LONDON, ONT. — About 40 people, including dignitaries, hotel industry executives and local business luminaries celebrated the launch of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London at a Nov. 2 ribbon cutting.
Among those attending the ribbon cutting, which began at 11:30 am and lasted until after 1:30 pm, were London Mayor Matt Brown; Michael Rapps, chairman of the board of Holloway Lodging Corp.; and Kate Young, newly elected MP for London West. Following the ribbon cutting, the group convened in the hotel for a champagne toast, then retired to the Prime Minister’s suite for a light lunch.
The property rebranded as a DoubleTree after operating as a Hilton for 15 years. Prior to that, the hotel had operated under the Radisson and Westin banners after launching as a Holiday Inn almost 40 years ago.
Also heralding the rebranding was a 12-month renovation, of more than $10 million, that “completely repositioned the property, making it more contemporary,” according to general manager Joe Drummond.
As Drummond noted, the refurbishment modernized the public areas and all 323 guestrooms, and installed a new restaurant, Blakes, that is “more contemporary and relaxed, yet elegant.”
The largest convention hotel west of Mississauga, Ont., according to Drummond, the DoubleTree London, located downtown at King and Wellington Streets, features 30,000 square feet of meeting space and is connected by skywalk to the London Convention Centre.