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After $19 million Renovation, Peabody Hotel Group
Reopens the 263 room Hilton Little Rock
Metro Center


Natick, MA  July 16,  2004 - The Peabody Hotel Group (PHG) today announced that it  has completed  a  renovation  of the Hilton Hotel located at 925 South University Avenue in Little Rock. The hotel will reopen on Saturday July 17 as the Hilton Little Rock Metro Center.
As part of the $19 million renovation, exterior improvements to the 263 room  hotel  include the addition of an upscale new facade with a dramatic grand entrance, and a complete overhaul of the grounds to include the hotel courtyard. In addition, PHG made considerable improvements to the lobby, restaurant, bar and meeting facilities.  In each of its guestrooms, the hotel has incorporated  stylish new furniture to include the new "Bed by Hilton", and spacious work 
Hilton Little Rock Metro Center
925 South University Avenue
Little Rock, Arkansas
centers with ergonomic chairs. Soft furnishings combine rich colors and luxurious textures for an upscale, contemporary feel.

The Hilton Little Rock Metro Center, which ceased operation in January 2003, will reopen to much anticipation. The closure and renovation plan were in place in August 2000, when the Peabody Hotel Group purchased the property, which stands in the heart of the Medical and University districts of  Little Rock. The transformation of the name to the Hilton Little Rock Metro Center represents not only a service level enhancement, but also a 'coming of age' for the hotel, which was originally built in 1978.

"This renovation demonstrates the continuing commitment of the Peabody Hotel Group to the city of Little Rock, its' citizens and visitors. In addition, the  renovation displays our commitment to providing travelers with superior quality accommodations and services, synonymous with both the Peabody  Hotel  Group  and  Hilton names "stated David Shamoian, Executive Vice President of the Peabody Hotel Group, which also owns and operates the Peabody Hotel in downtown Little Rock.  As the only upscale, full-service hotel in  the midtown area of Little Rock, the Hilton will add significant upscale facilities, which will boost Little  Rock's ability to attract future conventions and business

The hotel's 12,000  sq.ft of meeting space, including a delightful grand ballroom, have benefited greatly from  the transformations, offering stylishly appointed  facilities  that  provide the perfect setting for all occasions from opulent banquets to executive boardroom meetings.

Richard Markham, General Manager of the Hilton Little Rock Metro Center, is very enthusiastic about the new hotel. "We are all very excited about opening  the  hotel  this  weekend.  The hotel already boasts an excellent location, and I firmly believe that we will be one of the best hotels in Arkansas."

In addition to the new Hilton Little Rock Metro Center, The Peabody Hotel Group owns and operates 9 hotels, specifically six franchise properties and three under the proprietary Peabody brand, in Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas, Massachusetts and South Carolina.

Joanna Ouellette
Marketing Services Manager
Peabody Hotel Group
319 Speen Street
Natick, MA 01760
Phone: 508-651-8300
Also See: The Little Rock Hilton Inn Seeking a Citywide Election to Approve a $19 million Revenue Bond Issue For Renovation / May 2002
Peabody Hotel Group Proposing $135 million, 500-room Peabody Hotel in Nashville; Would Seek up to $40 million in Public Assistance / May 2004

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