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Five DoubleTree by Hilton Properties Join Historic Hotels of America

MCLEAN, Va. – March X, 2015 – DoubleTree by Hilton announced today that five of its most celebrated and distinguished hotels have joined the prestigious Historic Hotels of AmericaTM organization. From the ground on which Harry S. Truman once waved the “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline to the property now recognized as the “Official Hotel of the Alamo,” these five storied historic hotels embody the spirit and legacy of DoubleTree by Hilton in their own communities. The official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation®, Historic Hotels of America recognizes only the finest hotels for maintaining their authenticity, sense of place and architectural integrity. To qualify for the program, hotels must have historic significance, be at least 50 years old, be designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or be listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

“From opening the first DoubleTree by Hilton in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1969 to celebrating the 300 millionth cookie given away at check-in last March, DoubleTree by Hilton has a long-standing legacy of delivering the ‘little things’ that create a better travel experience,” said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “Maintaining the history and heritage of these iconic hotels is just another way we strive to celebrate the cities in which our hotels are located and continue our commitment both to our guests and the local communities we serve. We’re honored to have these exemplary properties added to the esteemed Historic Hotels of America collection.”

With its diverse global portfolio of hotels, DoubleTree by Hilton is one of the fastest-growing hotel brands in the upscale, full service hotel category, recognized around the world for a service culture built around the idea of CARE, which stands for creating a rewarding experience for guests, team members and the community. Guests who have stayed at a DoubleTree by Hilton in recent years have seen a dramatic transformation of the brand's hotel experience through reinvestments by hotel owners and the brand in amenities, services and style, including historic landmarks. 

“These iconic and legendary DoubleTree by Hilton hotels celebrate rich aspects of the heritage, history, transportation, and grand architectural accomplishments of the United States, and we are proud to welcome them as members of Historic Hotels of America,” said Lawrence Horwitz, executive director, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. 

Each DoubleTree by Hilton property inducted into Historic Hotels of America illustrates a standard of excellence for which the brand is known. The properties recognized by Historic Hotels of America include:

  • Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center – a DoubleTree by Hilton: Originally erected in 1882 as the headquarters hotel for the Norfolk Western Railroad, the Hotel Roanoke was built as part of a comprehensive community development plan and grand vision of railroad entrepreneur and magnate Frederick Kimball. The hotel flourished even during the Great Depression, and has since grown from 36 rooms to 331 rooms. 
  • St. Louis Union Station – a DoubleTree by Hilton: The hotel initially functioned as a passenger train terminal dating back to 1894. The famous photograph of Harry S. Truman holding the Chicago Tribune with the headline, “Dewey Defeats Truman,” was taken at the station as Truman traveled to Washington, D.C. after the 1948 presidential election. The St. Louis Union Station was once the largest train station in the United States with the most daily passengers of any train station in the world.
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Detroit Downtown - Fort Shelby: This hotel opened its doors in 1917 as The Fort Shelby Hotel, named for its iconic setting on the site of the famous Fort Shelby, colonial-era fort that stood near the spot until 1829 and played a role in both the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
  • The Emily Morgan San Antonio – a DoubleTree by Hilton: Known as the “Official Hotel of the Alamo,” the hotel opened in 1942 and is named after the servant girl who was rumored to have wooed the Mexican General Santa Anna during the Battle of San Jacinto. 
  • The Tudor Arms Cleveland – a DoubleTree by Hilton: The Tudor Arms was originally built in 1933 and opened as the swanky, exclusive Cleveland Club featuring ballrooms, a swimming pool, a bowling alley and beautiful views of downtown Cleveland. Near the end of the Great Depression it evolved into a hotel known as the Tudor Arms and soon became a noted entertainment venue.

To book their stay, consumers can visit www.doubletree.com or www.historichotels.org. For more information or to download historical photos of these hotels, media may visit news.doubletree.com/historichotels. 

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About Historic Hotels of America
Historic Hotels of America is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation® for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. Historic Hotels of America was founded in 1989 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with 32 charter members. Today, Historic Hotels of America has more than 260 historic hotels. These historic hotels have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated properties. More than 30 of the world's finest hospitality brands, chains, and collections are represented in Historic Hotels of America. To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and recognized as having historic significance. For more information, please visit www.HistoricHotels.org.

This year Historic Hotels of America celebrates 25 years. Watch the anniversary video here

About DoubleTree by Hilton
With a fast-growing, global collection of more than 400 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 team members to provide the special comforts and acts of kindness that make the traveler feel human again.

To make reservations at any DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, travelers may visit our brand website at www.doubletree.com. Social media users may connect with us at www.facebook.com/doubletree, www.twitter.com/doubletree and www.youtube.com/doubletreehotels. For the latest news, story starters and fact sheets about our brand, reporters and bloggers may visit our DoubleTree by Hilton Global Media Center at news.doubletree.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 twelve world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,300 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 715,000 rooms in 94 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, 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.

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