MCLEAN, Va. - Today, Hilton Worldwide announced that Hilton Garden Inn landed top honors in the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 European Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM. The brand was awarded the highest ranking in the "Upscale" segment, coming in 57 points above segment average.

This honor marks Hilton Garden Inn's ninth J.D. Power award collectively, joining the brand's eight other J.D. Power North American awards. This year marks the first time the brand has had a sufficient sample size to rank in the European study.

"Since opening our first hotel in Europe in 2006 -- the Hilton Garden Inn Stuttgart NeckarPark in Germany - it is a great feat to win this recognition in only five years. Our team members in Europe have grown our brand awareness by bringing the brand culture, quality, and hospitality to life. By being focused on our brand values, strategy and positioning, we are able to define and maintain the brand's integrity as it spreads throughout the world," said Adrian Kurre, global head, Hilton Garden Inn. "We currently have 16 hotels in Europe and we continue to add Hilton Garden Inn hotels throughout the continent and the globe. This recognition by one of the most revered names in quality and consumer satisfaction research truly solidifies our growth and success story in Europe."

Hilton Garden Inn performed at the top in four of the seven measures: guest room, hotel services, hotel facilities and costs & fees. The brand saw particularly high scores for its guest room, which features the Garden Sleep System® bed, as well as the ergonomic Mirra® chair by Herman Miller and complimentary WiFi, available in all hotels.

"This award is testament to the great momentum and resonance that Hilton Garden Inn as a brand has achieved with both our guests and owners alike across the European region. Looking forward we will welcome a further 28 Hilton Garden Inn hotels in key locations including Russia, Poland and Turkey. These properties join our broader Hilton Worldwide estate of more than 215 hotels across six brands in 31 countries within Europe," said Simon Vincent, area president, Europe for Hilton Worldwide.

The study, now in its seventh year, examines the overall satisfaction of European hotel guests based on seven measures (in order of importance for the upscale segment): guest room; costs and fees; hotel facilities; check-in/check-out; food and beverage; hotel services; and reservation. Forty-five hotel brands are measured and ranked in four segments1: upper upscale, upscale, midscale and economy.

Contact:
Jules Kerby
Tel: +44 (0) 7966 893697
jules.kerby@hilton.com

Dawn Ray
Tel: +1 (901) 604-9764
dawn.ray@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.