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Hilton Worldwide Announces First Dual Branded Property in Poland

Upscale DoubleTree by Hilton Kraków Hotel & Convention Center and Value Hampton by Hilton Kraków Expected To Open 2014

December 06, 2012  |  This information originated in U.K. English.

KRAKÓW, Poland - Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of its first dual branded property in Poland, DoubleTree by Hilton Kraków Hotel & Convention Center and Hampton by Hilton Kraków.  The company now has 17 hotels either currently trading or under development in Poland, one of its fastest growing European markets.  The hotels will open following the signing of a franchise agreement with Kraków based Euro Hotele Sp. z o.o.

Hilton Worldwide opened its first Polish hotel, Hilton Warsaw Hotel & Convention Centre, in 2007 and has since grown the portfolio with openings in Rzeszow, Swinoujscie, Kraków and Gdansk.  Dual branded hotels have become an increasingly popular accommodation option in Europe, with the Kraków project joining recent Hilton Worldwide openings in the UK, Germany and Turkey.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president development, Europe and Africa, Hilton Worldwide, said, "Our development momentum in Poland has gathered significant pace and I am delighted that we have signed an agreement to open our first dual branded property in Poland.  With seven hotels already under construction in multiple cities across the country, we expect our portfolio to more than double in the next few years - which is testament to the popularity of Hilton Worldwide's brand portfolio with owners and guests alike."

Located in the beautiful and historic city of Kraków, a popular business and leisure destination, the new build hotels are within easy transfer from the city centre and historic old town, and less than 10 miles from Kraków Airport.  Situated on the Vistula river in southern Poland, the city dates back to the Seventh century.  Not only an economic centre, Kraków is considered by many to be the cultural capital of Poland.  In 1978, UNESCO added Kraków's Historic Centre to the list of World Heritage Sites, which includes the incredible Wawel Castle and 13th-Century Gothic-Renaissance Town Hall Tower.

The 224-room DoubleTree by Hilton Kraków  Hotel & Convention Center will feature 2,254 square metres of conference and events space, including a 933 square metre ballroom and 17 meeting rooms, catering for the city's many business travellers meeting in this well connected economic hub.  The hotel will also offer a fine dining restaurant and bar, as well as a fitness centre complete with saunas and swimming pool.  Guests will be able to enjoy the delicious signature DoubleTree by Hilton warm chocolate chip cookie at check-in.

As part of the same building but with a seperate entrance and lobby, value-wise Hampton by Hilton Kraków will feature 161 rooms, all offering quality service and amenities to meet the needs of every guest, whether they stay for business or leisure.  The hotel will offer the brand's signatures including free high-speed internet access throughout, free hot breakfast, 24-hour snack area featuring light dishes, a full bar, as well as Hampton by Hilton's 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Both hotels will be managed by polish operator Vision Hotel Management, subsidary company of Satoria Group SA. "We are proud that we will manage this exceptional dual branded Project in Kraków owned by Euro-Hotele sp. z o.o. I strongly believe that two hotels with significat convention space will play a crutial role in driving an additional conference business to Kraków and will become new convention destination in Europe" said, Wojciech Popis, Managing Director of Vision Hotel Management.

Across Poland Hilton Worldwide currently has five hotels in operation with another 12 in the pipeline and seven (1470 bedrooms ) currently under construction. It is estimated that this growth will help create approximately 500 jobs in the next few years. Hotels currently under development include: DoubleTree by Hilton Wroclaw, DoubleTree by Hilton Lodz, DoubleTree by Hilton Kraków Hotel & Convention Centre, Hilton Garden Inn Wroclaw, Hilton Garden Inn Kraków Airport, Hampton by Hilton Kraków, Hampton by Hilton Warsaw Airport and Hampton by Hilton Gdansk Airport. Hilton Worlwide recently announced Hampton by Hilton Warsaw, set to be the largest Hampton in Europe when it opens.

Contacts:
Dan Corfield
Hilton Worldwide
+44 (0) 7974 229 462
dan.corfield@hilton.com

John Walls
Director, Global Brand Public Relations, Hampton Hotels
901 374 6383
John.Walls@hilton.com

Maggie Giddens
Director, Global Brand Public Relations, DoubleTree by Hilton
+1 703 883 5346
maggie.giddens@hilton.com

About Hilton Worldwide Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 95 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of eleven world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,200 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 690,000 rooms in 93 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide, and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide. About DoubleTree By Hilton With a fast-growing, global collection of 380 upscale hotels in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents, every little thing we do at DoubleTree by Hilton inspires us to create a rewarding experience for our hotel guests, our team members and the communities we proudly serve. Our hospitality begins with a warm chocolate chip cookie welcome upon arrival and continues with the award-winning Hilton HHonors guest loyalty program, an array of fine services and amenities and our longstanding CARE Culture tradition that empowers more than 45,000 team members to provide the special comforts and acts of kindness that make the traveler feel human again.

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