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Mr. Still

Paul Still

Head Concierge, London Hilton on Park Lane

Paul Still, Head Concierge at London Hilton on Park Lane began his career as a night porter some thirty three years ago at Mayfair's iconic London Hilton on Park Lane and worked his way up to not only become its Head Concierge but also the President of The Society of the Golden Keys of Great Britain & the Commonwealth. The Society of the Golden Keys in Great Britain was founded in London exactly sixty years ago and has approximately 350 concierges in Great Britain now who proudly wear the symbol of their status: the coveted Golden Keys worn on their lapels. Each is revered for his or her professional gravitas, integrity, local knowledge and impeccable recommendations. During his time as a member Mr. Still has travelled all over the world attending the Union Internationale des Concierges d'Hotels (UICH) Congresses and building up a substantial network of worldwide contacts which he uses on a regular basis for the benefit of his hotel's guests. Throughout Mr. Still's longstanding career he has seen the London Hilton on Park Lane play host to many famous faces, from hosting dozens of Heads of State, including Tony Blair and President Mandela, to royalty such as Prince Charles and Camilla, and the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. Mr. Still has seen a myriad of high profile events take place in the hotel's Grand Ballroom and past guests have included Bill Clinton, Hugh Grant, Dame Helen Mirren and Lewis Hamilton, to name but a few. Mr. Still enjoys meeting people commenting that “every day is different, and you learn something new every day”. He is dedicated to ensuing guest's needs are fulfilled at the London Hilton on Park Lane from organizing the most personal of requests, arranging exclusive tickets, restaurant bookings, arranging car hire, personal shopping and providing top tips for an ideal day in London.

Mr. Still can be contacted at 44-0-20-7096-6269 or paul.still@hilton.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.