MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Hilton Garden Inn, the global brand of upscale, yet affordable hotels, today announced the brand’s 500th hotel opening, the 118-room Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte/Concord in North Carolina. Over the past 14 years, the Hilton Garden Inn brand has become one of the fastest-growing brands in the hospitality industry, with hotels either opened or soon to open in 11 countries around the world.

The landmark 500th hotel is owned by Griffin Stafford Lodging One, LLC, a Charlotte-based real estate development firm that specializes in extended-stay and focused-service hotels, and is managed by Griffin Stafford Management. This is the first new-build Hilton Worldwide brand hotel for Griffin Stafford Lodging One, which also has signed a development agreement for a 105-suite Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel in Mooresville, N.C.

“When Hilton Garden Inn was launched in 1996, we set out to create a new standard in mid-priced hotels, and our successful growth to 500 hotels in just 14 years confirms the achievement of that vision,” said Adrian Kurre, Global Head, Hilton Garden Inn. “Since its launch, the brand has truly listened to the needs and wants of both our guests and franchisees, and as a result has consistently been at the leading edge of industry trends — from providing innovative beds and ergonomic Herman Miller Mirra® desk chairs, to small comforts in the room for travelers like refrigerators and microwaves.”

The hotel was built by Charlotte-based Concorde Construction Inc., which worked tirelessly to ensure sustainability efforts were put into place during the construction process. In all, more than 468,000 pounds of construction waste was recycled and diverted from landfills, representing 92 percent of the total construction waste.

The Hilton Garden Inn Pavilion RedefinedAt the center of every Hilton Garden Inn is the Pavilion -- a light, bright and airy approach to the hotel’s lobby, featuring a signature glass-walled pavilion that houses registration and other common areas, such as the hotel’s restaurant, the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry mini-market and a complimentary business center.

The Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte/Concord is one of the first within the brand’s portfolio to feature a newly redesigned Pavilion, which has improved overall flow and functionality. Also featured are a variety of contemporary, yet classic, design elements that stay true to the brand’s signature “garden” theme.

“Our guests were looking for space outside of their hotel room that offered both an intimate and casual feel for various uses, such as eating in the restaurant, working in the business center, socializing at the bar, or just relaxing in the lounge. That’s what the redesign of the Pavilion has accomplished,” Kurre noted. “The new space encourages guests to manage their needs in a less compartmentalized manner, while allowing them to be alone, but not lonely.”

Joel Griffin, principal of Griffin Stafford, agrees. “The updated Pavilion design is very conducive to guest interaction, but it’s beneficial from our point of view because it’s extremely cost-effective and incorporates aspects that should help increase our bottom line. It repositions the bar area to a more highly trafficked space and makes it more accessible to guests.”

Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte/Concord Features“This hotel is a perfect complement to the 120-room Hilton Garden Inn we manage in The Town of Ayersley development in Charlotte,” said Griffin. “Both business and leisure travelers love the amenities they get with Hilton Garden Inn, particularly the comfortable and friendly social-gathering aspects of the Pavilion. We are honored to be the 500th hotel in the Hilton Garden Inn portfolio and look forward to opening more hotels with Hilton Worldwide.”

Located off of I-85 at Exit 49, the six-story Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte/Concord is approximately one mile from Charlotte Motor Speedway and adjacent to Concord Mills Outlet Mall. It is also near the University Research Park, North Carolina Research Campus, International Business Park and numerous NASCAR team facilities. All guest rooms feature complimentary wired and wireless Internet access and secure, remote printing to the business center; refrigerator, microwave oven and coffee maker; self-adjusting Garden Sleep System® bed; large work desk and ergonomic Mirra® chair by Herman Miller; two telephones featuring voicemail, speaker capability and data port; iron and ironing board; and 32” high-definition LCD television.

The hotel also features more than 3,600 square feet of meeting space; on-site catering; state-of-the-art A/V equipment; the Great American Grille, serving breakfast and dinner; 24-hour Pavilion Pantry convenience mart; complimentary 24-hour business center; indoor pool; spa; fitness center with Precor equipment; and a complimentary shuttle to area attractions.

Hilton Garden Inn Growth Over the Next Five YearsKurre noted Hilton Garden Inn continues to be one of the most popular mid-priced, upscale focused-service brands among hotel developers and business and leisure travelers alike. The brand opened 60 hotels in 2009, representing the second highest total in the brand’s history. Currently, more than 100 hotels are in the pipeline in the U.S., in Canada, Chile, India, Turkey, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Poland and Romania.

“With the economy beginning to show encouraging signs of recovery, we’re definitely seeing hotel development interest accelerate,” he said. “We expect to see accelerated growth around the globe, both in countries where we already have a presence and in new emerging markets. The combination of our affordable cost-per-key and the strength of the Hilton Worldwide name among lenders positions Hilton Garden Inn to take advantage of the rebound in development as it occurs.” 

Contact: 
Dawn Ray 
Hilton Garden Inn Public Relations 
(901) 374-5954 
dawn.ray@hilton.com

About Griffin Stafford
Griffin Stafford Development, LLC is a real estate development firm that specializes in extended stay and focused service hotels. The company targets growing Southeastern markets that have the potential to offer investors attractive returns over several years. All Griffin Stafford hotels are managed by Griffin Stafford Management. This ensures that each property is marketed and operated to achieve the highest possible return for our investors.

About Hilton Garden Inn
The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn 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 stay better and brighter. Guaranteed. As a recognized F&B leader, Hilton Garden Inn serves daily cooked-to-order breakfast and offers full service restaurants and bars. Team Members at more than 770 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 5,300 properties with more than 856,000 rooms, in 105 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.

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