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The Blackstone Group Completes $12 million Renovation of the
The Key Largo Grande Resort & Beach Club and Branding to Hilton

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - July 25, 2008 - Just footsteps from the pristine, blue waters of the Florida Bay lies one of the newest additions to Hilton Hotels & Resorts, the Key Largo Grande Resort & Beach Club, A Hilton Resort. Previously operated as the Key Largo Grande, the recently-renovated 200-room beachfront resort is nestled on 12.5 acres of tropical forest along the Gulf of Mexico and the southern boundaries of the Everglades National Park. Following a recent $12 million renovation, the waterfront resort features upgraded guestrooms, an enhanced lobby and new, flexible meeting and event space. 
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The Key Largo Grande Resort & Beach Club remains owned by affiliates of The Blackstone Group and continues to be managed by LXR Luxury Resorts & Hotels. 

“With its tropical charm and modern elegance, the Key Largo Grande Resort & Beach Club is the perfect location for us to bring our Hilton hospitality to travelers visiting the Florida Keys,” said Jeff Diskin, senior vice president, Hilton Brand Management, Hilton Hotels & Resorts. “The resort’s impressive renovation, full-service amenities and abundance of outdoor activities help our guests make the most of their tropical getaway, whether they are traveling for a vacation, wedding or corporate event.” 

Guests can relax on the resort’s private white sand beach or take advantage of the property’s 21-slip boat marina and thrilling water sports programs, which include parasailing, snorkeling, jet skiing and windsurfing. Vacationers can also experience world-class fishing, diving and eco-tourism activities just minutes away from the resort at attractions such as the John Pennekemp Coral Reef State Park, Dolphin Cove, or Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary. For those guests looking to keep up with their health and fitness regimens, the resort features two outdoor heated pools, tennis courts and fitness center. Guests can dine on delectable cuisine at the resort’s new Treetops Bar & Grille, which boasts breathtaking views of the Gulf. 

Perfect for meetings and events of every kind, the Key Largo Grande Resort & Beach Club now features more than 17,000 square feet of flexible function space with panoramic views of the Florida Bay, including a 4,000 square foot Coral Reef Ballroom. The resort also has professional onsite wedding staff available to help guests plan their memorable celebrations. Meeting and event planners can earn Hilton HHonors Event Planner Points by booking a meeting at the resort or take advantage of Hilton’s e-Advantage and e-Events programs. 

The Key Largo Grande Resort & Beach Club is 65 miles from the Miami International Airport (MIA) and 95 miles from the Key West International Airport (EYW) - 97000 South Overseas Highway, Key Largo, Florida 33037

For more information or to make reservations, contact Hilton Reservations Worldwide at 1-800-445-8667 or visit www.hilton.com. 

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Contact:

 Hilton Hotels Corporation
Denise Blaya, 310-205-7857
denise.blaya@hilton.com
http://www.hiltonworldwide.com
 

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Also See: LXR Luxury Resorts Transforming the Sheraton Beach Resort Key Largo to the New Key Largo Grande Resort & Beach Club / September 2006
Affiliate of The Blackstone Group Acquiring 9 Hotels and Golf Club from MeriStar for Approximately $367 / February 2006
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