Hilton Worldwide’s DoubleTree by Hilton Brand Sails into Venice

203 Guestroom Hotel to Open in November 2014

October 28, 2014 // Franchising.com // VENICE, Italy and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide has reached an agreement to convert a 203-guestroom hotel in the greater Venice region under its upscale DoubleTree by Hilton brand. Upon completion of the conversion in November this year, the hotel will be known as DoubleTree by Hilton Venice North, and join three DoubleTree by Hilton hotels operating in the Italian market. The hotel will operate under a franchise agreement with owner DHotels.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide, said, "The enduring appeal of Venice as an international leisure destination makes this hotel an exciting addition to our burgeoning portfolio in Italy. Investor confidence is showing signs of improvement in the Italian market, and the introduction of the new DoubleTree by Hilton Venice North alongside our Hilton Molino Stucky Venice and Hilton Garden Inn Venice Mestre San Giuliano will significantly enhance the available upscale accommodation on offer in the city. Host to major events including the renowned Biennale, Venice attracts a broad range of international visitors and large scale meetings activity, and there is a need for high quality hotel stock to support this demand."

With 203 guest rooms, including 18 suites, the hotel is poised to capture the attention of both business and leisure travelers. Venice is one of Italy's most popular destinations, second only to Rome. The city is renowned for its architectural diversity and beauty and unique network of canals.

Venice has long been a flourishing trade centre, and a number of large corporations and manufacturers have chosen the city as a regional headquarters. The hotel will cater to business guests, boasting a modular conference centre arranged over 1,300 square metres, with an additional 510 metres of breakout work space. Banquet space for up to 360 guests is designed to welcome large scale conferences and events and guests will be able to take advantage of a fitness centre, outdoor pool, sauna and Turkish baths.

John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton, said, "It's exciting to bring this hotel into our portfolio. DoubleTree by Hilton Venice North is a stylish addition to the brand, a hotel that will enhance our existing offer in Italy, which includes hotels and resorts in Milan, Lecce and Olbia."

The hotel was designed by renowned architects DHK Architects, Marco Piva and Bam Design and fits DoubleTree by Hilton's chic aesthetic with sleek exterior and interior designs. DoubleTree by Hilton is renowned for its CARE service culture, empowering each of its team members to "Create A Rewarding Experience," which starts with the presentation of a warm chocolate chip cookie upon arrival.

François Droulers, owner, DHotels, said, "We are thrilled to partner with Hilton Worldwide. The DoubleTree by Hilton brand marries perfectly the contemporary feel of our award-winning hotel. This partnership will not only enhance the hotel's performance but will enrich our professionalism and culture of our personnel, resulting in a high quality hospitality experience for our guests".

Guests will be able to explore numerous local leisure attractions in the vicinity of the hotel, including the 27-hole Golf Club Villa Condulmer, which is less than one kilometre away, a number of Prosecco wineries and the nearby designer shopping outlet of Noventa di Piave. Venice airport is a five minute drive away, and is situated eight kilometres from the hotel.

DoubleTree by Hilton Venice North is located at Via Bonfadini, Mogliano Veneto, Italy. Media can access additional information at news.doubletree.com.

About DHotels

Established in 2010 by François Droulers, the Company is developing a Group of multi Brand upper scale Hotels in Italy. DHotels acquires distressed hotels in major gateways enhancing their performance throw refurbishmnets and partnership with International Hotel Operators. DHotels Is currently negotiating several Hotel opportunities in Italy with the aim to acquire a Portfolio of 20 properties by 2020.

François Droulers started his career with Thistle Hotels and the Villa d'Este Group. He then moved to Hotel development, experiencing several acquisitions in EMEA, CIS and Italy. Together with his family François owned Villa d'Este Hotel on Lake Como then sold in 2007.

About DoubleTree By Hilton

With a fast-growing, global collection of more than 400 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 45,000 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 news.doubletree.com.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 95 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of 12 world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,200 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 690,000 rooms in 93 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, 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 an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Visit news.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.

SOURCE Hilton Worldwide

Contacts:

Dawn Ray
Hilton Worldwide
1 901 374 5958
dawn.ray@hilton.com

Tilly Shirlaw
Hilton Worldwide - Europe
+44 207 856 8723
tilly.shirlaw@hilton.com

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