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 Buccini/Pollin Open the 280 room
Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport 
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Ultramodern Design, Contemporary Amenities and Compelling Local Artwork 


BALTIMORE October 2, 2006 - With an airy, ultramodern design accentuated by original artwork by local masters, the new 280-room Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport opened today with a mission to energize and rejuvenate weary travelers. The hotel is ideally located adjacent to the airport grounds and 10 miles from Baltimore's Inner Harbor, with its many restaurants, shopping venues and entertainment events. Echoing the Hilton philosophy that travel should be inspiring, artwork from a diverse group of local artists in several distinctive mediums will be displayed throughout the hotel. 

The Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport is owned and operated by BPG Hotel Partners XI, LLC, an affiliate of Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc., under a franchise license agreement with Hilton Inns, Inc., a franchising subsidiary of Beverly Hills-based Hilton Hotels Corporation. The hotel is managed by PM Hospitality Strategies, Inc of Washington, D.C. 

“Hilton believes that, like artwork, travel should transform and enliven the mind and spirit,” said Jeff Diskin, senior vice president of Hilton brand management. “With its strikingly sleek design; personalized, anticipatory service culture; and collection of original artwork that represents the vibrancy of the Maryland arts scene, we are thrilled to introduce this new hotel as Hilton continues to shape the journeys of travelers around the world.” 

Each of the hotel’s 280 guestrooms is furnished with the new Hilton Serenity Collection® of luxurious in-room amenities. The Hilton Serenity Bed features the Serta Suite Dreams® mattress and box springs, Pacific Coast® down duvet, Super Topper mattress pads, and high-quality linens and pillows. The Hilton Serenity Collection in-room coffee system features world-renowned Lavazza® coffee from Italy, and an exclusive Cuisinart® dual-cup, single-brew coffeemaker. The Hilton Serenity Bath Collection offers the exclusive Crabtree & Evelyn La Source® line of bath amenities. In-room entertainment offerings include the easy-to-set Hilton Family alarm clock with MP3 player connectivity and 32” flat-screen High Definition televisions, making it the first hotel at the airport with these in every guestroom. Each guestroom also has an executive desk with an ergonomic chair, wired and wireless high speed internet access, and a hospitality center with a minibar. Guestroom baths continue the unique design elements of the hotel by offering granite counters with semi-recessed sinks, solid wood cabinetry and either a spacious tub and shower combination or a contemporary glass enclosed shower. 

For events and banquets, the hotel offers 12,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including an 8,300 square foot ballroom that can accommodate up to 725 guests and is equipped to handle sophisticated audio/visual productions. Business travelers and meeting attendees can also take advantage of the 24-hour self-service business center. 

The hotel’s signature three-meal restaurant, acqua, is notable for its 21st-century interpretation of classic Chesapeake Bay dishes and a carefully chosen wine list. acqua’s avant-garde design features include a wrap-around glass wall that affords plenty of natural light and a peaceful outdoor seating area surrounded by a wooded embankment. The beautiful room can be partitioned to accommodate private dining and receptions. 

For fitness and relaxation, guests can enjoy the sparkling indoor pool and whirlpool, as well as the free-standing, state-of-the-art fitness center with 14 stations of the latest fitness equipment. Hotel guests can also relax on the second floor sundeck with spectacular views of arriving and departing flights from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. 

The stunning contemporary artwork on display throughout the hotel includes the work of notable local artists, including Viki Keating, Marie Linnekin, Lorraine Ellerson, Elizabeth Dax, Lisa Masson and Philip Gurlik. These artists, all based in Anne Arundel County, were selected for their diverse styles and distinctive forms of expression. Lisa Masson’s maritime photography and Lorraine Ellerson’s shore-themed oil paintings will pay tribute to the area’s nautical history. Philip Gurlik will feature his signature acrylics on canvas. Elizabeth Dax’s abstract paintings with aluminum leaf detailing will capitalize on the hotel’s sunlit interior. Viki Keating’s modular fused glass pieces will enhance the brightly lit acqua restaurant and its adjacent bar. 

In addition to its close proximity to BWI Airport and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the colonial capital city of Annapolis, Maryland is just a 25 minute drive, while the nation's capital – and its numerous attractions –is only 40 minutes away. Major nearby corporations and government agencies include Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Ciena, Raytheon, Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force. 

Travelers staying at this hotel can participate in the Hilton HHonors® guest reward program, allowing guests to earn both hotel points and airline miles for the same stay at more than 2,800 hotels worldwide. 

The Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport is located in the heart of the BWI Business District at 1739 West Nursery Road, Baltimore (Linthicum), Maryland, United States, 21090. Phone: (410) 694-0808. For more information or to make reservations, contact Hilton Reservations Worldwide at 1-800-445-8667 or visit www.baltimoreairport.hilton.com. 

Hilton Hotels is part of Hilton Hotels Corporation (NYSE:HLT) the leading global hospitality company, with more than 2,800 hotels and 490,000 rooms in more than 80 countries, including 150,000 team members worldwide. 

Based in Washington, DC, PM Hospitality Strategies Inc. is a privately-owned company providing management, development, consulting and accounting expertise for the hospitality industry. Currently concentrated in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region, PMHS manages 14 franchised hotels with Hilton and other companies. 

Buccini/Pollin is a privately-held, full-service real estate acquisition, development and management company with offices in Wilmington, DE, suburban Philadelphia, Washington DC, and New York City. 

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Contact:

Hilton Brand Communications
Kendra Walker
310-205-4545
kendra_walker@hilton.com
http://www.hiltonworldwide.com

Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport
Robert Trammell, 410-694-0808
robert_trammell@hilton.com 

Also See: CNL Hotels Completes $8 million Renovation of The 310-room BWI Airport Marriott / June 2005
Highland Hospitality Acquires the 158-room Hilton Garden Inn BWI Airport for $21.9 million / January 2004

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