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The Former Patio Hotel in Aberdeen, Scotland Converted
to the Doubletree by Hilton Aberdeen City Centre


 
ABERDEEN, Scotland and BEVERLY HILLS, Calif, USA -- (October 8, 2008) – Hilton Hotels Corporation (HHC) today proudly announced the opening of the first Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Scotland.  The Doubletree by Hilton Aberdeen City Centre is the largest, upscale, full-service hotel in the “Granite City” -- with 168 guestrooms and suites as well as more than 3,300 square feet of flexible conference and event facilities.  The former Patio Hotel located on Beach Blvd. just steps away from the city’s beachfront, the hotel is located less than a 10-minute walk from Union Street and the heart of the city centre.

The Doubletree by Hilton Aberdeen City Centre, which is currently in the midst of a multi-phase, multi-million-pound hotel improvement and investment scheme, is operated by Patio Hotel (Aberdeen) Ltd. under a franchise hotel agreement with Hilton Hotels Corporation.  

Tony Story, who has overseen the hotel operations in Aberdeen during the past 13 years as managing director, commented: “I am delighted to launch the first Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Scotland.  The name of our hotel certainly has changed.  However, we are excited by a newly reenergised dedication to first-class hospitality as a proud member of the Doubletree by Hilton collection and the Hilton Family of Hotels.  This is a fantastic brand that has built a strong reputation in the States and our entire hotel team is proud to take the first steps towards securing a similar reputation in Scotland.”

Simon Vincent, Area President for Hilton in the UK and Ireland, said: “Doubletree by Hilton Aberdeen City Centre is a great hotel for the launch of the Doubletree brand into Scotland and marks the first step by the Hilton family of brands here. The brand is a great fit for owners who want the benefits of an affiliation without losing out on individuality.  We are aiming to have at least 20 Doubletree by Hilton hotels within the UK & Ireland in the next five to ten years alone.”  

A prosperous cosmopolitan city that thrives amongst a historical old town that dates back to the 12th century, Aberdeen has one of Scotland’s most unique architectural skylines with its numerous sparkling granite facades. A thriving cultural calendar, lively theatre, and vibrant nightlife, along with excellent restaurants and attractions and beautiful North Sea shoreline makes Aberdeen a unique leisure destination.  The city has a wide variety of attractions to tempt visitors throughout the year, with such unique attractions as the Lemon Tree (said to be Aberdeen’s all year festival fringe), Duthie Park Winter Gardens, Gordon Highlanders Museum, Satrosphere or Codona's Beach Amusement Park.  The romance of Scotland’s Castle Country and the tantalizing tastes of the Moray – where some of the world’s finest malt whiskeys are produced – are just a short drive away.

The Doubletree by Hilton Aberdeen City Centre provides its guests with well appointed guestrooms and suites, along with an array of popular amenities and services.  Guests have full complimentary use of the hotel’s extensive recreational facilities which include a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art gym with cyber equipment and televisions; an indoor, heated pool; a whirlpool; a steam room; and a sauna.  The two fine dining restaurants and bar at the Doubletree by Hilton Aberdeen City Centre offer fine four-star-quality cuisine in comfortable and inviting surroundings. Using the wealth of fresh local produce available in the Northeast, the hotel’s Executive Head Chef has created three separate menus, each with its own distinctive dishes.  For the ultimate in self indulgence, Breakers Spa offers including a full range of beauty and relaxation products and services including massage sessions, nail services and facial treatments.  A business centre, coupled with high-speed internet access throughout the hotel, provides business travellers with the necessary tools and technology at their fingertips.

“This fantastic hotel opening in Scotland represents the rapid expansion of the Doubletree by Hilton brand across the UK and Europe.  Doubletree continues to attract today’s leisure and business travellers with a unique combination of impeccable service, contemporary style, refreshingly relaxed informality and a sense of individuality.  Along with our great hotel in Cambridge and this new opening in Aberdeen, Doubletree by Hilton locations also are anticipated to open in Milan and London within the coming weeks to reinforce a fast-growing European development pipeline and complement our current collection of fine hotels and resorts around the world,” according to Dave Horton, senior vice president – brand management for Doubletree Hotels. 

The launch of the Doubletree by Hilton Aberdeen City Centre marks the start of an extensive expansion plan by HHC in Scotland which will feature the Hilton brand, along with three new brands: Doubletree by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton.  During the next five years the company aims to double the number of hotels in Scotland from 11 to 22 through the introduction of the Hilton Family of Brands.  

The Doubletree by Hilton Aberdeen City Centre is ideally situated close to the A96 and the A90 and just 15 minutes from both Aberdeen Airport and Train Station.  The hotel address is Beach Boulevard, Aberdeen, United Kingdom AB24 5EF.  For more information about the Doubletree by Hilton Aberdeen City Centre or to make reservations, please visit our website at http://www.hilton.co.uk/aberdeencity, contact your local travel professional, call 1-800-222-TREE in the U.S. and Canada or contact the hotel directly at +44 1224 633 339.  
 

About Patio Hotel Group
The Patio Hotel Group was originally established in 1983 in order to develop a chain of hotels in Europe and Israel. The first three Patio hotels were built in France in the 1980’s followed by the Patio Eilat Resort Hotel in Israel and two hotels in Scotland: the Patio Hotel Clydebank completed in 1990 and the Patio Hotel Aberdeen completed in 1996 with the addition of two extensions; the Premier Club in 1998 and the Platinum Club in 2005. 

About Doubletree by Hilton Hotels
With a growing collection of contemporary, upscale accommodations in more than 190 gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations worldwide, Doubletree by Hilton hotels and resorts are distinctively designed properties that provide true comfort to today’s business and leisure travelers.  From the millions of delighted hotel guests who are welcomed with the brand’s legendary, warm chocolate chip cookies at check-in to the advantages of the award-winning Hilton HHonors® guest reward programme, each Doubletree by Hilton guest receives a satisfying stay wherever their travels take them. To make reservations at any Doubletree by Hilton hotel, travelers may visit our website at www.doubletree.com.

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Contact:
 
Doubletree by Hilton Hotels
Thomas Wingham 
Director – Brand Communications 
Tel: +1 310 205 3381 (USA)
Email: thomas.wingham@hilton.com
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Also See: The Shamrock-Hostmark Hotel Fund Completes $12 Million Renovation and Conversion of the Former Radisson Hotel Princeton, New Jersey to the Doubletree Hotel Princeton / March 2008
The Tajfel Group Completes $5 million Renovation and Rebranding of the Former Radisson Suite Inn Palm Beach Airport to Doubletree Hotel West Palm Beach - Airport / March 2008
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