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Renovation at 400-room Hilton SFO in Burlingame, California Incorporates Flexible
High-Tech Lighting and Wireless Technology to  Streamline Events

Burlingame, CA, Jan. 17, 2011
– Flexible lighting design can transform business or social events by altering the look of the Reflection Ballroom with dazzling special effects, customer-selected color schemes and light shows that include logos and customized art elements in the newly renovated event facilities at the Hilton San Francisco Airport.

Newly installed ceiling-mounted LCD projectors and wireless technology eliminate messy wires and add to the sleek look of the space. Modern interiors in warm brown, sage and orange hues feature textured walls accented with polished metal accents.

“The transformation goes beyond the stunning design,” says General Manager John Kellites. “High-tech features will make meetings more efficient and social events more impressive – with lots of possibilities for customers to make the space their own.” The hotel’s event space renovation will be completed in February 2011.
Modern Style Incorporates Vibrant Colors, Abstract Art

The renovation will encompass the hotel’s entire 11,500 square feet of meeting facilities, which include 10 separate event rooms, including a new meeting room. Flowing seamlessly from the lobby’s decor, the interiors of the ballroom, meeting and pre-function space combine tones of orange, red, brown and sage. Original abstract paintings in complementary colors adorn the pre-function space and convey a feeling of energy. Custom carpets were designed with bold brown and taupe patterns.

“The new interiors are designed for maximum versatility to suit a variety of events – from corporate receptions to weddings,” says Anny Rouillard, Interior Designer for Stanford Hotels Corporation, which owns and manages the hotel. Possibilities for customizing the ballroom with customer-selected backgrounds and color schemes are endless. The accent walls at each end of the Reflection Ballroom have a textured wave pattern and carved wood panels onto which different lighting effects can be shown, from a dramatic light show to corporate logos. New sconces are outfitted with inserts that can display different colors for holidays or events.

“With the crystal chandelier in the ballroom, the lights are especially reflective and exciting,” says Jackie Hui, Director of Lighting Design for Stanford Hotels Corporation. “We’ve also placed specialty lighting over the dance floor that will add kinetic effects in the space."

The ballroom lighting is zoned, so that different areas of the space may be illuminated independently, depending on the function. For example, lights above a projection screen at the front may be dimmed, while the rest of the lights in the room are brighter so that the audience may see to take notes.

Tech Advances Streamline Meetings
Technological advances in the newly designed space streamline audio-visual operations. The event space features retractable screens and ceiling-mounted LCD projectors with multiple connections for laptops and other digital devices. These tech features eliminate the need for projection carts or visible wiring. All of the hotel’s meeting rooms are WiFi-enabled.

“These features were carefully selected with our tech-savvy clients in mind,” says Director of Sales Kay Samoly. “With so many tech companies nearby, we wanted our facilities to appeal to sophisticated meeting planners who expect state-of-the-art technology.” Also on the tech front, the Hilton has added T1 lines that are available for use in the event space. And to enhance performance, Internet capabilities have been upgraded to a higher Ethernet capacity throughout the hotel.

New Look and Lighting Effects Enhance Social Events

The hotel’s newly installed lighting systems add a new dimension for social events. Bridal couples might choose lighting effects that carry through the color scheme of their wedding. A 50th wedding anniversary party might incorporate a gold theme with the ballroom’s accent walls illuminated with a golden glow.

In addition, the unobtrusive retractable screens make it easy to show videos or slide shows created for weddings, birthdays, retirement dinners or other social occasions. “These tech amenities make it easy to share memories and surprise the guest of honor with a tribute,” says Samoly.

Stylish Accommodations and Convenience
Located on the San Francisco Bay, the Hilton’s 400 guestrooms feature views of the bay and hillsides and 42” flat-screen HDTVs in every room. In addition to standard guest rooms, there are also suite accommodations on the Executive and Hilton HHonors floors. Hotel features include: the full-service Windows on the Bay restaurant and lounge, 24-hour room service, Executive Lounge for guests on the Executive Floor, indoor heated pool, 24-hour fitness center, nearby trails for jogging or walking, in-room wired and wireless high-speed Internet and WiFi hotspots in public areas.

The Hilton’s convenient location makes it easy for guests to tour the Bay Area. The hotel offers a complimentary 24-hour shuttle to the airport and the airport BART station, where rail connections may be made to San Francisco and other destinations. The free Burlingame trolley transports guests to downtown Burlingame’s charming shops and restaurants.


Ellen Eason
Eason Communications LLC

Kay Samoly
Director of Sales, Hilton SFO

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