Hilton Honors Local DC History

Hotel Announces Names For New Meeting Center, Multipurpose Hall

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October 05, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC -  In the heart of the Nation’s Capital, Hilton Washington hotel is paying tribute to the city’s rich history by naming its new meeting and function spaces after places and people beyond the typical presidential, political and the business-as-usual names in Washington, DC. The hotel is showcasing unique stories of the city’s past, from the botanist who helped bring the famous Cherry Trees to the city, to the legend of why the District is missing a “J” street.

Embracing a local, authentic history is part of Hilton Washington’s new culture as it continues its $140 million landmark restoration – where guests and locals can “Expect More” than just the usual experiences when visiting the storied property.

As part of the hotel’s top-to-bottom restoration, Hilton Washington will unveil a new, dedicated meeting center in January 2010, named the Heights Executive Meeting Center. The all-new “Heights,” comprised of nine state-of-the-art executive meeting rooms, honors the hotel’s location within the historic Washington Heights area of the city, and is a reference to its “Temple Heights” location, a name given to the surrounding blocks of the neighborhood in 1930, when plans were brought forward to build a Masonic Temple on the parcel of land where the Hilton sits today. The plans for the Temple ultimately failed, but the neighborhood within the greater Washington Heights area is still called “Temple Heights” today. The Heights name is also a nod to the hotel’s location atop one of the highest elevations in the city, and its expansive skyline views that can be enjoyed from the adjoining meeting center corridor, refreshment break area and outdoor networking courtyard.

By June 2010, the hotel will debut an additional new space – an impressive 30,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose hall with a sophisticated system of highly-divisible airwalls, named Columbia Hall. Located on the Terrace Level, Columbia Hall is a tribute to the District itself, and is the poetic alternate way to say "America,” which dates back to Christopher Columbus’ discovery of America.

“In hospitality, it’s our job to create memorable experiences for all who come through our front doors,” says Hilton Washington General Manager Steve Cowan. “We want to pass along to our guests a more authentic Washington that we as locals have come to know.” Along the perimeter of Columbia Hall, there are seven superior Terrace Meeting Suites which also embrace new room names with a historical reference. Both the Terrace Meeting Suites and the rooms within the Heights Executive Meeting Center will be alphabetized for easy way finding, beginning with letter “A” through “G” on the Terrace Level, and continuing with “H” through “P” in the Heights Executive Meeting Center on the Lobby Level. Terrace Meeting Suites:

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Situated on nearly six acres, Hilton Washington offers a contemporary urban retreat set on upper Connecticut Avenue near DC’s most sought-after neighborhoods, including Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, U Street Corridor, Embassy Row and the National Zoo. The hotel boasts 1,070 guestrooms, on-site dining, lobby lounge, sports bar, business center, complete health club and outdoor seasonal pool. Hilton Washington has been the site of prestigious gatherings hosted by U.S. presidents, world leaders and other prominent figures since opening in 1965, with more than 110,000 square feet of event space, including one of the largest column-free ballrooms on the east coast – its legendary 36,000 square-foot International Ballroom complex. For more information, visit www.washington.hilton.com.

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