TEMPE, Ariz. and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced that Hilton Garden Inn, the upscale global brand of hotels, and Home2 Suites by Hilton, a fresh extended-stay experience part of Hilton's industry-first All-Suites portfolio, broke ground on a dual-branded property in Tempe, Ariz. The new hotels will not only strengthen Hilton's presence in the market, but also expand the company's dual-brand offering. The groundbreaking marks the 10th property for Hilton Garden Inn in the Phoenix area and signifies the rapid growth of the Home2 Suites brand, which recently celebrated its 100th property opening.

"Lodging demand in Arizona continues to remain strong, with occupancy increasing this year more than 5 percent during 2015*. Last year, Phoenix alone welcomed more than 22 million visitors**," said Matt Wehling, senior vice president, development - U.S. and Canada, Hilton. "This new dual-branded property will provide two comfortable, value-driven lodging options for those visiting the area for business or leisure travel."

Developed and owned by RB-WW Tempe LLC and managed by Widewaters Tempe Hotel Management Company, LLC, the 120-room Hilton Garden Inn and 108-room Home2 Suites are scheduled for completion in late 2017.

"We are delighted to partner with Hilton as we break ground on this exciting new development," said Robert Spoto Vice President of Hotel Operations, Widewaters Hotels. "The convenient location paired with the brands' signature service will provide exciting new options for travelers visiting the area."

Josh Pepper will serve as the general manager of the hotel. With combined industry knowledge, proven track records of successful leadership and diverse experiences, these two key additions will play an integral role in the development of the property as it nears opening.

Situated within the Discovery Business Campus near Arizona State University, Hilton Garden Inn and Home2 Suites Phoenix/Tempe ASU Research Park is located across the street from the 320-acre ASU Research Park, which hosts headquarters for leading companies, including GoDaddy.com and Shutterfly. The location also offers convenient access to Chandler Fashion Center - a shopping center with more than 200 retail shops.

Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix/Tempe ASU Research Park will offer guests complimentary Wi-Fi, a 24-hour business center and a full service restaurant and bar offering full cooked-to-order breakfast, dinner, cocktails*** and evening room service. The hotel will also feature more than 5,200 square feet of flexible meeting space.

Guestrooms will include the brand's signature bedding, featuring fresh, white duvets and crisp linens; a spacious and clutter-free work desk with an ergonomic desk chair; and an in-room "hospitality center" with a mini fridge, microwave oven and Keurig coffee maker.

Home2 Suites Phoenix/Tempe ASU Research Park will provide guests with All Suites accommodations, including kitchens, modular furniture allowing guests to personalize their room, easy access to technology with complimentary Wi-Fi and inviting community spaces with the trademark Home2 Suites amenities such as the Spin2 Cycle, a combined laundry and fitness area, Home2 MKT for grab-and-go items, and the Inspired Table, a complimentary breakfast that includes more than 400 potential combinations. The hotel, like the majority of the Home2 Suites portfolio, will be pet-friendly. 

The hotels will have separate lobbies and share access to an outdoor saline pool, fire pit and barbeque grill area, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center. Guests will also have access to Terrane Kitchen + Bar, a high volume trendy dining concept offering a fresh and vibrant casual dining experience housed in a separate building on property. Terrane Kitchen + Bar will offer a modern interpretation of the Mediterranean and the Southwest, blending flavors and traditions in a space that expresses the freshness, simplicity and sincerity found in the cuisine of the region. The dining option will have a modern design with honest expression of food and style tailored for a new generation's approach to dining, and will be managed and owned by Widewaters Tempe Hotel Management Company, LLC and RB-WW Tempe LLC, respectively.

Hilton Garden Inn and Home2 Suites by Hilton hotels both participate in Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton's 14 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels save time and money and gain instant access to the benefits they care about most, such as an exclusive member discount, free Wi-Fi and a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay. Members can also redeem their Points for free nights, to gain access to unique events through the Hilton Honors auction platform or to make purchases with at Amazon.com with Amazon Shop with Points.

*SOURCE: Arizona Office of Tourism
**SOURCE:
Arizona Office of Tourism
***Service of alcohol subject to state and local laws. Must be of legal drinking age.

Contacts:
Astrid Egerton-Vernon
Hilton
+1 703 883 5696
astrid.egerton-vernon@hilton.com

About Widewaters
Widewaters is a vertically integrated real estate organization with over 30 years of development, construction, management, and investment experience. Leveraging its entrepreneurial instincts, capital, and expertise, Widewaters continues to develop and acquire quality real estate across North America.

Widewaters has developed or acquired millions of square feet of retail, office, residential, and hospitality. Widewaters manages all of its management companies, The Widewaters Group, Inc. and Widewaters Hotels, LLC. Construction is performed through its affiliate Widewaters Construction, Inc.

Widewaters is based in Syracuse New York with additional operations in Charlotte, North Carolina and Park City, Utah areas. In-house capabilities include: acquisitions, site selection, entitlements, feasibility, legal, leasing, financing, accounting, construction, property management, hotel management, and asset management.

About Hilton Garden Inn
The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn hotel brand provides guests with upscale accommodations and modern amenities needed for a successful and comfortable experience for both business and leisure guests. The Hilton Garden Inn Promise is to make guests’ stay better and brighter. Guaranteed. Team Members operating at more than 700 hotels around the world are committed to guaranteeing today’s busy travelers have a hospitality experience that includes luxurious, yet affordable accommodations. Hilton Garden Inn is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. For more information about Hilton Garden Inn, visit www.hgi.com or news.hgi.com or connect on social media at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 4,900 properties with over 800,000 rooms in 104 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.

About Home2 Suites by Hilton
Home2 Suites by Hilton, one of the fastest growing brands in the history of Hilton, is a mid-tier, all-suite award-winning extended-stay hotel concept designed to offer stylish accommodations with flexible guest room configurations and inspired amenities for the cost-conscious guest. With a commitment to environmentally friendly products and hotel operations, Home2 Suites offers complimentary breakfast selections with hundreds of combinations; innovative and customizable guest room design; laundry and fitness area; complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access; multiple outdoor spaces; 24-hour business center; expansive community spaces; and a pet-friendly environment. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Visit http://www.home2suites.com/ for additional information or www.home2franchise.com/ for franchising opportunities.