DoubleTree by Hilton Kicks Off First Property in Lawrence, Opening Its Doors to Kansas Football Fans and University Visitors

Following multimillion dollar renovation, DoubleTree by Hilton Lawrence delivers upscale, service-focused lodging and one of the area’s largest convention centers.

September 29, 2016 // // LAWRENCE, Kan. and MCLEAN, Va. – Just in time for football season, DoubleTree by Hilton, one of Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) 13 market-leading brands, today opens its first property in the charming university city of Lawrence, Kansas - DoubleTree by Hilton Lawrence. Following a multimillion dollar renovation, the hotel offers travelers to Northeastern Kansas / Western Missouri convenient, service-focused lodging and one of the area’s only full-service convention centers – making the hotel perfect for those visiting the area for business, leisure, and university activities.

Located off of Interstate 70 and within 10 blocks of the university, the 192-room, four-level upscale hotel is also easily accessible to downtown Lawrence’s historic landmarks, boutiques, fine restaurants, and numerous corporate offices. Designed in a rustic chic theme with a modern twist, the remodeled public areas, guest rooms, and dining facilities complement updates made to the 18,000-square-foot convention center, the largest in Lawrence, and its surrounding areas.

“With the university as its backdrop, Lawrence attracts a wide range of travelers seeking upscale accommodations as well as event and convention space,” said Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “Whether visiting family or coming back to cheer on their favorite college team, DoubleTree by Hilton Lawrence guests will be welcomed with our warm Chocolate Chip Cookie and then delighted with our award-winning service throughout their stay.”

The redesigned lobby and other public areas embody a sleek and contemporary design and are appointed with wood and Midwestern stone accents; warm, calming hues and handpicked artworks complete the rustic yet modern feel. Spacious guest rooms and suites feature new décor and furniture and are equipped with conveniences desired for a relaxing vacation or productive business trip. Rooms are equipped with a refrigerator, well-lit desk, in-room safe and DoubleTree Sweet Dreams® Sleep Experience beds. Several suites are available, providing more space in the separate living area, a compact kitchenette and multiple sleeper sofas. Free Wi-Fi is offered in each guest room and suite, as well as in all public areas.

DoubleTree by Hilton Lawrence provides a distinctive space for meetings and events, offering 19,125 square feet of meeting and banquet space, including two divisible ballrooms. The largest, the Regency Ballroom, can seat up to 600 guests banquet style or 1,000 guests, theater-style. Two permanent boardrooms, a hospitality room and a state-of-the-art sound system and A/V equipment are also available. Catering services and a dedicated events staff are available to enhance any occasion.

In addition to meeting space, dining options abound for all guests at DoubleTree by Hilton Lawrence. In the lobby, the Heartlands Garden Grill is a casual, contemporary restaurant offering breakfast classics and, on weekends, a full breakfast buffet. The hotel also offers Boulevard Grill, a restaurant with American-style favorites and beers on tap from Kansas City’s renowned Boulevard Brewing Company. For in-room dining, guests may make use of the restaurant’s room service option or purchase salads, sandwiches, snacks and beverages from the 24-hour Made Market Pantry. 

In addition to the iconic warm Chocolate Chip Cookie welcome, the hotel provides guests with a full complement of services and DoubleTree by Hilton brand amenities, including the Wake Up DoubleTree Breakfast, an assortment of gourmet in-room tea and coffee offerings by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, and a refreshing array of the Aroma Actives Essentials natural skin and body care line.

Leisure time enthusiasts can enjoy a wealth of options: winding down at the billiards table; re-energizing at the indoor saltwater swimming pool and whirlpool; or working out in the 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center, featuring Life Fitness equipment and a dedicated free weight area. A 24-hour business center is located in the lobby, as is a connectivity zone featuring computer workstations and printers.

“With this extensive renovation now complete, DoubleTree by Hilton Lawrence has up-to-date features for business and leisure travelers that are second to none,” said Stephen Horton, general manager, DoubleTree by Hilton Lawrence. “With the backing and reputation of this global brand, we are uniquely positioned to provide lodging and conference guests with the attentive, high-quality service they rely on from DoubleTree by Hilton."

As part of the Hilton portfolio of brands, guests of DoubleTree by Hilton Lawrence are also encouraged to participate in Hilton HHonors, Hilton’s free-to-join loyalty program. Hilton HHonors members who book directly with Hilton save time and money and gain instant access to the benefits they care about most, including:

  • An exclusive member rate at more than 4,500 hotels worldwide
  • Instant benefits, such as free Wi-Fi, the ability to earn and redeem Points for free nights as well as access to digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key
  • Unforgettable, exclusive experiences, available via Points at, such as access to private concerts or sought-after events

To celebrate the hotel's re-opening, Hilton HHonors members will earn an additional 1,000 Points for a three-night minimum stay from opening day through February 2, 2017 when booking directly with Hilton. Gold and Diamond members will also enjoy free premium Wi-Fi and space-available upgrades to the hotel's exclusive Hilton HHonors floor and complimentary Wake Up DoubleTree Breakfast.

DoubleTree by Hilton Lawrence is located at 200 McDonald Drive, Lawrence, Kansas 66044. Convenient to nearby airports, DoubleTree by Hilton Lawrence is 49 miles west of Kansas City International Airport and 30 miles east of Topeka Regional Airport.

For more information, or to make a reservation, travelers may visit or call 785-841-7077. The property is owned and managed by Hulsing Hotels Inc.

Media may access additional information on DoubleTree by Hilton Lawrence at For more news on DoubleTree by Hilton hotel openings, visit

About DoubleTree by Hilton

DoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global collection of more than 465 upscale hotels with more than 112,000 rooms in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents. Everything about DoubleTree by Hilton aims to return the human touch to travel, starting with the presentation of a warm chocolate chip cookie upon arrival and continuing throughout with Team Members dedicated to Creating a Rewarding Experience (CARE) for hotel guests, other Team Members and the communities the brand proudly serves. DoubleTree by Hilton properties offer unique, contemporary accommodations and full-service facilities including restaurants and lounges, room service, health clubs, business centers and meeting and banquet space. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels receive instant benefits, including an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (selected locations) available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app. 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 Reporters and bloggers may visit our DoubleTree by Hilton Global Media Center at for more information.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, comprising more than 4,700 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties with over 775,000 rooms in 104 countries and territories. For 97 years, Hilton has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of 13 world-class global brands includes 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, Tru 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 an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where Hilton HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. Visit for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn and Instagram. 

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