Newest Hilton Garden Inn Opens in Fort Wayne, Indiana

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., May 21, 2002 (BUSINESS WIRE)—Hilton Hotels Corporation announced today the opening of the 84-room Hilton Garden Inn(R) Fort Wayne, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This opening represents another addition to the brand`s growing roster of more than 135 Hilton Garden Inn hotels across North America and the second Hilton Garden Inn hotel location in Indiana.
Coventry Hospitality, LLC, under a license agreement with Hilton Inns, Inc., the franchise subsidiary of Beverly Hills-based Hilton Hotels Corporation, is developing the newly constructed Hilton Garden Inn Fort Wayne. SuperHost Enterprises, Inc., which currently has several other nationally branded hotels in its portfolio of properties, will manage the hotel.


“The Hilton Garden Inn brand is quickly becoming the leader in the mid-priced hotel segment for its customer service and signature guest features,” said Adrian Kurre, senior vice president - brand management, Hilton Garden Inn for Hilton Hotels Corporation. “Such conveniences as a complimentary business center and an in-room refrigerator and microwave give travelers what they need when they stay at any of our Hilton Garden Inn hotels throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.”


A three-story structure, the Hilton Garden Inn Fort Wayne features: a signature glass-walled pavilion housing the reception desk; a Pavilion Pantry(R) with a selection of refrigerated, frozen and microwaveable packaged items, and sundries; a breakfast cafe, offering freshly prepared breakfast; a comfortable lounge area with a television and fireplace; five meeting rooms with 2,200 square feet of flexible space; a 24-hour complimentary business center; and an on-site laundry facility.


“The Hilton Garden Inn concept will be a perfect complement to the needs of our community. Not only does it bring the Hilton Garden Inn brand to Fort Wayne, it provides a unique, affordable and comfortable place to stay for business or leisure travelers when visiting the area,” said Ash Lakhany, managing member of Coventry Hospitality.


Guest room accommodations and features include: a hospitality center with a microwave oven, coffee maker and mini refrigerator; a sitting area with an easy chair and ottoman; a hairdryer; and an iron and ironing board. In-room entertainment and information services include on-demand movies, video games and interactive Hilton guest services.

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Business-oriented features of the guest rooms include: a spacious work desk with a pull-out shelf for a laptop computer; high-speed Internet access; adjustable lighting; an ergonomic chair; electrical outlets at desk height; and two speaker telephones equipped with two lines, data ports and voice mail.


Recreational facilities consist of a fitness room, indoor swimming pool and whirlpool. Golf courses, tennis courts and parks also are nearby.


“All of our team members look forward to welcoming business and leisure travelers to the Fort Wayne area,” said Brian Huguenard, hotel general manager. “Our convenient location and the best in guest services make us the perfect mid-priced lodging choice when visiting Indiana.”


Members of the Hilton HHonors(R) guest reward program can earn Points & Miles(TM) for every qualifying stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Fort Wayne. 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. Hilton HHonors(R) provides more rewarding choices than ever before with more than 70 major airline, car rental and other travel-related companies.


Hilton Garden Inn(R) developments represent one of the cornerstones of Hilton`s franchise growth strategy. More than 225 Hilton Garden Inn properties are currently open or under development in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.


The Hilton Garden Inn Fort Wayne address is 8615 U.S. 24 West, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 46804; phone: 260/435-1777; fax: 260/435-1778. The hotel is situated off exit 102 on U.S. Highway 69 and 11 miles from the Fort Wayne International Airport.


The Hilton Garden Inn Fort Wayne is located near many attractions, including Canterbury Green Golf Course & Country Club, Jefferson Pointe Mall, Lakeside Rose Garden, Cathedral Museum, Headwaters Park and the Performing Arts Center.


The Hilton Garden Inn brand is part of Hilton Hotels Corporation, recognized internationally as a preeminent hospitality company. The company develops, owns, manages or franchises approximately 2,000 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(TM), Doubletree(R), Embassy Suites Hotels(R), Hampton Inn(R), Hampton Inn & Suites(R), Harrison Conference Centers(R), Hilton Garden Inn(R), Hilton Grand Vacations Company(R) and Homewood Suites(R) by Hilton.


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