On Monday, the Hilton Arlington Hotel will reveal a multimillion-dollar makeover of the hotel’s 308 guestrooms and suites, lobby and meeting and event space.The project also included work to the exterior facade, fitness and business centers, restaurant and executive lounge. The hotel is located at 2402 E. Lamar Blvd., just west of Texas 360 and north of Arlington’s Entertainment District. The hotel is owned and operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts.The renovations were a part of a global repositioning and design of Hilton Hotels & Resorts, the hotel said.James Shandor, general manager of the Hilton Arlington, said 2014 so far has been a year of change.“This renovation has transformed the traveling experience for our guests,” Shandor said in a statement. “From their arrival into a refreshingly new, open lobby concept to ending the day in our new guestroom accommodations that feature contemporary work spaces, the Hilton Arlington guest will leave feeling accomplished and well-rested.”The guestrooms have been redesigned to feature Hilton’s luxury beddng package, new flooring, wall treatments, artwork and 42-inch high-definition televisions. The rooms have new work spaces, complimentary Wi-Fi, on-demand movies and a laptop-sized safe, among other things.The hotel’s lobby now features the Hilton Connectivity Lounge, which includes workstations and a communal worktable. Guests check in at pod-style front desks. The hotel is also launching a new restaurant concept, R Bar & Grill, on March 24.The restaurant pairs the industry expert Lonnie Schiller, of Schiller Del Grande Restaurant Group, and Chef Michael West, a Dallas top chef who previously worked under Chef Joanne Bondy at The Old Hickory at the Gaylord Texas hotel in Grapevine.The menu will feature ingredients from local purveyors, such as Dallas Mozzarella Co., Jimmy’s Food Store in Dallas, Veldhuizen Farms in Dublin, Massimo Baker in Dallas and Gloria’s Tortilla’s in Fort Worth.The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.Horton receives more stockFormer American Airlines CEO Tom Horton received another 42,339 shares of stock in the carrier on Monday as the airline continues to convert old AAMRQ shares into AAL stock.In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Tuesday, Horton disclosed that he acquired the additional shares on Monday and then sold 17,762 shares at $39.02 to cover taxes on the stock.“Holders of common stock of AMR Corp. who received an initial distribution of shares of the Issuer in connection with the effective date of the [Merger] Plan received, for each share of AMR common stock held as of the effective date of the Plan, a distribution of approximately 0.1842 shares of the Issuer,” the filing said.His total stock holdings in the new American Airlines Group is 194,836 shares, the filing said. Based on Tuesday’s closing stock price of $38.08, Horton’s shares are worth $7.59 million.Since its merger with US Airways closed in December, American Airlines Group has converted old shares of the bankrupt AAMRQ and preferred stock held by creditors into shares of AAL stock every 30 days. The last group of stock to be converted will be 120 days after the merger closed on April 10.
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