North Carolina’s “Mansion on the Hill” Joins DoubleTree by Hilton

  North Carolina’s “Mansion on the Hill” Joins DoubleTree by Hilton

            New Brand Identity Complements Hotel’s Southern Charm

Business Wire

RALEIGH, N.C. & DURHAM, N.C. -- February 25, 2013

DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton
Raleigh-Durham Airport at Research Triangle Park. Known locally as the
“Mansion on the Hill,” the former Hilton hotel converts to Hilton Worldwide’s
fastest-growing full service brand following a dramatic seven-month $8 million
renovation that includes unique design enhancements to the exterior and
interior public spaces, guest room makeovers, and the introduction of a new
locally-driven restaurant concept. General Manager Henry Naber, who joined the
hotel’s seasoned management staff this month, leads the transformation. The
hotel is owned and operated by Driftwood Hospitality.

“With its genuine caring culture and commitment to a superior guest
experience, the DoubleTree by Hilton brand is a natural fit with our authentic
southern hospitality,” said Naber. “This transformation allows us to continue
offering guests the exceptional level of service they have come to expect from
the Hilton Worldwide portfolio, with the added signature touches of the
DoubleTree by Hilton brand—starting with the iconic, warm, chocolate chip
cookie welcome.”

Guests can now enjoy features exclusive to the DoubleTree by Hilton brand,
including the Wake Up DoubleTree Breakfast, a refreshing array of CITRON body
care products by Crabtree & Evelyn and an industry-recognized service culture
which is built around the idea of CARE (Create a Rewarding Experience for
guests). Guests who are members of the Hilton HHonors loyalty program continue
to have the ability to earn and redeem points at the hotel, and Gold and
Diamond level members will continue to receive a complimentary breakfast
buffet and complimentary high speed internet access during their stay.

DoubleTree by Hilton Raleigh-Durham Airport at Research Triangle Park‘s
complete renovation commenced in July 2012 and includes updates and
enhancements to the 248 guest rooms and suites, 9,300 square feet of flexible
meeting space, and all public areas. Two covered porches, perfect for wedding
ceremonies and receptions, have been added to the 1,800 square feet of lush
outdoor space. Guests continue to enjoy the grand veranda with wicker rocking
chairs and porch swings, an outdoor swimming pool, a 24-hour state of the art
Precor fitness center and a 24-hour business center.

As part of the renovation, the hotel also unveils a new restaurant, Vintage
Carolina, featuring a menu of locally-grown food with local artisan partners.

“With its charm and reputation for southern hospitality, this hotel is
perfectly suited to our brand,” said John Greenleaf, global head – DoubleTree
by Hilton. “We look forward to bringing our signature DoubleTree by Hilton
experience to even more guests with the opening of our fourth hotel in the
Raleigh-Durham area.”

Conveniently located adjacent to Research Triangle Park, the DoubleTree by
Hilton Raleigh-Durham Airport Hotel at Research Triangle Park provides a
restful location in the heart of Durham’s business center. Situated just 2.5
miles from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), the hotel is also close
to some of the world’s largest companies, including IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and
Quintiles. Nearby attractions include Duke University, Durham Performing Arts
Center, RBC Entertainment Center, Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion and Duke
Gardens. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle for guests traveling within
a five mile radius.

Henry Naber brings more than 27 years of hospitality experience to the
seasoned management team at DoubleTree by Hilton Raleigh-Durham Airport at
Research Triangle Park. Naber’s prior experience includes general manager
roles for Holiday Inn hotels, Crown Plaza in Phoenix, Ariz., and most recently
the Fiesta Resort Conference Center in Tempe, Ariz., where he served as
general manager for the past five years. Naber began his career in hospitality
in 1986, opening a restaurant and catering company in Washington, D.C., where
he coordinated events for national news outlets and high profile politicians.

The hotel is featuring a special opening promotion, offering double Hilton
HHonors points for travel completed between March 1 and April 30, 2013. For
reservations or to inquire about hosting a meeting or event, visit
www.doubletree.com, contact your preferred travel professional or call
919-941-6000.

About Driftwood Hospitality Management

Based in North Palm Beach, Fla., Driftwood Hospitality Management, LLC is a
leader in providing solutions-based services for the domestic and
international hotel industry. Guided by The Driftwood Difference –
Flexibility, Diversity, Integrity, Accessibility, Originality, the company
covers the full spectrum of lodging business needs. From full-service, upscale
and upper-upscale hotels to mid-size extended-stay, select and limited-service
properties, Driftwood’s portfolio represents virtually every segment of the
hospitality industry. Focused on strategic acquisition, development,
third-party management, asset management and receivership, Driftwood has
extensive management experience and relationships with most major brands,
including Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Hilton Worldwide,
InterContinental Hotels Group, Inc., Carlson, Choice Hotels International,
Inc. and Wyndham Worldwide. With offices in Costa Rica, Scottsdale, Ariz. and
Miami, Fla., the company and its hotels have received more than 20 industry
awards in the past three years.

About DoubleTree by Hilton

With a fast-growing, global collection of more than 325 upscale hotels in
gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across five
continents, every little thing we do at DoubleTree by Hilton inspires us to
create a rewarding experience for our hotel guests, our team members and the
communities we proudly serve. Our hospitality begins with a warm chocolate
chip cookie welcome upon arrival and continues with the award-winning Hilton
HHonors guest loyalty program, an array of fine services and amenities and our
longstanding CARE Culture tradition that empowers more than 65,000 team
members to provide the special comforts and acts of kindness that make the
traveler feel human again.

To make reservations at any DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, travelers may visit
our brand website at www.doubletree.com. Social media users may connect with
us at www.facebook.com/doubletree, www.twitter.com/doubletree and
www.youtube.com/doubletreehotels. 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 www.doubletreebyhiltonglobalmediacenter.com.

Contact:

Maggie Giddens
Director, Global Brand Public Relations
DoubleTree by Hilton
+1 703 883 5346
Maggie.Giddens@Hilton.com
or
Shahrzad Nadizadeh
Ketchum Public Relations
+1 404 879 9234
Shahrzad.Nadizadeh@Ketchum.com
 
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