Events & News News Chamber News Personnel and Hotel Developments for Lincoln Hotel chain DoubleTree by Hilton Lincoln, part of DoubleTree by Hilton’s fast-growing global portfolio of upscale, full-service hotels, has appointed a new General Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing as part of the current £5 million investment project to further develop the hotel. The extension to the property, on track for completion later this year, includes an additional 45 guestrooms and suites and over 500 square meters of new events space. Jonathan Pritchard joins the contemporary hotel on Brayford Marina as General Manager to continue and build upon the hotel’s success in recent years. Following similar positions with Millennium & Copthorne, Barcelo and Marriott Hotels, Jonathan brings a wealth of hospitality leadership knowledge and skills to the DoubleTree Lincoln with over 20 years’ experience within the industry. “It is hugely rewarding and motivating for our team to see this development to come to fruition after months of hard work and anticipation. The year on year growth of the business has enabled this extensive investment and would not be possible without our team’s commitment to DoubleTree by Hilton’s CARE culture - to create a rewarding experience for every guest” said Jonathan Pritchard, General Manager DoubleTree by Hilton Lincoln.Karenza Soanes-Brown has also joined the team, taking a new position within the hotel as Director of Sales and Marketing. Karenza will be driving forwards the sales and promotion of the new event spaces and bedrooms along with her team. “We’re really excited to see the growth of our events space double to over 1000 square meters.” Karenza commented. “This will enable us to cater for up to 400 guests in our largest room, filling a gap and requirement for mid-sized venues in the midlands, whilst providing the high standard of facilities and features our guests expect”.As well as the increased capacities, the improvements also include an additional function bar, flexible breakout space and spectacular views of Lincoln Cathedral and Castle from panoramic windows and two brand new outdoor terraces on the 4th and 5th floors. Karenza previously owned a small creative agency specialising in hotels and start-ups and also spent several years in independent hotels in Cornwall, supporting them through re-branding, refurbishment and heading up the sales and marketing teams. DoubleTree by Hilton Lincoln provides guests with a full complement of services and amenities, including 160 modern guestrooms, over 1000 square feet of events space with outdoor terraces, Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Electric Rooftop bar, fitness center, business center and complimentary Wi-Fi. Among the DoubleTree by Hilton brand exclusives that guests will enjoy are the Wake Up DoubleTree BreakfastTM, an assortment of gourmet in-room tea and coffee offerings by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, a refreshing array of CITRON body care products by Crabtree & Evelyn and an industry-recognized service culture which is built around the idea of CARE (Create a Rewarding Experience) for guests, team members and the community. CARE is demonstrated from the moment a guest checks in and receives the brand’s warm, chocolate chip cookie welcome. All rooms have upgraded amenities, Digital Key check in with just your smart phone and the DoubleTree by Hilton Sweet Dreams Sleep Experience. DoubleTree by Hilton Lincoln is located at Brayford Wharf North, Lincoln, LN11YW. For reservations, visit www.lincoln.doubletree.com or call 01522 565180.