• DoubleTree Reading Now Welcoming Guests

     
    POSTED December 10, 2015
     

The DoubleTree by Hilton Reading has officially opened its doors and is welcoming guests with their signature warm chocolate chip cookies in hand.

"We are thrilled to welcome guests to DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, with its ideal central location and boutique feel," says John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. "Guests at this beautiful new hotel can expect the world-class service and the little things that have helped build DoubleTree by Hilton's global reputation, beginning with the warm chocolate chip cookie welcome we offer to each guest at check-in."

The 209-room, eight-story hotel features a modern interior designed by RD Jones & Associates, with urban rustic décor, wood accents and a soft color palette. Local artwork adorns the walls and guest rooms have 43" HDTVs, mini refrigerators and safes. 

Other complimentary offerings include Wi-Fi throughout the hotel's public areas and guest rooms, a 24-hour business center, a 24-hour fitness center and an indoor swimming pool. There is free garage parking and shuttle service within a 5-mile radius of the hotel.

As part of its grand opening, the hotel introduced the restaurant Cheers American Bistro, open for all-day dining with seasonal menus that feature farm-to-table entrees, such as g burgers, salads, steaks and seafood.

With 27,500 square feet of flexible meeting space, including a 12,000-squar-foot ballroom, the hotel can hold events of up to 1,300 people. For smaller groups, the hotel offers the Meetings Simplified by DoubleTree by Hilton package from $59.49 per person, which includes the meeting room, basic meeting Wi-Fi, supplies including a flipchart, markers, extension and power cord, and all day non-alcoholic beverage service. Catering services and a dedicated event staff also are available.

"Reading is a historic city known for beautiful outdoor parks, classic Dutch architecture and its convenient location halfway between Philadelphia and Pennsylvania's state capital, Harrisburg. Visitors will enjoy views of iconic buildings such as the Pagoda, built in 1908 atop Mount Penn and now open as a café and gift shop," says Craig Poole, general manager, for the new hotel. "We look forward to becoming the go-to destination for guests visiting Reading and providing them with a premier full-service hotel experience."

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Last year was the highest grossing ever for the United States commercial gaming industry.* Meeting planners who hold gatherings at casinos may just feel like they’ve hit the jackpot, too. Casino-based events provide one-stop convenience—the amenities of convention centers and bountiful hotel rooms, plus activities, dining, and nightlife. 

 

Doreen Guerin grew up an Air Force brat, living in Texas, Louisiana, and later England and France. When she was 13, her parents moved to Queens and, Guerin says, “I’m a New Yorker through and through.” That’s apparent from her accent as well as her dedication to the Javits Center, where, as the senior vice president of sales and marketing, she oversees the booking and event-related operations for more than 170 events each year. 

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If you want to be sure your meeting in the Northeast will strengthen team bonds, consider holding it at Cliff House Maine. Nestled on 70 acres atop Bald Head Cliff on the southern coast of Maine, the luxury property offers 226 guest rooms, including 40 suites, an adjacent 18-hole golf course, and 25,000 square feet of conference and meeting space that can accommodate up to 300 attendees. Venues include the Atlantic Ballroom, with its double-height panoramic windows offering endless views of the Atlantic Ocean.