DoubleTree by Hilton Expands Southwest Portfolio with Newest Hotel in Metro-Phoenix

  DoubleTree by Hilton Expands Southwest Portfolio with Newest Hotel in

 Multi-Million Dollar Transformation and Upscale Amenities Position Hotel to
    Become Leading Destination for Business and Leisure Travelers in Tempe

Business Wire

PHOENIX & TEMPE, Ariz. -- June 13, 2013

DoubleTree by Hilton and Driftwood Hospitality Management  today announced the
opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix Tempe, a contemporary hotel
offering a tranquil escape in the Valley of the Sun. In anticipation of its
conversion to Hilton Worldwide’s fastest growing full service brand, the
former Fiesta Resort underwent a five-month, $3 million renovation that
includes enhancements throughout the hotel’s 270 guest rooms, updates to the
public spaces and outdoor areas of the hotel, as well as revamping the food
and beverage offerings. The hotel’s updates complement the more than 30,000
square feet of expansive meeting, convention and exhibit space.

Inspired by the distinct architectural style of Frank Lloyd Wright, the
contemporary DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix Tempe features a traditional
Southwestern design nestled in a serene landscape. Classic copper accents are
incorporated throughout the hotel’s interior décor, and new lighting and
landscaping enhance the hotel’s outdoor setting. On-site features and
amenities include the Absolute Vitality Spa where clients can indulge in a
selection of specialty spa services, a heated outdoor swimming pool where
guests can relax throughout the week and enjoy live poolside entertainment on
Friday and Saturday nights, an indoor whirlpool and a 1,500 square foot
24-hour business center with scenic windows overlooking the hotel’s serene

“With its unique southwestern charm and upscale offerings, DoubleTree by
Hilton Phoenix Tempe was the perfect hotel to expand our southwest portfolio,”
said John Greenleaf, global head – DoubleTree by Hilton. “The hotel joins our
three existing properties in the greater Phoenix area, including DoubleTree by
Hilton Phoenix-Gilbert, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Phoenix Airport Hotel and
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley - Scottsdale.”

Perfectly-suited for conferences, wedding ceremonies, receptions and outdoor
events, the hotel’s flexible meeting space includes a ballroom-style
conference center with separate entrance that can accommodate up to 780 people
theatre-style, and a second ballroom that can accommodate up to 220. A 24-hour
business center meets guests’ connectivity and printing needs, and
complimentary WiFi access is available throughout the hotel’s public areas and
guest rooms.

Milagro’s Restaurant, the hotel’s all-day dining venue, offers an updated menu
of seasonal farm-to-table fare that includes a tantalizing array of salads,
quesadillas, fish and steaks, and the hotel’s famous tortilla soup. A
wood-burning fireplace and new patio furniture on the terrace create the
perfect ambiance for outdoor al fresco dining. For an energetic happy hour, or
just to enjoy some lighter fare, guests can visit the Kachina Lounge to enjoy
tapas-style dishes with a southwestern flair and a refreshing drink menu that
has been expanded to include local Arizona beers and wines.

As a DoubleTree by Hilton, the hotel will now offer guests brand exclusives,
including an invigorating array of CITRON body care products by Crabtree &
Evelyn, DoubleTree by Hilton's signature Sweet Dreams bed, the Wake Up
DoubleTree Breakfast™, an assortment ofgourmet in-room tea and coffee
offerings from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, and an industry-recognized service
culture which is built around the idea of CARE (Create a Rewarding
Experience)for guests, team members and the community.

“Every guest at the DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix Tempe can expect the
rewarding hospitality that is synonymous with the DoubleTree by Hilton name,
starting with the warm chocolate chip cookie with which we greet each guest on
arrival and extending through their stay,” said Ian Hawthorne, the hotel’s
general manager.

Hawthorne joined DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix Tempe in March 2013 to lead the
hotel’s seasoned team. He comes to the hotel from Hilton Washington D.C.,
bringing with him more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality
industry, including 14 years working with hotels in the Hilton Worldwide

Located just four miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the
DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix Tempe offers 24-hour complimentary shuttle
service for guests traveling between the airport and hotel. With easy freeway
access to downtown and situated just three miles from the Metro Light Rail
Station, the hotel is convenient to the best outdoor activities, shopping,
dining and entertainment the city has to offer. Nearby attractions include
Tempe Beach Park, the Mill Avenue District, which features over 100 dining,
shopping and nightlife options, SEALIFE Aquarium, the ASU Karsten Golf Course
and Tempe Diablo Stadium.

As a participant in the Hilton HHonors guest loyalty program, the hotel will
now offer all guests the ability to earn and redeem Hilton HHonors points. 
Diamond HHonors members will receive 1,000 bonus points and free breakfast
during stays, and Gold HHonors members will have the option of receiving
either 1,000 bonus points or a complimentary breakfast during their stay.

To mark the opening, DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix Tempe will offer double
HHonors points for stays completed through November 30, 2013. For reservations
or to inquire about meeting packages, visit, contact your
preferred travel professional or call 480-967-1441.

To download high-resolution images of the hotel, visit the DoubleTree by
Hilton global media center.

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.

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About DoubleTree by Hilton

With a fast-growing, global collection of more than 340 upscale hotels in
gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six
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 programme, 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
traveller feel human again.

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