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About this article: The Hilton

The Hilton is an internationally recognized hotel brand, with chains around the world. You can expect to find a Hilton is every major city around the world which offers the same services and quality which their brand promises.

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The Hilton
The Hilton Hotels group is an internationally recognized and famous hotel chain which offers a unique product to its guests. They operate both hotels and resorts and they are presently managed and owned by Hilton Hotels Corporation. They presently operate nearly 533 properties around the world. Further, this global expansion made the Hilton Hotels the first coast to coast hotel chain of the United States in 1943. With such humble beginnings, the company today has grown to establish such efforts as placing marketing emphasis on business travel, while owning and operating a number of resorts and leisure-oriented hotels as well. The company's Hilton Honors guest loyalty program has partnerships with airlines and car rental companies. As a matter of administration, it is important to mention that the Hilton brand was re-united internationally after more than 40 years in February 2006, when United States-based Hilton Hotels Corporation purchased the lodging arm of United Kingdom-based Hilton Group PLC, which had acquired Hilton's international operations in 1987 (the companies had been severed originally in 1966).

Tracing this great hotel chains' beginnings, Conrad Hilton is the name of most importance since it was he that found this group in 1919 by buying his first hotel, the Mobley Hotel at Cisco, Texas. Then, in 1930, he opened his first high-rise Hilton hotel in El Paso, Texas, which is currently called the Plaza Hotel. Importantly, in a benchmark move, in 1954 Hilton hotels bought the Statler Hotel chain, making it the largest hospitality company in the world.

Significant Events

The Conrad Hilton Hotel in Chicago was scene of the 1968 Democratic Convention riots that occurred across the street in Grant Park. The hotels doors were locked for the first time in its history. The hotel still suffered minor damage as a result of the violence outside as the street level windows gave way under the weight of hundreds of protesters on the street during the ensuing riot.

The famous Beatles band member, John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their first Bed-In for Peace between March 25, 1969 and March 31, 1969 at the Amsterdam Hilton in Room 702. This room became a popular tourist destination. This Amsterdam Hilton hotel was also the location where in 1991 Dutch drugs kingpin Klaas Bruinsma, once the No. 1 drugs dealer of Europe, was assassinated in front of (the Hilton's bar was a favorite gathering place for Amsterdam underworld figures during the 1980s) and where Dutch artist Herman Brood committed suicide on July 11, 2001, by jumping from the roof. One of his favorite bars was located in this hotel, only a walking distance from his home. Source:

Famous Hilton Hotels

Las Vegas Hilton

This hotel which is popularly located in the casino city, houses a hotel, casino and a convention center. Importantly, this hotel prides itself for being the largest Hilton Hotel in the world consisting of over 3000 rooms and also it is regarded as one of the largest casinos in Las Vegas. Further, adding to its popularity, this hotel houses Star Trek: Experience and it is also a stop on the Las Vegas Monorail
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