It is only four weeks since Hilton last launched a new hotel brand, with the opening of the first Tempo hotel in New York.
You can never have too many brands, it seems, and last week saw the opening of Hilton’s first Spark hotel. Unlike Tempo, Hilton settled for a more low key launch venue – the tourist centre of Mystic in Connecticut.
Spark is described as:
the premium economy hotel brand that proudly delivers reliable essentials with unexpected touches to make every guest feel valued
This is, basically, a cheaper version of a Hampton by Hilton. I suspect that if Hampton is Hilton’s Premier Inn then Spark is Hilton’s Travelodge.
The website uses phrases like “exceptional essentials at a budget-friendly price”, “affordable” and “practical”.
To be fair, looking at the room mock-up:
…. it seems perfectly acceptable. Even better, all bookings include breakfast. Well, not quite breakfast when you go into the details: “[vist the] bagel bar and [get a] freshly brewed coffee”.
All hotels have an on-site market and the lobby is designed as a social and working area.
It seems like a decent concept, especially as in theory it will be competing with a lot of very tired super-budget hotels. However, a quick look at the pricing shows that it ISN’T budget. On 18th October, for example, it is $207 vs $217 for Hilton Mystic and $248 for Hampton Mystic which doesn’t feel very “budget-friendly” or “premium economy” to me.
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