"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. Credit: Hilton Worldwide.

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.

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

Jayesh N. Patel
Hilton Garden Inn/Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbia Downtown
+1 336 855 0013
jnpatel@cnhotels.net

About Hilton Garden Inn
The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn hotel brand provides business and leisure guests with upscale yet affordable accommodations and modern amenities they prefer for a successful and comfortable stay. The Hilton Garden Inn Promise is to make guests’ stay better and brighter. Guaranteed. Team Members operating at more than 720 hotels around the world are committed to guaranteeing today’s busy travelers have a bright and satisfying hospitality 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 nearly 5,000 properties with more than 812,000 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.

About Home2 Suites by Hilton
Home2 Suites by Hilton, one of the fastest-growing brands in the history of Hilton, is a mid-tier, all-suite award-winning extended-stay hotel concept designed to offer stylish accommodations with flexible guest room 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 guest room design; laundry and fitness area; complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access; multiple outdoor spaces; 24-hour business center; expansive community spaces; and a pet-friendly environment. 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. Visit http://www.home2suites.com for additional information or www.home2franchise.com for franchising opportunities.