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 Dunblane Hydro, A Historic Scottish Hotel, Will be Managed by Hilton
and Branded Doubletree Following Multi-million Renovation

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., & LONDON - May 6, 2008 - Hilton Hotels Corporation is proud to announce the signing today of a management agreement that represents the entry of the Doubletree by Hilton brand into Scotland. This agreement will see the historic Dunblane Hydro Hotel receive a multi-million-pound enhancement project, before joining the upscale, full-service brand in 2010. 

Hilton Hotels Corporation and its subsidiaries will manage the hotel under the Doubletree by Hilton brand and Ability Hotels (Dunblane) Ltd., a member of The Ability Group, will own the hotel.  The hotel is located on Perth Road, Dunblane, United Kingdom. 

Set within and around 10 acres of gardens of an impressive Italianate, Victorian mansion, Dunblane Hydro is one of Scotland’s best known hotels. Located in the idyllic Perthshire countryside – but just 45 minutes from Edinburgh and Glasgow, this legendary hotel provides 206 bedrooms and suites; superb conference, meeting and banqueting space; and an array of leisure facilities. 

Dunblane Hydropathic Establishment, which cost £60,000 to build using yellow freestone from Dunmore, Polmaise and Plean quarries, was opened in September 1878. It was designed by Peddie and Kinnear, a prolific architectural practice which carried out commissions for buildings throughout Scotland and was responsible for the building of the Caledonian Hotel in Edinburgh.
“We are delighted to be teaming up with Hilton yet again. The Dunblane Hydro is a fabulously unique hotel in an excellent location now partnered with a fresh and exciting brand,” said Andreas Panayiotou, Chairman of The Ability Group. “We are proud to be launching the first Doubletree by Hilton in Scotland, especially so soon after our first Doubletree by Hilton located in Cambridge. We believe that our guests will find the welcoming nature and lifestyle approach of the Doubletree by Hilton brand in harmony with the setting of the hotel.” 

“Doubletree by Hilton looks forward to expanding its unique worldwide spirit of hospitality in Scotland with the same core attributes, along with impeccable service with a sense of contemporary style and individuality,” said Dave Horton, Senior Vice President – Brand Management for Doubletree by Hilton. “This hotel opening represents yet another important milestone in our brand’s worldwide development and complements our upcoming openings in Milan, Italy and Kosice, Slovakia by year-end.” 

“Dunblane is an ideal location for the first Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Scotland with easy access to both Glasgow and Edinburgh. The Dunblane Hydro was an excellent site to convert into a Doubletree by Hilton with it already being an established hotel with an excellent reputation, said Simon Vincent, President for Hilton in the UK and Ireland. 

About The Ability Group 
The Ability Group was formed in 1996 by Group Chairman, Andreas Panayiotou, who has developed a portfolio in excess of £1bn, comprising over two million square feet of both residential and commercial space, stretching over 7,000 properties in the United Kingdom. 
The Ability Group is building a £3 billion commercial portfolio and has so far invested more than £350 million in hotels across Europe. The portfolio includes the Hilton Liverpool under development by Grosvenor, the UK’s first Doubletree by Hilton in Cambridge, Scotland’s first Doubletree by Hilton in Dunblane, Premier Inn Glasgow, and Club Med Kamarina. The Ability Group has plans to build their hotel portfolio to over 20 hotels by 2010. 

About Doubletree by Hilton Hotels 
With a growing collection of contemporary, upscale accommodations in nearly 200 gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations worldwide, Doubletree by Hilton hotels and resorts are distinctively designed properties that provide true comfort to today’s business and leisure travelers. 


Doubletree by Hilton Hotels
Thomas Wingham, Director, Brand Communications
+1-310-205-3381 (USA)

Also See: Hilton Hotels and London & Regional Properties Limited Enter a Strategic Development Alliance Expected to Build Approximately 25 Hotels Across Russia; To Open in 2008, the First Doubletree by Hilton Branded Hotel in Novosibirsk, Russia’s Third Largest City / April 2008
The Tajfel Group Completes $5 million Renovation and Rebranding of the Former Radisson Suite Inn Palm Beach Airport to Doubletree Hotel West Palm Beach - Airport / March 2008


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