Washington Hilton’s Newest Addition Takes Meetings to New Heights

Collaborative, Focused Approach of Heights Executive Meeting Center Supports Efficient Planning and Execution

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February 09, 2010

WASHINGTON -  Outfitted with state-of-the-art technology and exceptional learning surroundings, Washington Hilton's new Heights Executive Meeting Center opened its doors this month as part the hotel's $140 million landmark restoration.

With a focus on facilitating conferences and training sessions, Heights Executive Meeting Center provides a distraction-free learning environment in a dedicated area of the hotel, located away from convention space and high-traffic guest areas. It is comprised of nine rooms, with features that are unmatched in Washington, D.C., including a large outdoor courtyard with impressive skyline views of Washington and a central refreshment area with continuous food and beverage service - all available to planners with affordable per-person, per-day inclusive package pricing.

"Rather than react to planners' needs, our goal was to create a center that anticipates and exceeds their expectations," said Washington Hilton General Manager Steve Cowan. "Heights Executive Meeting Center is the answer for those planners in search of a venue that offers a collaborative approach to meetings that are easy to plan and customize." 

Strategically created for both planners and their conference attendees in mind, the meeting rooms have wide range of features that extend beyond the traditional hotel setting. In place of banquet chairs and tables with linens, conferees will find a setting conducive to all-day learning, including hard-top tables with easy laptop connections, wireless Internet access, ergonomic chairs, tackable walls, mounted boards, recessed electronic projection screen, blackout shades, individual meeting room climate controls and large floor-to-ceiling windows that provide garden views. Outside the individual meeting rooms, the center has interactive digital technology, where conferees can use touch screens to access a wide range of information - from viewing the day's agenda to looking up flight information for the surrounding major airports.

Beyond the conference rooms, attendees have access to an expansive adjoining outdoor courtyard with impressive skyline views, a water feature, fire pits, and ample space for intimate seating arrangements or large network gatherings.  The meeting center corridor also includes additional seating, laptop touch-down areas and a refreshment area with continuous snack and beverage service, including a variety of hot and cold dishes, and healthy and indulgent treats.

Heights Executive Meeting Center's all-inclusive packages begin with a "Day Meeting Package", which includes a primary conference room, access to audio-visual needs, upgraded continental breakfast, continuous refreshment service and a hot buffet lunch at The District Line Restaurant + Bar. Additional per-person, per-day packages are available.

"We understand the need to make the most of time and money, as well as to choose a venue that truly acts as a partner, delivering a custom meeting that is productive and affordable," said Frank Passanante, Hilton Worldwide Regional Director of Sales and Marketing. "Planning a function at the Heights Executive Meeting Center will provide an experience that will be unparalleled by any other D.C. venue."

The new meeting center is part of Washington Hilton's landmark $140 million restoration project, scheduled for completion in June 2010. Along with its top-to-bottom makeover, the hotel has renewed its commitment to exceeding guests' expectations with a new culture where guests and meeting planners alike can expect more hospitality, more flexibility and more collaboration. And with the hotel and meeting center situated in the center of Washington's most sought-after neighborhoods, guests can also expect more authentic Washington, D.C. experiences - from embracing local neighborhood dishes in The District Line Restaurant + Bar to naming its new meeting spaces after places and people beyond the typical presidential, political and the business-as-usual names in Washington, D.C.

The Heights Executive Meeting Center was named to honor 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. Original 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 meeting center corridor, refreshment break area and outdoor networking courtyard.

Contact:
Kristin Adderson, Washington Hilton
+1 202 797 5787
Kristin.Adderson@hilton.com  

Frank Passanante, Hilton Hotels
+1 202 797 5827
Frank.Passanante@hilton.com

About the Landmark Restoration:
Washington Hilton's landmark $140 million restoration is set for completion in mid-2010. The monumental transformation of the legendary 1,070-room property includes a top-to-bottom makeover of all guestrooms, public areas, lobby, health club, restaurants, meeting rooms and function space, including the iconic International Ballroom.  The restoration efforts will highlight the hotel's historic mid-century modern style - and irreplaceable existing features and amenities - while introducing fresh, functional and timeless décor. From circular sofas to oversized light fixtures as art elements, many new aspects of the hotel will have a sleek update on mid-20th century designs. Plush, new blue-toned carpets will embrace the lobby and public spaces. Rich espresso woods will contrast with creams and crisp whites. Dark jewel tones will envelope cozy new couches accented with pops of plum, lime, saffron and brushed steel.

Once complete, the main lobby will open up into unique gathering places - among them a new, full-service gourmet coffee outlet located near the Front Desk and main hotel entrance, complete with expanded food offerings for busy travelers on the go. Leisure travelers and group attendees will also enjoy expanded seating areas at the lobby Front Desk, complete elevator modernization and integrated, state-of-the-art technology in directories and way-finding signage throughout the hotel. For more information, visit www.hiltonsofdc.com/landmarkrestoration.

About Washington Hilton:
Situated on nearly six acres, Washington Hilton offers a contemporary urban resort set on Connecticut Avenue near Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, Georgetown, Embassy Row and the National Zoo. The hotel boasts 1,070 guestrooms, on-site dining, lobby lounge, sports bar, complete health club and business center. Washington Hilton 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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