Travellers staying at a Hilton hotel in Perth will once again be lounge-less, with the chain's most recent property – the DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Northbridge – closing its Executive Lounge "due to business considerations".
The Executive Lounge is a popular haunt for top-tier Hilton Honors Diamond members and guests staying on the executive floors (including upgraded Gold members), hosting a breakfast buffet and evening drinks and snacks.
A spokesperson for Hilton confirmed to Executive Traveller that the Executive Lounge closure was permanent, and that "all remaining bookings with Executive Lounge access were honoured."
"Our loyal Diamond Hilton Honors Members will receive their breakfast benefit in the restaurant. Similarly, Gold Hilton Honors Members that may have chosen breakfast as a ‘MyWay’ benefit will also be able to enjoy continental breakfast in the restaurant," they explained.
It's not yet known what will take the place of the Executive Lounge, although the space is currently available for private functions.
The Northbridge property was one of the first hotels under the DoubleTree umbrella to operate an Executive Lounge in Australia. Western Australia's other Hilton property, the ageing Parmelia Hilton Perth, does not feature a lounge space.
Hilton's third property in the west – the upcoming DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Waterfront – is still on-track to open in Q4 2020.
Set by the edge of the Swan River and adjacent to Elizabeth Quay, the hotel will feature an Executive Lounge, likely with panoramic views to take in the sunset.
However, the spokesperson for Hilton revealed to Executive Traveller that the lounge "will not be open to guests for the first six months or so," hinting that it may instead be unveiled around June 2021.