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Expansions & Renovations

Sotherly Hotels and Chesapeake Hospitality Complete Renovation and Conversion of 311-Room DoubleTree by Hilton in Hollywood, Florida

HOLLYWOOD, FL. and MCLEAN, VA. October 26, 2017 - DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hollywood Beach, a newly renovated resort set along the Intracoastal Waterway in Hollywood, Fla., is the latest addition to the growing portfolio of hotels from DoubleTree by Hilton, one of Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) 14 market-leading brands.

Situated just steps from ocean waves and white-sand beaches, the resort allows easy access for guests to hop on the Hollywood Trolley to tour Ocean Drive or to set off on the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi. Through its multimillion-dollar transformation, the property features 311 oversized guestrooms and suites, all with furnished balconies overlooking the property's eye-catching attractions. Along with a 24-hour business center, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hollywood Beach boasts 10,000 square feet of meeting space, including a stylish boardroom and outdoor pavilion for up to 250 guests.

"This idyllic seaside resort is located between two of Florida's biggest cities and travel hubs, Miami and Fort Lauderdale, making it easy for travelers to reach major airports, cruise terminals and to explore South Florida's famous beaches," said Dianna Vaughan, global head and senior vice president, DoubleTree by Hilton. "We look forward to welcoming guests to this sunny locale where they can discover local attractions, sink their toes in the sand along the Atlantic Ocean and enjoy our first-class service and amenities, all starting with our signature, warm DoubleTree Cookie."

The resort features more than 10,000 square feet of flexible function space throughout six meeting rooms, including a stylish boardroom and a poolside outdoor pavilion for up to 250 guests. The largest ballroom accommodates 300 guests, while its most spacious group meeting area comfortably holds 200. Audiovisual equipment rental is available along with the option to customize catering and banquet menus to suit a variety of event needs. Friendly staff and a dedicated wedding/event planner are ready to coordinate waterfront receptions or conferences.

"The resort promises to make any vacation memorable - from breathtaking beaches to family-friendly attractions like the famous Broadwalk, Anne Kolb Nature Center or a jaunt to Fort Lauderdale or Miami," said Joseph A. Ruiz, general manager, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hollywood Beach. "As a local landmark, we look forward to welcoming guests under the trusted DoubleTree by Hilton brand."

Owned by Sotherly Hotels and managed by Chesapeake Hospitality, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hollywood Beach is located at 4000 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, Fla., 33019, approximately eight miles from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport.

For more information or to make a reservation, travelers may visit www.hollywoodbeachresort.doubletreebyhilton.com or call 954-454-4334.

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 more than 5,000 properties with more than 825,000 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.

Contact:
Whitney Tritt
whitney.tritt@ketchum.com
+1 202-835-8805

Colleen Hart
colleen.hart@hilton.com
+1 703 883 6616

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