Upscale & Trendy Renovations, New Focus on LGBT Clients Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island commits to Gay & Lesbian New Yorkers
The luxurious Hilton Garden Inn on Staten Island is celebrating a recently completed $2.5 million renovation featuring dramatic design with metropolitan and international influences. Nicotra’s Ballroom, the special events venue of the Hilton Garden Inn Staten Island, is a 30,000 square ft. banquet space which boasts a new look while featuring the same client-focused staff and highly regarded Executive Chef, Sonny Soemarsono, formerly of the St. Regis Hotel and the Rainbow Room. Along with its trendy and elegant refinements, the Hilton is adding a committed new focus to targeting LGBT clients from Staten Island, Manhattan, New Jersey and beyond. The Hilton is proudly hosting kick-off festivities for the 5th Annual Gay Pride Parade on May 31st, offering a buffet and dancing as well as a free pool party for the children of gay and lesbian parents who may be in attendance. The hotel has also offered several Tea Dances specifically catered to the LGBT community; the next upcoming event date is scheduled for September 13th.
The interior renovation is highlighted by sumptuous wall coverings and beautiful gilded seating that the Nicotras first saw featured in the St. Regis Hotel. Gorgeous, dramatic draperies manufactured by the company that provided sets for Broadway’s Wicked and other productions frame striking views of the surrounding preserved woodland setting. The warm, vivid color palette allows Nicotra’s Ballroom to maintain an intimate feel within each unique banquet space including the cobblestoned, silk tented, heated Trevi Garden and the contemporary, glassenclosed Japanese Tea House featuring indoor water elements and an outdoor Koi Pond and pagoda.
The Hilton Garden Inn’s 150 guest rooms also received significant upgrades with flat screen plasma televisions and opulent duvet covers as well as new draperies, furniture, bed systems and carpets installed in every room. Hallways and entranceways feature new wall coverings and carpeting. Owner Richard Nicotra enthuses, “We are intent on offering our guests, including gay and lesbian couples planning their receptions, the upscale service, style and setting of a Manhattan venue with a weekend’s worth of amenities and entertainment onsite. We take pride that their destination-style wedding can be ●● cont’d
Hilton owners Richard and Lois Nicotra embarked on the renovation in their quest to provide special event clients and their guests with a catering facility featuring the finest dining in a luxury setting. A new $100,000 Fountain Plaza and fresh signage greet guests in the valet circle; timeless, rich fabrics and furnishings carry the guests into pre-function areas and ballrooms including imported Belgium floor coverings and the fabric work of Broadway set designers.
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