Embassy Suites Hotels(R) Celebrates 25 Years

Upscale All-suite Brand Honors First Embassy Suites Hotel in Overland Park, Kansas with Donation of $25,000 for 25 Local Charities

May 22, 2009 // Franchising.com // Memphis, TENN, – Embassy Suites Hotels, the upscale, all-suite hotel brand, plans to celebrate its 25th anniversary at the Embassy Suites-Overland Park – the world's first Embassy Suites Hotel – by gifting $25,000 to local charities in the Overland Park / Kansas City area. On Thursday, May 21 in the hotel's Atrium, guests, team members, and representatives from the 25 charities will come together to celebrate and to receive their $1,000 checks personally from Dawn Ray, director of public relations, Embassy Suites Hotels.

The 25 charities include Kansas City Toys for Tots, Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, Special Olympics of Kansas, Meals On Wheels-Shawnee Mission, March of Dimes, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Cancer Society, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City and many more.

During the event, guests will celebrate with a special cake and refreshments and visits from many of the children who will benefit directly from the donation, including the Heart of America Council, Boy Scouts of America.

"We are thrilled the Embassy Suites brand was able to give back to Overland Park charities that have done so much to improve the lives of those in our community," said Paige Southard, the hotel's general manager. "At a time when many businesses and people are affected by the economy, we are excited that something positive can be done to help these not-for-profit organizations continue to thrive and do their jobs."

"The Embassy Suites culture is to make a difference in the lives of our team members, as well as our communities. In fact, many of our team members donate their personal time and money to these charities in Overland Park, which makes it even more important to show our support and solidarity in their efforts," added John Lee, vice president, brand marketing and communications, Embassy Suites Hotels.

The Embassy Suites-Overland Park recently completed an eight-month major renovation of its 199 guest suites, lobby, Atrium, meeting space, Fitness Center and Business Center. The Embassy Suites Hotel is owned by FelCor Lodging Trust based in Irving, Texas. The hotel is managed by Hilton Hotels Corporation, based in Memphis, Tennessee.

When the hotel originally opened in 1984, it marked the debut of the two-room, all-suite hotel concept. Additionally, it became the first hotel to offer a complimentary, cooked-to-order breakfast for guests, for which the Embassy Suites brand is known.

The hotel features 1,800 square feet of meeting space including three meeting rooms, as well as a business center, a gift shop and a state of the art Fitness Center featuring Precor fitness equipment.

Spacious, two-room suites include a separate living area with a sofa bed, private bedroom and bath, Flat-screen televisions in each room and parlor, wireless high-speed Internet access, two phones with voicemail, a wet bar, refrigerator, microwave and work desk/activity table.

Consistent with all Embassy Suites Hotels, the Embassy Suites-Overland Park offers a full, complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast each morning and a two-hour nightly Manager's Reception*, popular with both business and leisure travelers.

Members of the Hilton HHonors® guest reward program can earn Points & Miles™ for the same stay at the Embassy Suites-Overland Park. HHonors® is the only hotel program that allows any of its members to Double Dip® by simultaneously accumulating both airline miles and hotel points with the same stay.

The hotel's address is: 10601 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, Kansas 66212. The property is located just 20 miles from downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

About Embassy Suites Hotels

Founded in 1984, Embassy Suites Hotels defines the upscale, all-suite segment and today has 200 hotels, with an additional 60 in the pipeline. With spacious two-room suites, engaging team members and an inviting atrium environment, guests are allowed to put their feet up and feel right at home.

About Hilton Hotels Corporation

Hilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company, with more than 3,300 hotels and 550,000 rooms in 77 countries and more than 130,000 team members worldwide. The company owns, manages or franchises some of the best known and highly regarded hotel 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®, the Waldorf Astoria™ and the Waldorf Astoria Collection™, as well as the recently launched Home2 Suites by Hilton™. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®.

*Service of alcohol is subject to state and local laws. Must be of legal drinking age.

The following trademarks are owned by Hilton Hospitality, Inc.: Hilton®, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand Vacations Club® and Homewood Suites by Hilton®. Conrad® is owned by Conrad Hospitality, LLC.

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