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December 20, 2016

Supplier News: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London’s Big Reno




From hotel renovations to event technology, here’s the latest in this week’s meetings industry supplier news. 

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Major Renovation at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

Across the pond, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has embarked on a comprehensive multimillion-dollar restoration of its European flagship Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London. The hotel remains open throughout the renovation, which will be completed in spring 2018.

The hotel’s restaurants and bars, together with the Ballroom and meeting facilities, will undergo a soft refurbishment. Internationally renowned designer, Joyce Wang, has been commissioned to oversee the overall design concept, and has taken her inspiration from the hotel’s royal heritage and peaceful park side location, as well as the glamour of the early 20th century’s Golden Age of travel. Joyce Wang also oversaw the recent renovation of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

All 181 rooms and suites will also be refreshed, encompassing details inspired by the building’s Edwardian heritage and the natural beauty of Hyde Park. Art Deco inspired features including curated artworks and custom-designed furniture, will aim to create a warm and inviting environment. In addition, two new penthouse suites will be created, with private terraces and extensive park views. The hotel’s entrance, main lobby and reception areas will be reconfigured and redesigned to maximize natural daylight, and the building’s façade will be revitalized.

In keeping with the recently installed contemporary pool and fitness area, Adam D. Tihany has been appointed to oversee the design of the next-generation Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London, which will be significantly expanded to include couples’ facilities and an exclusive Mandarin Oriental Spa Studio concept, offering express beauty and grooming treatments for both men and women.

Visit www.mandarinoriental.com

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DoubleTree by Hilton New York Times Square West to Open in January

On January 17, 2017, Hilton will open the DoubleTree by Hilton New York Times Square West, just steps from the city’s theatre district. 

The 612 room property, on the southwest corner of Times Square, will offer a 1,000 square foot conference room that can accommodate up to 15 people, as well as two food and beverage venues: Magnolia Restaurant and Lovage Rooftop Lounge. Magnolia Restaurant, the hotel’s onsite restaurant located on the ground floor, will serve American bistro fare, and is helmed by award winning executive chef Brian Pancir. Magnolia offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Lovage rooftop lounge is heated and glass-enclosed so that guests can enjoy its unobstructed views year-round.  Lovage offers a specialty cocktail menu, appetizers and light bites, and top shelf bottle service.  

Other amenities include a 40-inch HDTV, premium cable, coffee maker, a well-equipped workspace, and blackout curtains in the guest rooms, as well as a 24-hour business center and complimentary fitness center. The hotel is also pet friendly. 

Visit www.newyorktimessquarewest.doubletreebyhilton.com

Natirar in New Jersey to Open New Grand Ballroom in June 2017

In New Jersey, the 500-acre Natirar estate in the Somerset Hills has announced plans to restore its Tudor-era mansion and construct a new Grand Ballroom by June 2017. 

The new Grand Ballroom will accommodate up to 225 guests and will be accessed from the mansion by a connecting Conservatory

The estate’s 35,000-square-foot Mansion dates back to 1912 and has a rich history, at one point serving as a residence for the sons of Morocco’s late former King Hassad II. The restoration will retain many of the estate’s historic features, including arches, stone fireplaces, heraldic carvings, leaded glass windows and period lighting fixtures. When it reopens in 2017, its Great Room will once again welcome indoor receptions and cocktails while outdoor gatherings will be accommodated on the brick patio of the Marquee, with views of the countryside. For wedding parties, a Bride’s Room and Groom’s Room will each offer a private space for last-minute preparations and special moments with loved ones.

Set along the Rarity River, the estate is less than an hour from New York City and 90 minutes from Philadelphia. The venue only hosts one event at a time. 

For more information on private events at Natirar, call 908-901-4708.

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Hilton to Open First Curio Hotel in Washington, DC

Hilton has announced the signing of The Darcy, Curio Collection by Hilton, to its Curio Collection of boutique hotels. The new hotel, which is the Collection’s first in Washington, DC, is slated to open in mid-2017. 

The hotel will have approximately 5,500 square feet of meeting space, which will allow for flexible room sizes and include contemporary, state-of-the-art audio visual options. The hotel is a ten-minute walk from Metro stations at Dupont Circle and McPherson Square and three miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

The 226-room hotel is in the heart of Washington, D.C., just off Scott Circle. Only three blocks from Dupont Circle and Logan Circle, and six blocks from the White House, The Darcy’s central location will allow guests to easily visit the city’s many monuments, attractions and museums, including the Verizon Center and Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Hilton said.

The Darcy’s design will focus on clean and classic architecture with accents of distressed metals and bright colors. Subtle cherry blossom patterns and abstract artwork of magnolias will connect the hotel to D.C.

Chefs Robert Wiedmaier and Brian McBride created the hotel’s restaurant, Siren, which will serve locally sourced ingredients paired with fresh seafood. Lil’ B, an intimate coffee shop and eatery, will be led by celebrity Chef David Guas, who brings his New Orleans style to the cafe. Additional amenities will include a fitness center, business services, room service, valet parking, concierge services and programming with business and leisure travelers in mind.

Visit curio.com

The Experience Engine Expands Management Team

Expreience-driven personalized advertisement and content delivery company The Experience Engine (TE2) has announced the expansion of its management team with the addition of two industry veterans: Matt Oberdorfer, vice president of product and Dan O’Neill, vice president of engineering. 

Oberdorfer will oversee the development and rollout of all next generation experience and personalization products and O’Neill will focus on expanding the rapidly growing technical team, building infrastructure, and ensuring the company delivers a consistent stream of new products and features.

Matt Oberdorfer joins TE2 from Frost Data Capital where he served as the company’s CTO. While at Frost, Matt led the development, roadmap and architecture for IoT big data analytics and cloud products and platform solutions for portfolio companies. Matt brings TE2 more than 20 years’ experience including founding and leading venture-backed startups as CEO and CTO in predictive analytics, real-time personalization, social mobile networking and high performance computing. Matt has authored five advanced programming books and holds several patents in real-time compression and distributed computing.
 
Dan brings more than 30 years’ experience in software and systems. Previous roles have included CTO, Chairman and Executive Vice president. Dan has helped lead four companies from startup to successful transactions, including an IPO of more than $350 million. Most recently, Dan was Vice President of Engineering at Certona, a company that provides real-time big data analytics to deliver personalized experiences to global brands and their customers.

Visit www.theexperienceengine.com


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