Founded in 1919 by Conrad Hilton, Hilton Hotels is a famous international brand. As a 32-year-old American businessman, Hilton believed in the power of international travel to foster world peace. Today, Hilton is among the best-known hotel brands in the world, with more than 540 properties in 78 countries, spanning six continents.
It all began in 1919 with the Mobley Hotel in Cisco, Texas. The building today houses the Conrad Hilton Centre that plays host to the Mobley Museum – a tribute to Hilton and the Mobley Hotel.
The first hotel to be branded with his name was the Dallas Hilton, which opened in 1925. Known as the Hotel Indigo Downtown Dallas, the hotel is still in existence today and it enjoyed a $5 million renovation in 2006.
The brand continued to expand throughout the 20th century and featured prominently in some famous historical events. On 21st November 1963, President John F Kennedy stayed at the Hilton Fort Worth (then known as Hotel Texas) in room 850 with wife, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. He gave his final address the next morning in the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom, before being assassinated hours later in Dallas.
In 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their anti-war protest, Bed-In for Peace, at the Amsterdam Hilton. It attracted worldwide attention and tourists have been eager to book room 302 (scene of the protest) ever since!
Other notable dates include:
- 1989 – The Hilton Honors programme was established, offering a seal of approval for the world’s highest quality hotels
- 2009 – The tallest hotel in Canada, the 58-storey Hilton, opened in Niagara Falls, Ontario
- 2010 – To include a new logo, Hilton announced a name change from Hilton Hotels to Hilton Hotels and Resorts
- 2013 – Hilton expanded to Burma, with the launch of its 300-room hotel in Yangon
As well as Hilton Hotels and Resorts, the portfolio includes other major chains: Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts; Conrad Hotels and Resorts; Curio – A Collection by Hilton, comprising unique hand-picked hotels with a distinct character; DoubleTree by Hilton – a chain of 400 hotels; and Canopy by Hilton – described as fresh, neighbourhood hotels.
Tapestry Collection by Hilton is a selection of original non-generic hotels; Embassy Suites by Hilton Hotels offers 200 unique locations; Hilton Garden Inn hotels have modern gyms and 24/7 business centres; Hampton by Hilton is a chain with more than 2,200 hotels worldwide; Tru by Hilton is described as a spirited, revolutionary new brand of hotel; and Homewood Suites by Hilton provides a spacious living room and a kitchen with a full-sized fridge.
Home2 Suites by Hilton is an extended-stay hotel for travellers staying a few nights or even a few months; Hilton Grand Vacations operates vacation ownership resorts across the world.
Conrad Hilton set up philanthropic trust, the Conrad N Hilton Foundation, in 1944 to alleviate human suffering for people of every race, religion and country. When he died in 1979, aged 91, he left almost his entire fortune to the foundation, which had been legally established as a non-profit corporation in 1950.
His son, Barron Hilton, has also contributed millions of dollars and grandson, Steven Hilton, was CEO until 2015. Other family members serve on the board today. Hilton invests millions of dollars in local neighbourhoods to promote growth for the community and this includes hiring and training local people, offering support in times of disaster and making the community more resilient.
Hilton Hotels and Pipecraft
Pipecraft completed an unusual project for the prestigious Hilton Hotel in Rotherhithe, London – we designed and manufactured an intricate metal wine cage. Our expertise was also called upon to fabricate component metal parts for the roof terrace at the reputable Hilton Hotel on Park Lane.
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