A LoyaltyLobby reader alerted us that the very popular Hilton property in New York’s Times Square – DoubleTree Suites will close on December 1, 2018. The employee of the hotel had informed him.
Seems that the hotel is not reflagged that is usually the case but the entire building is basically demolished and replaced by something called TSX Broadway hopefully opening its doors around 2021.
You can access Hilton’s page for DoubleTree Suites New York Times Square here.
UPDATE: Here’s the statement that we received from the Hilton spokesperson:
Yes, the DoubleTree Times Square is closing its doors in December. Guests are being notified, and our relocations team is working to move any Hilton Honors members with a reward stay to a nearby property.
Last date that you can book the hotel on Hilton’s website as of now is November 29, 2018. There is ZERO availability beyond this date.
The new building will house close to 700 key luxury hotel according to YIMBY (access their piece here):
An outdoor terrace dedicated to food and beverage space and measuring 10,000 square feet will be situated above the LED signage, becoming the largest space of its kind in Times Square. The views overlooking Father Duffy Square and the rest of the crossroads will be expansive and immersive. The rest of the building will house a 699-key hotel with several dozen rooms even featuring floor-to-ceiling windows. The upper floor will house “Ball Drop Suites,” thusly named due to the visual alignment of the New Years Eve ball from up above the crowded streets during the annual celebration.
This has been very popular property to redeem points for New York City festivities when the paid rates have been astronomical while awards have been available.
Not sure how Hilton Honors is going to deal with displaced guests whose reservations this hotel is not going to honor both paid and awards? I have requested clarification from the spokesperson and will post an update once I hear back from them. UPDATE: Hilton spokesperson replied that they have started to contact affected members and reward stays are honored at other nearby Hilton properties.
I am not sure when exactly they closed the reservations because apparently this had been on the planning stage for quite some time while the developers had been raising the required financing.