New DoubleTree by Hilton Decatur Riverfront Debuts in Historic Downtown Decatur

Marking the Largest and Only Full Service Hotel in “The River City”

August 31, 2015 // // DECATUR, Ala. and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton Decatur Riverfront, a five-story, 165-room hotel located in historic downtown Decatur, 14 miles from Huntsville International Airport. Formerly a Garden Plaza hotel, the property closed in November 2014 to complete a dramatic $10 million transformation and reopens this month to debut a total redesign of the exterior and lobby, fully-updated guest rooms and suites, all new furniture throughout the hotel, updated and expanded meeting spaces and a beautifully-renovated atrium. DoubleTree by Hilton Decatur Riverfront is owned and managed by Cooper Hotels.

“With its amazing transformation and ideal setting on the banks of the Tennessee River and Steamboat Memorial Bridge, DoubleTree by Hilton Decatur Riverfront is poised to become the leading hotel destination for guests seeking full-service accommodations and the award-winning service experience for which the DoubleTree by Hilton brand is known,” said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “As the largest and only full-service hotel in Decatur, Alabama, we look forward to welcoming guests to this beautiful property and delivering the 'little things' that create a rewarding travel experience – starting with DoubleTree by Hilton’s iconic warm chocolate chip cookie welcome and continuing throughout all touch points of our guest’s stay.”

Guests at DoubleTree by Hilton Decatur Riverfront will enjoy a contemporary look and feel throughout the property and its stylishly-appointed guest rooms which feature all-modern conveniences, including in-room safes and mini refrigerators. Many of the rooms also offer sweeping views of the river. In addition to upscale accommodations, guests will enjoy an array of complimentary amenities, including the newly-updated indoor/outdoor pool and sun deck, 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour business center, and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel’s public areas and guest rooms.

DoubleTree by Hilton Decatur Riverfront also debuts a chic new dining concept: Twist Grill & Bar, located by the lobby and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant features traditional southern favorites like shrimp and grits, fried and blackened catfish, Cajun pasta and molasses pork tenderloin. Room service is also available for guests seeking the convenience of in-room dining, while those looking to start their day with a fresh cup of coffee can stop by the new Starbucks Kiosk open each morning in the hotel’s lobby.

“A number of large corporations and local companies, as well as attractions such as the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge and Point Mallard Park can be found near our historic town, making it the quintessential place for both business and leisure travelers,” said Chad Udovich, general manager, DoubleTree by Hilton Decatur Riverfront. “We are proud to be joining DoubleTree by Hilton, a prestigious brand known for its commitment to delivering only the best guest experiences, and we look forward to delivering that same experience to our guests at DoubleTree by Hilton Decatur Riverfront.”

DoubleTree by Hilton Decatur Riverfront offers the largest meeting and banquet facilities in the city. With 8,901 square feet of meeting space, including nine meeting rooms and a spacious 4,300 square foot ballroom, the property provides an ideal setting for conferences and receptions up to 650 people. For smaller groups, the hotel offers the Meetings Simplified by DoubleTree by Hilton package from $25 per person, which includes the meeting room, basic meeting Wi-Fi, meeting room supplies including a flipchart, markers, extension and power cord, and all day non-alcoholic beverage service. Audio and visual equipment, as well as on-site catering and staff, are also available to enhance any function.

In addition to the signature warm chocolate chip cookie welcome, guests will enjoy other DoubleTree by Hilton brand amenities, including an assortment of gourmet in-room tea and coffee choices from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, the refreshing Aroma Actives natural skin and body care line, and an industry-recognized service culture built around the idea of CARE, which stands for Create a Rewarding Experience for guests, team members and the community.

DoubleTree by Hilton Decatur Riverfront participates in the Hilton HHonors® loyalty program, which is open to all guests and free to join - visit here for enrollment information. HHonors members always get our lowest price with our Best Price Guarantee, along with HHonors Points, free standard Wi-Fi, access to digital check-in and Digital Key, and no hidden fees, only when they book directly through Hilton. To mark the hotel’s opening, Hilton HHonors members will earn double points for stays at DoubleTree by Hilton Decatur Riverfront through December 31, 2015, and also earn 500 HHonors Dining Points for every $25 they spend, up to 1,000 points. Based on availability, Gold and Diamond members will also enjoy upgrades to the hotel’s two exclusive Hilton HHonors floors. Additionally, Diamond Hilton HHonors guests will enjoy complimentary continental breakfasts and 1,000 bonus points per stay, and Gold Hilton HHonors guests will have the option of complimentary continental breakfast or 1,000 bonus points.

DoubleTree by Hilton Decatur Riverfront is located at 1101 6th Avenue NE, Decatur, Alabama, 35601. For more information, or to make a reservation, travelers may visit or call +1 256-355-3150.

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About DoubleTree by Hilton

With a fast-growing, global collection of more than 425 upscale hotels in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents and nearly 40,000 rooms in the pipeline, every little thing we do at DoubleTree by Hilton inspires us to create a rewarding experience for our hotel guests, our Team Members and the communities we proudly serve. Our hospitality begins with a warm chocolate chip cookie welcome upon arrival and continues with the award-winning Hilton HHonors guest loyalty program, an array of fine services and amenities and our longstanding CARE Culture tradition that empowers Team Members to provide the special comforts and acts of kindness that make the traveler feel human again. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where HHonors members can check-in and choose their room. To make reservations at any DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, travelers may visit our brand website at Social media users may connect with us at, and For the latest news, story starters and fact sheets about our brand, reporters and bloggers may visit our DoubleTree by Hilton Global Media Center at

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 96 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of twelve world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,440 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 730,000 rooms in 97 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. Visit for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at,,,, and

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