Homewood Suites by Hilton Opens Hotel In Nashville, Tennessee

Furthers the brand's growth into urban area development and conversion of historic buildings

December 13, 2007 // Franchising.com // MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Homewood Suites by Hilton , the international brand of upscale, all-suite, residential-style hotels, has opened the 113-suite Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel Nashville - Downtown. The hotel is owned by Church Street Lodging Associates and operated by Sun Development and Management. As interest and growth in downtown areas have risen drastically over the past several years, the urban market now offers a wealth of potential extended stay business- an ideal opportunity for Homewood Suites development. The brand has a number of properties situated in the heart of many downtown locations, putting visitors right in the center of a wide variety of shopping, dining and attractions. "This build demonstrates Homewood Suites' continued foray into a wide variety of markets, and we are excited to offer this property as an attractive lodging option to those visiting the Nashville area," said Sarah Bates, general manager. "We are thrilled to be part of Homewood Suites' continued growth and development."

The Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville - Downtown address is 706 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37203. The hotel is conveniently located near shopping, restaurants, The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Convention Center. The building was the former Doctor's Building opened in 1916 and inspired the book "The Doctor's Building" by Robert Hendrick.

To aid development in already-crowded urban areas, the brand offers a flexible suite-type, called the "shotgun suite", for builders who choose to renovate older properties. These suites offer guests the same experience as a prototypical studio suite, but the shotgun suites are more lateral and narrow. This design allows developers to fit more suites into a smaller space. Developers are given the opportunity to arrange these suite types to best maximize their space and to meet consumer demand.

Homewood Suites has a number of hotels located in urban areas, including Edgewater, NJ; Indianapolis-Downtown; Baltimore - Inner Harbor; Chicago-Downtown; and Seattle-Downtown.

Homewood Suites recently completed Phase I of its Distinctly Homewood upgrades - a five-year product enhancement program launched in 2005 - which included upgrades to exercise facilities, guest bathrooms and bedding packages at most hotels. Phase II is now underway, which will include the addition of Dual Massage showerheads by WaterPik® and completion of bedding upgrades across remaining hotels. Final completion is scheduled to coincide with the Homewood Suites brand's 20th anniversary in 2009. The brand also collaborated with Hilton Hotels Corporation's Supply Management team and a top hospitality industry interior designer to introduce three Distinctly Homewood guest suite concepts. The FF&E packages give developers increased design flexibility while reflecting the core elements of the Distinctly Homewood program - Relevance, Consistency and Distinctiveness.

Launched in 1989, the Homewood Suites by Hilton brand today has more than 210 hotels open with another 125 in the pipeline. Beyond its spacious suites and home-like amenities, Homewood Suites guests can find at each hotel an on-site Suite Shop convenience store, exercise facility and guest laundry at most locations. Guests can also enjoy a daily complimentary Suite Start® hot breakfast and a Welcome Home reception featuring a complimentary light meal and beverages Monday-Thursday evenings. Additional guest services at Homewood Suites by Hilton hotels include a complimentary grocery shopping service* and a complete business center at most locations.

To make reservations at a Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel, travelers can visit the Homewood Suites Web site at homewoodsuites.com or call 1-800-CALL-HOME . Homewood Suites participates in the Hilton HHonors guest reward program, which allows its members to Double Dip by simultaneously accumulating both hotel points and airline miles with each qualifying stay.

Homewood Suites by Hilton is part of Hilton Hotels Corporation, the leading global hospitality company, with more than 2,800 hotels and 480,000 rooms in 76 countries and territories, including 100,000 team members worldwide.

The company owns, manages or franchises a hotel portfolio of some of the best known and highly regarded brands, including Hilton®, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand Vacations™, Homewood Suites by Hilton® and The Waldorf=Astoria Collection®.

The Hilton Family of Hotels adheres to founder Conrad Hilton's philosophy that, "It has been, and continues to be, our responsibility to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality." The company put a name to its unique brand of service that has made it the best known and most highly regarded hotel company: be hospitable®. The philosophy is shared by all brands in the Hilton Family of Hotels, and is the inspiration for its overarching message of kindness and generosity.

Hilton Hotels Corporation's sponsorship of the U.S. Olympic Team will extend through the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, and includes the 2008 U.S. Paralympic Team(s) and the 2007 U.S. Pan-Am Team.

For more information about the company, please visit www.hiltonworldwide.com, and to learn more about the be hospitable philosophy, please visit www.behospitable.com.

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