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Embassy Suites Hotel At Brier Creek Opens

Property is first of its kind in North Carolina, features North Carolina’s First Flying Spoons Restaurant.

Thursday, June 10, 2010
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The Winwood Hospitality Group, Inc. of Morrisville, N.C., and Embassy Suites Hotels opened its newest property today – the Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham Airport/Brier Creek. The hotel, near Raleigh-Durham Airport, is located off Glenwood Avenue and I-540 in Brier Creek, within a short distance of over a hundred restaurants and shops in the Brier Creek area. The hotel features North Carolina’s first Flying Spoons, Embassy Suites’ new “hip-casual” restaurant concept, and the brand’s innovative and cost-effective Design Option III Prototype.

The hotel offers guests all of the core amenities of an Embassy Suites, such as two-room suites, complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast, complimentary evening Manager’s Reception* and an open-air atrium, but with a more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly design. Guests familiar with the brand will notice the suites offer a side-by-side room layout for a more residential feel. Part European-style café and part American coffeehouse, Flying Spoons’ menu features a selection of pastries and desserts, along with specialty coffee drinks, teas and boutique soft drinks. Flying Spoons offers convenient hours of operation for guests, no matter the travel schedule.

“The team at Winwood has worked long and hard to prepare for the opening of the Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham Airport/ Brier Creek,” said Hector M. Jeyakaran, area general manager – Winwood Hospitality Group. “It’s exciting to finally open the doors and welcome our first guests.”

Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham Airport / Brier Creek adds approximately 80 full-time jobs to the area at its opening, and eventually expects to build to 150 full and part-time positions.

The property’s proximity to RDU Airport and Triangle businesses plus its 6,500 square feet of dedicated meeting space makes the Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham Airport /Brier-Creek ideal for business travelers, while the additional 7,000 square feet of event and outdoor space creates a perfect setting for leisure travelers planning weddings, family reunions or “staycations.”

“We are thrilled to expand our presence in the Raleigh area and to open the first Design Option III Prototype in North Carolina,” said Jim Holthouser, global head of full-service brands – Hilton Worldwide. “Roughly 75 percent of Embassy Suites’ development pipeline of 43 hotels is the Design Option III build, which has been well received by both the development community and our guests. With Design Option III, we’ve given developers who were once unable to build an Embassy due to rising costs of real estate and construction the ability to move forward with development.”

Additional amenities include an indoor heated pool with children’s play area, whirlpool, Precor fitness center, room service, Starbucks and lounge. The hotel will provide complimentary shuttle service to and from RDU Airport and throughout the Brier Creek area.

The hotel is located on Arco Corporate Drive next to the Hampton Inn & Suites Brier Creek; both properties are owned and managed by Winwood Hospitality Group, Inc. Winwood is currently developing a 154-room Hilton Garden Inn and a 135-room Hampton Inn & Suites at Crabtree Valley.

About Embassy Suites Hotels
Founded in 1984, Embassy Suites Hotels defines the upscale, all-suites segment and today has 206 hotels, with an additional 3 in the pipeline. With spacious two-room suites, engaging team members and an inviting atrium environment, guests are welcome to put their feet up and feel right at home. Embassy Suites’ complimentary, cooked-to-order breakfast helps guests gear up for their day, while the nightly Manager’s Reception with free appetizers and beverages offers guests a great way to wind down. To learn more, visit www.embassysuites.com.

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 91 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers 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 3,600 hotels and 592,000 rooms in 81 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton, Doubletree, 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 program Hilton HHonors®.

For more information about the company, please visit www.hiltonworldwide.com

* Service of alcohol subject to state and local laws. Must be of legal drinking age.
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