Historic Hilton Palacio del Rio Announces $34 Million Renovation

Property expected to be completed by September 2012

This information originated in American English.

May 24, 2012

SAN ANTONIO, TX - After 44 years of being the most recognized building in the San Antonio skyline, Hilton Palacio del Rio is pleased to announce details of its latest transformation. With an eye towards pleasing the savvy meeting and convention planner, the hotel is currently undergoing the second phase of its $34 million makeover.

"It is exciting to offer an enhanced meeting experience for our group visitors," said Brian Getman, director of sales and marketing, Hilton Palacio del Rio. "It only adds to the appeal of our iconic hotel and the new stylish décor and technology and service enhancements will exceed the expectations of today's meeting planner."

The second phase of the renovation is set to finish early September 2012 and will include a $7 million update to the hotel's 27,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Floor-toceiling windows will be installed in the Salon del Rey ballroom to allow maximum natural light. Technology upgrades include a state-of-the-art digital signage system, virtual concierge, new PORT Technology elevator system and sound and lighting improvements. Local art and distinctly contemporary furnishings will bring an esthetic consistency throughout all of the public spaces in the hotel. Other investments include refreshing the Ibiza Restaurant & Patio Bar and the hotel lobby.

Satisfying the busy meeting planner, upgrades in service include the opening of The UPS Store on the hotel lobby level. Meeting planners and business travelers will have the convenience of shipping, postal, document and business services right in the hotel. The UPS Store is scheduled to open June 2012 and will offer packing, shipping and receiving services, packaging and moving supplies, postal services, copying, finishing and printing services. Next to the UPS Store will be a 24 hour business center available to hotel guests.

Part of Hilton Palacio del Rio's $34 million extensive transformation includes the newly completed guest room renovation. All 485 guest rooms in the 21-story Hilton Palacio del Rio have emerged with a sophisticated and modern style, while staying true to its South Texas setting. To satisfy the busy business traveler, upgrades in technology include high-speed wireless internet, connectivity centers, and 37" plasma HD televisions.

"We are committed to continued innovation and relevance through design, services and amenities as we elevate the guest experience. The exciting re-design at Hilton Palacio del Rio will further elevate the hotel as a leading destination," said Robert Thrailkill, general manager, Hilton Palacio del Rio.

The $34 million contemporary re-design of Hilton Palacio del Rio is part of a three-year, $3 billion plan of significant renovations at individual properties currently underway across the global brand portfolio of Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

Media can access additional information about Hilton Palacio del Rio at www.hiltonglobalmediacenter.com/palaciodelrio.

Brian Getman
Hilton Palacio del Rio
+1 210 207 0757

Caroline Buckley
Hilton Palacio del Rio
+1 210 224 3362

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Located on the famous River Walk in beautiful downtown San Antonio, Hilton Palacio del Rio is only two blocks from the world-famous Alamo, and not far from two PGA Tour courses, the San Antonio Zoo, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Sea World, the San Antonio Convention Center and the Alamodome. Hilton Palacio del Rio offers several dining options, flexible meeting space, a pool and fitness center and is the only hotel in downtown San Antonio that features a private balcony in every room. www.palaciodelrio.hilton.com.

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