LONDON & MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide is delighted to confirm that it has reached agreement to re-brand and operate the eight Mint Hotel properties* that have been acquired by its owning company, Blackstone (NYSE: BX) as part of the upscale, full-service DoubleTree by Hilton and mid-scale Hilton Garden Inn brands.

This significant multi-brand deal will also bring the total number of hotels managed by Hilton Worldwide to more than 100 properties in the UK and more than 220 hotels and resorts - comprising more than 50,000 rooms - across Europe.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development - Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide, said,"Hilton Garden Inn and DoubleTree by Hilton brands have tremendous traction across Europe and further demonstrate the momentum we have behind our great global brands. These eight fantastic additions to our company's portfolio will promptly join our DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn brands with a fast-track transition programme that aims to see all hotels fully integrated into our Hilton Worldwide systems in the coming weeks."

Guests at newly rebranded DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in Amsterdam, Tower of London, London Westminster, Leeds and Manchester will benefit from the characteristic qualities found at more than 265 DoubleTree by Hilton hotels and resorts open around the world.  The upscale, full-service hotel brand has seen remarkable growth since its European introduction in the spring of 2008 with 25 DoubleTree by Hilton hotels now open in ten countries across Europe.  The fast-growing global momentum of more than 70 DoubleTree by Hilton hotels and resorts anticipated to open across five continents in the next few years also represents the most robust hotel development pipeline in the brand's history. 

Rob Palleschi, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton, said, "From London to Beijing and Amsterdam to Chicago, the DoubleTree by Hilton brand continues to create an extraordinary collection of hotels in some of the most sought-after city centre locations around the world.  These five city centre properties in the UK and the Netherlands already have outstanding service and product attributes to represent the DoubleTree by Hilton brand. We look forward to creating rewarding experiences for the world's travellers in each of these fine locations."

New Hilton Garden Inn locations in Glasgow, Bristol and Birmingham will provide travellers with signature amenities that can be found at a network of more than 520 hotels around the world. The midscale hotel brand has seen significant expansion globally throughout the last two years, with the most recent opening the Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul-Golden Horn as the brand's fourth hotel in Turkey.  The brand currently has more than 150 projects in various stages of the development pipeline and is set to make its debut in China in the first quarter of 2012. 

These three properties in key cities join another 15 across Europe, including two in the UK, the Hilton Garden Inn Luton North and Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen City Centre.

Adrian Kurre, global head, Hilton Garden Inn, said, "Hilton Garden Inn has seen great success in Europe, and as our brand continues to expand internationally we look forward to introducing more travellers to what sets the brand apart from our competitors. Further demonstrating this, the brand has also recently been awarded top honors in the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 European Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM*. Reinforcing that Hilton Garden Inn is the perfect hotel for mid-market business and leisure travellers, all at an affordable rate."

Hilton Worldwide's other global brands include the famous Hilton Hotels & Resorts, the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts, and the focused-service Hampton by Hilton. Other hotel additions in the near future will include Hampton by Hilton London Croydon, DoubleTree by Hilton Newcastle Airport, DoubleTree by Hilton Lincoln, Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport and the Waldorf Astoria Berlin.

Official hotel names are as follows:

  • Doubletree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station
  • Doubletree by Hilton London - Tower of London
  • Doubletree by Hilton London - Westminster
  • Doubletree by Hilton Manchester Piccadilly
  • Doubletree by Hilton Leeds City Centre
  • Hilton Garden Inn Glasgow City Centre
  • Hilton Garden Inn Bristol City Centre
  • Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Brindleyplace

Contact:
Katrina Jones
Vice President, Corporate Communications - Europe
Tel: +44 (0) 7966 894 287
katrina.jones@hilton.com

Jules Kerby
Director, Corporate Communications - Europe
Tel: +44 (0) 7966 893697
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.