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RLJ Development Branding the 220 room Washington
Terrace Hotel; Now the Doubletree Hotel
Washington D.C.


WASHINGTON - July 14, 2005 -- Doubletree(R) Hotels proudly announces that the Washington Terrace Hotel has become the Doubletree Hotel Washington D.C., representing another addition to the brand's portfolio of more than 150 fine properties across the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Just six blocks from the White House in the heart of the nation's capital, this newest Doubletree addition is located at 1515 Rhode Island Avenue, NW.

The Doubletree Hotel Washington D.C. is owned by RLJ Urban Lodging Fund, LP, an affiliate of RLJ Development, LLC, managed by Davidson Hotel Company and is operated under a franchise agreement with Doubletree Hotel Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hilton Hotels Corporation (NYSE:HLT). The property is currently undergoing a $2.6 million enhancement project, which includes technology and equipment upgrades throughout the facility.

"Doubletree continues to make great strides in its current growth strategy, by aligning the brand with new hotel properties in key metropolitan areas that complement and enhance our brand's wide-ranging portfolio of upscale, full-service hotels and resorts," said Dave Horton, senior vice president - brand management for Doubletree. "The Doubletree Hotel Washington D.C. is the perfect example of a hotel that will offer our unique blend of a personable, welcoming atmosphere with stylish, contemporary accommodations that create an ideal hotel experience where guests can feel free to be themselves."

The Doubletree Hotel Washington D.C. is fully equipped to meet the needs of today's sophisticated traveler. The full-service hotel offers 220 guest rooms and suites that are luxuriously appointed with a fresh modern appeal. Rich vivid colors and textures, which incorporate walnut, granite and stainless steel accents provide a feast for the senses. Each guest room is equipped with Tempur-pedic(R) beds, state-of-the-art CD players, cordless phones, voicemail and high-speed Internet access. Wireless high-speed Internet access also is available in the hotel's public areas, along with a full-service business center. The hotel features concierge and bellman services; express check-in and check-out; and a state-of-the-art fitness facility.

The Doubletree Hotel Washington D.C. provides meeting planners, businesses and groups with a variety of great reasons to choose the hotel for their next business meeting, retreat or training session. The hotel's 6,700 square feet of versatile meeting and conference space contains state-of-the-art meeting rooms, a boardroom and a classroom equipped with the latest in audiovisual technology. Along with a 2,400 square foot landscaped courtyard, the hotel stands ready to handle multiple groups between 10 and 200 with style and ease.

15 Ria restaurant welcomes guests with a sophisticated, intimate dining experience through the perfect combination of exquisite bistro-style entrees, an extensive wine list and al-fresco dining. Along with a dynamic bar and lounge that serves top-shelf specialty and signature beverages(a), this signature restaurant offers an enticing, sultry dining experience. For those who want to enjoy the privacy of their guest room, room service also is available from early morning to late at night.

"This is truly an exciting time at our hotel for our guests. Our guests now have the opportunity to earn both hotel points and airline miles with one of the best travel reward programs available today along with the warm welcome of a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie that is distinctively Doubletree," said Don Schoen, hotel general manager. "We hope that business and leisure travelers alike will discover that the Doubletree Hotel Washington D.C. is truly one of the best full-service hotel choices in the city and the perfect gathering place for local businesses, organizations and residents alike."

Doubletree Hotel Washington D.C.
Also See: Cynthia Draws-Smith Named Director of Sales and Marketing for The Washington Terrace Hotel in Washington, DC / May 2005
Amstar Group, LLC and Davidson Hotel Company Joint Venture to Acquire the 500 room Hilton Alexandria Mark Center for $93.1 million / June 2005

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