Key stakeholders and local officials gathered to mark the official groundbreaking of Embassy Suites Charlotte Uptown. From left to right: Alan Roberts, vice president, brand performance support - Embassy Suites Hotels; Shahn Chhabra, CMC Hotels; Vi Lyles, Charlotte council representative; Birju Patel, president, BPR Properties; Bhupen Patel, principal, BPR Properties; Gary Chhabra, CMC Hotels; and Gary Finnell, senior director, development, Hilton Worldwide. Credit: Embassy Suites.

MCLEAN, Va. - Embassy Suites Hotels and developer BPR Properties announced today that construction has begun on a 250-suite hotel at 401 E. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Embassy Suites Charlotte Uptown, scheduled to open in June 2016, will be the ninth Embassy Suites in the state of North Carolina. The full service, all-suites hotel will also feature 7,000 square feet of meeting space and an on-site restaurant.

The ceremonial groundbreaking was attended by approximately 30 guests including City of Charlotte officials and the project development team. Present were: Bhupen Patel, principal, BPR Properties; Birju Patel, president, BPR Properties; Shahn Chhabra, CMC Hotels; Gary Chhabra, CMC Hotels; Alan Roberts, vice president, brand performance support - Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Worldwide; Gary Finnell, senior director, development, Hilton Worldwide; Perry Quick, senior vice president of Carolinas & Georgia, Fifth Third Bank; Mohammad Jenatian, HTA Charlotte.

The Charlotte Uptown property is the first Embassy Suites hotel for BPR Properties, a long-time Hilton Worldwide franchisee partner. It owns and operates properties in other brands within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio, including two Hampton Inn properties in Asheboro, N.C., and Statesboro, G.A., as well as one Home2 by Hilton property in Greensboro, N.C. BPR also developed the DoubleTree by Hilton property in Greensboro, N.C. in 2007.

"We are proud of our growing portfolio of Embassy Suites properties around the country and thrilled to partner with BPR Properties to bring another top-notch Embassy Suites lodging option to the Charlotte area," said John Rogers, global head, Embassy Suites Hotels. "We look forward to delivering the high level of customer satisfaction our guests have come to expect when they stay at any of our more than 215 properties."

Embassy Suites Charlotte Uptown will reflect the brand's Design Option III style. The innovative and flexible design features a variety of side-by-side suites, shotgun suites and one-room suites in addition to a contemporary atrium area, decreasing the amount of land needed for a new-build project and creating efficiencies for both construction and operational costs. These features also further enhance the guest experience, as there is a great sense of space and more natural light in guest rooms and public areas like the atrium, while still maintaining all of the offerings that are characteristic of Embassy Suites hotels including free cooked-to-order breakfast and Complimentary Evening Reception*.

"We are delighted to break ground on our very first Embassy Suites hotel and expand our portfolio of Hilton Worldwide brands," said Bhupen Patel, principal, BPR Properties. "With the continued growth of Charlotte as an internationally-recognized leisure and business destination, bringing the brand's upscale, family-friendly offering to the community will be a desirable option for travelers visiting the area."

Embassy Suites Charlotte Uptown will feature all of the signature amenities standard at all Embassy Suites Hotels, including free cooked-to-order breakfast each morning, a nightly complimentary Evening Reception* and two-room suites with a separate living area, private bedroom, two flat-screen high-definition televisions and wet bar fitted with a microwave, mini-fridge and a selection of gourmet coffee and teas from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. The property will offer complimentary 24-hour fitness and business centers, along with an indoor pool.

For more information on Embassy Suites Hotels, please visit www.embassysuites.com. For development queries, please visit hiltonworldwide.com/development.

Contacts:
Atiya Frederick
Hilton Worldwide
+1 703 883 6599
Atiya.frederick@Hilton.com

Jamie Rubinstein
Emanate PR
+1 212 805 8076
Jamie.Rubinstein@emanatepr.com

About Embassy Suites Hotels
Embassy Suites Hotels, one of Hilton Worldwide's ten market-leading brands, is dedicated to delivering what matters most to travelers. The full service, upscale brand offers every guest a two-room suite, free cooked-to-order breakfast and a nightly two-hour reception with complimentary drinks* and snacks. Both leisure and business travelers looking for a relaxed, yet sophisticated, experience will feel right at home with brand-standard amenities like inviting atriums and complimentary 24-hour business and fitness centers. Embassy Suites Hotels has more than 215 hotels with more than 25 in the pipeline. For more information, visit www.embassysuites.com, and connect with Embassy Suites at www.embassysuitesmediacenter.com, www.facebook.com/embassysuiteshotels and www.twitter.com/EmbassySuites.

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

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 95 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of eleven world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,100 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 685,000 rooms in 92 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, 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 an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®.

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