Rendering of the Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton Oklahoma City-Bricktown. Credit: Hilton Worldwide

OKLAHOMA CITY and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide today announced the opening of its newest hotel, the dual-branded Hilton Garden Inn Oklahoma City-Bricktown and Homewood Suites by Hilton Oklahoma City-Bricktown.  The opening reinforces Hilton Worldwide's commitment to the dual brand sector, marking the company's 14th dual-branded property in North America, and the 13th featuring Homewood Suites, the leader and anchor in Hilton Worldwide's dual-brand strategy.

"We continue to see great success with the dual-branded hotel model, as it caters to a wide array of guests with varying needs and desires," said Phil Cordell, global head, Focused Service and Hampton brand. "We're excited to add another dual-build to our portfolio and bring the unique concept to Oklahoma with the addition of the new Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton Oklahoma City-Bricktown."

Supported by a strong housing recovery and job opportunities, Oklahoma City is not only one of the fastest growing cities in the country, but most attractive to visitors.  In the first quarter of the current fiscal year, the city saw a 5 percent hotel occupancy growth according to Smith Travel Research.  The city was also recently named a "Top 10 Must Visit Destination" by Complex.com.

The Oklahoma City-Bricktown hotel is the 10th Hilton Garden Inn and fourth Homewood Suites property in Oklahoma, and brings approximately 90 jobs to the Oklahoma City area.  The 11-story hotel features 155 Hilton Garden Inn and 100 Homewood Suites rooms and suites respectively.  The property will be owned by Apple REIT Company and managed by Raymond Management Company, Inc.

"Bricktown is Oklahoma City's most vibrant neighborhood, and the addition of a hotel featuring two leading brands will enhance the area's appeal and deliver strong value for guests," said Jeff Raymond, President, Raymond Management Company.  "As Oklahoma's first dual-brand hotel, we look forward to introducing the unique concept and stay experience it will afford both business and leisure guests."

Located in the heart of Oklahoma City's premier entertainment district and next to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, the dual-brand hotel offers easy access to all of the shopping, dining and nightlife of Bricktown. Guests can attend a world-class music concert, cheer on the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena or explore lively Bricktown on a canal cruise. Additionally, nearby attractions include the Myriad Botanical Gardens and the Oklahoma City Memorial & Museum - dedicated to the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing.

The dual-brand concept creates enhanced and larger communal areas - three meeting rooms, indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, and 24-hour fitness center - than would be standard at a stand-alone property, benefitting both business and leisure travelers.  The hotel also has two distinct lobbies offering two separate check-in desks and lodging/dining areas - each catering to the needs of their respective guests.  The Hilton Garden Inn features 4,620 sq. ft. of meeting space while the Homewood Suites by Hilton Oklahoma City-Bricktown features a game room.

The Homewood Suites by Hilton Oklahoma City-Bricktown is another important component in the brand's urban expansion efforts.  Over the past year, Homewood Suites has opened properties in Dallas, Denver and Nashville - and will debut the brand's first New York City property later in 2014 - illustrating the demand for upscale, value-driven suite accommodations in prime business and leisure metro markets.

All Hilton Garden Inn guests will enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel; a 24-hour business center with Print SpotsTM remote printing; state-of-the-art fitness center; and an indoor pool.  The Garden Grille and Bar® offers a full cooked-to-order breakfast, dinner, cocktails, and evening room service.  The Pavilion Pantry® is open 24 hours and features a complete selection of salty snacks, sweet treats, cold beverages as well as freshly prepared, frozen and microwaveable packaged items.

Homewood Suites by Hilton provides travelers amenities and services that maximize their travel budget, including complimentary internet, daily full-hot breakfast and evening dinner and drinks Monday through Thursday*.  In addition, Homewood Suites' 320+ all-suite hotels boast fully equipped kitchens, separate sleeping and living spaces, a complimentary grocery shopping service** and recreational options to stay active - all amenities that enable travelers to be at home and make life on the road more about life and less about the road.

Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton Oklahoma City-Bricktown participates in Hilton HHonors®, the only hotel rewards program that offers Points & Miles® and No Blackout Dates at more than 3,900 hotels worldwide.

For more information about Hilton Garden Inn or Homewood Suites by Hilton, please visit http://news.hiltongardeninn.com or http://news.homewoodsuites.com.

Contact:
Dawn Ray
Hilton Worldwide
+1 901 374 5954
dawn.ray@hilton.com

Shawn Warmstein
For Hilton Worldwide
+1 305 444 3383
shawn.warmstein@rbbpr.com

About Raymond Management Company
Raymond Management Company (RMC) is one of the most trusted hospitality real estate developers and operators in the Midwest. Founded in 1978, RMC's operations have grown to include an award-winning portfolio of hotel properties. RMC currently manages thirty four hotels in 12 states. The Madison, Wisconsin-based company has been twice named Developer of the Year by Hilton Hotels Corporation. For more information, access the company's web site at www.raymondteam.com.

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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