NEW YORK -- Europe's a hospitable place for Hilton International
this year, as the hotel giant announces new moves in France and
The chain was tapped to manage the former Sofitel CNIT hotel --
now Hilton's seventh property in France -- located in the heart of
Paris' La Defense business district.
The four-star Hilton Paris La Defense, which offers 147 rooms,
six suites, seven meetings rooms and two restaurants, will undergo
a six-month refurbishment program set to begin this November.
Hilton plans to implement its Hilton Meetings
meeting-and-conference solution and Relaxation Rooms concept at the
property, said officials.
Nearly half the rooms at Hilton Paris La Defense will reflect
the latter concept, which divides rooms into "three separate zones,
blending work and relaxation," according to the company.
Hilton's other French properties include the Hilton Paris, the
Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, the Hilton Paris Orly
Airport and hotels in Strasbourg, Lyon and Cannes.
Farther east, the chain will make its first foray into Poland's
burgeoning hospitality market when the new Hilton Warsaw &
Convention Center opens in the western Mirow district here by the
end of 2004.
The 320-room property will comprise part of a mixed-use
development that also will include a 984,000-square-foot convention
hall, office and commercial space, and a health and leisure
In a statement, Hilton chief executive Anthony Harris said he
expects the hotel "to benefit substantially from meetings and
The chain's other central European properties include hotels in
Prague, Czech Republic, and Budapest, Hungary.
In a related development, the Scandic Hotels chain -- acquired
by Hilton International in 1999 -- joined the Hilton HHonors reward
Guests at Scandic's 140 hotels in nine countries, concentrated
in but not limited to Scandinavia, now can earn HHonors points for
qualifying stays and redeem them for rewards in hotels
For more information, visit www.hilton.com.