• 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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As with most facets of the meetings and events industry, the art of managing an event budget is a true balancing act. And while it’s easy to get wrapped up in the nitty-gritty, Eventbrite revealed a pleasant surprise in its 2018 Pulse Report (which surveyed 1,200 planners), finding that event budgets overall appear to be on the rise. But where exactly are those budget dollars going these days and how can planners best spend to craft memorable moments?

 

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