Hilton to open two new hotels

The Hilton Dubai Creek ... a lifestyle hotel.

Two new Hilton properties are to open in the UAE this month.

The Hilton Dubai Creek will introduce to the Middle East market the concept of lifestyle hotels in line with the latest trend in London and New York.

The new lifestyle hotel will offer guests a personalised, discreet service in very contemporary surroundings, a hotel statement said.

Architect Carlos Ott, perhaps best known for his work on the OpŽra de la Bastille in Paris and the National Bank of Dubai headquarters, has created the minimalist, avant-garde exterior of glass and stainless steel.

And for the first time, Carlos has also designed the interiors of a hotel, and has used a visually arresting mix of chrome, granite, black leather, steel and beechwood.

Guests in the property will be able to customise their rooms as they wish, by choosing their in-room entertainment and adding from a large array of items such as a foot massager, DVD player, espresso machine or even an aromatherapy bath prepared in their bathroom.

The food and beverage outlets will be a focal part of the hotel with British chef Gordon Ramsay, who was awarded his fourth Michelin star this year, opening Verre, his first restaurant outside the UK.

The second Hilton property to open will be the Hilton Ras Al Khaimah, the international chain's first in the emirate.

This 214-room hotel, including one presidential suite, four executive suites and 17 junior suites, is situated on the picturesque waterfront with views of Ras Al Khaimah's Creek.

It features several leisure facilities including an outdoor swimming pool, two tennis courts, and a fitness room.