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Hilton Palacio del Rio

than is currently the fashion. Because the

give the illusion of the room being bigger,

concrete walls of the modular rooms were

and I think we accomplished that in our

nearly 5 inches thick, creating the sense of

design,” Thrailkill says.

spaciousness that today’s guests demand

An additional 6 inches was added to the

was a challenge to designers Chase Collab-

height of the 8-foot-high corridor ceilings

orative and Douglas Architecture.

by removing a drop ceiling.

This hotel has a strong and
long history of great service.
ROBERT THRAILKILL
The solution was to gut the guest

The technology in the 27,000 square feet of

larger and modernize the HVAC system for

meeting space was updated and windows

greater energy efficiency. “We worked very

added to a main ballroom. The restaurant

hard to redesign our guest rooms to create

on the River Walk and the lobby were re-

a sense of spaciousness by downsizing the

modeled. The lobby was completed last

pieces of furniture in the room – the

August and a gift shop replaced with a new

dresser, for example, and the desk – to

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TECHNOLOGY UPDATED

rooms’ interiors, make the bathrooms

1,000-square-foot franchised coffee bar

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