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|MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 1, 2007 — Officials of Hampton (www.hampton.com),
the national brand of mid-priced Hampton Inn® and Hampton Inn &
Suites® hotels, today announced the opening of its 1,400th hotel and
140,000th room with the 135-room Hampton Inn—Majestic Chicago Theatre District
hotel in downtown Chicago, Ill. In honor of the occasion, the hotel
hosted a unique ceremony featuring key appearances by Gene Weygandt, the
cast member playing the Wizard in the Chicago company of the hit musical
Wicked, Lou Raizin, president of Broadway In Chicago, Michael Tobin, managing
principal/development of Northern Realty Group, LTD, as well as Stephen
Schwartz and Robert Habeeb, CEO and president, respectively, of First Hospitality
Group, Inc, the hotel’s ownership group.
“This important double milestone reflects all the changes that have taken place over the 20-plus years of the Hampton brand’s history,” said Phil Cordell, Hampton senior vice president, Hampton brand management. “We started as a roadside hotel brand and Hampton guests can now enjoy Hampton Hotels in more than 30 convenient urban markets from Manhattan to Los Angeles, including our most recent hotel opening in downtown Chicago Theatre District. This hotel is in a wonderful, meticulously restored historic building, connected to one of the city’s most prominent theatrical venues – the LaSalle Bank Theatre (formerly known as the Shubert Theatre). A location like this would not have been possible for Hampton as recently as 5 years ago.”
“Additionally”, he added, “Hampton has enhanced more than 130 elements
of the guest hotel experience in the past two years alone as part of the
Make It Hampton initiative, representing the single most rapid, most extensive
transformation ever undertaken by a hotel brand. In fact, we just
completed the roll-out of more than 210,000 upgraded beds in all of our
1,400 hotels in less than one year.”
“The 18-month restoration process of the Hampton Inn-Majestic Chicago Theatre District hotel that began in 2005 involved an expenditure totaling close to $20 million, adding guestroom creature comforts and advances in technology for a superb new presentation,” said Bob Habeeb, president of First Hospitality Group, Inc.
The hotel also features specialty suites that share floors with the adjoining theater. Guests in these suites will have special access to the theater. The property also features special theater packages*, featuring such prominent musicals as Wicked and Jersey Boys.
Hampton, which includes Hampton Inn and Hampton Inn & Suites hotels, is a mid-priced leader in the lodging segment. Hampton is part of Hilton Hotels Corporation, a leading global hospitality company with more than 2,900 hotels and 500,000 rooms in more than 80 countries, including 105,000 team members worldwide.
|Also See:||First Hospitality Group Inc. Plans to Convert the Upper floors of Chicago's Majestic Building to a 135 room Hampton Inn / July 2005|
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