Feb 1, 2013Hilton Worldwide and Bayview Hospitality Group to Convert Downtown Toronto Metropolitan Hotel to DoubleTree by Hilton Brand

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Hilton Worldwide and Bayview Hospitality Group (BHG) today announced that the landmark Metropolitan Hotel Toronto, which BHG recently acquired along with the hotel’s two restaurants, will become downtown Toronto’s first DoubleTree by Hilton. Credit: DoubleTree by Hilton.

TORONTO and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide and Bayview Hospitality Group (BHG) today announced that the landmark Metropolitan Hotel Toronto, which BHG recently acquired along with the hotel's two restaurants, will become downtown Toronto's first DoubleTree by Hilton. BHG will continue to operate the hotel when it converts to a DoubleTree by Hilton later this year.

"Entering the downtown of a gateway city such as Toronto with a well-known destination hotel and proven operators such as BHG is a great way for DoubleTree by Hilton to start the year," said John Greenleaf global head DoubleTree by Hilton.  "We've recently signed franchise agreements for hotel conversions in Kamloops, BC; West Edmonton, AB; and downtown Regina, SK. With all three planned to open this year, we will more than double our portfolio in the country."

Located amidst the vibrant retail centre at Dundas Square, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Nathan Phillips Square, and Osgoode Hall, the hotel is surrounded by Canada's leading teaching hospitals, three major universities and the provincial legislature. BHG plans to reposition the well-known hotel to become the first DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Toronto. The repositioning strategy includes an extensive refurbishment to the hotel. The new design direction and upgrades will bring a heightened level of comfort and a sophisticated, urban look and feel to the full service hotel.

"We are truly excited to introduce the first DoubleTree by Hilton to the world class city of Toronto," said Alnoor Gulamani, president of BHG. "BHG has a relationship with Hilton Worldwide that goes back many years over multiple hotel projects in the Greater Toronto Area. The Doubletree by Hilton brand is the perfect fit for this central, cosmopolitan location."

DoubleTree by Hilton currently offers two locations in Canada - DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto Airport and DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls.  The brand is built around a service culture which strives to Create A Rewarding Experience (CARE) for its guests. The experience starts with a warm and welcoming chocolate chip cookie and offers unique comforts and conveniences for guests to enjoy. 

About Bayview Hospitality Group
Bayview provides investment, management and development leadership with a focus on providing the best practices and operational excellence. Through extensive hotel investment and operations experience, BHG delivers ground-breaking projects and results. The company has a rich history with Hilton Worldwide, having brought the first purpose-built Homewood Suites by Hilton to Canada in 2005. In 2010, it opened the country's first dual Homewood Suites-Hampton Inn hotel location. BHG has over 1,000 guest rooms in six hotels across Ontario. Visit www.bayviewhospitality.com for more information. 

Contacts:
Lauralee Dobbins
Daly Gray Public Relations
+1 703 435 6293
Lauralee@dalygray.com

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

About DoubleTree by Hilton

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.

About Hilton

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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