DoubleTree by Hilton Port Huron Opens Following Dramatic $11M Renovation

Upscale Amenities and Expansive Meeting Capabilities Position Hotel to Become Leading Destination for Business and Leisure Travelers

August 21, 2013 // Franchising.com // PORT HURON, Mich. - DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Port Huron. Formerly the Thomas Edison Inn, the property reopens following a 12-month, multi-million dollar renovation. The hotel's transformation will continue with the development of the new 40,000 square foot Blue Water Area Convention Center, on which the hotel will break ground in October in partnership with St. Clair County. The hotel is owned by JB Real Estate Development, LLC and managed by Illinois-based management company, Hospitality Specialists, Inc.

The 149-room hotel presents a contemporary design incorporated throughout the building's classic 1920's aesthetic. Offering a stunning location along the St. Clair River at the base of Lake Huron, guests at DoubleTree by Hilton Port Huron will enjoy breathtaking views of the crystal blue waters of the Great Lake at every turn - from the expansive windows encompassing the lobby to many of the private guest room balconies. An upgraded lobby incorporates the hotel's signature sparkling vintage chandeliers and classic wood detailing. A new all-day dining restaurant, Freighters Eatery & Taproom, offers indoor/outdoor seating and the perfect locale to enjoy a casual meal or celebrate a special occasion by the river. The restaurant's motto - "commit to the mitt" - centers on preparing the freshest, locally-sourced menu offerings from Michigan.

"As we join the DoubleTree by Hilton brand, we are thrilled not only to introduce a beautiful hotel that delivers the utmost in accommodations, but also to welcome guests with the unparalleled level of service for which the brand is known," said John Kuithe, general manager - DoubleTree by Hilton Port Huron. "This starts with the iconic warm chocolate chip cookie presented to each guest upon arrival, and continues through every aspect of the traveler's experience."

DoubleTree by Hilton Port Huron offers 9,800 square feet of meeting space for varying event needs with 13 flexible rooms, a 5,400 square-foot ballroom that accommodates up to 600 guests reception-style, and two boardrooms are ideal for professional meeting needs. For wedding receptions and events where a more distinct ambience is desired, the hotel offers event rooms with floor-to-ceiling views of the river.

DoubleTree by Hilton Port Huron is convenient to key businesses, including Domtar Paper Mill, Mueller Industries, Henke and the "Big Three" automakers - Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. Guests will enjoy easy access to the city's historic downtown area, offering specialty shops, waterfront eateries, the boardwalk, marina and the McMorran Place Sports & Entertainment Center. The hotel's proximity to Canada via the Blue Water Bridge makes it an ideal launching point for leisure travelers.

"DoubleTree by Hilton Port Huron delivers the modern conveniences and amenities that travelers want," said John Greenleaf, global head - DoubleTree by Hilton. "We look forward to bringing guests the high standard of service on which our brand was built."

Among the DoubleTree by Hilton brand exclusives guests will enjoy are the Wake Up DoubleTree Breakfast, gourmet in-room tea and coffee offerings from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, a refreshing array of CITRON body care products by Crabtree & Evelyn 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. All rooms offer the DoubleTree by Hilton Sweet Dreams Sleep Experience. Additional amenities include an indoor pool, whirlpool, 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour business center, complimentary Wi-Fi internet throughout the hotel and guestrooms, as well as access to a state-of-the-art fiber optic internet network.

As the hotel is now part of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio, Hilton HHonors members can earn and redeem points for stays. Diamond HHonors members will receive 1,000 bonus points and free continental breakfast during stays, and Gold HHonors members will have the option of receiving either 1,000 bonus points or complimentary continental breakfast during stays.

To mark the opening, DoubleTree by Hilton Port Huron will offer 5,000 Hilton HHonors points for reservations of three or more nights that include a Thursday night stay between September 4 and December 4, 2013. For reservations or to inquire about meeting packages, visit www.porthuron.doubletree.com or call 810-984-8000.

About DoubleTree By Hilton

With a fast-growing, global collection of more than 350 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 by Hilton

Contact:

Maggie Giddens
Hilton Worldwide
+1 703 883 5346
Maggie.Giddens@Hilton.com

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

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