Hilton Sydney unveiled a completely restyled Executive Lounge as part of a $7-million upgrade to the Hilton guestrooms and executive lounge. The renovation is part of a three-year, $3-billion plan of property renovations currently underway across the global portfolio of Hilton Hotels & Resorts, the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide.
The new lounge has been increased by 60 percent and now seats up to 120 guests with the introduction of communal and private alcoves and redesigned boardroom, allowing the lounge to accommodate its guests in comfort.
Space and light were key design elements when redesigning the lounge. The new lounge has been created to provide a setting where guests can choose to socialize either in pairs or groups with a range of communal seating options.
The use of two communal tables has been introduced into the space to encourage interaction and allows for groups to mingle together without disturbing other guests. The lounge's boardroom was also increased and seats up to 12 guests and offers sweeping views across Sydney and built-in audio-visual. The boardroom can be reserved for meetings or broken down into smaller tables for dining or having a drink in the evening, as well it can also function as an entertainment room to watch sporting events or conduct presentations and teleconferences.
Dining service was reinvigorated with the lounge's buffet being expanded. A bar alcove was introduced, which metamorphosis's from a coffee and juice bar in the morning to a serviced bar at night. The lounges menus have been crafted encompassing a mix of cuisines from Spanish antipasti to Japanese and fresh seafood. Guests choosing to stay in the executive rooms, relaxation rooms and suites have access to the restyled executive lounge, serving continental breakfast, all day refreshments and evening drinks and canapés.
According to Hilton Sydney GM Michael Bourne, the launch of the new lounge and guestrooms is aimed at re-engaging the property’s corporate and leisure clientele.
Designed by Australian architect Mark Landini, the lounge's minimalist design has maximized the use of natural light and worked with bursts of color to produce its aesthetics. Raw materials including exposed concrete, glass and timber have been used to create an urban feel. Landini Associates creative director Landini was engaged with redesigning the lounge to modernize the space and make it operate more efficiently.