Iconic Los Angeles Hotel Begins Multi-Million Dollar, Modernization Project to Become DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown this Summer

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Renovation of Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens Will Refresh Renowned Japanese Gardens to Honor Little Tokyo Community and Create Ideal DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Destination

Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens' New Guestroom

The Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens has long been a landmark for hospitality in downtown Los Angeles, and our hotel team is excited to introduce the next chapter of this hotel’s history with a new look, new energy and rewarding new hotel experience.

Rim Hospitality has announced that the Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens, located in downtown Los Angeles, has begun an extensive hotel renovation in anticipation of their upcoming conversion to the DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown in Q3 2012. The multi-phase project will include significant design and service upgrades for the hotel’s 434 guestrooms and suites, public spaces and corridors, indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, business and fitness centers, and the legendary Japanese-style gardens. The majority of the hotel renovation is expected to be complete by the time the hotel debuts as the newest and largest downtown Los Angeles-area property in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of hotels in Q3, 2012.

“The Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens has long been a landmark for hospitality in downtown Los Angeles, and our hotel team is excited to introduce the next chapter of this hotel’s history with a new look, new energy and rewarding new hotel experience as the DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown this summer,” says Joseph Kuhn, hotel general manager. “While the inspiration behind the interior design will continue to pay tribute to the hotel’s longstanding history of celebrating the Little Tokyo community where the hotel resides, our renovation team is updating several service aspects of the hotel to reflect the needs of today’s business and leisure traveler to create what we envision will be one of downtown Los Angeles’ premier, upscale hotel destinations and gathering places.”

The redesign of the soon-to-be DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown will capture the dynamic energy and essence of downtown Los Angeles through a series of clean, contemporary design elements and vibrant color combinations set amidst a rich palette of wood tones and textures. Inviting, comfortable furnishings and guest reception areas will encourage a welcoming first impression for guests and continue through other public areas of the hotel.

Upon entry to each newly redesigned guest room and suite, guests will be delighted by the cheerful bursts of reds, soothing browns, and calming beiges through new carpet and wall treatments. New beds and bed linens; 42”, flat screen, LCD televisions; ergonomic work desks and chairs and high-speed internet access upgrades will provide business travelers with comfortable and efficient in-room working environments. Significant updates to guest bathrooms will include new wall treatments, granite countertops, custom-made vanity tables, and the DoubleTree by Hilton signature line of Citron personal care amenities by Crabtree & Evelyn.

The Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens' beloved, half-acre gardens located on its third-level rooftop, is inspired by an ancient garden in Japan. In January, the hotel invested approximately $100,000 on substantial gardening and landscaping updates to return the site to its original splendor as a peaceful outdoor oasis and one of Southern California’s most sought-after social spaces for weddings, receptions and galas. The gardens present one of the most stunning views of the downtown Los Angeles skyline.

Additional hotel enhancements will include a fully renovated and expanded fitness center to keep guests on their daily workout routine, with the latest in Life Fitness™ cardio and weight-training equipment. During the fall of 2012, the hotel’s 12,000-square-feet of indoor event and meeting space will also receive substantial renovations and upgrades.

Situated one block from Los Angeles City Hall and Civic Center, the location of the soon-to-be DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown is within moments of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Japanese American National Museum, Chinatown, Olvera Street in a culturally, diverse downtown district in California’s largest city. The hotel is located at 120 South Los Angeles Street in Los Angeles, Calif., and is managed by Rim Hospitality. For additional information or to make a reservation, please visit the hotel’s current website at http://www.kyotograndhotel.com or contact the hotel directly at +1 213 629 1200.

About DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels
With a fast-growing global collection of contemporary, upscale hotels in more than 290 gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across five continents, every little thing we do at DoubleTree by Hilton inspires us to create a rewarding experience for our hotel guests, our team members and the communities we proudly serve. Our hospitality begins with a warm chocolate chip cookie welcome upon arrival and continues with the award-winning Hilton HHonors guest loyalty programme, an array of fine services and amenities and our longstanding CARE Culture tradition that empowers more than 75,000 team members to provide the special comforts and acts of kindness that make the traveller feel human again.

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About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered business and leisure travellers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,800 hotels and timeshare properties, with 630,000 rooms in 88 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward programme Hilton HHonors. Visit http://www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at http://www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, http://www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, http://www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, http://www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and http://www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.

About Rim Hospitality
Rim Hospitality is a leading hotel management company with nearly 30 years of experience operating hotels throughout the US. Their portfolio includes over 90 hotels in several states, totaling approximately 13,000 rooms. Rim Corporate headquarters are located in Newport Beach, with Executive offices in Modesto and additional offices in Dallas and Washington DC. Since 1983, Rim Hospitality has provided complete management services including full construction services. As a leader in the industry and a preferred choice to major brands they are committed to excellent service ensuring every hotel reaches its full operating potential. Our team of seasoned veterans has comprehensive management experience and a wealth of knowledge and skill working with all hotels types including full, select, and boutique properties. In addition to traditional hotel management we provide receivership services and have a separate division fully staffed which includes a full time in-house Receiver. For additional information on Rim Hospitality, please visit us at http://www.rimhospitality.com

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