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Columbia Sussex Corp. Completes  $11 million Renovation to the
Former 298 room Radisson Hotel Birmingham; Rebrands to
The Doubletree Hotel Birmingham Downtown
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Doubletree(R) Opens First Alabama Hotel
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - July 13, 2006 -- Doubletree(R) Hotels (NYSE:HLT) proudly announces the opening of their first, full-service hotel in the state of Alabama, with the debut of the Doubletree Hotel Birmingham Downtown. Perfectly located in the city's popular and vibrant Southside district of downtown and adjacent to the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus, this 298-room hotel has undergone more than $11 million in extensive renovations to upgrade all guest rooms, 15,000 square feet of event space, dining outlets, public space and more. 

The Doubletree Hotel Birmingham Downtown is owned and operated by Grandview Hotel Limited Partnership, an affiliate of Columbia Sussex Corp., under a franchise agreement with Doubletree Hotel Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hilton Hotels Corporation and managed by Columbia Sussex Corp. 

"It is truly exciting that the Doubletree Hotel Birmingham Downtown will represent the Doubletree hotel experience in Alabama's largest city, especially as we continue to explore more opportunities to expand our brand's unique hotel offerings to additional cities and leisure destinations throughout the Southern U.S. and across North America," said Dave Horton, senior vice president - brand management for Doubletree Hotels. 

The Doubletree Hotel Birmingham Downtown has been designed to radiate a reenergized sense of contemporary warmth and comfort. The hotel's lobby has been transformed with comfortable, new seating groups, a new front desk and a contemporary art collection of abstracts with vibrant colors and black and white gels that is both modern and reflective of today's Birmingham. Guest rooms have been completely redesigned with a mosaic of light earth tones and rich maple finishes that encourage a relaxing stay. 

The Doubletree Hotel Birmingham is proud to feature the highly popular Sweet Dreams(R) by Doubletree Sleep Experience in every guestroom -- which features a specially designed plush-top mattress and box spring system, a luxurious linen package of a down-filled duvet wrapped in triple sheeting and a plentiful amount of pillows that ensures a great night's sleep. Guestroom bathrooms include upgraded lighting, curved shower rods, updated fixtures, framed mirrors and new vanities with granite counters. Conveniences for business travelers include large workspaces, ergonomic seating, high-speed Internet access and in-room printing services in every guestroom. 

With nearly 15,000 square feet of meeting and banquet facilities, the Doubletree Hotel Birmingham is proud to offer one of the state's largest hotel ballrooms and a dedicated conference services staff that can assist with the most intimate of gatherings to the grandest of galas. From the spacious 7,200 sq. ft. Heritage Ballroom to an array of well-appointed meeting rooms and exhibit areas, the Doubletree can accommodate events of 12 to 1,000 people with ease. 

Travelers can also stay in shape at the Doubletree Hotel Birmingham by swimming a few laps in the hotel's outdoor pool or working out in the hotel's refurbished fitness room. To unwind at the end of a busy day, the lobby's relaxing lounge is a great place to enjoy a refreshing cocktail(a). The hotel is proud to present 808 south - a bistro - a unique restaurant offering which exudes a sophisticated, yet relaxed atmosphere of contemporary decor with an impressive blend of mouthwatering appetizers, entrees and desserts. 

"Our 100 team members are excited to represent Alabama's first Doubletree hotel and continue building our longstanding tradition of providing the best in Southern Hospitality," said Melanie Johnston, hotel general manager. "Not only will our guests be rewarded with a great new hotel experience, they also have the chance to take advantage of one of the best travel reward programs available today along with the warm welcome of a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie that is distinctively Doubletree." 

The Doubletree Hotel Birmingham ( formerly the Radisson Hotel Birmingham ) is located at the intersection of University Blvd. and 20th Street at 808 20th Street South, Birmingham, Ala. 35205. 

For more information on the Doubletree Hotel Birmingham, visit the hotel website at birmingham.doubletree.com.

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Contact:

Thomas Wingham, 310-205-4545 
thomas_wingham@hilton.com

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Also See: Noble Investment Group Opens Courtyard by Marriott at the University of Alabama-Birmingham; First Hotel Built in Downtown Birmingham in 15 Years / July 2005
The Former Sheraton Birmingham South Renovated by RFS Hotel Investors and Rebranded Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park / Jan 2003


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