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Dallas’ Hilton Anatole Hotel Finishes Second Phase of Multi-Year Renovation
Uses the Inspiration of its Asian Art Collection and Contemporary
Building Structure to Create Legendary Stay for Guests

DALLAS – March 28, 2008 – Dallas’ legendary Hilton Anatole Hotel announces the completion of a $57 million renovation transforming most of the property’s meeting space, public areas and the 700 Tower guestrooms.  This is the most extensive hotel renovation in Dallas and one of the largest in Texas, and marks the hotel’s completion of a multi-year renovation project representing a total investment in excess of $100 million. The Hilton Anatole is owned by Dallas-based Crow Holdings and managed by Hilton Hotels Corporation.

The renovation design is inspired by the Anatole’s Asian art collection – the largest private assembly for any U.S. hotel – and the inherent contemporary design of the property’s structure to create a look and feel that provides guests with a legendary experience.  The transformation demonstrates the Hilton Anatole’s commitment to continually evolve to remain the region’s premier meeting, event and business travel hotel and to the renovation plans following Hilton’s property management agreement finalized in January 2006. 

The Hilton Anatole's largest ballroom, the Chantilly measures over 28,000 square feet
“As the hotel’s 30th Anniversary approaches, it was time to transform the hospitality Dallas landmark.  Many guests have hosted or attended one-of-a-kind events at the hotel and a number of Dallas-ites have experienced life’s most memorable firsts such as anniversaries, engagements and birthdays,” said Marc L. Messina, general manager for the Hilton Anatole Hotel.  “The renovations allow the hotel to evolve without losing the timeless aspect that people hold close to their hearts.”  

“The complete design of our space is unlike anything we’ve done before.  Working with our onsite team and design firm, Portfolio Associates, we are creating the look and feel of guestrooms normally found at a luxury boutique hotel while maintaining the sizable space, functionality and conveniences that are synonymous with the Anatole,” said Tyler McDonald, director of sales and marketing for the Hilton Anatole Hotel.  “The transformed space will be more modern and upscale while maintaining the integrity and special characteristics that only the Anatole has.” 
The contemporary décor with subtle Asian influences was extended into all aspects of the renovations.  The color palate features bold yet earthy tones including creams, greens, chocolate hues, yellows and oranges.  The defined lines throughout the meeting and public spaces and guestrooms create a calm and soothing tone while the classic edginess adds an invariable coolness.  The Anatole spent over $40.3 million to create guestrooms that venture away from cookie cutter guestrooms to rooms that exude personality and flair. 

The spectacular new guest rooms feature custom-designed carpet – exclusive to the Hilton Anatole – custom art highlighted by framed, hand-painted Asian fabrics, Hilton Serenity Collection™ bedding with custom ottomans, new custom closets with in-room safes, hardwood and black lacquer finishes, couches in the living areas, large work desks with lamps and ergonomic desk chairs, high-speed Internet access, two-line speaker phones with data port and voicemail, self-controlled heating and air conditioning, irons and ironing boards and coffee stations.

Hilton Anatole King Room
The inspired look and feel was carried into the bathrooms which were also fully recreated.  The bathrooms feature new stainless fixtures, custom lighting, marble floors, granite countertops, separate sinks and vanities with two large, framed mirrors, make-up mirror and hair dryer, over-sized stone and glass shower surrounds in all king-bedded guest rooms, new ceilings and painted walls.  

The Tower features 54 spacious suites, as well as Executive Level accommodations, offering private-access floors with 60 deluxe guestrooms and an exclusive Executive Lounge that offers evening cocktails and appetizers, as well as complimentary continental breakfast.

“Art is a significant part of the Anatole experience which is why we’re extending its inspiration and versatility into the newly designed spaces,” said Nick Briner, hotel manager for the Hilton Anatole Hotel.  “It’s like having treasures throughout the property, and we are confident that our guests will embrace and enjoy the new design and comfort of our public, meeting spaces and guestrooms.”

The hotel completed the renovation of its new $4.5 million, 8,300 sq. ft. oval Stemmons Ballroom with the conversion of the previous Stemmons Auditorium in May 2007.  The ballroom features dark cherry hardwoods, rich, white-toned fabric wall treatments, custom carpets and cutting-edge meeting technologies. The space is divisible by four and gives the ballroom greater versatility, providing the hotel another spectacular and elegant, venue for high-profile group and catering events.  The newly renovated Atrium pre-function area, located adjacent to the ballroom, features more than 9,800 sq. ft. of flexible and dramatic event space graced with stunning, grand lighting fixtures and Asian art offerings surrounded by bamboo plantings and Asian gardens.

In addition to the Tower guestrooms and the Stemmons Ballroom, the hotel also completely renovated Chantilly Ballroom with new custom carpets, fabric wall coverings, doors, hardware and meeting technologies. Additional meeting space renovations include the Grand Ballroom, 17 Atrium breakout rooms, the nine Tower “M” ballrooms and meeting rooms, and the eight Tower “Gem” meeting rooms with new custom carpets, new ceilings and wall treatments. The update, costing $12.5 million, includes all meeting corridors, foyers and pre-function areas. 

These spectacular hotel renovations follow another recent $39 million renovation to the hotel’s Atrium guestrooms, the addition of the chic and contemporary Gossip bar, the 25th floor Executive Lounge with sweeping views of Dallas, and a completely refurbished Wedgwood ballroom and Verandah Club & Spa.  

In January 2006, the Anatole was added to the Hilton portfolio starting a year in which the Hilton brand was reignited with major enhancements to amenities and facilities.  The Hilton portfolio of hotels has also received over $1 billion in renovations on behalf of Hilton Hotels Corporations and its hotel owners at 145 existing corporate-owned, managed and franchised hotels. 
About the Hilton Anatole 

Located within a 45-acre campus, the Hilton Anatole Hotel features two high-rise atriums; a 27-story tower; and 1606 luxuriously appointed guestrooms with first-class in-room amenities and wired Internet access. Additionally, the hotel offers guests more than 333,400 sq. ft. of meeting space equipped with high-speed wireless and wired Internet access, as well as a variety of recreational activities including viewing the Art Collection, one of the largest and most intriguing private assemblies in the world; an 80,000 sq. ft. fitness center, the Verandah Club & Spa, featuring state-of-the-art cardiovascular and weight equipment, tennis courts, three swimming pools and an indoor jogging track; 10 shopping boutiques; and 12 unique restaurants and bars for dining and entertainment, including the award-winning, four-star Nana and chic Gossip Bar. The Hilton Anatole is owned by Dallas-based Crow Holdings and managed by Hilton Hotels Corporation.
About Hilton Hotels Corporation

Hilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company, with more than 2,900 hotels and 490,000 rooms in 80 countries and territories, including 100,000 team members worldwide.  


Courtney Goldberg

Also See: Dallas' Hilton Anatole Undergoes Second Phase of Multi-Year $100 million Renovation; The Renovation Design Inspired by the Anatole's Asian Art Collection - the Largest Private Assembly for any U.S. Hotel / September 2007
Dallas’ Hilton Anatole Hotel Begins $40 million Renovation; Famed Stemmons Auditorium to be Transformed into 8,300 Sq Ft Ballroom / March 2007
Hilton Hotels Corporation Awarded the Management Contract of the 1,606 room Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas; Will be Reflagged a Hilton in January, 2006, Owner Crow Holdings Planning a $30 million Renovation / December 2005
Fine Art, Which Has Been a Fixture of the Wyndham Anatole for Decades, Now Being Marketed as a Guest Amenity / April 2004


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