark both CDL Hospitality Trusts’ entry into the European market, and our eponymous brand’s debut in the city.”  

Hilton Worldwide currently operates more than 120 hotels across the UK and this year has seen the continued expansion of its Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand.  Upcoming openings include Hilton London Bankside in the UK capital, and Hilton Bournemouth, which will join Hampton by Hilton Bournemouth on the south coast in December 2015.

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