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Will Mint Hotels lose their name and freshness?
When we heard Hilton had bought the hotel chain Mint Hotels back in September we were a little bit sad. They have just 8 properties, including two in London - their Mint Tower of London and Mint Westminster hotels.
The hotels offer good-value rooms in well-designed buildings at great locations and most importantly they all have free WiFi. So as you can imagine, we were a bit concerned that Hilton would come in and make big changes to a successful formula and it looks like this may now happen.
Hilton has confirmed that the hotels will be renamed and branded either Doubletree by Hilton or Hilton Garden Inn which means the Mint brand will disappear forever. We just hope they keep all the touches which made the chain so successful including iMacs in every room, the biggest living wall in the UK, the good-value restaurants, nice toiletries, whisky libraries and of course, the essential free WiFi (currently Doubletree don’t offer free WiFi but Hilton Garden Inns do, so it looks like only a 50/50 chance!).
We expressed similar concerns about the recent takeover of Maybourne Hotels Group by the apparently free WiFi hostile Barclay Brothers (who currently preside over the highest hotel WiFi charges in London at The Ritz).
We also hope they don’t change the skylounge concept at their hotels which allows them to offer some of the best views in London, good-value drinks and no cover charge – you hear that Hilton, NO COVER CHARGE (we’re thinking of the otherwise great Vista at The Trafalgar)…only time will tell!
Photo credits: Jules (London Hotels Insight), Mint Hotels.
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