The AAA Four-Diamond Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, overlooking
Huntington Beach, recently completed a $10 million renovation. With
290 guestrooms, including 24 suites, and over 21,000 square feet of
meeting and conference space, the hotel is primed to accommodate
groups for events from corporate meetings to oceanview weddings.
The resort also boasts Shades Restaurant & Bar, a heated pool
and whirlpool, and The West Coast Club lounge and bar.
TAW spoke with Roger Burns, director of sales and marketing, to
discuss what makes the property so appealing to groups.
Q: What makes the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort so attractive
A: Located only 20 minutes from the Orange County airport, we
are conveniently located, and the destination itself is a benefit.
The hotel offers a resort feel, so we can incorporate meetings into
a very pleasurable stay. We just redesigned our guestrooms, so the
accommodations have a very modern, residential feel. You’re not
walking into a hotel room, you’re walking into a home, and all of
the guestrooms have ocean views.
Q: What sort of facilities does the property offer?
A: The Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort has 2,100 square feet of
indoor space and additional outdoor venues for receptions, wedding
ceremonies and meetings. We also offer additional services with our
in-house audio-visual company, and we offer wireless Internet
throughout the hotel and meeting space.
A business center is centrally located by our meeting
facilities. The catering team can provide specially designed menus
for groups, and we have a banquet kitchen that specializes in meals
for groups and weddings.
Q: How does the resort utilize the destination?
A: People at an event don’t want to stare at four walls all day
long they want to be connected to the destination. We have two
ballrooms with ocean views, which are spectacular for meetings and
weddings. We are a wedding destination type of hotel because of our
consistent weather and our variety of spaces, from the outdoor
patio to poolside, the beach, and many restaurants within walking
distance. Meeting attendees can also plan team-building on the
beach or enjoy a dine-around night at the restaurants on Main
Street. Groups can also take advantage of shopping with our
proximity to South Coast Plaza and Fashion Island.
Q: How does the Hilton Waterfront assist agents and clients in
A: We regularly receive testimonials from meeting planners about
the level of service, and that it’s so personalized. We have a
convention services department and from the pre-planning stage to
the time that the meeting planner leaves, the department works with
them to ensure that all their needs are met.
We offer wedding ceremonies, and we’ll really take control of
the entire event for the bride and groom. We organize the ceremony
site, design the menu and coordinate all the details with our
wedding coordinator. We pride ourselves on being a boutique hotel
that offers boutique, personalized service.