Hilton Garden Inn Opens Two New Hotels in Italy Located in Milan and Bologna

London & Beverly Hills, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hilton Hotels Corporation (HHC) today announced the opening of two new Hilton Garden Inn properties in Italy. These two additions, located in Milan Malpensa and Bologna San Lazzaro, boost the Hilton Garden Inn brand's presence in Italy to five hotels.

Simon Vincent, President of Hilton Hotels - Europe, commented: "There is significant demand in the hotel sector across Italy for quality internationally branded hotels, especially within the mid-market sector. The Hilton Garden Inn product is the perfect fit for key centres like Milan and Bologna, because it offers a combination of affordable, quality accommodation for both corporate and leisure travellers."

"Following great success in North America, we launched the brand in Italy two years ago with the Hilton Garden Inn Rome Airport and have since added Florence Novoli, Matera, Milan Malpensa and Bologna San Lazzaro," said Adrian Kurre, senior vice president, brand marketing for Hilton Garden Inn. "We are pleased with how quickly the brand is growing and are confident that once travellers abroad experience Hilton Garden Inn, we will become the preferred hotel in Italy's mid-market sector."

Both the Hilton Garden Inn Milan Malpensa and the Hilton Garden Inn Bologna San Lazzaro will feature the brand's key signature offerings including the Garden Sleep System® bed, ergonomic Mirra® chair by Herman Miller, a 24-hour business centre and complimentary high speed Wi-Fi internet access. Stylish lobby and reception areas feature relaxing lounge and bar facilities, as well as the Hilton Garden Inn 24-hour Pavilion Pantry® store, which provides a selection of food and beverage options for guests' convenience. Each Hilton Garden Inn property offers a blend of local Italian and international cuisine in contemporary all-day restaurants, serving made-to-order breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as evening room service. For guests looking to keep up with their fitness schedules, the new hotels provide complimentary workout facilities featuring state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment and Hilton Garden Inn Stay Fit Kits® that guests can check-out from the hotel front desk which feature core, Pilates and yoga exercises that they can do in the privacy of their guestroom or in the fitness centre.

The Hilton Garden Inn Milan Malpensa becomes the third Hilton Family Hotel to open in Italy's fashion capital, joining the Hilton Milan and recently opened Doubletree by Hilton Milan. Located in the Somma Lombardo district, the hotel is set in the city's beautiful Ticino Park area and is only five kilometres (three miles) from Milan's Malpensa International Airport. The property has good access to the Fiera Milan-Rho conference and exhibition grounds and is a short drive from the city centre. Milan's ancient Visconti Castle is a five minute walk from the hotel.

Ideal for both business and leisure guests, the property offers a total of 207 modern, well appointed guestrooms, five divisible, state-of-the-art meeting rooms for up to 400 delegates and a 24-hour complimentary airport shuttle service.

Hilton Garden Inn Milan Malpensa is operated under a franchise agreement with Airport Hotel S.r.l. Prices start at EUR 80* per room per night. For additional information visit www.milanmalpensa.hgi.com or call +39-0331-278911 . The hotel address is Via Mazzini, 63 Somma Lombardo, Italy, 21019.

The Hilton Garden Inn Bologna San Lazzaro is located in northern Italy. Famed for its Renaissance architecture, Bologna is perhaps best known as the home of Ducati and Lamborghini, not to mention one of the world's oldest universities. The city is well served by air, rail and road transport links and is host to numerous international and national exhibitions and trade fairs.

Situated close to the centre of San Lazzaro di Savena district in Bologna, the new Hilton Garden Inn offers 152 spacious rooms. A number of fully equipped, flexible meeting rooms, including a 200m² (2,153 square foot) ballroom, make Hilton Garden Inn Bologna San Lazzaro ideal for guests travelling on business or for wedding receptions and group functions.

Hilton Garden Inn Bologna San Lazzaro is operated under a franchise agreement with a subsidiary of Hilton Hotels Corporation and Dimatour. Room rates start at EUR 70* per room per night. For additional information, visit www.bolognasanlazzaro.hgi.com or call +39-051-499-7411 . The hotel address is Via Fantini, 1, San Lazzaro di Savena - Bologna, Italy 40068.

Following these two openings, Hilton Garden Inn will continue its fast moving expansion across Italy with plans to open three additional properties in Lecce, Bari and Treviso by 2010. The brand also anticipates to furthering its European expansion to fourteen new Hilton Garden Inn properties over the next three years across a number of countries, including Poland, Turkey, Germany and the United Kingdom.

In Italy, HHC currently operates 14 properties with nearly 4,000 rooms in seven destinations. The company has enjoyed a presence in Italy since 1963 and now operates four brands including, The Waldorf=Astoria Collection, Hilton, Doubletree by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn.

*Rates exclude taxes, gratuity and other incidental charges. Blackout dates may apply.

About Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn is the award-winning, mid-priced brand that continually strives to ensure today's busy travelers have everything they need to be most productive on the road — from complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet access in all guestrooms and PrintSpotsTM mobile printing to the hotel's complimentary 24-hour business center to one of the most comfortable beds you will ever experience with the Garden Sleep System®. So whether on the road for personal or business reasons, Hilton Garden Inn offers the amenities and services for travelers to sleep deep, stay fit, eat well and work smart while away from home. Hilton Garden Inn represents one of the cornerstones of the Hilton growth strategy. For more information about Hilton Garden Inn locations throughout North America and Europe, visit www.hgi.com.

About Hilton Hotels Corporation

Hilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company, with more than 3,000 hotels and 500,000 rooms in more than 74 countries, including 135,000 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 nine brands in the Hilton Family of Hotels, and is the inspiration for its overarching message of kindness and generosity.

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

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