MCLEAN, Va. & KRAKOW, Poland - Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of a franchise agreement with Hotel Zakrzowek to open a Hilton Garden Inn (HGI) hotel in Krakow, Poland. Scheduled to open in the spring of 2010, the hotel will become the first Hilton Garden Inn in the country and is on track to be the brand’s 500th hotel.

Welcoming today’s announcement, Patrick Fitzgibbon, Senior Vice President Development - Europe & Africa said, “There is significant demand from hotel owners and developers in Poland for a contemporary yet affordable focused service product and our Hilton Garden Inn brand offers the perfect fit. With deals already signed for HGI properties in Warsaw and Rzeszow, this third signing showcases the growth potential for the brand, especially in Poland’s regional centres where there is a real appetite for quality and internationally branded accommodation.”

When it opens, Hilton Garden Inn Krakow will offer 154 well appointed rooms spread over six floors, all featuring the brand’s key signature offerings including the Garden Sleep System™ bed, ergonomic Mirra® chair by Herman Miller, a 24-hour business centre and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi Internet access. A stylish lobby and reception area will feature a lounge area and bar, as well as the Hilton Garden Inn 24-hour Pavilion Pantry™, which provides a selection of food and beverage options. A contemporary restaurant will also offer made-to-order breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as evening room service.

With over 300m² and four flexible meeting rooms, the Hilton Garden Inn Krakow will be ideal for leisure as well as business guests. Other facilities will include a complimentary fitness centre with Precor® gym equipment and underground parking.

Set on the banks of the Vistula River, Hilton Garden Inn Krakow enjoys a central location, only 15 minutes away from the city’s historic centre. With views of the famous Wawel Castle, the contemporary, new build hotel will be located on Marii Konopnickiej Street.

Adrian Kurre, Global Head of the Hilton Garden Inn Brand said, “We are delighted to sign our third Hilton Garden Inn in Poland. We firmly believe that we have an opportunity to establish this brand as the leading focused service hotel choice for both domestic and international travellers in the country over the next few years.”

Wojciech Popis, Chairman of the company which owns and will manage the Hilton Garden Inn Kraków stated, “I am fully convinced that the opening of the first Hilton Garden Inn in Poland will be a refreshing and welcome choice of accommodations for Polish and international business travellers. We are thrilled to be a part of this historical achievement in Krakow.”

Hilton Worldwide has identified Poland as one of its key European growth markets for the roll out of its portfolio of hotel brands. Hilton Worldwide currently operates one hotel in the country – the upscale Hilton Warsaw Hotel and Convention Centre – and has a further two full service Hilton properties in the pipeline to open in Gdansk and Wroclaw.

Contact: 
Hilton Worldwide (Europe) 
Katrina Jones 
VP Communications - Europe 
Tel: +44 (0)207 856 8313 
Email: katrina.jones@hilton.com

Jules Kerby 
Communications Director - Europe 
Tel: +44 (0)207 856 8076 
Email: jules.kerby@hilton.com

About Hilton Garden Inn
The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn hotel brand provides business and leisure guests with upscale yet affordable accommodations and modern amenities for a successful and comfortable stay. The satisfaction promise affirms the brand’s goal to make each guest’s stay better and brighter. If something isn’t just the way you like it, simply let any hotel Team Member know, and we will make it right. Guaranteed. As a recognized F&B leader, Hilton Garden Inn caters to guests’ dining needs by serving daily cooked-to-order breakfast and offering full service restaurants and bars. Team Members at more than 750 hotels around the world are committed to guaranteeing today’s busy travelers have a bright and satisfying experience from the first hello when they arrive. 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 5,100 properties with nearly 838,000 rooms in 103 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 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.

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