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Hilton Garden Inn(R) Rome Airport Welcomes Travelers in Italy As 300th Milestone Hotel Offering Complimentary High-Speed Internet Access.

The Mid-Priced Hilton Garden Inn Shows Accelerated Growth Over Three Months With Eleven New Hotel Openings

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Hilton Garden Inn([R]), the award-winning mid-priced brand that is part of the Hilton Family of Hotels, announced today the opening of its 300th milestone location, the Hilton Garden Inn Rome Airport, situated at Via Vittorio Bragadin s.n.c., 00050 Fiumicino (Rome) in Italy - representing a new European addition to the brand's growing portfolio of hotels.

"We are proud to open our 300th Hilton Garden Inn location which shows how fast our brand has grown since it launched 10 years ago," said Adrian Kurre, senior vice president - brand management, Hilton Garden Inn. "Our hotels are designed to offer practical amenities including complimentary high speed Internet access, a complimentary 24-hour business center and complimentary fitness facility. We hope that once guests experience a Hilton Garden Inn, we will become their preferred mid-priced lodging choice."

From August through October of 2006, Hilton Garden Inn has opened a record-breaking 11 new hotels, including two locations in Europe and nine in North America, that include: Victorville, Calif., Rockford, Ill., San Antonio Airport, TX, Joplin, MO, Salt Lake City, Utah, Newburgh/Stewart Airport, NY, Worcester, MA, Charlottesville, Va., and Columbia/Harbison, SC - representing 1,475 new rooms.

The Rome Airport hotel opens as the second Hilton Garden Inn property to debut in Italy. The 121-room Hilton Garden Inn Florence Novoli opened on October 21 following the launch of the brand in Europe with the opening of the 150-room Hilton Garden Inn Stuttgart NeckarPark in Germany which opened on September 19.

The Hilton Garden Inn Rome Airport offers quick and complimentary connections to Leonardo da Vinci International Airport and with the sights and sounds of Rome just a short distance away, the hotel offers guests a shuttle bus service to the Rome city center. The hotel is located at the front of the recently opened Rome Cargo City and situated near one of the largest shopping malls in Europe.

Designed to help business travelers stay productive on the road while providing a restful getaway for leisure guests, the hotel offers 282 guestrooms, including six family rooms which can accommodate up to four people, and is outfitted with key Hilton Garden Inn brand attributes like complimentary wireless high speed Internet access, the Garden Sleep System(TM) bed, ergonomic Mirra([R]) chair by Herman Miller, a spacious work desk, air conditioning, mini refrigerator and LCD satellite television.

Travelers to the Hilton Garden Inn Rome Airport will enjoy the 323 square foot (30 square-meter) boardroom and 1,292 square feet (120 square-meters) of flexible meeting space that offers a parquet floor and natural lighting; a complimentary workout facility; and on-site hotel parking.

The new property features complimentary WiFi in public areas; a 130-seat a la carte buffet restaurant buffet offering Italian and International cuisine during breakfast, lunch and dinner; a private dining corner for up to 20 guests, evening room service; the Pavilion Lounge in the lobby area with a library and fireplace; a lounge area and bar (for guests of legal drinking age) with plasma screen television; a Pavilion Pantry([R]) offering snacks, beverages, microwaveable items as well as various sundries; and a microwave guests' use.

Members of the Hilton HHonors([R]) guest reward program can earn Points & Miles([R]) for every qualifying stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Rome Airport. HHonors is the only hotel program that allows any of its members to Double Dip([R]) by simultaneously accumulating both hotel points and airline miles with each qualifying stay.

Icarus SPA manages the Hilton Garden Inn Rome Airport under a license agreement with Hilton Inns, Inc., a franchise subsidiary of Beverly Hills-based Hilton Hotels Corporation.

The Hilton Garden Inn Rome Airport is located at Via Vittorio Bragadin s.n.c., 00050 Fiumicino (Rome), Italy; phone: 011 +39 06 65259000; fax: 011+39 06 65259001. For more information and to make reservations at the Hilton Garden Inn Rome Airport, call the hotel directly or visit www.romeairport.stayhgi.com.

Other Hilton Garden Inn locations in Europe include the Hilton Garden Inn Florence Novoli, the Hilton Garden Inn Stuttgart NeckarPark and the 334-room Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport in Frankfurt, Germany that is scheduled to open in Spring 2009.

About Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn is the award-winning mid-priced brand throughout North America and Europe that features complimentary wired and wireless high speed Internet access in guestrooms and public space as well as innovative guestroom offerings like the Garden Sleep System(TM) bed and ergonomic Mirra([R]) chair from Herman Miller. Hilton Garden Inn locations offer a complimentary 24-hour business center; the Pavilion Pantry([R]) where guests can purchase snacks, beverages, microwaveable items as well as various sundries; a full service restaurant serving cooked to order breakfast and dinner room service; flexible meeting space and a complimentary workout facility.

Hilton Garden Inn represents one of the cornerstones of the Hilton franchise growth strategy. The Hilton Garden Inn brand is part of Hilton Hotels Corporation (NYSE:HLT); the leading global hospitality company, with more than 2,800 hotels and 490,000 rooms in more than 80 countries, including 150,000 team members world wide. Its portfolio includes many of the world's best known and most highly regarded hotel brands, including Hilton([R]), Conrad([R]), Doubletree([R]), Embassy Suites Hotels([R]), Hampton Inn([R]), Hampton Inn & Suites([R]), Hilton Garden Inn([R]), Hilton Grand Vacations(TM), Homewood Suites by Hilton([R]), Scandic and The Waldorf=Astoria Collection([R]).

For more information about Hilton Garden Inn hotels in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Germany and Italy or to find your next getaway, please visit http://www.StayHGI.com or call 1-877-STAY-HGI.
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