Portland, Oregon is getting hotel branded with one of the initial Curio Collection by Hilton hotels planned for 2016 opening as a 300-room hotel at Southwest Second Avenue and Jefferson, a 600-room Hyatt Hotel by the Convention Center to open in 2017 and plans for a new 13-story AC by Marriott hotel at Southwest Third Avenue and Taylor Street on a city owned vacant lot.

AC Hotels are a Spain-based hotel chain acquired by Marriott in 2011. Portland is part of a plan to open 30 or more AC Hotels in the USA and Americas. The hotel is in the style of Aloft and Hyatt Place as a brand aimed at younger, social travelers.

Curio Collection is the new independent boutique hotel brand from Hilton. The first hotel member is SLS Las Vegas opened this week.


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Hotel Palomar Dallas, a Kimpton Hotel until August 6, 2014 has rebranded to The Highland Dallas, a new Curio Collection hotel member of Hilton’s recently launched boutique brand. The Highland Dallas was originally a Hilton hotel when it opened in the 1960s.

Existing Hotel Palomar Dallas reservations are intact at The Highland Dallas, and current and future guests may immediately begin collecting and redeeming Hilton HHonors® points. Customers may book new reservations by visiting www.thehighlanddallas.com, or calling 1-800-HILTONS.

The 198-room Hotel Palomar Dallas received very high review ratings on TripAdvisor.com with 92% favorable and ranks #11 of 188 hotels in Dallas. The hotel is a TripAdvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence recipient and Platinum Level for environmentally green practices.

Highland Dallas

In addition to a heated outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, cabanas and pool bar, The Highland Dallas also offers guests five complimentary bicycles to explore the surrounding area. Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Mockingbird Station is directly across the street and top restaurants, clubs, bars, shopping and other attractions are nearby, including NorthPark Center shopping mall, the Dallas Museum of Art, Majestic Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and White Rock Lake.

Here is the press release for The Highland Dallas:

World-class Amenities

With 198 well-appointed guestrooms and suites, The Highland Dallas offers a sophisticated and contemporary guest experience. Featuring stylish décor and intuitive service touches, guests enjoy unsurpassed accommodations surrounded by a dynamic Dallas location. Each guestroom features a plush king-sized bed with Frette linens, designer headboards and an oversized desk. Guests will also enjoy luxurious bath amenities, and comfortable seating area for enjoying the state-of-the-art flat-screen plasma TV, iHome docking station and DVD player.

The Highland is also home to the acclaimed restaurant, Knife, a reinvention of the steakhouse experience created by nationally-acclaimed, James Beard-nominated and Bravo’s “Top Chef” contestant Chef John Tesar. Melding classic “Old School” with modern “New School” dishes, Knife features all-natural born and raised Texas beef, pork and lamb in dry-aged prime cuts as well as exotic specialty cuts. Boasting more than the average steakhouse, the menu also incorporates an extensive charcuterie program, bacon and ham tastings, sausages and burgers.

Guests can also rejuvenate and reenergize at Exhale, Dallas’ premiere destination for health and wellbeing. Exhale offers daily superior fitness classes including Core Fusion Barre, Bootcamp, Cardio and Yoga. An expansive suite of spa therapy rooms accommodates a full menu of face and body treatment offerings. Guests begin and culminate their restorative experiences in fully appointed changing rooms featuring private daily lockers, showers, and a eucalyptus steam room.

Specializing in the very latest in hair, skin and nail care, Salon Pompeo is dedicated to offering the best, individualized salon experience possible. The salon delivers contemporary hair styles and premium nail care, all in a stylish environment that features a fully-stocked bar.

Blending exceptional service, world-class amenities and a new signature style, The Highland Dallas is evocative of the affluence and elegance of the nearby Highland Park community, often described as the “Beverly Hills of Texas.” Guests may explore and experience upscale shopping at the Highland Park Village, featuring haute couture boutiques set amidst the gorgeous confines inspired by Spanish Mediterranean architecture. Additional shops and services are conveniently located adjacent to The Highland at Mockingbird Station.



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Hilton HHonors 2x and 3x points August 1 to October 31, 2014 is a good value offer for 30 points per dollar earning on hotels stays on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night and 20 points per dollar for stays on Monday to Thursday nights.

Typical of Hilton HHonors is conflicting information on different pages. One set of promotion T&Cs state the promotion begins today July 9 while the main promotion page offer states August 1.

Hilton HHonors 2x/3x points Promotion registration is available as of today.

[Loyalty Traveler note Friday, July 11 7:00am PT: The HHonors promotion registration page has not loaded the past two days since this offer was announced. I was able to register for the 2014Q3 offer on July 9, however the HHOnors registration page link went dead soon after this post. The image below shows the Aug 1-Oct 31, 2014 dates.]

HHonors 2014 Q3 2x-3x promotion

Hilton HHonors 2014 Q3 promotion for 2x and 3x points August 1 to October 31, 2014.

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Hilton HHonors has a new promotion for Singapore Airlines Krisflyer double miles (2 miles/$1) for Hilton brand hotel stays from July 1 to September 30, 2014. Hotel stays in Asia Pacific region earn triple miles (3 miles/$1).

Residents of Singapore have an additional incentive with the HHonors member participant who earns the most KrisFlyer base miles during the promotion winning a 5-night trip to the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort with flights on Singapore Airlines.

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Hilton HHonors published hotel award category changes July 2, 2014, effective next Wednesday, July 9 with a list of 24 hotels increasing category and 15 hotels decreasing category. Be sure to look over the lists and check rates by Tuesday, January 8 for potential bookings you want to make at lower category rates.

In addition, there are 56 new hotels opened since April 1, 2014 with their hotel award category assignment. That is an average of one new hotel nearly every other day for the quarter. In April 2014, Hilton HHonors announced it was going to drop its annual award category reassignment for periodic reassignment during the year. I think it is the new hotel openings providing the underlying motive for more frequent hotel award category reassignment than the annual list. This also coincides with their quarterly inventory of Hilton brand hotels for financial reports.

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Hilton is offering a summer rate sale for hotels in Europe, Middle East and Africa for stays through September. These are advance purchase, prepaid and nonrefundable rates.

UK and Europe require room bookings by September 1 for weekend stays from June 27 through September 30, 2014. Some properties offer Summer Sale rates every day of the week from July 28 to September 1. Requires 3-day advance purchase.

Middle East and Africa require room bookings by September 30 for stays  through October 5, 2014. Requires 5-day advance purchase and no weekend limitation for these regions.

Rates start as low as $43 per night for DoubleTree by Hilton Malatya, Turkey. Poland, Slovakia, Spain, UK, Turkey, UAE, Egypt and South Africa all have hotel rates starting at under $70 per night.

Hilton Summer Sale link.

Hilton Europe 2014 sale

Hilton Summer Sale Terms 

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Hilton Worldwide has partnered with Eden Group by signing a deal for five separate Hilton brand hotels in different Myanmar locations. The country of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is located on the Indian Ocean and bordered by Thailand, Laos, China, Bangladesh and India. International tourism in the country nearly doubled from 2012 with more than two million visitors in 2013.

Hilton Yangon is scheduled to open in Q4-2014 in Myanmar’s largest city. Myanmar has a population of 61 million in a country just beginning development with western brands. Accor and Best Western have also signed hotel properties in Myanmar recently.

Eden Group already has two hotels open in Myanmar and these hotels will be rebranded and open as Hilton Hotels in October 2014.

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Hilton returns to central Paris with Concorde Opera Paris. The hotel is Hilton HHonors category 9 and currently bookable on the Hilton websites. The website states HHonors benefits are provided, yet the hotel is not yet branded as Hilton. That is expected sometime in the next few months.

Hilton Concorde Opera Paris

Concorde Opera Paris

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Hilton announced today the launch of a new hotel brand for independent properties desiring the marketing power and resources of affiliation with Hilton Worldwide. Think Starwood Luxury Collection or Marriott Autograph Collection and you have an idea where Hilton Worldwide is going with the announcement of its 11th brand, Curio – a Collection by Hilton.

There is a website up at CurioCollection.com.

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Hilton HHonors offers double points for hotel stays from May 1 to July 31, 2014. That is an extra 10 bonus points per dollar. The offer also allows HHonors members to choose double miles, but since HHonors eliminated Points & Fixed Miles earning this year, the double miles bonus offer is only 2 miles per dollar in hotel spend.

Double Your HHonors promotion registration is required.

  • Double Points = 25 points per dollar for Points & Points earners.
  • Double Points = 20 points + 1 mile per dollar for Points & Miles earners choosing double points.
  • Double Miles = 10 points + 2 miles per dollar for Points & Miles earners choosing double miles. Here is the list of airline partners.

Most HHonors members will find better value earning double points.


  • You can earn double points while keeping Points & Miles earning preference.
  • Double points or miles can be earned for up to two rooms on same reservation.

But, will you actually earn double points for your HHonors stay?

The list of Hilton brand hotels opting out is over 600 properties with 575 of these hotels in the USA. I made a Hilton reservation yesterday for a South Carolina hotel in May. It is one of the hotels that opted out of this double points offer.

Charleston, South Carolina shows 18 Hilton brand hotels when searching rates on the Hilton website. Out of these hotels, 11 of 18 properties in the Charleston, South Carolina area opted out of this promotion.

HHonors double promo

Double Your HHonors promotion May 1 – July 31, 2014.

So now we have the offers from Starwood 2x/3x(Sundays) and HHonors 2x. Both chains have spend based promotions.

Earning 25 points per dollar is a decent promotion from HHonors. $1,000 in hotel spend pulls in 25,000 points, and more if you have elite membership. The list of hotels opting out in the USA is the primary limitation.


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