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H.L. Bert James, GM of the Soon to Open 
600 Room Hilton Boston Logan Airport
 
BOSTON - April 22, 1999 -- Hilton Hotels Corporation said today the opening of its newest property, the 600-room Hilton Boston Logan Airport, is scheduled on September 15th, 1999. The newly constructed, $100 million hotel is conveniently located on the grounds of Logan International Airport and connected directly to the airport terminals, joining Hilton's portfolio of airport hotels in 50 major airport locations worldwide.

"We are delighted to announce the opening date of this very important new Hilton property," said Dieter Huckestein, president - hotel division of Hilton Hotels Corporation. "The Hilton Boston Logan Airport is heralded as a reinforcement of the Hilton brand in Boston. Combined with the major redevelopment of Logan International Airport by the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), this is an important step toward enhancing the city of Boston's role as a world-class business and leisure destination."

Construction Ahead of Schedule

September 15th is close to three months ahead of the Hilton Boston Logan Airport's originally scheduled opening date of December 1999. Early completion was a result of seamless cooperation between Hilton Hotels Corporation, Massport and local companies involved with the project including:

  • Carpenter Co., the development manager
  • Tishman Construction Corp. of New England, the project manager
  • Beacon Skanska USA, the general contractor
  • Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc., the architect
"The opening of the new Hilton Boston Logan Airport marks a major milestone in the Logan Modernization Program," said Massport Executive Director and CEO Peter Blute. "This new hotel means more jobs, more tourism dollars for the city and state and more first class accommodations for travelers at Logan."

Location, Location, Location

The Hilton Boston Logan Airport is centrally located at Logan International Airport, the nation's 17th busiest airport and a regular stop for major national and international airline carriers. A climate-controlled skybridge will connect the hotel to the Airport's Terminals A and E (the international terminal) and the parking garage, so guests can go from boarding gate to hotel check-in in as few as 10 minutes. The hotel offers on-site parking and is just minutes away from downtown Boston via two high-speed traffic tunnels. Complimentary shuttle service to airport terminals and MBTA subway and water shuttles to downtown Boston are available at the hotel.

"Logan Airport is the 7th busiest international gateway to the U.S., making Boston an ideal meeting place for world commerce," added Huckestein. "National and international travelers can meet at the Hilton Boston Logan Airport literally moments after arriving in Boston."

Unique, One-of-a Kind Design

The first new build for Hilton in several years, extra attention went into the design of the Hilton Boston Logan Airport. The distinctive building is surfaced with two-color concrete panels textured with decorative patterns. Centered in the chevron-shaped building is a 65-foot circular frame and glass skylight, which serves as a roof to the hotel's spacious lobby and entrance. Rising 200 feet above ground, an 85-foot lighted spire in the shape of an airplane wing pays tribute to the hotel's airport location.

"This unusual and beautiful skylight is the first site people from around the world will see as they travel to and from Boston via Logan International Airport," said H.L. Bert James, general manager of the Hilton Boston Logan Airport. "We anticipate the hotel will become one of Boston's most recognized landmarks."

State-of-the-Art Guest Rooms

The Hilton Boston Logan Airport offers 600 guest rooms, including a 75-room Executive Level with private lounge with honor bar located on the top floor. Extra large windows with soundproof glass boast views of Boston's skyline or airplanes taking off and touching down on nearby runways. All guest rooms feature state-of-the-art amenities, including dual telephone lines with voicemail, dataports with high-speed Internet access and conference call capabilities. In-room entertainment and information services, including on-demand movies, satellite cable television, video games and interactive Hilton guest services, are provided by On-Command Corporation. For travelers' added comfort and convenience, mini-bars, coffee makers, irons and ironing boards and hair dryers are available in each room.

"Our guest rooms have been hard-wired with the most up-to-date technology," added James. "We have thought of nearly every available convenience to make our guests' stay as comfortable and productive as possible. And as global business in Boston grows with the completion of a convention center, we'll be ready with space for a 300-room expansion."

First Class Meeting Facilities

Promising a welcome new level of quality and service for meetings in Boston, the Hilton Boston Logan Airport features 30,000 square feet of conference and banquet facilities all on one level. The Grand and Junior Ballrooms' reception area are covered by the featured skylight and overlook the lobby area. Several of the hotel's 20 meeting rooms also feature breathtaking views of the Boston skyline and offer fully integrated audiovisual connections, ergonomically designed chairs and moveable tables.

An on-site conference manager is available to ensure all meetings run seamlessly. In addition, a fully equipped conference and business center offers the latest technological innovations, including high-speed Internet access, boardroom tables with power strips and dataports, as well as secretarial staff for faxing, copying and word processing, and a parcel shipping center. The Hilton Boston Logan Airport will also offer videoconferencing to conduct meetings worldwide from the hotel.

Dining and Relaxation

The Hilton Boston Logan Airport offers unexpected hotel dining. Berkshires Restaurant serves traditional New England cuisine at breakfast, lunch and dinner in an elegant, yet relaxed atmosphere. For a casual meal or refreshments, Kitty O'Shea's(tm) is an authentic Irish pub with live entertainment. Cafe Presto, a specialty coffee bar located in the lobby, offers light snacks and Italian pastries from Boston's North End bakeries. Twenty-four hour room service is also available. To relax or rejuvenate after a long flight or hard day, the hotel offers a 6,600 square-foot, full-service European-style spa and fitness center with workout machines and freeweights, an indoor pool, wet and dry sauna facilities, and massage, facial and relaxation treatments.

Frequent travelers can also take advantage of the Hilton HHonors(R) guest reward program to earn and redeem hotel points and airline miles at more than 450 Hilton and Conrad International hotels around the world. Hilton BounceBack Weekend(R) offers weekend getaways with lower rates and a freshly prepared, complimentary Continental Breakfast each morning, available Thursday through Sunday.

Hilton Hotels Corporation is recognized internationally as a preeminent hospitality company. The company develops, owns, manages or franchises hotels, resorts and vacation ownership properties. 

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Contact:
Hilton Hotels Corporation Communications
Jeanne Datz, (310) 205-4070
jeanne_datz@hilton.com
 
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Also See: Wyndham Redevelops Art Deco Skyscraper in Boston to a Flagship Hotel / Jan 1999 
LaSalle Hotel Properties Acquires Boston's Harborside Hyatt Conference Center Hotel for $73.5 Million / June 1998 

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