Homewood Suites By Hilton(R), Embassy Suites Hotels(R) And Doubletree Named Top Three Chains For Best Value In Zagat's 2009 Top U.S. Hotels

December 23, 2008 // Franchising.com // BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.,- The Hilton Family of Hotels has announced that Homewood Suites by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels and Doubletree Hotels have been recognized as the top three best value hotel chains" in Zagat's 2009 Top U.S. Hotels, Resorts & Spas Survey. The 2009 guide covers 1,001 hotels, resorts and spas nationwide based on input from 14,049 frequent travelers and travel professionals, such as meeting planners and travel agents.

"We are delighted that Zagat enthusiasts have recognized Homewood Suites by Hilton, Embassy Suites and Doubletree hotels as offering superior value," said Paul Brown, president, global brands and shared services, Hilton Hotels Corporation. "Each of these hotel brands contributes to memorable travel experiences and enables guests to stretch their travel dollar by providing value-oriented features and amenities."

Homewood Suites by Hilton

This marks the third consecutive year that Homewood Suites has claimed the highest rating in the value category. Whether traveling for business, for leisure, or with the entire family, Homewood Suites guests are made to feel at home with standard amenities such as fully equipped kitchens, complimentary, high-speed wireless Internet access, and separate living and sleeping areas. Most of the brand's hotels offer studio, one- and two-bedroom suites. Additional guest amenities include a daily complimentary Suite Start hot breakfast in the hotel's hospitality center--the "Lodge"--a Welcome Home reception featuring a complimentary light meal and beverages Monday-Thursday evenings, an executive business center, and a 24-hour on-site pantry. Most hotels also offer a swimming pool and/or recreational area, as well as flexible meeting space.

Launched in 1989, the Homewood Suites by Hilton brand today has more than 255 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 Shop convenience store, complimentary grocery shopping services*, a complete business center, and laundry services 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. For more information on consumer programs, visit the brand's guest portal at SuiteLiving.com. Homewood Suites by Hilton participates in Hilton HHonors, the only hotel rewards program that offers Points & Miles and No Blackout Dates.

Embassy Suites Hotels

Guests of Embassy Suites Hotels could win the chance for a little rest and relaxation when they enter the "Wish I Was Here" sweepstakes on www.embassysuitesresorts.com through January 31, 2009. Registered guests must stay at any Embassy Suites Hotel during the promotion period, making them eligible to win a week-long vacation at any of Embassy Suites' nine resort locations (including ski, beach and golf resorts throughout the U.S. or Latin America.

Founded in 1984, Embassy Suites Hotels defines the upscale, all-suite segment and today has 196 hotels, with an additional 70 in the pipeline. Embassy Suites Hotels provide a strong value proposition to both business and leisure travelers alike. The hotel brand features spacious, two-room suites - all offering a separate living area with a sofa bed and desk, private bedroom and bath, two televisions, wired and wireless complimentary high-speed Internet access, refrigerator, microwave oven, and coffeemaker. Each hotel is equipped with a full Precor® fitness center, swimming pool, and EmbassyLink Business Center. A beautiful open-air atrium, complete with greenery and water feature, complimentary full cooked-to-order breakfast and complimentary nightly Manager's Reception** complete the full Embassy Suites experience.

Doubletree

From London to Los Angeles and Boston to Beijing, Doubletree today features a growing worldwide collection of contemporary, upscale accommodations in more than 200 gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations. Each Doubletree hotel is distinctively designed to reflect the destination and surrounding area, and offers a refreshingly caring and relaxed experience that provides true comfort to business and leisure travelers. Doubletree is known for the warm tradition of the brand's legendary chocolate chip cookie welcome to every guest at check-in, the rewards of the prestigious Hilton HHonors® guest reward program and a genuine commitment to the communities in which they operate. More than $1.7 billion has been reinvested by hotel owners in recent years to reinvigorate the brand with new upgrades and amenities. As a result, Doubletree also has been recognized as one of the fastest growing, full-service hotel brands in the world, with more than 25 new locations added in 2008.

About Hilton Family of Hotels

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 Hilton, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Grand Vacations, Homewood Suites by Hiltonâ and The Waldorf=Astoria Collection(TM).

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