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Old Posted Mar 27, 2016, 6:52 PM
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Beautiful...still feel the hotel name/brand so doesn't fit though. When I think Garden Inn, I picture something along these lines...



Would it not have been possible to just have it as a standard Hilton hotel? Maybe something like the Hilton Monroe Hotel?
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Old Posted Apr 6, 2016, 7:56 PM
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Nook, the restaurant in the Hilton Garden Inn, soft opened today. I had a very nice meatball sandwich and side salad in the busy dining room. The patio was surprisingly active for such a hot day.
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Old Posted Apr 6, 2016, 8:03 PM
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Is it just me or does the Hilton Garden Inn sign they placed on the west side of the building facing central look cheap and tacky?
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Old Posted Apr 8, 2016, 2:13 PM
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renovation costs

I'd like to know how much MORE it would have cost to actually create the vision Grace had 10 years ago? We all know what happened with Mortgages Ltd. but at this point we know that money was spent by the current owners. I'm interested to know the spread between what we all wanted and what we ended up getting.
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Old Posted Apr 8, 2016, 4:41 PM
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Kinda "Glass Half Empty".........
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Old Posted Apr 8, 2016, 4:42 PM
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That patio was rocking yesterday. looks really popular...NOOK.
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Old Posted Apr 8, 2016, 6:37 PM
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We ate there yesterday, sat inside. I work very hard to be able to afford walls, floors, and ceilings so I basically refuse to eat outside like an animal or homeless person but you're right the patio was "rocking".

The food there is fantastic.
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Old Posted Apr 11, 2016, 5:28 PM
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We ate there yesterday, sat inside. I work very hard to be able to afford walls, floors, and ceilings so I basically refuse to eat outside like an animal or homeless person but you're right the patio was "rocking".

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Old Posted Apr 22, 2016, 1:39 AM
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Picking the HGI brand for this property was an obvious wasted opportunity from the start. If not a total custom boutique hotel like Hotel Monroe, there are dozens of new lifestyle concepts or higher-end brands that would have been more appropriate. I wouldn't recommend a 'W' but a hotel with something that attracts night-time out-of-city guests to it would have been ideal. "Drinks at the W" sounds way cooler than "Gotta make it to the Hilton Garden Inn tonight!"

That said, most of the concerns I had with the brand were mitigated - the reviews all note that the experience was better than most others. They included a unique bar/restaurant concept into the lobby (is there signage outside for this?). And, they signed an impressive restaurant anchor.

If the Security Building leased out their ground level, this part of Central could be a good mix of shops and restaurants/bars. But, I don't see shops opening with the current surroundings, which is unfortunate.
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Old Posted Apr 22, 2016, 4:00 PM
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Picking the HGI brand for this property was an obvious wasted opportunity from the start. If not a total custom boutique hotel like Hotel Monroe, there are dozens of new lifestyle concepts or higher-end brands that would have been more appropriate. I wouldn't recommend a 'W' but a hotel with something that attracts night-time out-of-city guests to it would have been ideal. "Drinks at the W" sounds way cooler than "Gotta make it to the Hilton Garden Inn tonight!"

That said, most of the concerns I had with the brand were mitigated - the reviews all note that the experience was better than most others. They included a unique bar/restaurant concept into the lobby (is there signage outside for this?). And, they signed an impressive restaurant anchor.

If the Security Building leased out their ground level, this part of Central could be a good mix of shops and restaurants/bars. But, I don't see shops opening with the current surroundings, which is unfortunate.
With the amount of money they put into the rehab I'd hope that maybe they up-brand the hotel at some point.
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