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DoubleTree by Hilton Debuts in the Netherlands with the Opening of the
553-room DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station

The First of Eight Mint Hotels in the Netherlands and UK
Soon to Join the Hilton Worldwide Portfolio


AMSTERDAM - (12 December 2011)
DoubleTree by Hilton today made its official debut in the Netherlands with the opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station . Formerly known as the Mint Hotel Amsterdam, the hotel is one of eight Mint Hotels across the Netherlands and the UK that will join the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of hotels under the DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn brand names during the coming months.

Simon Vincent, area president Europe, Hilton Worldwide, said, “The dynamic European growth of DoubleTree by Hilton, with more than 25 hotels opened since 2008 and 25 additional hotels under development across the region, indicates remarkable promise for the brand as we enter 2012.   With more than 220 hotels open and 110 hotel development projects currently underway in Europe, the potential for travelling consumers and hotel developers alike to enjoy and explore the Hilton Worldwide portfolio has never been greater.  We are delighted to welcome the first of these eight exciting hotels to our portfolio.”

The 553-room hotel which opened in June boasts a premier location immediately adjacent to Centraal Station in the historic city centre. Less than 2km from Dam Square and key attractions such as Leidseplein, Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, world-renowned canal tours and the Anne Frank Museum, the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station is equally convenient for leisure and business travellers.

Rob Palleschi, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton, said, “DoubleTree by Hilton is honoured to enter the Netherlands and the city of Amsterdam with such an outstanding hotel. The newly renamed DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station will continue to offer guests many of the design and service attributes already enjoyed by current hotel guests, along with the added rewards of our Hilton HHonors guest loyalty programme and the signature, sweet worldwide welcome of our legendary DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie available at our more than 275 fine hotels and resorts across 23 countries.”

The DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station imbues a modern architectural design that is characterised by its transparency and versatility. Large, floor-to-ceiling windows are featured in each guest room, meeting room and all bars and restaurant spaces within the hotel, providing plenty of daylight and impressive views of the city. Several outdoor areas such as waterfront terraces, sky terrace, suite balconies, courtyard and private roof terraces ensure that each and every guest can enjoy the serenity of the city from the tranquillity of the hotel.

Guestrooms and suites at the hotel are spacious and designed for comfort, featuring a variety of essential and innovative in-room amenities including an Apple iMac computer which functions both as a TV and computer, generous work desks, gourmet in-room coffee and tea service. Complimentary high-speed internet access is available throughout the hotel as well as in each guest room.

Diners at the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station have several options designed by Head Chef Marcel de Leeuw. City Café is a restaurant where guests eat either indoors or al fresco on a waterfront terrace. The East Dock Lounge combines impressive space with a coffee culture intimacy. The Lobby Bar is an ideal destination to enjoy cocktails, beers and wines as well as light lunches and sharing platters. Skylounge, Amsterdam’s much-talked-about rooftop gathering place, offers a dramatic vantage point 11 storeys above the city with picturesque views for guests to enjoy cocktails with friends, small meetings with colleague or intimate private dining in an unrivalled setting.

For meetings, conferences and special events, the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station has some of the most extensive space in the city. Meeting rooms throughout the hotel have been thoughtfully designed for productivity, technology and spatial orientation, with natural daylight from floor-to-ceiling windows, soundproofed walls, complimentary wireless, high-speed internet access and an iMac for use in each room. Flexible and neutrally designed meeting rooms on the first floor and rooftop are ideal for small meetings as individual rooms, or when combined, can comfortably accommodate large events for up to 190 theatre style or as many as 600 for a reception.

Just 15 minutes by express train from Amsterdam Schipol International Airport, DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station is located at Oosterdoksstraat 4, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1011 DK. For more information about the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station, please visit the hotel’s dedicated webpage at www.doubletree.com or contact the hotel directly on +31 20 5300800.

A fast-track transition programme will see the remaining seven Mint Hotel properties rebranded and fully integrated into our Hilton Worldwide systems by early 2012.

Hilton Worldwide’s other global brands include the famous Hilton Hotels & Resorts, the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts, and the focused-service Hampton by Hilton. Other hotel additions in the near future will include Hampton by Hilton London Croydon, DoubleTree by Hilton Lincoln, Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport and the Waldorf Astoria Berlin.

About DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels
With a fast-growing global collection of contemporary, upscale hotels in more than 275 gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across five continents, every little thing we do at DoubleTree by Hilton inspires us to create a rewarding experience for our hotel guests, our team members and the communities we proudly serve.  Our hospitality begins with a warm chocolate chip cookie welcome upon arrival and continues with the award-winning Hilton HHonors guest loyalty programme, an array of fine services and amenities and our longstanding CARE Culture tradition that empowers more than 60,000 team members to provide the special comforts and acts of kindness that make the traveller feel human again.

To make reservations at any DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, travelers may visit our brand website at www.doubletree.com.  Social media users may connect with us at www.facebook.com/doubletree, www.twitter.com/doubletree and www.youtube.com/doubletreehotels. For the latest news, story starters and fact sheets about our brand, reporters and bloggers may visit our DoubleTree by Hilton Global Media Center at www.doubletreebyhiltonglobalmediacenter.com.

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travellers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,750 hotels and timeshare properties, with 615,000 rooms in 86 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. For more information about the company, visit www.HiltonWorldwide.com or connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.HiltonWorldwideGlobalMediaCenter.com.
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Contact:

Thomas Wingham / Anita Clements
DoubleTree by Hilton Global Brand Public Relations
+1 703 883 5315 / +44 (0) 7557 908454
thomas.wingham@hilton.com / anita@hamilton-pr.com

Jules Kerby / Hayley Douglas
Hilton Worldwide Communications – Europe
+44 (0) 20 7856 8471
jules.kerby@hilton.com / hayley.douglas@hilton.com




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