Hilton Capitol Center Becomes Baton Rouge’s First and only AAA 4-Diamond Rated Hotel

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May 15, 2009

BATON ROUGE, La. -  The Hilton Capitol Center, formerly the Heidelberg and Capitol House Hotel was recently awarded the AAA 4-Diamond rating for the 2010 travel directory. After undergoing two inspections by AAA with specific criteria focusing on physical attributes and customer service, the Hilton was bestowed this honor.

This is the first 4 Diamond Full-Service Hotel for Baton Rouge and the first 4 Diamond for Hilton Hotels in Louisiana. With this rating, the hotel becomes a major contributor to the continued economic progress of the downtown area. The hotel receives more than its "fair share" of the hotel market in occupancy and rate according to Smith Travel Research.

"A 4-Diamond rating is something for the city of Baton Rouge to be extremely proud of," says Austin VandeVate, General Manager of the Hilton Capitol Center. "It allows us to compete with much larger cities that deliver an elevated level of service through experienced and well trained employees."

AAA sites their 4-Diamond criteria as:
"These establishments are upscale in all areas. Accommodations are progressively more refined and stylish. The physical attributes reflect an obvious enhanced level of quality throughout. The fundamental hallmarks at this level include an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail."

The hotel has been opened for 28 months and has consistently been ranked in the top 50 in service of Hiltons in North America. It has hosted numerous conventions, social functions, weddings and business travelers alike. It has become a local favorite for holiday celebrations such as Easter & Mother's Day Brunch as well as 4th of July and New Year's Eve.

The Hilton reopened its doors on August 30, 2006, Huey P. Long's Birthday and the Historical Foundation of Louisiana's Annual Gala after undergoing $70 million in renovations. The hotel has been accepted as one of National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the Historical Hotels of America.

The hotel is owned by The Baton Rouge Area Foundation with Commercial Properties as the real estate manager. The hotel is managed by Ashby Hospitality.

Tina Rance, Director of Sales & Marketing
225-3-Hilton or 877-862-9800


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