Newest Hilton Destination Hotel Opens on San Diego's Waterfront: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Merges the Casual Sophistication of the City's Coastal Culture with Cutting-edge Design

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Hilton Hotel's newest destination, Hilton San Diego Bayfront officially opened its doors on December 3rd. The waterfront property has created more than 800 jobs in San Diego and boasts both cutting edge design and the casual sophistication of San Diego's coastal culture.

With its picturesque location, beautiful public spaces, unique restaurants and bars and upscale guest accommodations, this property represents Hilton brand's mission to provide an exceptional guest experience.

Hilton Hotels Corporation today announced that its newest Hilton brand property, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, has officially opened its doors for business. The 30-story, 1,190 room hotel is situated on nearly 13 acres of seaside land owned by the Port of San Diego, and was designed by Portman and Associates. Its interior boasts 165,000 square feet of meeting and event space, signature restaurants, a 7,300 square-foot health club and spa, a 2,400-square-foot business center and San Diego's first saltwater hotel swimming pool. Its position adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center and a short walk to downtown's famed Gaslamp Quarter is ideal for business and leisure travelers alike.

Hilton San Diego Bayfront is owned by One Park Boulevard, LLC, a joint venture partnership between Hilton Hotels Corporation and ING Clarion Partners, a leading real estate investment advisory firm, and operated by Hilton Management LLC.

"The Hilton Bayfront combines a dynamic waterfront location with San Diego's coastal lifestyle to create a casually sophisticated vibe that will have wide appeal to both guests and locals," said Jeff Diskin, senior vice president, Hilton Brand Management, Hilton Hotels & Resorts. "With its picturesque location, beautiful public spaces, unique restaurants and bars and upscale guest accommodations, this property represents Hilton brand's mission to provide an exceptional guest experience."

The hotel's architecture blends San Diego's seaside influence with its contemporary flair for style and innovation. Its approximately 500,000 square foot glass façade, in addition to the use of light hues, clean lines and airy spaces, create an atmosphere that is both comfortable and engaging. Additionally, nearly $2 million of art was commissioned to produce inspiring public spaces.

Complementing the hotel is a 4.3-acre Waterfront Park that can accommodate 15,000 guests for outdoor meetings and events. There is also an adjacent parking structure to accommodate 2,000 vehicles. The hotel's 165,000 square feet of diverse meeting and events space, is larger than any other hotel in the region, and many rooms offer direct views to the water and access to eight outdoor terraces. The 34,000-square-foot Sapphire Ballroom is the largest pillar-free ballroom in San Diego. More than 30 breakout rooms are in close proximity to both the Sapphire Ballroom and the 24,000-square-foot Indigo Ballroom. Additionally, the facilities offer the latest technological capabilities including terabyte data capacity in all meeting areas.

With an emphasis on locally grown, organic and sustainable products, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront offers exciting and distinct dining options. Vela emphasizes global coastal cuisines, and features innovative wine programs, modern interpretations of culinary classics and uncompromising views of San Diego Bay. Odysea is a waterfront destination serving modern American Dim Sum and handcrafted organic cocktails.

In keeping with the healthy lifestyles of San Diegans, Spa Aquazul is the perfect sanctuary to restore both the mind and body. Its services are influenced by the essence of the ocean, and the well-appointed treatment rooms and poolside massage cabanas are the optimal choice for those who search for relaxation and renewal. For workout enthusiasts, the 7,300-square-foot spa and health club offers Hilton Fitness by Precor cardiovascular and weight training equipment.

The hotel offers a variety of luxurious accommodations including: 356 king rooms, 804 queen/queen rooms and 30 luxury suites, many offering breathtaking views of San Diego. All guest rooms are furnished with the Hilton Serenity Collection® of amenities, which includes the Hilton Serenity Bed with the Serta® Suite Dreams® mattress and box springs, Pacific Coast® down duvet, Super Topper mattress pads and top-quality linens and pillows. Standard amenities will also include the Hilton Serenity Bath Collection, featuring the exclusive Crabtree and Evelyn line of La Source® bath products; a Cuisinart® dual-cup, single brew coffeemaker and Lavazza® coffee; the easy-to-set Hilton Family alarm clock with MP3 player connectivity; high-speed Internet wireless access; and a 37-inch LCD flat screen television.

J. Peter Lynn, Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel's general manager, is a 26-year veteran who most recently served as general manager of the historic Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, where he oversaw the $170 million renovation of the 135-year-old landmark institution.

"From its design that embraces the water, to dining options and other amenities, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront was inspired by all that is great about San Diego," said Lynn. "You'll know you're in San Diego from the moment you arrive at the hotel - and I'm thrilled to be involved in such an important project and San Diego's premier business and leisure hotel."

Hilton San Diego Bayfront, a 30-story, 1,190 room hotel, is located on the edge of the bay in downtown San Diego and situated on 12.79 acres of Bayfront land. The hotel boasts 165,000 square feet of meeting and event space, three restaurants, a 7,300 square foot health club and spa, 3,000 square feet of retail space, a 2,400 square foot business center along with San Diego's first saltwater hotel swimming pool and nearly $2 million of commissioned public art. The Hilton San Diego Bayfront is just steps away from the San Diego Convention Center and PETCO Park, located at One Park Boulevard, San Diego, 92101. For additional information, please visit: http://www.sandiegobayfront.hilton.com

About Hilton Hotels & Resorts
With more than 500 Hilton brand hotels & resorts in 76 countries around the world Hilton continues to build on its history as a pioneer in the industry, developing products, services and amenities that offer today's travelers more choice and control over their stays. From Hilton Fitness by Precor™ to its world-class Hilton Worldwide Resorts portfolio; from the Serenity Collection of in-room amenities to Hilton Meetings, a premier global product for small meetings, Hilton's offerings are designed to enable guests to be at their personal best whether they travel for business or pleasure. Hilton's belief that Travel Should Take You Places® celebrates a commitment to the idea that travel can and should be transformative. Start your journey at http://www.hilton.com available in English, Spanish and French.

About Hilton Hotels Corporation
Hilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company with more than 3,000 hotels and 500,000 rooms in 74 countries and territories, with more than 135,000 team members worldwide. The company owns, manages or franchises some of the best known and highly regarded hotel brands including Hilton®, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand Vacations™, Homewood Suites by Hilton® and The Waldorf=Astoria Collection®.

Hilton Hotels Corporation is an Official Sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team, which will extend through the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, the 2010/2012 U.S. Paralympic Team and the 2011 U.S. Pan American Team.

The Hilton Family of Hotels adheres to founder Conrad Hilton's philosophy that, "It has been, and continues to be, our responsibility to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality." The company put a name to its unique brand of service that has made it the best known and most highly regarded hotel company: be hospitable®.    The philosophy is shared by all brands in the Hilton Family of Hotels, and is the inspiration for its overarching message of kindness and generosity. For more information about the company, please visit http://www.hiltonfamily.com.

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