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Dallas’ Hilton Anatole Hotel Begins $40 million Renovation; 
Famed Stemmons Auditorium to be Transformed into
8,300 Sq Ft Ballroom 
DALLAS – March 20, 2007 – Dallas’ legendary Hilton Anatole Hotel announces the dramatic transformation of the famous Stemmons Auditorium – known for being Dallas’ venue in the 1980s for famed musical performances and movie premiers – into the stylish Stemmons Ballroom.  The transformation marks the beginning of the property’s $40 million renovation and continued evolution to remain the region’s premier meeting and leisure hotel while maintaining its storied heritage.  

In addition to Stemmons, the hotel will completely renovate its 700 Tower guestrooms and the Chantilly Ballroom over the next year.  In 2006, the hotel added the chic and contemporary Gossip bar, a concierge lounge with sweeping views of Dallas and a completely refurbished Wedgwood ballroom and Verandah Club and Spa.  

Renowned for breathing life into Dallas’ social scene for nearly 30 years, The Hilton Anatole Hotel has shared its distinct hospitality with heads of state, celebrity athletes, and stars from the silver screen. Landmark events have taken place at the hotel such as a celebrity filled birthday party for Princess Stephanie of Monaco and the premier of “The Natural” with Robert Redford.

“Pivotal, career-building performances of now famed entertainers such as Dionne Warwick, Howie Mandel, Burt Bacharach, Huey Lewis and the News, the Pointer Sisters, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Stevie Wonder took place in the Stemmons Auditorium. In more recent years, The Hilton Anatole has hosted President George W. Bush, Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Collin Powell.  It is these famous performances and guests, along with many others, that make the venue storied, and is one of the many reasons why the Hilton Anatole is Dallas’ legendary hotel,” said Tom Faust, director of sales and marketing for the Hilton Anatole Hotel.  “It is important to us to keep the historic integrity and cache of Stemmons and our hotel while continuing to evolve to host a new generation of guests, their meetings, expectations and special events so that they have landmark experiences.” 

The Stemmons Ballroom transformation, which is expected to be complete in May, will convert the previous 1,000-seat amphitheater into a unique 8,300-sq.-ft. oval ballroom divisible by four and give the meeting space greater versatility and provide the hotel another elegant, state-of-the-art events area that can accommodate groups as well as local catering events.  The Ballroom can accommodate guests in a variety of settings, including 660 guests banquet style, 765 guests theater style, 920 reception guests and nearly 570 guests classroom style.   
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The new ballroom will continue its reputation for grand design and enduring style and will boast both an architectural flare and classic elegance in soft white tones and rich dark cherry hardwoods.  The Stemmons Ballroom will feature a full-compliment of technological equipment including full voice, data, audio visual and power connectivity. Additionally, the Ballroom offers Category 6 ports with fiberoptic backbone, dimmable lighting, individual DSP speaker zones in each room, and pre-installed rigging points.  

As part of the transformation the Hilton Anatole is renovating the Atrium pre-function area, directly outside the ballroom, creating a 9,840-sq. -ft. of event space that offers the ability to host pre-function catering and VIP receptions. The Atrium can host up to 600 guests banquet style and 1,100 guests reception style.  The L’Entrecote Room, which can serve as a welcome or registration area sits adjacent to the Atrium. It comprises 4,560-sq. -ft. and can hold up to 500 guests depending on the setup.   

The former theater and new ballroom are named for the distinguished real estate developer and Dallas civic leader, John Stemmons.  Stemmons is best known for his vision to develop the flood plain along the Trinity River and his generous donation of land for the Stemmons Freeway.  “It is fitting to name this beautiful ballroom in a legendary hotel after one of Dallas’ founding fathers John Stemmons,” said Faust.   

In January 2006, the Anatole was added to the Hilton portfolio starting a year in which the Hilton brand was reignited with major enhancements to amenities and facilities.  The Hilton portfolio of hotels has also received over $1 billion in renovations on behalf of Hilton Hotels Corporations and its hotel owners at 145 existing corporate-owned, managed and franchised hotels. 

About the Hilton Anatole 
Located within a 45-acre campus, the Hilton Anatole Hotel features two high-rise atriums; a 27-story tower; and luxuriously appointed guestrooms with first-class in-room amenities and wired Internet access. Additionally, the hotel offers guests more than 341,000 sq. ft. of meeting space equipped with high-speed wireless and wired Internet access, as well as a variety of recreational activities including free tours of its Art Collection, one of the largest and most intriguing private assemblies in the world; an 80,000 sq. ft. fitness center, the Verandah Club & Spa, featuring state-of-the-art cardiovascular and weight equipment, tennis courts, three swimming pools and an indoor jogging track; 10 shopping boutiques; and 12 unique restaurants and bars for dining and entertainment, including the award-winning, five-star Nana and chic Gossip Bar. The Hilton Anatole is owned by Dallas-based Crow Holdings and managed by Hilton Hotels Corporation.

About Hilton
Hilton Hotels has been and continues to be a pioneering innovator in the full-service hospitality segment, with a name that is synonymous with “hotel” and respected throughout the world.  Hilton celebrates the accomplishment, enlightenment, renewal and celebration that travel enables. This commitment to personal guest achievement infuses all decisions about products, programs and amenities, and is underscored by the belief that travel can and should be transformative. Each unique Hilton Hotel was specially built to reflect the sense of place of its location and each team member chosen to reflect a commitment and support of the local culture and community.  For more information, please visit our website at www.hilton.com.

Contact:

Courtney Clegg
Edelman
+1 214 443 7588 office
Courtney.Clegg@edelman.com

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Also See: Fine Art, Which Has Been a Fixture of the Wyndham Anatole for Decades, Now Being Marketed as a Guest Amenity / April 2004
Hilton Hotels Corporation Awarded the Management Contract of the 1,606 room Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas; Will be Reflagged a Hilton in January, 2006, Owner Crow Holdings Planning a $30 million Renovation / December 2005
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