Homewood Suites By Hilton(R) Opens Hotel In Tampa, Florida

December 15, 2008 // Franchising.com // Memphis, Tenn., – Homewood Suites by Hilton(R), the international brand of all-suite, residential-style hotels, today announced the opening of its newest property in Tampa, Florida. The seven-story, 144-suite hotel is owned by McKibbon Hotel Group and is managed by McKibbon Hotel Management. General Manager, Todd Kinney brings nearly 20 years of hotel management to this venture, which is coupled with more than seven years of experience from Director of Sales Mike Nealon.

"We continue to see strong demand in the extended stay hotel segment and feel this property helps to fill a need in the beautiful Westshore business district of Tampa," said Kinney. "Whether traveling alone for business or with the entire family, guests can indulge in the comforts of home at Homewood SuitesÒ. In times where both business and leisure travelers are pinching pennies, we offer a great value with standard amenities such as fully equipped kitchens, complimentary high-speed Internet access, and separate living and sleeping areas."

Homewood Suites by Hilton – Tampa Airport/Westshore offers studio, one-, and two-bedroom suites. Additional guest amenities include a daily complimentary Suite StartÒ hot breakfast in the hotel's hospitality center—the "Lodge"—a Welcome HomeÒ reception featuring a complimentary light meal and beverages Monday-Thursday evenings, an executive business center, and a 24-hour on-site pantry. The hotel also offers a swimming pool, sports court, an outdoor fire pit, local artwork by Gregory Colvin, and two meeting rooms totaling nearly 1,000 square feet of meeting space.

Located at 5385 Avion Park Drive, the hotel is conveniently located in the Westshore business district and adjacent to Tampa International Airport and Tampa International Plaza. Major nearby corporations include Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Humana Inc., and Microsoft. Guests can enjoy many restaurants that are close to the hotel including Berns Steakhouse, Flemings, and Capitol Grille. Nearby attractions include Busch Gardens, Lowry Zoo, and the Tampa Aquarium.

Launched in 1989, the Homewood Suites by Hilton brand today has more than 250 hotels open with approximately 140 in the development pipeline. Beyond its spacious suites and home-like amenities, additional guest features include an on-site Suite ShopÒ convenience store, complimentary grocery shopping services*, a complete business center, and laundry services at most locations.

The innovative brand is a guest favorite among both business and leisure travelers, consistently taking the top spot on key satisfaction studies. Homewood Suites by Hilton has been named "Best Value Hotel Chain" by Zagat Survey for three consecutive years (2007-2009); was awarded Highest Guest Satisfaction Among Extended-Stay Hotel Chains in J.D. Power & Associates 2008 North American Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM (sixth time in eight year old category); and placed number one in the Upscale Extended Stay Hotel category in Business Travel News 2008 hotels rankings by corporate travel buyers.

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-HOMEâ. For more information on consumer programs, visit the brand's guest portal at SuiteLiving.com. Homewood Suites by Hilton participates in Hilton HHonorsÒ, the only hotel rewards program that offers Points & MilesÒ and No Blackout Dates.

Hilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company, with more than 3,000 hotels and 500,000 rooms in 74 countries and territories, with more than 135,000 team members worldwide. The company owns, manages or franchises some of the best known and highly regarded brands, including Hiltonâ, Conradâ Hotels & Resorts, Doubletreeâ, Embassy Suites Hotelsâ, Hampton Innâ, Hampton Inn & Suitesâ, Hilton Garden Innâ, Hilton Grand Vacationsâ, Homewood Suites by Hiltonâ and The Waldorf=Astoria Collection™.

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