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Innisfree Hotels Converts the Hilton Garden Inn Pensacola Beach
to Full-Service Hilton

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - July 25, 2007 - The Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front is now open for business and leisure travelers across the globe to enjoy familiar, high-quality Hilton amenities, while basking in the beauty of Pensacola Beach on Santa Rosa Island. Previously operated as a Hilton Garden Inn, the gulf-front hotel features modern furnishings and upscale accommodations designed to enhance the experience of its guests. 

The Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front is operated by Fulford Harbour, LLC, under a franchise license agreement with Hilton Inns, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hilton Hotels Corporation (NYSE:HLT). The hotel is owned and managed by Innisfree Hotels. 

“We are proud to welcome this excellent property into the Hilton brand as the newest offering on the Florida coast,” said Jeff Diskin, senior vice president, Hilton Brand Management, Hilton Hotels Corporation. “With an array of upscale amenities and a guest-focused service philosophy, the hotel is ideally positioned to enhance the experience of both leisure and business travelers.” 

“The transformation to a full-service Hilton gives guests the opportunity to experience and enjoy a truly upscale finish level,” said Julian MacQueen, founder of Innisfree Hotels, Inc. “Special attention has been given to every aspect of the hotel from décor and furnishings to progressive amenities and services in order to create a stay for business and leisure travelers unlike any other.” 

A friendly and polished staff encourages visitors to make themselves at home whether relaxing poolside or attending business meetings. Baggage transfer is a breeze with valet parking and 24-hour bellman service. In addition, visitors will have the convenience of a lobby ambassador available during peak hotel hours to guide guests to hotel restaurants, pools or meeting locations and inform them of all available services. 

Each of the hotel’s 273 water-view guestrooms is furnished with the Hilton Serenity Collection® of upscale in-room amenities, which includes the Hilton Serenity Bed with Serta Suite Dreams mattress, Pacific Coast® down duvet, Super Topper mattress pads, and high-quality linens and pillows; in-room coffee system, featuring world-renowned Lavazza® coffee from Italy and a Cuisinart® dual-cup, single-brew coffeemaker; and exclusive Crabtree & Evelyn La Source® bath products. Each suite also has a flatscreen television and the innovative Hilton Family easy-to-set alarm clock. 

Located in the core of Pensacola Beach, the full-service Hilton is within walking distance to water sports, boutique and souvenir shopping, and an exciting nightlife. Expert concierge service aids guests searching for dinner reservations on and off the island, tickets to area attractions or transportation to surrounding events. Historic downtown Pensacola, which hosts the city’s business center, and the Pensacola Regional Airport are less than 20 minutes away. 

For added convenience, the hotel features wireless internet access, ergonomic chairs, a complimentary 24-hour business center and more than 30,000 square feet of function space to accommodate corporate luncheons, conferences or small and large wedding receptions. In an ideal blending of business and pleasure, open terraces merge executive suites with the gentle breeze of the Gulf of Mexico for memorable meetings with clients or family. Guests are privy to the best spot to view the sunset from banquet hall and hotel suite balconies overlooking the sparkling waters of both the Gulf of Mexico and the Santa Rosa Sound. 

A pool view and Precor fitness equipment inspire productive workouts for travelers in the cork-floored fitness center. Visitors who prefer to relax in the water can choose from a heated indoor pool, whirlpool, heated outdoor pools or plenty of emerald coast gulf swimming. After an active day of work or play, guests are bound to work up an appetite and have several dining options to satisfy a wide-range of cravings. 

Local patrons and casual diners find incredible culinary creations for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Hilton’s signature restaurant H2O, which specializes in Cajun-Asian cuisine. The newly remodeled restaurant is nearly twice as large after completing a $1.6 million expansion project with the Hilton conversion. Gulf views, shimmering cobalt quartz tables, jellyfish pendant light fixtures and bubble chandeliers complete the ambiance of the water-inspired dining delight. Guests seated at the Chef’s Table can enjoy special presentations as amazing culinary artists show off their talents. Outside dining as well as private and semi-private rooms are also available to create a memorable fine-dining experience for friends, family or business associates at H2O. 

Other dining options include the Bonsai Sushi Bar serving a selection of fresh rolls daily and Latitudes Beach Bar, the perfect place for afternoon cocktails. For something quick to-go, stop by the Butler’s Pantry for coffee, sandwiches, salads or a snack. 

Adorned with teak planks and crushed seashell accents lending a taste of Key West, as well as colorful abstract artwork and contemporary designs, the style of the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front creates an Old-Florida feel with a modern mix. Families, couples and business travelers will find exactly what they need with extraordinary service and lodging options ranging from hotel rooms and one-, two- and three-bedroom suites to executive suites with private concierge service. 

For more information, call the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front at (850) 916-2999 or go to 
With nearly 500 hotels on six continents, Hilton Hotels continues to be an innovative leader in the full-service hospitality segment and the most recognized name in the industry. Hilton celebrates the accomplishment, enlightenment, renewal and celebration that travel enables. This commitment to personal guest achievement infuses all decisions about products, programs and amenities, and is underscored by the belief that travel can and should be transformative. Each unique Hilton Hotel was designed to reflect the sense of place of its location; each team member chosen to reflect the local culture and community. For more information, please visit 


Eli White
vice president marketing
Innisfree Hotels
(850) 934-3609, ext 32

Hilton Brand Communications
Denise Blaya / Andrew Keown, 310-205-4545

Also See: Innisfree Development Names Townsend President / February 2007


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