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 Dow Appoints Donna Rios to General Manager
of the 353-room Hilton Bellevue in Washington
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SEATTLE, Wash., April 7, 2009— Officials of The Dow Hotel Company, LLC, a hotel ownership investment and management company, today announced that Donna Rios has joined the company as general manager of the 353-room Hilton Bellevue in Washington.  She will report directly to Michael Pitstick, regional vice president of operations, as she oversees the property’s day-to-day operations.

“Donna has an enviable track record in the greater Seattle market and has consistently outperformed her competitive set in guest satisfaction and revenues,” said Murray L. Dow II, The Dow Hotel Company president.  “She brings additional depth and expertise to our hotel operating team.  We continue to look for and hire top talent to not only successfully negotiate today’s economic environment but prepare for the inevitable turn around ahead.”

Prior to joining the Hilton Bellevue, Rios was the general manager of the very successful Embassy Suites Hotel in Tukwila, Wash.  Previously, she was general manager of the Embassy Suites Hotel, in Santa Clara, Calif.  She was named the 2008 general manager of the year by the Washington State Hotel Lodging Association and won the Embassy brand’s Highest Internal Controls Score for Centrally Managed Hotels in 2008. 

Located at 300 112th Avenue SE, in Bellevue, Wash., the AAA Three Diamond Award-winning Hilton Bellevue is just off I-405, in Seattle's upscale, eastside business district.  The hotel is within easy access to downtown Seattle, Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and the Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac).  Each room offers flat-screen high definition televisions, high-speed wireless internet access, and Serenity Collection by Serta, Hilton’s exclusive bedding package.  The property features more than 60,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a fitness center, pool, and three onsite eating and drinking options, Basil’s Bar, Tully’s Coffee and Basil’s Kitchen.

“The property’s accessibility to the airport and downtown Seattle make it an ideal location for both leisure and business travelers,” Rios said.  “As a further attraction for our business guests, we recently added the new Hilton Meetings package.  Our fitness center has the latest, top-of-the-line Precor aerobic and muscle-building equipment.  The Skyview Room, specially designed for business banquets and wedding receptions, accommodates groups of up to 325 people.”

Seattle-based The Dow Hotel Company is a hotel owner/investor and operator of first-class, full-service hotels with properties throughout the United States.  DHC is currently completing renovations at its Houston and Portland properties totaling more than $15 million.  The company’s portfolio of owned and managed properties consists of institutional-grade hotels, under such brands as Marriott, Hilton, Embassy Suites, Sheraton, and Crowne Plaza.  The company aggressively seeks to acquire, co-invest with joint venture partners and/or manage mid- to large-size, first-class, full-service hotels, especially those with extensive food and beverage capabilities.

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Contact:

Chris Daly
Phone:  (703) 435-6293
chris@dalygray.com
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Also See: Dow Hotel Company Purchases the 353-Room Doubletree Bellevue Hotel for Approximately $48.5 million; Plans Renovation and Conversion to Hilton Brand / June 2005
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