Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown is MPI Rocky Mountain Chapter's Choice For The Meeting and Hospitality Award of Excellence 2008-2009

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The Meeting Professionals International Rocky Mountain Chapter has given their top prize of the Meeting and Hospitality Award of Excellence to the Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown for 2008-2009. This designation was awarded at the 2009 "MPI's Crowning Moments" Dinner and Gala, held June 18, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Denver International Airport.

The two-year-old Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown took top honors recently, receiving the Meeting and Hospitality Award of Excellence presented by the Meeting Professionals International Rocky Mountain Chapter. "In today's fiercely competitive hospitality market, it takes more than just a superior product to earn the respect and recognition of one's peers," stated Navin C. Dimond, President and CEO of Stonebridge Companies. Stonebridge Companies, based in Englewood, Colorado, is owner and operator of the Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown. "This Hilton Garden Inn was Hotel of the Year internally for Stonebridge Companies, and we are so proud to accept this Award of Excellence from our Rocky Mountain hospitality community." This award recognizes a host facility for demonstrated achievement in service and creative excellence, and for providing a high quality experience for the MPI Rocky Mountain Chapter community. Recipients have displayed innovation and creativity in the development, planning and delivery of a superior meeting, educational or entertainment event which contributed to the overall impact of the chapter's membership activities.

This 12-story, 221 room, full service hotel broke ground for construction in January of 2006 and opened for business in July of 2007. Located at 14th Street and Welton in downtown Denver, this prime location provides easy access to many corporate headquarters such as Wells Fargo, Qwest and Xcel Energy. It is also in close proximity to Coors Field, the Colorado Convention Center, the Denver Performing Arts Complex, the Pepsi Center and the LoDo Entertainment District. Unique features at this convenient property are signature Garden Sleep System mattresses, 32" HD flat panel televisions, Herman Miller "Mirra" chairs, and innovative alarm clock radios with MP3 functions. Additional benefits for guests are the indoor swimming pool, an oversized whirlpool, and a fitness center with personal cardio theater systems on all equipment. The hotel caters to convention attendees, business travelers, theater patrons and leisure guests.

Meeting Professionals International is an organization composed of both professional meeting planners and professional meeting suppliers. It is the global authority and resource for the meeting industry. The MPI Rocky Mountain Chapter was the first to organize itself separate from, but still connected to, the world-wide MPI network. It was at this year's "MPI's Crowning Moments" Awards Dinner and Gala, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Denver International Airport, that MPI Rocky Mountain Chapter President Megan Meyer, CMP, presented Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown Director of Sales and Marketing, Judy Esterbrook, with the coveted Meeting and Hospitality Award of Excellence. Esterbrook, it should be noted, was also recognized internally at Stonebridge Companies as the "Rookie Director of Sales of the Year." She has been doing sales and marketing in the industry for fifteen years, and has been involved with Meeting Professionals International throughout her hospitality career.

The Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown is located at 1400 Welton Street. For additional information go to http://www.denverdowntown.stayhgi.com or call 303-603-8000.

About Stonebridge Companies
Founded in 1991 by Navin C. Dimond, Stonebridge Companies is a privately owned, innovative hotel management company headquartered near Denver, Colorado, which has developed over 60 hotels and operated more than 75 lodging properties. Currently, Stonebridge Companies operates nearly 40 hotels comprising approximately 6,000 guest rooms in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Virginia and Washington. The diverse portfolio includes select-service, extended stay, mid-scale and full-service hotels in primary and secondary markets. For detailed information, visit http://www.StonebridgeCompanies.com.

Media Contact Information:
Heidi Bergos
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Stonebridge Companies
9100 East Panorama Drive, Suite 300
Englewood, CO 80112
303.785.3103
hbergos (at) sbcos (dot) com

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