Hilton Hotels & Resorts has launched Hilton Design Studio (HDS), an online tool said to “provide a cost-effective and time-saving solution for Hilton owners, operators and design consultant teams”. Now available for hotels across the Americas, HDS serves as the central design development platform for guest rooms and public spaces at all Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties worldwide.
In a prepared statement, the new tool is said to allow for creativity and flexibility in the design process while providing parameters based on the brand’s design guidelines. HDS particularly offers users a “guided experience to explore the Hilton Lobby and new guest room design narratives and an interactive ‘design a guest room’ component built on brand-approved specifications and three style palettes – classic, transitional and modern”. The real-time process allows users to choose their guest room layout; style and color palettes; furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E); flooring and artwork.
Once a room is designed with HDS, the technology produces detailed design specifications, CADD drawings and six dynamic renderings of each user-generated guest room, saving owners investment and improving speed of design implementation. The conceptual 3-D drawings utilize an advanced layered-graphic approach, with approximately 1,600 images available to produce the more than one billion room design options. Users also have the ability to save multiple projects for easy modifications or reference throughout the design process.
Hilton Hotels & Resorts has a three-year, $3 billion plan of property renovations across the global portfolio, aside from the planned largest development pipeline in its history.
The brand also unveiled the Hilton Valet and Hilton Connectivity Station. As a new FF&E concept, Hilton Valet is a multifunctional armoire that includes a built-in ironing board and power outlet for an iron, an "unfolding" closet space, a built-in luggage rack, a safe for valuables positioned at standing height, and a refrigerator and coffee/tea service that both slide into drawers so they are only visible when in use. The result is a streamlined, uncluttered space.
A new solution for owners of properties with smaller lobby space is the new Hilton Connectivity Station, which features a station within the lobby environment that is complete with furniture in four- and six-seat configurations and computer hardware. This is scheduled to roll out at more than 75 properties in 2012.