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New Hilton Hotels Open in New Orleans and Shreveport


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.--(June 19, 2007) -- As Louisiana continues its dramatic return to form as one of America’s most-loved travel destinations, Hilton Hotels (NYSE:HLT) has affirmed its commitment to this region by opening two new hotels, the historic Hilton New Orleans St. Charles Avenue and the new Hilton Shreveport. Located in a landmark 1920s building, walking into the Hilton New Orleans St. Charles Avenue is like taking a step back in time into the grand hotels that made New Orleans famous, but modernized to meet the needs of today’s guest. Differing in style but not functionality or amenities, the Hilton Shreveport is a contemporary new hotel that connects to the Shreveport Convention Center in the heart of Shreveport’s vibrant Riverfront District. 

“Hilton Hotels is proud to introduce these two exceptional hotels as the newest offerings for visitors to Louisiana,” said Jeff Diskin, senior vice president, Hilton Brand Management, Hilton Hotels Corporation. “One is contemporary, one is traditional and both are designed to enable our guests to experience all of the enriching cultural experiences that only Louisiana can offer.” 

Hilton New Orleans St. Charles Avenue 

The Hilton New Orleans St. Charles Avenue resides in a landmark building that was originally built in 1926 as the Masonic Temple and was the second high-rise to be built in the Central Business District. The Hilton New Orleans St. Charles Avenue is just three blocks off Canal Street and four blocks from the world famous French Quarter and Bourbon Street. The architecture, exquisite woodwork and other design detail from the artisans of the 1920s is evident throughout the hotel, highlighted by the original chandeliers at the main entrance, original marble floors and walls, and the elaborate, hand-crafted inlay tile ceiling in the Grand Entry Hall. 

Uniquely sophisticated and elegantly designed, the property offers 250 guest rooms including 25 dignitary suites and the five-bedroom Grand Suite. Under the direction of renowned Executive Chef John Besh, winner of the prestigious 2005 James Beard Award, the signature restaurant, Luke, will offer classic New Orleans fare in an elegant but casual atmosphere. 

The Hilton New Orleans St. Charles Avenue has more than 15,000 square feet of flexible function space including multiple break-out rooms, many of which have been preserved or restored to reflect their opulent past. The new Skyview Terrace, located on the hotel’s 18th floor, boasts spectacular views of New Orleans and is guaranteed to make for memorable events. From weddings to corporate board meetings to anything in between the Hilton New Orleans St. Charles Avenue is well-positioned to be one of New Orleans’ favorite gathering places. 

The Hilton New Orleans St. Charles Avenue is operated by St. Charles Hotel Investors, LLC under a franchise license agreement with Hilton Inns, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hilton Hotels Corporation. The hotel is managed by Dimenson Development Corporation. 

Hilton Shreveport 

Adjoining the new Shreveport Convention Center, the Hilton Shreveport offers visitors to the city a wealth of amenities and an upscale, contemporary experience. The newly constructed hotel is located in the heart of downtown Shreveport’s vibrant Riverfront District and features 313 elegantly appointed guest rooms, including 16 suites. 

The upscale but comfortable River Rock Grill serves three meals a day and is connected to the On The Rocks lounge, the perfect spot to unwind from the day’s activities. A Starbucks café is conveniently located in the lobby. Guests looking to stay fit and relax can utilize the twelfth floor fitness center overlooking the Red River and featuring state of the art Precor equipment, an indoor pool and whirlpool. The Hilton Eat Right menu will appeal to health-conscious travelers with nutritionally balanced dining options. 

The hotel features almost 2,000 square feet of flexible function space on-site, in addition to the 350,000 square feet of meeting space housed in the convention center. The Hilton Shreveport is just minutes from local organizations such as Barksdale Air Force Base, General Motors, Steelscape, LSU Medical Center, Shriner Children's Hospital and Feist Weiller Cancer Center. 

The Hilton Shreveport is operated by Historic Restoration, Inc. under a franchise license agreement with Hilton Inns, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hilton Hotels Corporation. The hotel is owned and managed by Historic Restoration, Inc. 
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Rendering Shreveport Convention Center 
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Both hotels offer upscale amenities designed with guests’ needs in mind, including the Hilton Serenity Bed, which features the Serta Suite Dreams® mattress and box springs, Pacific Coast® down duvet, Super Topper mattress pads, and high-quality linens and pillows. Guestrooms also have the Hilton Serenity Bath Collection, featuring the Crabtree & Evelyn line of La Source® bath amenities, and the easy-to-set Hilton Family alarm clock with MP3 player connectivity. 

The Hilton Serenity Collection in-room coffee system features world-renowned Lavazza® coffee from Italy, and an exclusive Cuisinart® dual-cup, single-brew coffeemaker. 

Hilton Hotels has been and continues to be a pioneering innovator in the full-service hospitality segment, with a name that is synonymous with excellence in hospitality 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. 

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Contact:

Hilton Brand Communications
Denise Blaya
310-205-4545
denise_blaya@hilton.com
http://www.hiltonworldwide.com 

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Also See: The 30-year-old Hilton New Orleans Riverside Receiving $66 million in Ongoing Improvements Designed to Complement the City’s Renaissance / June 2007
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