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 Joint Venture Partners Hilton Hotels Corporation and ING Clarion
Partners Hold Groundbreaking for the 1,190 room
Hilton San Diego Convention Center
SAN DIEGO – January 27, 2006 – Hilton Hotels Corporation announced today the groundbreaking of the Hilton San Diego Convention Center, a 30-story, 1,190-room hotel on the edge of the San Diego Bay that will connect directly with the San Diego Convention Center. Hilton Hotels Corporation has formed a joint venture with ING Clarion Partners, a leading real estate investment advisory firm to own and operate the hotel. The project is being co-developed by Portman Holdings and Phelps Development and is designed by John Portman & Associates.  Hensel Phelps Construction Co. will build the hotel.   Completion and opening is scheduled for late 2008.

“We are thrilled to be able to announce the groundbreaking of this important project,” said Ernest Wooden, Jr., senior vice president, Hilton/Doubletree Western Region, Hilton Hotels Corporation.  “With an idyllic waterfront location, upscale Hilton amenities and a variety of leisure and dining opportunities in the hotel and surrounding neighborhood, the Hilton San Diego Convention Center will help boost San Diego’s status as a prime destination for national conventions.”

The joint venture is expected to invest approximately $350 million into the development, with San Diego National Bank providing the construction financing. The land for the project has been leased from the Port of San Diego, which has invested substantial capital in environmental remediation. In addition, the Port of San Diego has constructed a 2,000-space parking structure that will accommodate the needs of hotel guests as well as other visitors.

left to right: Kevin Tilden - Board Chair - San Diego Convention Center Corporation Ernest Wooden, Jr., Senior Vice President - West, Hilton Hotels Corporation Robert "Rocky" Spane - Chairman, Board of Port Commissioners, Port of San Diego The Honorable, Jerry Sanders - Mayor - City of San Diego Joseph Kruvi - Area Vice President - Hilton Hotels Corporation Kevin Faulconer, San Diego Councilman - District 2 (the district where the hotel resides).
The primary design theme of the new Hilton San Diego Convention Center is to complement San Diego’s scenic beauty and superb climate by maximizing water views and open spaces.  When complete, the hotel will consist of a 30-story tower situated on a podium base, with the entrance to the hotel elevated to provide optimum views of San Diego Bay from the main lobby and meeting areas and to allow restaurant and retail guests and customers direct pedestrian access to the waterfront, the waterfront park, the convention center and PETCO Park.  The new hotel will also maintain a view corridor that will run along Park Boulevard from San Diego Bay to Balboa Park.  

The hotel will have more than one million square feet of interior space, including 1,190 guestrooms; four food and beverage outlets (including a waterfront restaurant); 165,000 square feet of interior meeting, a grand ballroom and a junior ballroom and pre-function lobby space, plus 32 meeting rooms and a conference center; a 7,300-square foot health club and spa; 3,000 square feet of retail space and a 2,400 square foot business center. Located on the site of the former Campbell Shipyard, the development will also include a 4.3 acre exterior waterfront park.

“This project continues the revitalization of a very important part of the San Diego waterfront and central business district area,” said Michael McCann, senior vice president at ING Clarion.  “The new hotel and the surrounding grounds will provide first-class accommodations to Convention Center guests and to the City of San Diego.  We are delighted to have the opportunity to participate.”

The Hilton San Diego Convention Center will be located at One Park Boulevard at the intersection of Harbor Drive and Eighth Avenue.

About ING Clarion
Founded in 1982, ING Clarion and its affiliates manage more than $30 billion in assets in the private equity, public equity, and public debt sectors of the real estate markets.  Headquartered in New York, the ING Clarion organization has 800 employees located in major markets throughout the United States. 

The firm is the U.S. investment management arm of ING Real Estate an international real estate company, active in real estate investment management, development and finance. The company ranks among the world’s strongest real estate players with offices in fifteen countries in Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia.

ING Real Estate is part of ING Group, a global financial institution of Dutch origin offering banking, insurance and asset management to over 60 million private, corporate and institutional clients in more than 50 countries. With a diverse workforce of about 114,000 people, ING comprises a broad spectrum of prominent companies that increasingly serve their clients under the ING brand.

More information about the firm is available at

About Hilton Hotels Corporation
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®, Homewood Suites by Hilton® and The Waldorf=Astoria Collection™. For more information about Hilton Hotels Corporation, please visit our corporate website at


Jeanne Datz Rice
Hilton Hotels Corporation

Also See: Portman Holdings and Phelps Development, Co-developers of the 1,190-room Hilton San Diego Convention Center, Set to Start Construction; $348 million Project Completely Financed with Private Capital / January 2006
Gaylord Hotels Signs Exclusive Negotiating Agreement to Develop a 1,500 to 2,000 room Hotel and Convention Facility on the Chula Vista, California Bay Front / November 2005


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