New Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park Opens with Major Step Toward Eco-Stewardship

LEED Registered Hilton Hotel Features One of the Nation’s First Solar Water Heating Systems

This information originated in American English.

August 25, 2009

MCLEAN, Va. -  Eco-conscious travel meets upscale amenities as the full-service Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park opens today. For evidence of the hotel's unique commitment to eco-stewardship, one needs only to look up. Atop the newest Hilton hotel is one of the nation's first hotel solar water heating systems, which will be one of the largest installations in the Western North Carolina region.

Water throughout the hotel, including the pool, will be solar heated, eliminating twenty-five tons of carbon dioxide per year, the equivalent of planting 7,377 trees. Just one of the hotel's many environmental features, the solar water heating system minimizes environmental impact as guests relax in one of the Hilton's Whirlpool® Tubs or take a dip in the heated saline pool.

"Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park is a clear example of how hotels can combine a focus on sustainability with exceptional amenities to create a memorable guest experience," said Dave Horton, Global Head - Hilton Hotels brand. "From a destination spa and fine dining to eco-conscious products and operations, this new addition to our portfolio pairs environmental stewardship with Hilton's legendary service, style and innovation."

The 165-room hotel is set in the heart of Biltmore Park Town Square, the largest mixed-use district outside of the downtown Asheville.  Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park is built to blend green practices with the Hilton brand's acclaimed commitment to guest comfort and is designed to LEED Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards from the Green Building Council. LEED certification is based on numerous metrics including energy savings, water efficiency, carbon dioxide emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

Committed to the stewardship of its natural surroundings, the Hilton will reduce water usage by 30% through the installation of low-flow toilets, showerheads and sink fixtures. The hotel will also focus on reducing energy consumption by using ENERGY STAR® qualified CFL light bulbs, which use up to 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. Each kilowatt-hour saved preserves one pound of coal. The Hilton Asheville also employs a recycling program for both guests and employees to further reduce raw materials, energy and air pollution. Select staff uniforms are made out of regenerated plastic bottles.

Promoting lower emissions is also part of the hotel's sustainability efforts. Guests may accept shuttle service in an alternative fuel shuttle, which reduces the burning of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and particulate matter. The hotel offers preferred parking for energy efficient hybrid vehicles. Additionally, guests may choose to bicycle as an alternative to driving, ultimately reducing the use of gasoline and the production of carbon monoxide.

Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park is proof that eco-conscious travel can come packed with amenities including spacious and inviting executive suites complete with luxurious bathrooms - some featuring Infinity Edge Whirlpool® Tubs. Businesses committed to green travel will be attracted to the hotel's state-of-the-art meeting facilities, 4,500 square feet of meeting space and green meeting policies that avoid the use of linens when possible.

The hotel is also home to Sparrow Spa, a plush destination spa featuring a full menu of relaxing services. The spa exclusively uses Eminence Organic Skin Care products, a European line that contains the highest possible levels of all-natural organically grown herbs, fruits and vegetables. The hotel's ultra-modern Hilton Fitness by Precor facility includes state of the art equipment and an indoor lap pool and whirlpool. Foodies will enjoy the gourmet stylings of Executive Chef Randy Dunn, who brings 15 years of culinary achievement to Roux, the hotel's on-site full service restaurant. The restaurant is making an effort to use as much local food as possible as part of the hotel's place-making commitment.

Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park is located just off Interstate 26, Exit 37 on Long Shoals Road in Biltmore Park Town Square. This location is just 5 minutes from the Asheville Regional Airport and 15 minutes from Biltmore Estate and downtown Asheville. The Blue Ridge Parkway is just minutes away, along with many other attractions in the Great Smoky Mountains. The Hilton is just steps from major national retailers and restaurants including P.F. Chang's, Barnes and Noble and REI.

Contact:
John Forrest Ales, Hilton Hotels
+1 703 883 5212 | johnforrest.ales@hilton.com

Deborah Loercher, Anoroc Agency for Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park
+1 919 821 1191 | deboarah@anorocagency.com

About Hilton Hotels & Resorts

For nearly a century, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has been proudly welcoming the world's travelers. With more than 570 hotels across six continents, Hilton Hotels & Resorts provides the foundation for memorable travel experiences and values every guest who walks through its doors. As the flagship brand of Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts continues to set the standard for hospitality, providing new product innovations and services to meet guests' evolving needs. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is a part of the award-winning Hilton Honors program. 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. Begin your journey at www.hilton.com and learn more about the brand by visiting news.hilton.com or following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.