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Milestone Capital Corporation Opens a Dual-branded Property in Silver Spring, Maryland;
Former Office Building Converted to 149 room Hampton Inn and
a 90 room Homewood Suites
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MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 9, 2009 – Homewood Suites by Hilton, the international brand of all-suite, residential-style hotels, and Hampton Hotels, the international brand of more than 1,600 mid-priced Hampton Inn and Hampton Inn & Suites hotels, today announced the landmark opening of their first dual-branded development.  Located in Silver Spring, Maryland, the 13-story hotel boasts 149 Hampton rooms on the lower eight floors and 90 Homewood studio suites on the top five floors. The hotel is owned by Milestone Hotel Partners, LLC and managed by Milestone Hospitality Management.

“The Hilton Family of Hotels recognized a need in both the upscale extended-stay and mid-priced hotel segments in the busy Washington D.C. metro area,” said Phil Cordell, Senior Vice President Hampton brand management and global head of focused service brands for Hilton Hotels Corporation.  “The Homewood and Hampton brands offer guests high-quality services and amenities at a value-conscious price point.  We’re thrilled to introduce this project in such a high-profile market.” 

Located at 8728 Colesville Road, the hotel splits its lobby between the brands, offering two separate check-in desks and lodging/dining areas – each catering to the needs of their respective customers.  Communal areas include the meeting rooms, business center, pool, and workout room.  An interactive media presentation is displayed on a 42” flat screen television in the lobby, which describes the layout of the hotel for guest education. 

Homewood Suites guests enjoy a daily complimentary Suite Start hot breakfast in the hotel’s hospitality center—the “Lodge”—an evening reception featuring a complimentary light meal and beverages Monday-Thursday evenings, an executive business center, and a 24-hour on-site pantry. 

Hampton Hotels offers guests complimentary On the House hot breakfast seven days a week and a 24-hour hot tea and coffee station. All guest rooms feature amenities such as complimentary high-speed internet access, free in-room movie channel, and Hampton’s signature cloud nine bed – the ultimate bed experience.

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Built in 1969, the hotel is a conversion from a previous office building structure that housed Computer Science Corporation through the 1970’s.  Vacant throughout the 1990’s, the building was renovated and recently won the 2008 Architectural Conversion Award.  The city of Silver Spring has undergone redevelopment within the past 15 years and has made great strides by revitalizing the warmth and character of the city, making it the second most popular destination in Maryland.  Major nearby corporations include the world headquarters of Discovery Communications and the American Film Institute.  Attractions close to the hotel include the Smithsonian Museum, Union Station, and the various exciting amenities of our nation’s Capitol city including Georgetown, the many historic monuments, Mount Vernon, and the Three Houses of Government. 

Lea Ann Kish, Chief Operating Officer of Milestone Hospitality, said, “The Hampton and Homewood Suites property is unique to the Washington DC/Silver Spring market and will offer both business and leisure travelers with flexible guest accommodations from one to two bedroom suites with full kitchens.  With our diverse guest room offerings, indoor pool with artistic skylight feature, exercise room, business center, and thoughtfully designed live/work public spaces, we will be able to exceed the needs of our guests under one roof.” 
Ms. Kish further advised that Joseph Lumpp, longtime Assistant General Manager of the Hilton Washington DC/Silver Spring Hotel, will serve as the area General Manager for the Hampton and Homewood Suites.
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8728 Colesville Road
Prior to Conversion
Hilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company, with more than 3,000 hotels and 500,000 rooms in 74 countries and territories, with more than 135,000 team members worldwide. 

In addition to the Hampton and Homewood Suites in Washington DC/Silver Spring, MD, Milestone owns and operates the Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center (Lancaster, PA); the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center (Sturbridge, MA); the Chateau Resort & Conference Center (Tannersville, PA); the Hilton Washington DC/Silver Spring Hotel (Silver Spring, MD); the Doubletree Hotel (Greensboro, NC); the Holiday Inn Harrisburg East (Harrisburg, PA); the Holiday Inn Harrisburg-Hershey (Grantville, PA); the Best Western Inn Hershey (Hershey, PA); the Best Western Gateway Adirondack Inn (Utica, NY); the Holiday Inn Utica (New Hartford, NY; the Holiday Inn Deland (Deland, FL); and two Days Inn properties in Frankfort and Fort Wright, Kentucky.

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Contact:

Brad Carmony 
Homewood Suites Brand Communications 
(901) 374-6518 
brad.carmony@hilton.com

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Also See: Milestone Capital Corporation Acquires the Doubletree Hotel Greensboro; Doubletree Franchise Awarded to the Former Howard Johnson Hotel Upon Completion of $18.0 Million Renovation / December 2007
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