Doubletree Hotel Franchise Columbia Now Open in Upscale Suburban Maryland

Hotel Offers Easy Access to Baltimore/DC-area Historic and Cultural Sites

COLUMBIA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Doubletree Hotels has announced the opening of the Doubletree Hotel Columbia in Columbia, Maryland. Centrally located between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, the upscale, full-service hotel is a mile from the Merriweather Post Pavilion, 20 minutes from Baltimore's Inner Harbor and athletic venues, approximately 30 miles from the nation's capital and 15 minutes from Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI).

"We welcome every guest with our signature, warm chocolate chip cookie, while our highly knowledgeable hotel associates are ready to assist guests with details about the surrounding area's attractions, as well as their historical and cultural importance." ."The Doubletree Hotel Columbia is a strong addition to our growing portfolio of upscale hotels in desirable urban/suburban locations in the world's top markets," said Rob Palleschi, global head, Doubletree Hotels. "The property's proximity to the region's three airports and two major cities, with all their attractions, in addition to agencies and government institutions such as APL/Johns Hopkins, Lockheed Martin and Fort Meade, make the Doubletree Hotel Columbia an obvious choice for business guests. Leisure travelers will appreciate the convenience of the area's many cultural and sports venues, including the Smithsonian Museum Complex, M&T Bank Stadium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards and FedEx Field."

The Doubletree Hotel Columbia was converted from the former Hilton Columbia and is currently undergoing a major, multi-phase renovation that will reinvigorate guest rooms, meeting areas and public space. The hotel is operated and managed by TPG Hospitality Inc., a Procaccianti Group company, under a franchise agreement with a subsidiary of Hilton Worldwide.

The 152 guest rooms (which includes 18 suites) at the Doubletree Hotel Columbia offer modern décor and vibrant color schemes, along with complimentary, wireless high-speed Internet access and other residential-style features such as the Sweet Dreams by Doubletree sleep experience package, with a specially designed mattress, plush pillow and high thread-count linens; 32-inch, flat-screen, LCD TVs; MP3-compatible stereo clock radio; Wolfgang Puck gourmet coffee service; and Neutrogena® bath and body products.

Featuring 11,000 square feet of flexible event space, the Doubletree Hotel Columbia can accommodate groups of up to 400 people. "The hotel is an ideal setting for business meetings," said Tammera Carter, hotel director of sales and marketing. "Our four-story, sky-lit atrium offers an exceptional setting for social events, such as weddings, bar & bat mitzvahs, tour and travel events and family reunions. Our creative catering service and professional events team make each event unique."

A 24-hour, self-service Business Center supports business and communications needs via complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access. Guests can enjoy a meal at Morgan's Restaurant, the hotel's upscale dining venue, including a champagne brunch every Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm. The hotel is well known for its live jazz events, with Friday Night Jazz, featuring top jazz groups at Morgan's Lounge, and live jazz on the first Sunday of every month at its champagne brunch. Every Wednesday night, the hotel offers a Complimentary Managers Reception that brings hotel guests and the community together from 5:30pm-7:00pm.

For guests who want to maintain their workout program while on the road, a state-of-the-art fitness facility equipped with the latest in cardio and weight training equipment by Precor® Fitness, is available. An indoor, heated swimming pool and whirlpool also offer refreshing ways to relax at the Doubletree Hotel Columbia.

Members of the Hilton HHonors® guest rewards program can Double Dip® and earn both airline miles and hotel points for every qualifying stay at the Doubletree Hotel Columbia. Hilton HHonors is the only guest rewards program that allows members to earn Points & Miles® for the same stay and redeem hotel points for free nights with No Blackout Dates. With No Blackout Dates, members can redeem their Hilton HHonors points, as long as a standard room is available.

"The Doubletree Hotel Columbia offers a great central location, but equally important is our attention to our guests needs," noted Adam Novotny, hotel general manager. "We welcome every guest with our signature, warm chocolate chip cookie, while our highly knowledgeable hotel associates are ready to assist guests with details about the surrounding area's attractions, as well as their historical and cultural importance."

Located near Historic Ellicott City, Tobys Dinner Theater, Historic Annapolis and more, the Doubletree Hotel Columbia is located at 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, Maryland, United States 21045-3247. For more information on the Doubletree Columbia, visit the hotel's website at http://columbia.doubletree.com call 1-800-222-TREE in the U.S. and Canada or contact the hotel directly at 410-997-1060.

About Doubletree Hotels

With a growing collection of contemporary, upscale accommodations in more than 230 gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations worldwide, Doubletree Hotels are distinctively designed properties that provide true comfort to today's business and leisure travelers. From the millions of delighted hotel guests who are welcomed with the brand's legendary, warm chocolate chip cookies at check-in to the advantages of the award-winning Hilton HHonors® guest reward program, each Doubletree guest receives a satisfying stay wherever their travels take them. To make reservations at any Doubletree hotel, travelers can visit our website at www.doubletree.com, contact their preferred travel professional or call 1-800-222-TREE in the U.S. and Canada.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 91 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,600 hotels and 600,000 rooms in 81 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®.

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