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 French Quarter Hospitality Rebrands the 386-room Radisson Hotel JFK
to Doubletree Following $10 million Makeover
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NEW YORK (July 6, 2006) – Doubletree Hotels proudly announces the opening of the Doubletree Hotel JFK Airport, representing the newest airport hotel addition to join the brand’s portfolio of more than 160 fine properties across North America.  To celebrate the hotel’s new affiliation, finishing touches are being completed on the hotel’s first major hotel-wide renewal project in more than eight years.  Approximately $10 million has been invested by the owners of the 386-room, full-service hotel to bring an entirely new level of contemporary style, comfort and service to travelers at one of the world’s most renowned international gateway airports.

Formerly a Radisson® hotel, the Doubletree Hotel JFK Airport is owned by French Quarter Hospitality; operated under a franchise agreement with Doubletree Hotel Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hilton Hotels Corporation; and managed by Innovative Hospitality Management, Inc.

“Our development and brand teams have worked diligently to develop a growing collection of 25 Doubletree hotels located in and around North America’s most frequented airports.  The end result is the great example that, within the past six months, Doubletree has now introduced visitors and residents of the New York/New Jersey metro area to two great, new airport hotel offerings,” said Dave Horton, senior vice president – brand management for Doubletree Hotels.  “Our newest Doubletree hotel at JFK Airport underscores the momentum and interest in the brand from hotel owners, developers and management companies across the country.”

“With the dedication of an amazing hotel team backed by $10 million in hotel improvements, the Doubletree Hotel JFK Airport is destined to become the premier place to stay at JFK,” said Jon Kranock, hotel general manager.  “We are dedicated to providing the busy executive, conference attendee or leisure traveler with the upscale, full-service hotel experience they’re looking for, including the rewards of one of the best hotel guest loyalty programs available today.  All of this begins at the start or end of a busy day with the warm welcome of a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie that is distinctively Doubletree.” 

Strategically situated at the crossroads of the Van Wyck Expressway and Belt Parkway and the entrance to JFK Airport, the convenient location of the Doubletree Hotel JFK Airport provides travelers with direct highway access to all New York City boroughs and Long Island.   Complimentary 24-hour shuttle service is available to all airport passenger terminals at JFK as well as the Jamaica rail station, which can whisk commuters to the heart of Manhattan in 20 minutes.

The spacious guest rooms and suites at the Doubletree Hotel JFK Airport have been completely redesigned and now include such welcome amenities as complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access; 27” flat-screen televisions and an array of modern, residential style furnishings and appointments.  The hotel also is proud to present the Sweet Dreams® by Doubletree Sleep Experience in every guestroom – which includes a plentiful amount of pillows, a luxurious linen package of a down-filled duvet wrapped in triple sheeting and a specially designed plush-top mattress and box spring system that ensures a great night’s sleep.  Guest bathrooms have been designed to include upgraded lighting, framed mirrors, new vanities with granite counters, updated fixtures and a curved shower rod that allows for 20% more space in the shower. 

For those interested in ensuring their event attendees have convenient airport connections and easy access to the heart of New York City, the Doubletree Hotel JFK Airport offers more than 5,000 sq. ft. of meeting space that is suitable for any occasion.  From the 3,000 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom to small training and board rooms -- all event space has been retrofitted with the latest in audiovisual technology to ensure productive and successful meetings and events.  The added convenience of a complimentary, 24-hour, self-service business center rounds out the hotel’s business offerings.

Café 140 and the Liberty Lounge at the Doubletree Hotel JFK Airport provide guests with a delicious variety of tantalizing cuisine at the hotel’s full-service restaurant and an outdoor garden café.  Room services also is available during peak dining hours 7 days a week.

The Doubletree Hotel JFK Airport is located at 135-30 140th Street, Jamaica, N.Y.  11436.  

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Contact:

Thomas Wingham
Doubletree Media Relations
310-205-4545
thomas_wingham@hilton.com

Jon Kranock
Doubletree Hotel JFK Airport
718-322-2300
jkranock@frenchquarterhospitality.com
www.jfkairport.doubletree.com

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Also See: Owned by Acorn Asset Managment, The Former Radisson Atlanta / Windy Hill Rebranded Doubletree / January 2006


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