DoubleTree by Hilton Introduces Brand’s Second Hotel in Jacksonville, FL, Directly on the City’s Iconic Riverfront

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. & MCLEAN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DoubleTree
by Hilton
today opened DoubleTree
by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront
, situated directly on the popular
Riverwalk, which connects to Friendship Fountain Park. Formerly a Crowne
Plaza, DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront opens following a
$12-million property-wide renovation that includes a complete redesign
of the lobby, meeting spaces, restaurant and guestrooms. The hotel is
owned by Sotherly
Hotels, Inc.
and managed by Chesapeake
Hospitality
.

“Today marks the second DoubleTree by Hilton hotel opening in
Jacksonville this year. We are honored to be a part of this booming
economy in such a beautiful city,” said John Greenleaf, global head,
DoubleTree by Hilton. “DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront
provides travelers with all of the amenities they want and in a location
near key business headquarters, nationally-ranked golf courses and
entertainment at their fingertips. We are eager for guests to experience
our DoubleTree by Hilton culture, starting with our iconic warm
chocolate chip cookie welcome and continuing throughout their stays.”

The 10-story, 293-room DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront
debuts a fresh makeover that celebrates the hotel’s noteworthy,
mid-century modern architecture. Designed by award-winning firm Resort
Interiors, the hotel’s fresh, new design aesthetic is marked by a chic,
two-story atrium lobby and design touches influenced by the structured
bridges and soothing waterways of northeast Florida. Throughout the
hotel, guests will enjoy an inviting metropolitan atmosphere enhanced by
natural sand, grey and blue hues, as well as driftwood-inspired design
touches celebrating the area’s coastal environment. Guest rooms feature
contemporary accommodations and balconies where guests can take in the
beautiful surroundings.

Throughout their stay, guests will enjoy a range of complimentary
amenities, including a large riverfront pool and sundeck with cabanas
and loungers, a newly-expanded 24-hour fitness center featuring
floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the pool and city skyline, a
24-hour connectivity zone with computers and printers, and free Wi-Fi
throughout the property.

Among the hotel updates is a new restaurant, St. John’s Provision Co.,
offering all-day dining with an eclectic selection of locally-influenced
entrees such as Mayport Shrimp and Grits and the Fried Green Tomato BLT.
Guests can also visit Ruth’s Chris Steak House for a decadent steak or
lobster dish while taking in beautiful views of the St. John’s River. At
Riverview Lounge, guests can relax with a cocktail before or after
dinner in a casual atmosphere. Room service is also available for guests
seeking in-room dining options.

With 12,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including a 4,600
square foot ballroom, DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront is
the perfect venue to host weddings, special events and receptions for up
to 500 people. Many of the 19 meeting rooms feature sweeping
floor-to-ceiling views of the St. John River. For smaller group
meetings, the hotel offers the Meetings
Simplified
by DoubleTree by Hilton package from $35.00 per person,
which includes the meeting room, basic meeting Wi-Fi, meeting supplies
including a flipchart, markers, extension and power cord, and all day
non-alcoholic beverage service. Onsite catering is available to enhance
any function.

“Our hotel has been a landmark for the city of Jacksonville and has
hosted everyone from presidents and foreign dignitaries to Elvis
Presley. We look forward to carrying this tradition into the next
generation as we open the doors to DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville
Riverfront,” said Shawn Frisbee, general manager, DoubleTree by Hilton
Jacksonville Riverfront. “We can’t wait to welcome guests and deliver
the little things that will create a truly rewarding travel experience
during their stay with us.”

DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront’s central location offers
convenient access to local attractions such as the Museum of Science and
History, Friendship Fountain, Jacksonville Zoo, the Jacksonville
Maritime Heritage Center and the historic districts of San Marco,
Riverside and Avondale. The city is also a popular travel destination
for a number of special events, including the Gator Bowl and the annual
Florida-Georgia football game.

In addition to the warm chocolate chip cookie welcome, guests will enjoy
other DoubleTree by Hilton brand amenities, including an assortment of
gourmet in-room tea and coffee choices from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®,
the refreshing London-based Aroma Actives natural skin and body care
line, and an industry-recognized service culture built around the idea
of CARE, which stands for Create a Rewarding Experience for guests, team
members and the community.

DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront participates in the Hilton
HHonors® loyalty program, which is open to all guests and free to join –
visit here
for enrollment information. HHonors members always get our lowest price
with our Best Price Guarantee, along with HHonors Points, free standard
Wi-Fi, access to digital check-in and Digital Key (at participating
hotels), and no hidden fees, only when they book directly through
Hilton. To mark the opening, Hilton HHonors members can earn double
points for stays that include two nights or more through February 2016.
Based on availability, Gold and Diamond members will enjoy upgrades to
the hotel’s exclusive Hilton HHonors floor. Additionally, Diamond
HHonors guests will enjoy complimentary upgraded high-speed Wi-Fi.

DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront is located at 1201
Riverplace Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida, 32207. For more
information, or to make a reservation, travelers may visit jacksonvilleriverfront.doubletree.com
or call +1 904 398 8800.

Media can access additional information on DoubleTree by Hilton
Jacksonville Riverfront at http://news.doubletree.com/jacksonvilleriverfront.
For more news on DoubleTree by Hilton hotel openings, visit http://news.doubletree.com.

About DoubleTree by Hilton

With a fast-growing, global collection of more than 425 upscale hotels
in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across
six continents and nearly 40,000 rooms in the pipeline, every little
thing we do at DoubleTree by Hilton inspires us to create a rewarding
experience for our hotel guests, our Team Members and the communities we
proudly serve. Our hospitality begins with a warm chocolate chip cookie
welcome upon arrival and continues with the award-winning Hilton HHonors
guest loyalty program, an array of fine services and amenities and our
longstanding CARE Culture tradition that empowers Team Members to
provide the special comforts and acts of kindness that make the traveler
feel human again. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through
preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including free
standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available
exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where
HHonors members can check-in and choose their room.

To make reservations at any DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, travelers may
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Center at news.doubletree.com.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company,
spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and
resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 96
years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition
of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of
twelve world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,440
managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties,
with more than 730,000 rooms in 97 countries and territories, including
Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels
& Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree
by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton 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 HHonors®. Hilton HHonors members who book
directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits
including free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are
available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app,
where HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their
room using a Digital Key. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com
for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide,
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Contacts

Lindsey Daniels
Hilton Worldwide
+1 703 883 5986
lindsey.daniels@hilton.com
or
Shahrzad
Nadizadeh
For DoubleTree by Hilton
+1 404 879 9234
shahrzad.nadizadeh@ketchum.com