Oct 30, 2012DoubleTree by Hilton Signs its Third Scottish Hotel

Hilton Worldwide’s Fastest Growing Full-Service Brand Continues its Rapid Growth across the UK

DUNDEE, Scotland - Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of a franchise agreement with BDL Select Operations Limited, to open DoubleTree by Hilton Dundee, the brand's third property in Scotland, joining hotels in Dunblane and Aberdeen.

The deal will see the conversion of the former Landmark Hotel, a two floor and 95 guestroom property, into a DoubleTree branded hotel expected to open next spring.  The grounds incorporate a magnificent 100 year old listed mansion house and its ornate surrounding gardens.  The grandeur of the hotel, coupled with its high profile location off the main road in to Dundee, marks it out as the gateway to the city.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide, said, "DoubleTree by Hilton is one of our most successful growth brands in the UK and we're delighted to be introducing it to Dundee. The hotel will join more than 9 other UK properties which have been welcomed into the brand in less than 12 months, for a total of 18 in the UK, 36 across Europe with a further 20 in the pipeline for the continent."

"Once converted, DoubleTree by Hilton Dundee will serve as a perfect example of the benefits the brand offers guests and owners alike.  The hotel will keep a strong sense of its unique heritage and identity whilst also benefiting from Hilton Worldwide's global systems and Hilton HHonors guest loyalty programme." 

DoubleTree by Hilton Dundee will contain five meeting room spaces, two of which are set within the classical confines of the mansion building.  Its eye-catching glasshouse restaurant adjoining the garden area is also expected to be a popular venue for events, including weddings.  Additional facilities available at the hotel include a health club, spa and indoor swimming pool.

Stuart McCaffer, BDL Chairman said, "At BDL we have a strong track record in both the ownership and management of hotels and this franchise agreement with Hilton Worldwide regarding the Landmark Hotel is a clear indication of what can be achieved by working in partnership to deliver a better offering to our customers. This development of one of Dundee's best known hotels is good news for the city."

The hotel is located directly opposite the Discovery Business Park which itself is currently undergoing a multi-million pound redevelopment. Sitting just off the A90 between Edinburgh and Glasgow, the property is easily accessible, with Dundee Airport only 3km away, with its daily flights to London City Airport. 

Rob Palleschi, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton, said, "As we continue our growth in the UK, we look to partner with developers who share our DoubleTree by Hilton belief in offering consistency through a superior guest experience while allowing a property to keep its natural character.  DoubleTree by Hilton Dundee is a unique, ideally located property which will be a fantastic addition to the brand.  We look forward to welcoming our first guests with our delicious, signature chocolate chip cookie at check-in."

Attractions for leisure guests include Dundee's vibrant waterfront area which is currently home to HMS Discovery, the ship commanded by Arctic explorer Captain Scott.  The waterfront area is also planning a significant redevelopment set to include a new Victoria & Albert Museum.  The legendary St Andrews golf course, recognized as the spiritual home of the sport, is also a short drive away across the Tay Bridge.

Hilton Worldwide operates a total of 15 properties in Scotland.  Its portfolio includes The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, which recently re-opened following a £24million renovation and Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen which was ranked as the UK's #1 hotel by the 2012 Expedia Insider's Select List.  DoubleTree by Hilton has two further Scottish properties in Aberdeen and Dunblane and recently opened its latest UK hotel at Marble Arch in London.

Contacts:
Maggie Giddens
DoubleTree by Hilton
+1 703 883 5346
maggie.giddens@hilton.com

Parveen Johal
Hilton Worldwide
+44 (0) 207 856 8667
parveen.johal@hilton.com

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DoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global portfolio of more than 500 upscale hotels with more than 119,000 rooms in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents. DoubleTree by Hilton prides itself on paying attention to the little details that have a big impact, from welcoming guests with its signature warm DoubleTree Cookie to serving the communities around them. DoubleTree by Hilton hotels offer unique, contemporary accommodations and full-service facilities, including restaurants and lounges, room service, health clubs, business centers and meeting and banquet space. 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. To make reservations, travelers may visit doubletree.com. Connect with the DoubleTree by Hilton on facebook.com/doubletree, twitter.com/doubletree and instagram.com/doubletree. Journalists may visit news.doubletree.com.

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Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising nearly 5,000 properties with more than 812,000 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 HiltonTM, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by HiltonTM, 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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