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New Hilton Vancouver, Washington, Owned by the
City, Integrates Some of the Most Advanced Environmentally-friendly Features Found
in the Hotel Industry Today


Facility Set to Become First Hotel to Receive the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating

VANCOUVER, Wash. - June 15, 2005 -- Located at the heart of revitalized downtown Vancouver, Washington, the brand-new 226-room Hilton Vancouver is the city's new meeting place for visitors and residents alike, offering upscale amenities, a new restaurant, stylish accommodations, and extensive convention and event facilities. With an eye toward the well-being of hotel guests as well as the local community, all of these features are wrapped up in an eco-friendly design that maximizes sustainability while minimizing impact on the environment. The hotel is currently registered with the U.S. Green Building Council and is, according to the architects, scheduled to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating after completion, which would make it the first LEED certified major hotel in the country.

The new Hilton Vancouver, Washington faces the redesigned Esther Short Park, with its extensive green space and facilities for public gatherings, and is across the street from the Vancouver Farmers Market, which draws an average of 8,000 visitors each weekend day to downtown Vancouver. The hotel is also near a recently-developed, pedestrian-friendly community of shops, cafes, offices and housing. Nearby scenic attractions are ideal for day trips.

The Hilton Vancouver, Washington is owned by the City of Vancouver, Washington, and managed by Beverly Hills-based Hilton Hotels Corporation.

"The new Hilton Vancouver, Washington perfectly embodies the reinvigorated essence of the Hilton brand, just as it provides a centerpiece for the thriving new downtown of Vancouver," said Jeff Diskin, senior vice president, Hilton Brand Management, Hilton Hotels Corporation. "We expect to see this new hotel become a much-valued resource for its eco-friendly design, legendary Hilton hospitality, attractive guestrooms and functional meeting facilities."


Designed by the Portland, Oregon architecture firm of Fletcher Farr Ayotte, the hotel's design features glass canopies at the entrance, a two-story lobby, a grand staircase, and large windows in the lobby, restaurant and bar overlooking the park. The design visually integrates itself into the neighborhood environment, and a warm, neutral color palette was chosen for the interior. The interior spaces establish a Northwest theme through the use of local, handcrafted artisan lamps in the hallways and meeting rooms, and natural, long-lasting materials including brick and stone.

Beneath the handsome facade is a myriad of sustainable design strategies, including sensors that adjust the climate control systems when rooms and hallways are vacant, a heat-reflecting roof, water-efficient landscaping, and guestrooms with operable windows for maximum comfort and flow of fresh air. In order to support the community, local vendors were used wherever possible.

Hilton Vancouver Washington "Green" Fact Sheet

The Hilton Vancouver, Washington integrates some of the most advanced environmentally-friendly features found in the hotel industry today. The hotel is currently registered with the U.S. Green Building Council and is scheduled to receive a LEED rating after completion, which would make it the first LEED certified major hotel in the country. According to the architecture firm of Fletcher Farr Ayote, there are several key energy-saving and waste-reducing strategies implemented in the hotel's design and construction, listed below.

Reduced energy use: Alternative fueling stations are available for electric cars. Minimal parking spaces will be provided, encouraging employees to find alternative methods of transportation to work. Additionally, the Hilton Vancouver, Washington will run on 30 percent less energy than local codes require. C02 sensors recognize when people have left rooms and hallways that aren't in use and turn off the heating and cooling system. Administrative offices are also equipped with sensors that turn off the lights when the offices are not in use.

Stormwater management: The property's landscaping uses local native plants that need little water during the area's long, dry summer season. Stormwater from the building is funneled to underground dry wells, which provide a natural filtering mechanism for the pollutants that have accumulated on the roof or around the building.

Fighting the urban heat island effect: A white reflective roof on top of the hotel helps it dissipate heat and reflect it back into space, rather than adding to the heat island effect that can afflict urban areas.

Interiors: All guest rooms will have operable windows to allow fresh air into the building and control indoor pollutants. Many of the building materials, including steel and particle board, were purchased from local vendors within 500 miles of the hotel. Interior paint, carpet and carpet glue are low-emissions materials, meaning that they emit few of the hazardous chemicals that traditional paints and carpets do.

Green construction practices: Seventy-five percent of the construction waste from the hotel was recycled. The building was constructed with recycled steel and recyclable brick.


Guestrooms are equipped with the luxurious Hilton Serenity Bed and the Hilton Serenity Bath Collection, which features hair and skincare products from Crabtree & Evelyn's La Source line of spa-quality products. Other features in each room include two 2-line phones with voicemail, minibar and coffeemaker, a large ergonomic desk with executive chair, and a 27" high-definition flat screen TV. The seventh floor has been designed with deluxe accommodations, providing extra amenities, such as bathrobes, complimentary bottled water in addition to upgraded furnishings with crown molding and larger work desks. Ten upgraded rooms on the third floor feature generous patios overlooking Esther Short Park, and 10 suites graciously welcome guests with added space and comfort.

The hotel's restaurant, Gray's At The Park, is a Northwest Bistro serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, featuring regional dishes and Washington wines. The menu will draw heavily from produce available at the Vancouver Farmers Market across the street. The cozy bar features a fireplace and comfortable seating.

When it's time to revive and rejuvenate, guests will enjoy the indoor heated swimming pool and a cutting edge fitness center featuring Nautilus equipment. In addition to the hotel's fitness center, guests can check out a Hilton Travel Fit Kit, an in-room mini gym designed by Bally Total Fitness.

Guests will have access to all features expected in a Hilton hotel, including top-notch service and a helpful concierge desk that can assist them in achieving an enjoyable, productive stay.

A wide array of meetings and events can easily be accommodated in 30,000 square feet of function space, including two ballrooms and nine meeting rooms. A complete conference services staff and audio/visual team will ensure attention to every detail. Business travelers will be able to maintain productivity using the high-speed wireless internet available throughout the hotel and the new, technologically advanced self-service business center that is being rolled out across the Hilton brand.

The Hilton Vancouver, Washington is the area's premier new full-service hotel. The hotel is 10 minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon, and 12 miles from Portland International Airport. The address is 301 West 6th Street, Vancouver, Washington, 98660. Phone: (360) 993-4500. 

For more information or to make reservations, contact Hilton Reservations Worldwide at 1 (800) 445-8667 or visit

Hilton Hotels Corporation is recognized internationally as a preeminent hospitality company. The company develops, owns, manages or franchises approximately 2,300 hotels, resorts and vacation ownership properties. Its portfolio includes many of the world's best known and most highly regarded hotel brands, including Hilton®, Conrad®, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand Vacations Club® and Homewood Suites by Hilton®.



Jeanne Datz Rice
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