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Whittle Development, Inc. Opening the 231 room Hilton Bella Harbor
Hotel on Lake Ray Hubbard Rockwall, Texas

ROCKWALL, Texas, May 8, 2008 - On May 17, notable Texans, Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Whittle Development Inc. will celebrate the opening of the new Hilton Bella Harbor, a fabulous North Texas destination that lends new meaning to the term "lone star" with its combination of first-class accommodations and waterfront features. 
Hilton Bella Harbor Hotel on Lake Ray Hubbard Dallas/Rockwall
The Hilton Bella Harbor, inspired by Mediterranean architecture, exudes upscale, resort-style living in the Harbor Area of Lake Ray Hubbard. Offering 231 rooms, a 5,000 square feet full service spa, water-sports, golf, fine dining & bar, 25,000 square feet of meeting space, and breathtaking lake views.
Located 22 miles east of downtown Dallas, the hotel was designed for and around water. Seventy five percent of the luxury property's rooms have a lake view and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the hotel frame the lakeside pool and incomparable lake views. An interior water-wall and water-like reflective surfaces with metallic-flecked granite floors and art glass chandeliers bring the sound and look of water inside. Additional custom features like a majestic, specially-designed fireplace and in-laid walls with handcrafted rosewood detail complete the experience for guests.

Hilton Bella Harbor is owned by Whittle Development, Inc. and operated by Gateway Hospitality Group under a franchise license agreement with Hilton Hotels & Resorts, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hilton Hotels Corporation. Construction for the luxury property began in November of 2006, which is one of many new attractions in the Harbor District, also built by Whittle Development, Inc.

Hilton Bella Harbor Features:

  • Local Artwork: In support of local artists, the design team commissioned an expansive collection of more than 700 pieces of original art (paintings, sculptures and photographs) from local artists and the uniquely outfitted gift shop features jewelry, skincare products, collectibles and more from local merchants.
  • Amenities: Business and leisure travelers alike can take advantage of the outdoor pool with hot tub, a 24-hour fitness center featuring state-of-the-art Hilton Fitness by Precor(R) equipment, personal training sessions, outdoor activities including sailing, golf, horseback riding, and upscale shopping.
  • Meetings: Hilton Bella Harbor redefines business travel with its skilled team of certified meeting professionals; 24-hour business  center; a top floor executive level lounge serving continental breakfast each morning and hors d'oeuvres each evening from 5-8 p.m.; available video messaging and conferencing; 7,000 square feet of pre-function space and 16 meeting rooms including two executive boardrooms and a 1,200-person capacity ballroom with top of the line sound systems and 18-foot ceilings.
  • Green Meeting Spaces: Green-conscious executives can take advantage of Hilton's Green Initiative Program which offers earth-friendly features like electronic whiteboards, recycling bins, energy efficient lighting and collateral printed on recycled paper.
  • Rooms and Themed Suites: Each of the 231-beautifully appointed guestrooms, including 16 elaborately themed suites in four styles  (Asian, Hemmingway, Metropolitan and Renaissance), are furnished with the Hilton Serenity Collection(R) of amenities, which includes the Hilton Serenity mattress and box springs, down duvets, Super Topper mattress pads and top-quality linens and pillows. All guest rooms include upgrades on items from hardware and soap dishes to refrigerators and wet bars, proving no luxuries were spared in the thoughtfully-designed hotel. Standard amenities also include the Hilton Serenity Bath Collection, featuring the exclusive Crabtree and Evelyn line of La Source(R) bath products; a Cuisinart(R) dual-cup, double brew coffeemaker and Lavazza(R) coffee; the easy-to-set Hilton Family alarm clock with MP3 player connectivity; complimentary high- speed Internet with wireless access; and a 32-inch LCD flat screen television.
  • Dining:  To charm guests' palates, the hotel's signature restaurant, Mistra, led by Executive Chef Steven Weir, offers a taste of the  Mediterranean through unique dishes and a thoughtful wine list. Guests on the move can enjoy Starbucks(R) coffee and nibbles from the "Grab and Go" snack bar and the neighboring retail development offers dozens of restaurants within walking distance.
"With the opening of our newest property, Hilton is proud to be a key player in the DFW luxury market," said Jeff Diskin, senior vice president, Hilton Brand Management, Hilton Hotels Corporation. "The Hilton Bella Harbors' inspired design, unparalleled guest service and unmatched waterfront amenities will enhance our guests' experience whether traveling for business or leisure."

The hotel is located at 2055 Summer Lee Drive, Rockwall, Texas 75032 on the southeast corner of Interstate 30 and Horizon Drive, easily accessible from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas Love Field and downtown Dallas. For more information or to make reservations, visit or call (214) 771-3700.

* Service of alcoholic beverages is subject to state and local laws. Must be of legal drinking age.

Gateway Hospitality Group actively promotes and provides a core principle of familiarity and friendship for all of its guests as witnessed across the country. Gateway Hospitality Group, the hospitality company for Hilton Bella Harbor on Lake Ray Hubbard, is the hospitality management company for Hilton properties through the United States, including Indiana, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and across North Texas. Gateway has recently taken charge of the birthplace of 'creative American cuisine' with Blue Canyon Kitchen, Tavern and Wine Bar, with locations in Missoula and Kalispell, Montana, Twinsburg, Ohio and Rockwall, Texas. For more information about Gateway Hospitality Group, visit online at

Whittle Development is a Texas-based developer of residential, commercial and mixed-use masterplanned communities. With 14 upscale subdivisions based largely in the growing suburbs of Rockwall County, Whittle Development has been able to combine the excitement of city life with the leisure and tranquility of the rural Texas plains. Most recently, Whittle has been responsible for the 41-acre retail office and hotel project, The Harbor on Lake Ray Hubbard, a $48 million Mediterranean-influenced development. For more information, visit online at

With more than 500 hotels and resorts on six continents, Hilton continues to be an innovative leader in the full-service hospitality segment and the most recognized global name in the industry. 


Denise Blaya,
Hilton Brand Communications, 

Also See:  With City Incentives in Place, a 151 room Hyatt Place Breaks Ground Adjacent to the Special Events Center in Garland, Texas / June 2007


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