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Hilton Hotels Corporation Announces Opening of Hilton Garden Inn Orlando East/UCF

Hilton Hotels Corporation Announces Opening of Hilton Garden Inn Orlando East/UCF

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 20, 2001

Hilton Hotels Corporation announced today the opening of the 122-room Hilton Garden Inn(R) Orlando East/UCF, in Orlando, Fla., representing another addition to its growing roster of more than 90 Hilton Garden Inn(R) hotels across North America.

The newly constructed Hilton Garden Inn(R) Orlando East/UCF is owned and operated by Avista Properties VII, Inc., under a license agreement with Hilton Inns, Inc., a franchising subsidiary of Beverly Hills-based Hilton Hotels Corporation.

“Hotel accommodations representing the upper end of the mid-priced hotel category are in high demand among cost-conscious business travelers as well as leisure travelers seeking a weekend getaway or vacation,” said Adrian Kurre, senior vice president – Brand Management, Hilton Garden Inn for Hilton Hotels Corporation. “Hilton Garden Inn hotels are uniquely designed to meet the needs of this burgeoning segment.”

A low-rise, three-story structure, the Hilton Garden Inn Orlando East/UCF features: a signature glass-walled Pavilion housing the reception desk; a Pavilion Pantry(R) with a selection of refrigerated, frozen and microwaveable packaged items, and sundries; the Great American Grill(R) restaurant, offering freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner; room service during dinner hours; a comfortable lounge area with a television and fireplace; one boardroom and two meeting rooms representing 1,902 square feet of meeting space; a 24-hour, complimentary business center; and a laundry facility.

Guest room accommodations and features include: a hospitality center with a microwave oven, coffee maker and mini refrigerator; a sitting area with an easy chair and ottoman; a hair dryer; and an iron and ironing board. In-room entertainment and information services include on-demand movies, video games and interactive Hilton guest services.

Business-oriented features of the guest rooms include: a spacious work desk with a pull-out shelf for a portable computer; high-speed Internet access; adjustable lighting; an ergonomic chair; electrical outlets at desk height; and two telephones equipped with two lines, data ports and voice mail.

Members of the Hilton HHonors(R) guest reward program can earn Points & Miles(TM) for every qualifying stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Orlando East/UCF. HHonors is the only hotel program that allows any of its members to Double Dip(R) by simultaneously accumulating both hotel points and airline miles with each qualifying stay. Hilton HHonors(R) provides more rewarding choices than ever before with more than 55 major airline, car rental and other travel-related companies.

Recreational facilities consist of a fitness room, swimming pool and whirlpool. Beaches, golf courses and tennis courts are also nearby.

“The hotel’s residential feel will appeal greatly to business travelers seeking a home-like atmosphere featuring warm decor and appointments, as well as leisure travelers visiting their family and friends at the University of Central Florida and other points of interest in the Orlando area,” said Rita V. Arnold, general manager.

Hilton Garden Inn(R) developments represent one of the cornerstones of Hilton’s franchise growth strategy. Approximately 200 Hilton Garden Inn properties are currently open or under development in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The Hilton Garden Inn Orlando East/UCF address is 1959 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando, Florida 32826; phone: 407/992-5000; fax: 407/992-7000. The hotel is situated on Alafaya Trail just South of the University of Central Florida (U.C.F) main entrance adjoining the Research Park., 12 miles from downtown Orlando, 16 miles from Orlando International Airport. The hotel is convenient to SeaWorld(R) Adventure Park, Church Street Station(R), Walt Disney World(R) Resort, Universal Orlando(R) and numerous golf courses.

Hilton Hotels Corporation is recognized internationally as a pre-eminent hospitality company. The company develops, owns, manages or franchises approximately 1,900 hotels, resorts and vacation ownership properties. Its portfolio includes many of the world’s best known and most highly regarded hotel brands, including Hilton(R), Conrad(TM), Doubletree(R), Embassy Suites Hotels(R), Hampton Inn(R), Hampton Inn & Suites(R), Harrison Conference Centers(R), Hilton Garden Inn(R), Hilton Grand Vacations Company(R), Homewood Suites(R) by Hilton, and Red Lion Hotels & Inns(R).

To find out more about Hilton Garden Inn hotels or make reservations, visit the company’s Web site at www.hiltongardeninn.com or call 1-800-HILTONS from the U.S. and Canada.

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