Hilton Waldorf Astoria (DS Emotion)

Copy Editing

This project was undertaken on behalf of branding and marketing agency DS Emotion.

The Client:

Hilton Hotels is one of the world’s largest and most successful luxury brands. The Waldorf Astoria group operates iconic luxury hotels all over the globe.

The Brief:

DS Emotion needed an expert copywriter to edit and improve the content of an investors handbook for the Waldorf Astoria brand. Working to Hilton’s established brand guidelines, I turned the rough copy into something taut, sales-focused and completely in keeping with this century-old identity. And added a few narrative flourishes too. Because how often do you get the chance to add a touch of flair to a document that could generate millions?

The Copy:

A History of Sophistication

The year is 1893. An ornate clock ticks. Once the centerpiece of the World’s Columbia Exposition in Chicago, the clock now takes pride of place in New York’s new Waldorf Hotel.

1897. The clock ticks. A marble promenade spans the first Peacock Alley to link The Waldorf with her sister The Astoria. A legend is born.

1929. A new icon is raised above New York – The Empire State Building. To accommodate this piece of history, the Waldorf Astoria writes a new chapter. The tallest hotel in the world is a triumph of art deco splendor towering above Park Avenue, the relocated ornate clock a meeting place for those heading into the four story Grand Ballroom.

2017. Heads of state, captains of industry, illustrious artists and society’s elite flock to the Waldorf Astoria’s global locations. More join us every day.

The clock ticks on.