Hilton’s McLean headquarters lobby now a public food hall

After a year of converting the first floor of its McLean headquarters, Hilton's "The Social" features a food hall, co-working spaces, a Starbucks and an outdoor terrace — all of which is open to the public.

WASHINGTON — McLean, Virginia-based Hilton spent the last year converting the first floor of its headquarters into something like a full-service hotel lobby, and, while it’s a huge new perk for the Hilton employees who work there, it is also open to the public.

Hilton calls it “The Social,” and the 10,000-square-foot space includes a food hall, free co-working spaces, a Starbucks and an outdoor terrace. The multimillion-dollar space also has features found in many of its hotel lobbies, including a reception area.

The Social is designed as a gathering place for Hilton’s 860 headquarters employees, but it is also open to others who work in the building and anyone else in the neighborhood who would like to grab coffee or lunch or needs a place to unwind.

The D.C. area is Hilton’s largest single market globally. It has 107 hotels in the region across 11 of its hotel brands.

“With more than 7,800 team members in the D.C. metro area it was only natural that we extended our signature hospitality to our global headquarters,” said Matthew W. Schuyler, chief human resources officer for Hilton.

“In sustaining our position as a Great Place to Work, these innovations are crucial in attracting the best local talent to our business.”

D.C.-based Core Architecture + Design whose recent projects have included restaurant Nobu and the West End library interior in D.C., designed Hilton’s The Social.

Hilton, which moved its global headquarters from Beverly Hills, California, to McLean in 2009, has 860 employees at its McLean headquarters and more than 7,800 employees at its D.C.-area hotels.

Its headquarters, at 7930 Jones Branch Drive, are right next door to its Hilton McLean Tysons Corner hotel, where it says it tests many of its hospitality innovations.

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