DoubleTree by Hilton Opens in Historic Williamsburg Following $8.4M Renovation

Historic Destination and Modern Amenities Position DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg to Become Leading Full-Service Hotel in the Market

June 12, 2013 // Franchising.com // WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - DoubleTree by Hilton today announced it has opened the DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg in the culture-rich town of Historic Williamsburg. In anticipation of joining Hilton Worldwide's fastest-growing full service brand, the former Marriott underwent a total transformation that began in early 2013 and concluded last month with updates to all 295 guest rooms, public spaces and meeting areas. The hotel is owned by Waramaug Hospitality LLC and a private investment group in a joint venture with Interstate Hotels & Resorts, and will continue to be operated by Interstate.

With the completion of the total property renovation, the DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg features a contemporary design with new furnishings throughout the lobby and public areas, and warm décor elements that embrace the location's colonial charm. An expansive 45,000 square feet of meeting space, which includes the newly-renovated President's Ballroom - the largest ballroom in the market, with 13,303 square feet of space that can accommodate up to 1,400 guests - makes the hotel uniquely equipped to house a variety of functions including weddings, conferences and special events. The hotel's convenient location to Historic Williamsburg's popular tourist destinations, combined with modern amenities and offerings, boost its appeal to both leisure and business travelers.

"With its old-world charm and a seasoned staff delivering best-in-class hospitality, we knew the hotel was perfectly-suited to join our growing hotel portfolio," said John Greenleaf, global head - DoubleTree by Hilton. "The DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg offers a convenient locale and accommodations that appeal to any traveler."

DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg is conveniently located just 35 miles from Richmond International Airport, 15 miles from Newport News/Williamsburg International and 45 miles from Norfolk International Airport making it an easy destination for all travelers. The property is the closest Williamsburg hotel to the thrilling Busch Gardens Theme Park, and is also convenient to other nearby attractions, including Water Country U.S.A. and William & Mary College. Visitors can embrace the history of the quaint town, or take a short drive to nearby Jamestown or Yorktown for even more to see and do. The Prime Outlets mall is only two miles from the hotel and provides visitors with ample shopping options.

The hotel's three in-house restaurants place an emphasis on American cuisine and offer numerous options for the hungry traveler. The Harvest Grill, the hotel's elegant dining venue, provides a stylish environment with classic American menu offerings. For a more casual atmosphere, Pitcher's features pub grub and satellite television so guests can catch their favorite sporting events in the hotel's energetic bar. Guests can stop by the Williamsburg Internet Café for a light bite or grab-and-go selections, including tasty sandwiches.

"We pride ourselves on our ability to cater to families with our convenient location and amenities, as well as to our business travelers with our vast meeting and event options," said Tom Custo, general manager-DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg. "We look forward to making sure our guests' stay is enjoyable from the moment they walk in the door and are greeted with a warm chocolate chip cookie welcome - an experience exclusive to the DoubleTree by Hilton brand."

Among the amenities that guests to the DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg will now enjoy are a refreshing array of CITRON body care products by Crabtree & Evelyn, the signature Sweet Dreams bed, an assortment of gourmet in-room tea and coffee offerings from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, and an industry-recognized service culture which is built around the idea of CARE (Create a Rewarding Experience) for guests, team members and the community. Guests can also enjoy the indoor and outdoor pools, as well as the hotel's 24-hour Precor Fitness Center and tennis courts. Additionally, the hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas.

As a participant in the Hilton HHonors guest loyalty program, the hotel will offer all guests the ability to earn and redeem Hilton HHonors points. Diamond HHonors members will receive 1,000 bonus points and free breakfast during stays, and Gold HHonors members will have the option of receiving either 1,000 bonus points or a complimentary breakfast during their stay. DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg also offers its Gold and Diamond members free Wi-Fi.

To mark the opening, DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg will offer an additional 5,000 HHonors points for a minimum three night stay, Sunday-Thursday. The promotion starts June 15 and will run until November 12. For reservations or to inquire about meeting packages, visit www.doubletree.com, contact your preferred travel professional or call 757-220-2500.

About Waramaug Hospitality LLC and Waramaug Hospitality Asset Management LLC

Waramaug Hospitality LLC, headed by Chief Executive Officer Paul Nussbaum, founder of Patriot American Hospitality, is an active acquirer of hotels internationally. Waramaug Hospitality Asset Management LLC, the asset management affiliate of Waramaug Hospitality, has in-depth capabilities and experience in hotel asset management and renovation. Jay Litt, a former Executive Vice President of Wyndham International, leads the company's asset management responsibilities.

About Interstate Hotels & Resorts

Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of a 50/50 joint venture between subsidiaries of Thayer Lodging and Jin Jiang, is the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company, operating branded full- and select-service hotels and resorts, convention centers and independent hotels worldwide. Interstate and its affiliates manage 354 hotels with more than 67,000 rooms in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, including six wholly owned hotels. In addition, Interstate has executed agreements to manage 38 hotels with more than 7,300 rooms under construction or development throughout the world. For more information, please visit www.interstatehotels.com.

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 program, 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 traveler feel human again.

To make reservations at any DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, travelers 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.

SOURCE  DoubleTree

Contact:

Maggie Giddens
Director, Global Brand Public Relations
DoubleTree by Hilton
+1 703 883 5346
Maggie.Giddens@Hilton.com

Shahrzad Nadizadeh
Ketchum Public Relations
+1 404 879 9234
Shahrzad.Nadizadeh@Ketchum.com

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