Hilton Hotels & Resorts expanded the reach of its global leisure portfolio with the opening of the Hilton Pattaya, a 302-room upscale hotel in a prime location on Pattaya’s beachfront.
The Nov. 28 opening celebration began with a “Blue Energy” Party for staff and a merit-making ceremony with nine Buddhist monks from Chaimongkol Temple blessing employees. Top executives then briefed workers to prepare for the opening of the Hilton’s doors the following day.
Harald Feurstein, general manager of Hilton Pattaya, led staff in performing a Buddhist merit-making ceremony with nine monks blessing the hotel and its staff.
The release of 2010 Hilton blue-and-white balloons marked the official opening at 10:30 a.m. on Monday 29 and team members hit the beach in the afternoon, distributing brochures and “lucky vouchers” to passers-by, who could win prizes ranging from hot chocolates or cocktails at the Drift Lounge in the lobby to a bottle of champagne and dessert at hotel’s Flare restaurant to a complimentary second night stay once booked before February.
(L to R) Mongkol Thamakittikhun, Banglamung district chief; Harald Feurstein, general manager; Wallaya Chirathivat, executive vice president, business development & construction management; Sudhitham Chirathivat executive director, Central Group of Companies; Chonburi Gov. Wichit Chatpaisit, Suthichai Chirathivat, executive chairman, Central Group of Companies; Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome mayor of Pattaya City; Naris Cheyklin, senior executive vice president, finance & accounting, property management; Sudhipak Chirathivat, executive vice president, president’s office; and Thomas Hoeborn, regional general manager Thailand & general manager of Millennium Hilton Bangkok at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
That night saw the ribbon-cutting ceremony led by General Manager Harald Feurstein. Joining in were a host of local officials and hotel executives, including Banglamung District Chief Mongkol Thamakittikhun, Chonburi Gov. Wichit Chatpaisit, Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and Suthichai and Sudhitham Chirathivat, the executive chairman and executive director, respectively, of the Central group of companies, which owns the hotel.
All the guests welcomed the Hilton’s first VIP guests and watched as they were checked into their rooms. Everyone then enjoyed champagne and cocktails at the Executive Lounge, taking in a breathtaking view of Pattaya Bay from the Hilton’s 16th story terrace. Completing their toasts, the guests settled into to enjoy the musical talents of well-known band Vietrio and a fashion show of Hilton uniforms.
Afterward, a wonderful selection of delicious meals were served to all guests at the Edge restaurant, where everyone enjoyed an interactive dining experience, courtesy of the modern kitchen’s stylish atmosphere and panoramic view.
Owned by CPN Pattaya Beach Hotel Co., Ltd. and managed by Hilton Worldwide, Hilton Pattaya sits atop of the Central Festival Pattaya Beach shopping mall, earning it the key location in the heart of Pattaya.
With a dedicated ground floor entrance, the main lobby of Hilton Pattaya is located above the mall’s sixth floor, which the Hilton denotes as the 16th floor, after taking into consideration the galleria’s basement and lower-level parking. Guest rooms are located on floors 19-33.
“With much to offer through its rich history and attractions, Pattaya is becoming increasingly popular among domestic and international holiday makers. Hilton Pattaya is well positioned to meet the growing demand for upscale accommodation, offering the finest in accommodation, services and dining while being ecologically responsible,” Feurstein said.
All rooms have been designed with the property’s beachfront location in mind, offering stunning 180-degree views of Pattaya Bay from individual private balconies. Selected rooms and suites have been fitted with panoramic outdoor bathtubs, where guests can kick back and relax in the sunset without compromising their privacy.
Hilton Pattaya houses five restaurants and bars offering spectacular views of Pattaya Bay and the city, including the only rooftop sky venue in the resort town, which will be ready in early 2011. There’s also a lobby lounge and poolside restaurant, plus 24-hour room service. There are also wellness facilities such as a spa, outdoor “infinity edge” swimming pool and a health club, set among a landscaped garden.
Recognizing the growing demand for quality Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions facilities and services, Hilton Pattaya boasts a 635 sq. m. ballroom and four individual meeting rooms, including a dedicated boardroom.
In line with the company’s global sustainability efforts, Hilton Pattaya incorporated unique, environmentally friendly features within its operations and guests services. These include the use of energy-efficient light bulbs throughout the property as well as recycling of waste water and materials.
2010 blue and white balloons are released into the sky.
The executives and the management of Hilton Pattaya join in the toasts to officially announce the opening of Hilton Pattaya.
Thomas Hoeborn (4th right) and Harald Feurstein handling out the rooms keycards to the VIP guests and celebrities (L to R) Ying Air Chanthaladda Yukol, Chanathip Chantharubeksa, Aobum Chumsai na Ayuthaya, Maprang Kittiwichaya Watcharothai, Chanida Chantharubeksa, Duangkamolo Wepula, and Pattamawadee Senanarong.
Jubjang, Nung Wachinee, Saranchat Kunchon na Ayuthaya Jirapat, Front Montgomery and Ying Apisara.
Vietrio skillfully entertain the guests with their music talents.
Everyone really enjoyed an interactive dining experience in the open kitchens with stylish atmosphere at Edge.
(L to R) Sudhipak Chirathivat, Mongkol Thamakittikhun, Harald Feurstein, Itthiphol Kunplome, Wichit Chatpaisit, Suthichai and Sudhitham Chirathivat.
Poodis Poramapojn, director of finance (left) receives a congratulatory bouquet from Niti Kongkrut, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Pattaya office.
Team members representing each department pose for a photo before their fashion show.
Maj. Arun Promphan, superintendent of the Pattaya Tourist Police, congratulates General Manager Harald Feurstein and Thomas Hoeborn, regional general manager.
Sue Kukarja, director of Pattaya Mail Television, and Tony Malhotra, director of Pattaya Mail Media Group, congratulate Peta Ruiter, director of business development, and Michel Sheffers, director of operations.
Dhaninrat Klinhom, marketing communications manager, Hilton Pattaya; Piyanveh Sangsilawutigul and Damrong Santiprapob, Virgin BEC-Tero Radio (Thailand); Harald Feurstein and Thomas Hoeborn.