Hilton Worldwide Brings Columbia, S.C. its First Dual-Branded Property
Historic Clarion Hotel Downtown to be Converted to Hilton Garden Inn and Home2 Suites
MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of a dual-branded Hilton Garden Inn and Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel in Columbia, S.C. Franchisee, Gervais Street Hotel, LLC and development and management company, CN Hotels, Inc., will rebrand, convert and expand the historic Clarion Hotel Downtown to a 110-room Hilton Garden Inn and 100-room Home2 Suites located at 1615 Gervais Street in Columbia.
This development is slated to open in 2016 and will join Hilton Worldwide's current portfolio of 16 Hilton Worldwide dual-branded hotels.
"The signing of the dual-branded Hilton Garden Inn and Home2 Suites Columbia Downtown marks a strategic implementation for us in a top market," said Phil Cordell, global head, focused service and Hampton brand management, Hilton Worldwide. "Dual-branded hotels allow us to uniquely offer guests a variety of accommodation options, while also providing franchisees cost and operational efficiencies."
Situated in the hub of Columbia's business district, the soon-to-be converted hotel is central to the State Capitol building, University of South Carolina and Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The location is ideal for leisure travelers with close proximity to Williams-Brice Stadium, State Museum and Riverbanks Zoo. With the diverse range of hotel rooms, suites and amenities the brands will bring to the location, all types of travelers will be equally comfortable under its roof.
To bring a sense of community to the space, the two hotels will share some amenities and services, while still maintaining each brand's individuality. Hilton Garden Inn, known for its upscale yet affordable accommodations, will offer 5,500 sq. ft. of meeting space, an outdoor pool and Carolina's Restaurant that will reflect the local Southern flair. Home2 Suites, Hilton Worldwide's mid-tier, all-suite hotel brand, will offer flexible and comfortable modern suites, 800 sq. ft. of meeting space as well as a commitment to sustainable products and operations. Sharing the indoor pool, outdoor garden and fire pit plus free Wi-Fi throughout all guest rooms, the hotel will take advantage of the best of both brands.
"We look forward to bringing together these two Hilton Worldwide brands, which are known for their innovation and guest satisfaction," said Jayesh N. Patel, vice president, CN Hotels, Inc. "With the new dual-branded Home2 Suites and Hilton Garden Inn, Columbia will have great appeal to business and leisure travelers alike."
Hilton Garden Inn guests will enjoy a 24-hour business center with Print SpotsTM remote printing, state-of-the-art fitness center, and an indoor pool. Carolina's Restaurant® will offer 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. Each guest room boasts the brand's signature bedding featuring fresh, white duvets and crisp linens; a spacious and clutter free work desk, with an ergonomic desk chair; and an in-room "hospitality center" with a mini fridge, microwave oven and Keurig coffee maker.
Guests experience easy access to technology, inviting community spaces, and trademark Home2 Suites amenities standard in all properties such as: the Oasis lobby area, the Home2 MKT for grab-and-go items, and the Spin2 Cycle a combined laundry and fitness area. A complimentary continental breakfast is also available at the Inspired Table that includes a variety of morning favorites like a hot breakfast sandwich. The hotel has many outdoor features including: a heated saline pool, gas grills for guests' uses and a fire pit. All Home2 Suites by Hilton properties are pet-friendly.
Hilton Garden Inn and Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbia Downtown will participate in Hilton HHonors®, the only hotel rewards program that offers Points & Miles® and No Blackout Dates.
Read more about Hilton Worldwide and its brand developments at www.hiltonworldwide.com.
*Service of alcohol subject to state and local laws. Must be of legal drinking age.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 18 world-class brands comprising more than 6,100 properties with more than 977,000 rooms, in 118 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its 100-year history, earned a top spot on the 2019 World’s Best Workplaces list, and was named the 2019 Global Industry Leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, more than 106 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy, plus enjoy instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.
About Hilton Garden Inn
The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn brand provides business and leisure guests upscale, affordable accommodations and unexpected amenities for an experience that is ‘Simply on Another Level.’ The Hilton Garden Inn Promise affirms the brand’s goal to make each guest’s stay better and brighter. Guaranteed. Team Members at more than 860 hotels in 49 countries and territories around the world ensure today’s busy travelers have a bright and satisfying experience, starting with the first hello. As a recognized F&B leader, Hilton Garden Inn serves locally sourced food and beverage at its full-service restaurants and bars, featuring cooked-to-order dishes, handcrafted cocktails, and on-trend small plates. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. For more information about Hilton Garden Inn, visit www.hgi.com or newsroom.hilton.com/hgi, and connect on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.
About Home2 Suites by Hilton
Home2 Suites by Hilton, one of the fastest-growing brands in Hilton’s history, is a mid-tier, all-suite, award-winning extended-stay hotel concept designed to offer stylish accommodations with flexible guestroom configurations and inspired amenities for the cost-conscious guest. With a commitment to environmentally friendly products and hotel operations, Home2 Suites offers complimentary breakfast selections with hundreds of combinations; innovative and customizable guestroom designs; laundry and fitness areas; complimentary WiFi; multiple outdoor spaces; 24-hour business centers; expansive community spaces; and pet-friendly environments. Home2 Suites by Hilton has 395 hotels with 455 in the pipeline. 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 WiFi, and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app. Visit www.home2suites.com or newsroom.hilton.com/home2suites for additional information, or here for franchising opportunities. Connect with Home2 Suites on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.Download Article Photos