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The 149-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston Airport
Opens in South Carolina

Owned and Operated by Homecourt Hospitality N. Charleston, the Hotel Opens
with New Name and Look Following a Multi-Million Dollar Upgrade


McLean, Virginia (January 17, 2012)DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of a newly renovated hotel just 15 minutes from South Carolina’s Charleston International Airport.  The 149-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston Airport, formerly an exterior-corridor property, has been completely transformed into an upscale, full-service interior corridor hotel owned and operated by Homecourt Hospitality N. Charleston LLC under a franchise license agreement with a subsidiary of Hilton Worldwide.

The comprehensive, year-long renovation included all guest rooms and all public areas. The new contemporary accommodations are distinctly appointed with design cues hailed from both past and present decades with a subtle nod to Charleston’s heritage as prominent aeronautics center and home to a Boeing plant and Charleston Air Force base.  Central to the hotel’s aeronautic theme is the new restaurant, Two Wrights, named for the pioneering Wright brothers.

“We couldn’t be more proud to be the third DoubleTree branded hotel in South Carolina,” said Josh Williams, who along with partner Joe Ross, developed the hotel.   “We’ve watched the DoubleTree brand continue to gain market share over the last few years and appreciate the uniqueness the brand offers to owners.  We extend our heartfelt thanks to the multitude of people who have worked extremely hard to bring this vision to reality.”

“Just last year, Conde Nast Traveler's  readers named Charleston the number one city in the U.S. and Travel + Leisure named it the #2 city in the US and Canada,” noted  John Greenleaf, global head of  DoubleTree by Hilton. “Cities that earn that kind of distinction attract discerning travelers who will visit Charleston for its unique historic and cultural attractions as well as its thriving business community.  Whether they are just discovering Charleston, or they visit frequently, those guests are sure to appreciate having a second, essentially brand new, DoubleTree by Hilton hotel so conveniently located to the city’s airport.”

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston Airport is located near the Palmetto Commerce Parkway, Boeing and the Charleston Air Force Base with easy access to the city center, historic downtown district and main attractions including Boone Hall Plantation, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, South Carolina Aquarium and Gibbes Museum of Art.

Guests of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston Airport join more than 320 DoubleTree by Hilton locations across five continents offering the brand’s signature welcome with the warm chocolate chip cookie presented to every guest at check-in, an array of upscale amenities and guest services, the rewards of the Hilton HHonors guest loyalty program, and a unique and caring team member commitment to the local community.

The tastefully appointed rooms and suites at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston Airport feature the  Sweet Dreams® by DoubleTree sleep experience beds; Wolfgang Puck, in-room, gourmet coffee and tea service; and CITRON by Crabtree & Evelyn bath and body products.  Each room has a 42-inch, high-definition, LED TV; MP3-compatible alarm clock and in-room laptop safe.  Complimentary wireless high-speed internet access is available throughout the hotel with remote guest room printing.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston offers around-the-clock amenities, including a complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle, business center and fitness center.   The hotel features more than 5,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, and when the work is done, guests can relax poolside or enjoy the landscaped courtyard with fire pit.

The hotel’s Two Wrights lobby bar and restaurant pay tribute to several local favorite dishes including shrimp and grits, buttermilk fried oysters and buffalo shrimp tacos.  The restaurant serves the brand’s signature Wake Up DoubleTree breakfast, which includes hot entrees and healthy options to start the day right.  At the end of a busy day, guests can unwind with a fine selection of refreshing cocktails in the lounge. In-room dining is available from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston Airport is located at 7401 Northwoods Blvd., North Charleston, South Carolina, 29406.  For more information please visit www.doubletree.com , contact your preferred travel professional or call +1 800 222 TREE.

About DoubleTree by Hilton
With a fast-growing, global collection of more than 320 upscale hotels in 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 program, an array of fine services and amenities and our longstanding CARE Culture tradition that empowers more than 65,000 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 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 91 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.
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Contact:

Maggie Giddens
Director, Global Brand Public Relations
DoubleTree by Hilton
+1 703 883 5346
Maggie.Giddens@Hilton.com

Lauralee Dobbins
Daly Gray Public Relations
+1 703 435 6293
Lauralee@dalygray.com



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