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Hilton's Naples Grande Beach Resort in Florida Begins
the New Year as the Waldorf Astoria Naples

Operated as a Waldorf Astoria for Some Time will Now Undergo
Property Enhancements Reflecting the Brand Standards


NAPLES, Fla. – (January 4, 2011) – Hilton Worldwide, the parent company of Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, has announced the Naples Grande Beach Resort, a Waldorf Astoria Resort is trading in its name for the more distinguished designation of Waldorf Astoria Naples. The change officially went into effect January 1, 2012, with property enhancements reflecting the latest Waldorf Astoria brand standards to be rolled out throughout 2012.

Although the property has operated as a Waldorf Astoria Resort for some time, the new name represents a meaningful step in the property’s evolution to becoming as singular and timeless as the Waldorf Astoria brand itself.

"The Waldorf Astoria name is synonymous around the world with the very best in luxury and hospitality so it is natural to associate it with our Naples resort which is an iconic landmark that represents the pinnacle of luxury and hospitality in Southwest Florida,”  said John T.A. Vanderslice, Global Head of Luxury and Lifestyle Brands for Hilton Worldwide. "With Waldorf Astoria prominently in its name, guests of the Waldorf Astoria Naples resort will know  they can expect nothing short of the unparalleled service and quality found at all of our Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts around the world."

The soon to be Waldorf Astoria Naples, is known as Southwest Florida’s premiere destination for couples, families and business groups looking for an eco-smart beach retreat with panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico. Just 27 miles from Southwest Florida International Airport in Ft. Myers (RSW), the resort sits on 23 waterfront acres complete with three miles of sugar sand beach amidst 200 acres of a nature preserve and mangrove estuary that recalls Old World Florida. Signature resort features include 474 spacious guestrooms, bungalows and suites; three pools; inventive restaurants and lounges; championship golf and tennis and the first Golden Door Spa® on the East Coast. A bike ride or a comfortable stroll away, guests can enjoy unique shops, restaurants, galleries and the celebrated Naples Philharmonic and Art Museum. Naples Grande also offers the unparalleled benefits of the Hilton HHonors® Program and reciprocal privileges at its all-suite beachfront sister hotel in Naples, Edgewater Beach Hotel.

About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
WALDORF ASTORIA is Hilton Worldwide’s luxury brand of landmark hotels, with each one as singular and timeless as the brand’s namesake, The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.  From classic elegance to modern grandeur, Waldorf Astoria Hotels each represent worldly sophistication and unparalleled guest service.  From sumptuous spas and culinary excellence to world-class golf, each hotel & resort offers the exquisite accommodations and signature accoutrements that define refinement and sophistication.  Discover Waldorf Astoria by visiting www.waldorfastoria.com. Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is one of Hilton Worldwide’s ten market-leading brands.

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 offered business and leisure travelers 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 3,800 hotels and timeshare properties, with 630,000 rooms in 88 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®. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.

Contact:

Lisa Cole
+1 305 866 3646
Lisa.cole@hilton.com
 
Lauren Murley / Claibourne Smith
+1 954 765 3636
Lauren@msilver-pr.com
Claibourne@msilver-pr.com


 
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