Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump Awarded Coveted AAA Four Diamond Award

Four Diamond Award Officially Confirms Hilton As One Of Top Hotels In Richmond

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July 26, 2010

RICHMOND, Va. -  Shamin Hotels is pleased to announce that the American Automobile Association (AAA) has inspected and evaluated the new Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump and today awarded the hotel designation as a Four Diamond Award winning hotel.  The hotel recently opened seven months ago and was developed to be the premier hotel in Richmond.  With 254 guestrooms and suites, more than 22,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a Shula's America's Steak House restaurant and Aura Spa and Salon, Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump has created a new standard for upscale accommodations and services in the region.     

"We are very proud of both the facility and the service we provide at the Hilton," said Neil Amin, chief executive officer of Shamin Hotels. "The standards set by AAA for the Four Diamond Award are high and we are very dedicated to consistently offering this level of service to travelers.  From the beginning, we set out to create a unique option for guests of this hotel and to receive the Award is actually quite humbling.  The award is a tribute to the vision and hard work of so many members of Shamin Hotels."     

Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump received the Four Diamond Award in its first year.   With only 3.5 percent of AAA rated hotels awarded this distinction, the Hilton joins an elite class of hotels.  This is a fact Devin Heath, general manager of Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump, is very aware of. 

"Shamin Hotels created such a phenomenal hotel and since we opened the doors it has been our focus to match that high benchmark with an equally high level of personalized service," he said. "Our team has been dedicated to this focus and worked hard to establish the Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa as the ideal location for travelers, groups and meetings."

AAA Four Diamond Award winners deliver a luxury experience, paired with a high level of service, amenities and extraordinary surroundings.  For 2010, 2,016 establishments in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean received the Four Diamond Rating.  AAA Four Diamond hotels and restaurants represent just 3.5 percent of the 58,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated properties.

Contact: 
Devin Heath, Hilton Trichmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump
+1 804 592 3610
devin.heath@hilton.com 

About Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump
Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump offers spacious guest rooms furnished with Hilton's signature upscale in-room amenities including the Hilton Serenity Bed Package®, well-designed workspaces with ergonomic chairs, 42-inch flat-screen HDTV, spacious bathrooms and complimentary internet.  The hotel offers guests the upgraded Hilton Fitness by Precor work-out facility with an indoor swimming pool and spa. The full service spa, Aura Spa and Salon features Kerstin Florian products and treatments and is the only spa in Richmond to offer two couples treatment rooms. The large lobby area contains Shula's Lounge, Aroma Coffee & Wine Bar and just off the lobby is an outdoor patio with a fire-pit and sun deck. Complimentary Wi-Fi hotspots are in the lobby and public areas along with a 24-hour business center. Enhancements to the hotel include the addition of Hilton Meetings, the industry leading meeting products.

The hotel event center is capable of hosting from 10 to 1,100 people in the ballroom, numerous breakout rooms and the three Shula's private dining rooms. This flexible meeting space is designed to host everything from a corporate conference or business meeting to an intimate gathering, lavish banquet, wedding or gala. The hotel also features an executive floor with an executive lounge and junior, executive and presidential suites.

The full-service restaurant featured at Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump is Shula's America's Steak House. A fine dining restaurant, Shula's Steak House is themed after the 1972 undefeated Miami Dolphins and their "Perfect Season" - the only team in NFL history to finish a season 17 - 0.  Shula's has the strictest guidelines for their custom center cuts and aging process, which make up the award winning SHULA CUT steaks, Premium Black Angus beef.

Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump is nestled in the prominent Short Pump area, located just off Broad Street & Interstate 64 approximately 20 minutes from Richmond International Airport. Next door, the exclusive Short Pump Town Center features an upscale selection of options for shopping, movie theaters and dining. Businesses in the Short Pump & Downtown Richmond areas will enjoy the hotel's location with easy access from the hotels front door.

About Shamin Hotels 
Shamin Hotels, based in Richmond, Virginia, is a dynamic, growth-oriented hotel company that owns, operates, and develops commercial business hotels under Hilton, Marriott, InterContinental, and Choice flags.  With 4000+ rooms in 37 properties across three states, Shamin Hotels is today recognized as the largest hotel management company in Virginia. Deeply rooted in the hospitality industry, Shamin Hotels enjoys a number of advantages that give the company a competitive edge. Its senior management team has more than 100 years of combined experiences. This executive team along with more than 750 associates provides a daily wealth of intuitive input, perspective, and knowledge that helps to create the Shamin Touch. The company also has long-standing relationships with the industry's most highly regarded brands and has consistently been recipient of awards from its franchisors. Shamin was awarded the multi brand developer of the year in 2003 by President Bush Sr. on behalf of Hilton Corporation.  Most recently Shamin was awarded the 2009 Americas Developer of the Year award from InterContinental Hotels Group and most recently, Shamin Hotels was awarded the Hilton Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. For more information, call 804-777-9000 or visit www.shaminhotels.com.

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