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RLJ Lodging Trust Completes $25 million Revitalization of the Historic
DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan New York City

McLean, Va., (July 31, 2012)DoubleTree by Hilton proudly announces a fresh chapter in the life of the DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan New York City.   The historic, upscale full-service hotel in New York, New York, features all-new guestrooms and 12,000 square feet of newly-renovated meeting space. This iconic, 764-room property, perfectly located at the corner of Lexington Avenue and 51st Street in Midtown’s fashionable East Side, is an original design by American architecture maverick, Morris Lapidus.

Lapidus broke convention and turned the well-established Midtown grid on its head in 1962 with a design that boasted unusual color, stainless steel design and gentle “Z” shape to increase natural daylight in each room. The newly completed transformation project features interior design that celebrates the Morris Lapidus legacy and incorporates Lapidus-inspired geometric patterns and forms throughout the hotel, from furniture arrangements to carpet patterns.

Dramatic upgrades to the hotel’s guestrooms recall the mid-century origin of the building with warm wood tones and stylish, functional furniture, along with brand new window treatments, decorative light fixtures and Lapidus-inspired carpets and wall coverings. Luxurious enhancements to guest bathrooms include all-new tile, plumbing fixtures, lighting and bath accessories. 

Refreshing new renovations to 12,000 square feet of meeting space also include wall coverings, carpet, window treatments and decorative light fixtures. The property will continue to stand as a testament to the genius that created the original design, updated and ready to endure.
Rob Palleschi, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton, said, "This DoubleTree by Hilton hotel is a testament to our commitment to preserve the unique history of our properties while also providing a comfortable, amenity-rich hotel experience for visitors and residents alike. DoubleTree by Hilton welcomes new customers and our loyal business and leisure customers to stay with us in New York and experience the new renovations inspired by an architectural icon at this one-of-a-kind hotel.”

The hotel is owned by RLJ Lodging Trust (NYSE: RLJ) and operated by Highgate Hotels, L.P., under a franchise license agreement with a subsidiary of Hilton Worldwide.

In-room amenities at the DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan New York City include new work desks with ergonomic chairs, 37-inch, high-definition, LCD TVs, MP3-compatible alarm clocks, plush bedding and combed cotton linens, and refreshing Crabtree & Evelyn Citron bath and body products. Suitable for hosting events for up to 500 people, DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan New York City features 12,000 square feet of flexible conference space for business meetings, banquets and elegant social events.  The revitalized function space includes a 7,000 square foot Metro Ballroom that is conveniently located on the Mezzanine Level, easily accessible via grand staircase in the hotel lobby, as well as two preset Boardrooms and two glass-enclosed meeting rooms on the Penthouse Level.  The hotel also offers a 24-hour self-service business center featuring high-speed Internet access, laptop connections and fax machines. For guests who wish to keep up with their workout program while traveling at the DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan, a 24-hour complimentary fitness facility equipped with state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength-training equipment is available. 

The DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan New York City also offers a delightful pair of dining options, the Met Grill, an all-American dining room serving up American or Continental breakfast buffets, and the Met Bar, a trendy spot for unwinding with a cocktail or catching the game. The hotel also serves the brand's signature Wake Up DoubleTree Breakfast, which includes hot entrees and healthy options to start the day right.  Room service also is available during peak dining hours.

Located within walking distance to major New York attractions such as Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Central Park, the United Nations, Bloomingdales, Times Square, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Museum of Modern Art and convenient by taxi to all three area airports, the DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan is located at 569 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York, United States 10022. For more information about the DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan, please visit the hotel's website at, contact your preferred travel professional or call the hotel directly at +1 (212) 752-7000.

DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan  guests will benefit from the characteristic qualities found at the brand's more than 300 DoubleTree by Hilton locations in 24 countries, including the signature welcome with the legendary warm chocolate chip cookie presented to every guest at check-in, an array of upscale amenities and guest services, the rewards of the Hilton HHonors guest loyalty program, and a unique and caring team member commitment to the local community. 

About RLJ Lodging Trust
RLJ Lodging Trust is a self-advised, publicly traded real estate investment trust focused on acquiring premium-branded, focused-service and compact full-service hotels. RLJ Lodging Trust’s portfolio consists of 144 hotels in 20 states and the District of Columbia, with a total of more than 21,000 rooms. Additional information may be found on the Company’s website at

About DoubleTree by Hilton
With a growing collection of contemporary, upscale accommodations and more than 300 hotels in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations in 24 countries, DoubleTree by Hilton hotels are distinctively designed properties that provide true comfort to today’s business and leisure travellers. From the millions of delighted hotel guests who are welcomed with the brand’s legendary, warm chocolate chip cookies at check-in to the advantages of the award-winning Hilton HHonors® guest reward programme, each DoubleTree by Hilton guest receives a satisfying stay wherever their travels take them. To find out information about any DoubleTree by Hilton hotels, travellers may visit our website at or contact their preferred travel professional. Social media users may connect with us at, and  For the latest news, story starters and fact sheets about our brand, reporters and bloggers may visit our DoubleTree by Hilton Global Media Center 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 91 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®.

For more information about the company, visit


Maggie Giddens
DoubleTree by Hilton
(703) 883-5346

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