DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol City Centre Opens After £5m Renovation

Upscale Brand Continues Rapid UK Expansion with Unveiling of its 19th Hotel

BRISTOL, England - May 2, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Following the completion of a comprehensive refurbishment project, DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol City Centre announced its opening today. The public areas and each of the hotel’s 201 guestrooms have been transformed, bringing them up to DoubleTree by Hilton’s upscale standards with a new design concept that pays tribute to the city’s proud industrial and seafaring heritage.

Relics from Bristol’s heyday as a maritime trading centre adorn the hotel, whilst the legacy of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the engineer behind the Great Western Railway, is also keenly felt. Nowhere are guests more steeped in the city’s rich history than in the hotel’s centrepiece, the Kiln Restaurant; a listed 17th century kiln which originally forged glassware, is now home to culinary craftsmanship of similar pedigree, offering a unique atmosphere in which to enjoy a range of contemporary dishes.

Simon Vincent, president, EMEA, Hilton Worldwide, said, “Hilton Worldwide has a strong presence in Bristol, operating hotels under three different brands. With the city having recently been shortlisted to be European Green Capital 2015, it is an exciting time to be further expanding our portfolio here.”

DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol City Centre is owned by Focus Hotels Management Ltd, and operated under a franchise license agreement with a subsidiary of Hilton Worldwide. The hotel enjoys an enviable location 400m from Bristol Temple Meads rail station. It is situated on Redcliffe Way, a main road which leads directly to the historic docks, now a popular tourist attraction, housing Brunel’s majestic steamship ss Great Britain.

Conferences and events are well served with nine meeting rooms on site, with capacity for up to 300 delegates. All guests can enjoy access to the hotel’s connectivity zone enabling them to keep up to date on the move whilst the fitness centre remains open round the clock. The Temple Bar and Lounge provides a more relaxing option for those seeking to unwind after a long day, with a range of drinks and snacks available including traditional dishes from the West Country.

John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton, said, “DoubleTree by Hilton is a brand that cherishes individuality and a real sense of place within our hotels. We’re delighted with the work that has been done to restore these qualities to our new Bristol property, which is the first of seven new UK hotels being added to our rapidly expanding portfolio this year.”

Guests at DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol City Centre will also be treated to signature brand features including the welcome of a warm chocolate chip cookie presented to every guest at check-in; the invigorating array of CITRON body care products by Crabtree & Evelyn in the rooms; and a unique and caring team member commitment to the local community.

Peter Cashman, CEO of Focus Hotels Management Ltd, said, “I am delighted to announce the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol City Centre. Our team is excited to have a second hotel under the DoubleTree by Hilton brand, following the unveiling of our DoubleTree by Hilton London - Heathrow Airport last July.”

DoubleTree by Hilton is one of Europe’s fastest growing hotel brands, with 41 hotels now in operation across the continent. It boasts 19 properties in the UK, including DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol South - Cadbury House, an idyllic spa retreat set in the North Somerset countryside, half an hour from Bristol’s city centre. Guests at all DoubleTree by Hilton hotels can participate in the award winning Hilton HHonors® loyalty scheme, offering the chance to earn global rewards at over 3,000 hotels worldwide.

For more information or to make reservations, please visit www.doubletree.com, call 0870 590 9090 or contact your travel agent.

About DoubleTree by Hilton

With a fast-growing, global collection of more than 340 upscale hotels in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents, every little thing we do at DoubleTree by Hilton inspires us to create a rewarding experience for our hotel guests, our team members and the communities we proudly serve. Our hospitality begins with a warm chocolate chip cookie welcome upon arrival and continues with the award-winning Hilton HHonors® guest loyalty programme, an array of fine services and amenities and our longstanding CARE Culture tradition that empowers more than 65,000 team members to provide the special comforts and acts of kindness that make the traveller feel human again.

To make reservations at any DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, travellers may visit our brand website at www.doubletree.com. Social media users may connect with us at www.facebook.com/doubletree, www.twitter.com/doubletree and www.youtube.com/doubletreehotels. For the latest news, story starters and fact sheets about our brand, reporters and bloggers may visit our DoubleTree by Hilton Global Media Center at www.doubletreebyhiltonglobalmediacenter.com.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered 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 3,800 hotels and timeshare properties, with 630,000 rooms in 91 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, 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 programme Hilton HHonors®. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.

For more information about the company, visit www.hiltonworldwide.com.

Contacts:

Huw Harrow
Hilton Worldwide
+44 (0) 207 856 8035
huw.harrow@hilton.com

Maggie Giddens / Cat Hamilton
DoubleTree by Hilton
+1 703 883 5346
+44 (0)7879 440663
maggie.giddens@hilton.com
cat@hamilton-pr.com

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