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


New Orleans — June 4, 2007 – The Hilton New Orleans Riverside, which has been a prominent fixture of the city’s downtown since 1977, has received over $66 million for a series of ongoing improvements designed to complement the city’s renaissance and revitalize the 30-year-old Southeastern flagship of Hilton Hotels Corporation. The renovations will continue through the end of 2008. 
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The Hilton New Orleans Riverside completed $40 million in improvements earlier this year, including the redesign of the front desk, a convenient guest services area with express check-in kiosks, an expanded business center, and refreshed meeting space throughout the hotel.  Recent renovations also include upgrades to the "Health Club by Hilton" and the addition of a local dining institution, the 360-seat Drago's Seafood Restaurant.  

“We are proud and excited about the continued upgrades to our hotel. These significant renovations show the commitment the Hilton Hotels Corporation has in the future of the city of New Orleans,” said General Manager Fred Sawyers.

Future projects include:

  • Riverside Building Guestrooms - Construction on these 455 rooms and 7 suites is scheduled to begin April 2008 and finish by year-end. All rooms will be completely renovated, with new wall and floor finishes, 32” LCD flat screen televisions, desks that include a roll-out table for room service, oversized lounge chairs, new lamps, bedding, drapery and local artwork. All bathrooms will be updated with new floor and wall tile, new tubs or shower stalls, new granite counters with wooden vanity apron, new fixtures, new lighting and framed mirror. The Riverside guestroom corridors will receive new carpet, wall vinyl and lighting. 
  • First Floor Bar & Le Croissant Restaurant – Our first floor bar will be redesigned this year with a larger footprint, expanded seating options, and a grand illuminated bar.  The centerpiece of this new concept will be a massive “floating” mural surrounding the entire area, created by a New Orleans artist.  Le Croissant, the hotel’s casual dining restaurant, will also be redesigned with new furniture, lighting and carpet, as well as a new stylistic buffet to feature the Hilton Breakfast.
  • Main Building Guestrooms – This year all rooms will receive new Serenity Bed mattresses and box springs, as well as designer bed skirts, decorative top sheets and bed linen to create the ultimate in sleeping comfort. 
  • River Blends Café – By fall 2007, this updated new venue on the second floor will function as a “Proudly Serves Starbucks” coffee bar by day and cocktail lounge at night, overlooking the hotel atrium.
  • Riverside Building – New lobby carpet is being installed on the first and second floors, and by summer 2007 almost all meetings rooms will have new carpet and wall vinyl.
In the "center of it all," the Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel is set immediately on the banks of the Mississippi River with easy access to everything New Orleans has to offer. This full service luxury complex is actually a "city within itself." Hilton Hotels & Resorts is the full-service, flagship brand for Hilton Hotels Corporation, recognized internationally as a preeminent hospitality company. 
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Contact:

Robert Allegrini-Regional 
Director of Communications
Telephone: 312-663-6516
robert_allegrini@hilton.com
www.hiltonworldwide.com

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Also See: Hilton Hotels Corporation Updates Status of Hotels Affected by Hurricane Katrina; Hilton New Orleans Riverside is Partially Operational and is Housing Relief Workers / September 19, 2005
Hilton New Orleans Riverside Expands Existing $35 Million Renovation / April 2002
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