Hayes Code

The Hayes Mansion San Jose, a California historical landmark built by the family that founded the San Jose Mercury News and now part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, has completed $20 million in renovations, including 214 revamped guest rooms and suites, 33,000 sq. ft. of upgraded event and meeting spaces (including a 6,600-square-foot ballroom) and a reimagined lobby. The design was led by ForrestPerkins, a premier hospitality design group.

The property is also debuting a new restaurant, Palm & Ember. The revamped IACC-certified meeting space features spacious set-ups and functional floor plans that accommodate everything from small groups to conference-size events. Hayes Mansion has A/V staff on site and T3 lines with 100MB connectivity. The expansive grounds can also be bought-out for corporate retreats at the heart of Silicon Valley. The Mansion is 7 miles to downtown San Jose and 9 miles from San Jose International Airport (SJC).

Southern Exposure

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Guest arrival area 218 Mill House

Also in the Curio Collection, Charleston’s 218 Mills House in the city’s historic downtown, has officially relaunched after a complete renovation and conversion to a lifestyle hotel under the ownership of RLJ Lodging Trust. Mills House is the Curio Collection by Hilton’s first property in South Carolina. The renovation includes a refresh of the original guest rooms and the addition of premium suites.

The hotel has over 15,000 sq. ft. of flexible, multi-use meeting and function space across the Signers Ballroom, Hibernian Hall next door, and several smaller breakout rooms. Spaces are filled with natural light for seminars, workshops and conferences.

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D.C. Redux

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The Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington D.C. Convention Center

The Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington D.C. Convention Center has unveiled a $30 million, top-to-bottom renovation including an overhaul of the hotel’s 388 two-room suites, fitness center and pool, lobby and public space, as well as an upgrade to the property’s 12,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space and a new on-site restaurant, Brickstone’s Kitchen & Bar.

The hotel now has a lobby-level meeting room featuring floor-to-ceiling windows. There is also a Monumental Ballroom which can fit up to 400 guests.