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Hilton Hotels Corporation Announces Reopening of the Hilton Hartford, Connecticut, after $33 Million Renovation.

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Revitalized 392-room hotel brings world-class service, amenities to downtown Hartford

Hilton Hotels Corporation (NYSE:HLT) has announced the reopening of the Hilton Hartford following a $33 million transformation designed to turn the 392-room property into a state-of-the-art, consumer-friendly, first-class hotel that features a variety of amenities and outstanding customer service. Connecting via skywalk to the Hartford Civic Center and the new Hartford 21 retail and entertainment complex, the Hilton Hartford now serves as the ideal gathering place amid downtown Hartford's shopping, entertainment and historical sites.

The hotel is owned by 315 Trumbull Street Associates, LLC, and operated under a franchise license agreement with Hilton Inns, Inc., a franchising subsidiary of Beverly Hills-based Hilton Hotels Corporation. It is managed by Waterford Hotel Group, Inc.

"We are pleased that the Hilton Hartford now offers more elegance, sophistication and convenience than ever," said Jeff Diskin, senior vice president, brand management, Hilton Hotels Corporation. "The hotel brings world-class service and amenities to Hartford and offers the ideal downtown location for both business and leisure travelers."

The 22-story Hilton Hartford overlooks the State Capitol Building and is connected to the Hartford Civic Center, giving hotel guests access to shopping and outstanding sports, cultural and consumer show events. The hotel has 392 guestrooms, including 11 well-appointed suites. The fully-renovated guestrooms offer an array of personal amenities such as a coffee maker, iron/ironing board, dual-line telephones with private voicemail and high speed internet access. The hotel will boast four executive level floors that have upgraded amenities and a private lounge that will serve a scrumptious complimentary weekday breakfast, and hors d'oeuvres and desserts in the evening. Wireless internet access has been installed in the lobby and all public spaces.

The hotel features 15,000 square feet of meeting space, which includes a 2,200 square foot meeting room overlooking the city and perfect for intimate social gatherings, such as weddings and family events. Guests and visitors will be able to use the remodeled, living room-style lobby -- complete with fireplace -- as a comfortable central meeting place within the hotel. Other enticing features of the hotel include the Element 315 lounge and bar, a lobby coffee bar, indoor swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, and Morty & Ming's, a unique full-service combination restaurant featuring a New York-style delicatessen restaurant and a traditional Chinese restaurant.

For those guests visiting the city for events or engagements at the Hartford Civic Center, the Hilton Hartford is the only city hotel to offer a skywalk to the Civic Center, providing easy access to sporting events, concerts and other special events. Additionally, the hotel is located within walking distance of downtown Hartford restaurants, shopping, the Bushnell Theatre, the Mark Twain House, and other entertainment and historical sites.

Travelers staying at this hotel have the opportunity to participate in the Hilton HHonors(R) guest reward program, allowing guests to earn both hotel points and airline miles for the same stay at more than 2,700 hotels worldwide.

GETTING THERE

The Hilton Hartford is destined to become one of the area's premier full-service hotels, and is located in downtown Hartford on Trumbull Street. Bradley International Airport, which is served by 19 carriers, is 20 minutes away. Guests have easy access to I-91 and I-84. Amtrak, Greyhound, Bonanza and PeterPan/Trailways serve downtown Hartford, and eight national car rental companies have offices locally. The address is 315 Trumbull Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06103. Phone: 860-728-5151. For more information or to make reservations, contact Hilton Reservations Worldwide at 1-800-445-8667 or visit www.hilton.com.

Hilton Hotels Corporation is recognized internationally as a preeminent hospitality company. The company develops, owns, manages or franchises approximately 2,300 hotels, resorts and vacation ownership properties. 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 Club(R) and Homewood Suites by Hilton(R).
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