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Home2 Suites by Hilton Breaks Ground for the
78-suite Home2 Suites in Huntsville, Alabama

The Brand’s First Dual Build Property will Share the Site with the 97-room Hampton Inn & Suites

McLean, VA (February 27, 2012) – Home2 Suites by Hilton, a mid-tier, extended stay brand, today hosted the groundbreaking ceremony for the brand’s first joint or dual build property with Hampton Inn & Suites in Huntsville, Ala. The hotel will house two distinct brands under one roof, the 78-suite Home2 Suites and a 97-room Hampton Inn & Suites, to cater to diverse market segments and offer enhanced amenities. The hotel is being developed by Alabama-based LBA Hospitality, a group of companies providing comprehensive hotel development and management services. It is expected to open in the fall of 2013.

“Dual-branded hotels offer an efficient solution to developers and greater options to the consumer,” said Bill Duncan, Global Head of Home2 Suites by Hilton. “These two leading brands bring high-quality services and amenities at a value-conscious price point in a convenient location where business and leisure travelers want to stay.”

Photo ID from left to right: Nelson Knight, senior vice president of development of Apple REIT; Barry Kraselsky, president of LBA Hospitality; Hayne Hollis, president of Hollis & Spann; Krissy Gathright, executive vice president & chief executive officer of Apple REIT; City of Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle; Beau Benton, chief operating officer of LBA Hospitality; Dawn Koenig, vice president of Home2 Suites by Hilton; Scott Shrank, vice president of brand performance support of Hampton Inn & Suites; John Watson, chief executive officer of Smith International, Inc.; Farrah Adams, executive vice president of LBA Hospitality

The four-story, 175-room hotel complex will feature shared meeting spaces, pool facilities and a joint fitness center that can be enjoyed by guests of both brands. This is the first dual build property for Home2 Suites, which currently operates seven hotels, has nine under construction and a strong development pipeline of 60 planned properties.

Located at 7010 Unit #3, Governor’s West Drive in Huntsville, Ala., the hotel will service business travelers visiting Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing centers and retail corporations located in the area. Huntsville is also home to the Army's Redstone Arsenal, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, and Cummings Research Park, among other industries.  The hotel also will cater to tourists visiting the area’s many attractions, including the Huntsville Botanical Garden, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, and the Alabama Constitution Village, among others.

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About Home2 Suites by Hilton
Home2 Suites by Hilton, the newest addition to the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands, is a mid-tier, extended-stay hotel concept designed to offer stylish accommodations, flexible guest room configurations and inspired amenities for the cost-conscious guest.  As the fastest growing brand in the history of Hilton Worldwide, Memphis, Tenn.-based Home2 Suites offers a complimentary breakfast selection; innovative and customizable guest room design; combination laundry and fitness area; complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access; multiple outdoor spaces; 24-hour business center; expansive community spaces; and a commitment to environmentally friendly products and hotel operations. For more information about Home2 Suites by Hilton visit For information on franchising opportunities, visit

About Hampton Hotels
The Hampton brand, including Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn by Hilton, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton and Hampton by Hilton, is an award-winning leader in the mid-priced hotel segment. With nearly 1,900 properties globally, Hampton Hotels is part of Hilton Worldwide, the leading global hospitality company.  All Hampton Hotels offer warm surroundings and a friendly service culture that share a common “personality” supported by its 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. High-quality accommodations, in-room conveniences and the latest technology, combined with numerous locations and consistent offerings, have made Hampton a leader in its segment and one of the fastest growing hotel brands. For more information about Hampton Hotels, please visit, or follow us on Twitter at

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,800 hotels and timeshare properties, with 630,000 rooms in 88 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. Visit for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at,,, and

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