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Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark and Hilton St. Louis Airport Play Starring Role in Clooney's Movie "Up in the Air"
ST. LOUIS, MO (HOTELS-STL.com), April 26, 2009 - The Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark and the Hilton St. Louis Airport are ready for their close-up.

The two properties - owned by Lodging Hospitality Management - have been selected as the backdrop for the movie, "Up in the Air" from DreamWorks Pictures, starring George Clooney and directed by Jason Reitman. Paramount Pictures will distribute the film in fall 2009.

"We are thrilled to welcome the cast and crew of 'Up in the Air' to St. Louis and to our hotels - we're honored that they have selected our properties for the film," said Bob O'Loughlin, chairman of the St. Louis CVC and CEO/chairman of the board for Lodging Hospitality Management. "The movie - based on the book by Walter Kirn - is a story about a true road warrior, a character that our hotels have a lot of experience with and love to cater to."

From Jason Reitman, the Oscar® nominated director of "Juno," comes a comedy called "Up in the Air" starring Oscar® winner George Clooney who plays an unapologetic corporate downsizer whose untethered life is consumed by collecting air miles. "Up in the Air" will feature both Hilton properties. Hilton's guest loyalty program, Hilton HHonors, will also play a role as the main character collects frequent flyer traveler points.


Marriott Streamlines its Newspaper Delivery Program at Hotels Nationwide
ST. LOUIS, MO (HOTELS-STL.com), April 15, 2009 - Marriott International, Inc. has announced that guest demand for newspaper delivery at more than 2,600 hotels in the United States has declined by about 25 percent. Marriott will become the first major hotel company to shift to a free newspaper delivery system based on customer preference, reducing waste at the same time.

Beginning June 1, the company's full-service hotels, including Marriott Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Renaissance Hotels & Resorts, will deliver newspapers to guest rooms based on customer preference. The company's 30 million Marriott Rewards members will be able to update their online profiles and receive their preferred newspaper automatically. Guests who are not Rewards members will be asked for their preference at check-in. Guests will have a choice between USA TODAY, The Wall Street Journal, the local paper, or no paper.

Effective April 20, the company's Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, and TownePlace Suites hotels will offer newspapers free-of-charge in their lobbies.

"We want to give guests the choice of whether they want a newspaper or not," says Chairman and CEO J.W. Marriott, Jr. "I visit more than 250 hotels a year, and more often than not, I'm stepping over unclaimed newspapers as I walk down the hallway. This new program is more guest-focused."

Based on preliminary data, the company projects that newspaper distribution will be reduced by about 50,000 papers daily or 18 million papers annually, thereby avoiding 10,350 tons of carbon emissions (calculated by Conservation International assuming an estimate of .5 pounds per paper). Cost-savings, if any, will vary based on consumption at individual hotels.

More than 25 years ago, through a pioneering partnership with the Gannett Co., and USA TODAY, Marriott was the first major hotel company to feature broad newspaper delivery to its hotel rooms in the U.S. The two companies will continue to work together to offer guests innovative online news, including products such as the GoBoard™ available around-the-clock in Courtyard hotel lobbies.

"USA TODAY was founded on the idea that one newspaper could reflect the shared interests of Americans across the country. Our ability to connect readers with what is important to them makes us the most-read newspaper in the country and the number one choice of travelers," said Susan Lavington, senior vice president of marketing, USA TODAY. "As the needs of news consumers continue to shift, USA TODAY has innovated to provide valued content in any platform consumers choose. We look forward to extending that choice to Marriott's valued guests through print, online, mobile devices or on a GoBoard™ in their hotel lobby."

"More individuals choose to buy the Wall Street Journal than any other newspaper in America. We applaud Marriott for now extending this choice to their guests." said Paul Bascobert, chief marketing officer for the Dow Jones Consumer Media Group. "At a time when others are scaling back, The Wall Street Journal's expanded coverage of national news, health, leisure and sports will be a welcome benefit to Marriott guests."


Drury Hotels Launches 'Guide to the Staycation'
ST. LOUIS, MO (HOTELS-STL.com), April 15, 2009 - Spring is in the air and that means summer is not far behind! For all the busy families out there trying to plan this year's getaway on a tight budget, St. Louis-based Drury Hotels has created Drury's Guide to the Staycation.

Filled with hints and tips for vacationing close to home, families will find out why there is no better place to take the family this year than to the nearest Drury Hotel. With all of our free extras and rates from $59.99 - $119.99, this staycation won't break the bank.

Drury Campout

Sleeping under the stars is a great summer activity for the family, except for the bug bites, stifling humidity and not-so-air-tight air mattresses. This year, we suggest making camp at your nearest Drury Hotel. You will find everything you need for a great trip, minus the skeeters!

  • Where to sleep? Take the pillows, sheets, blankets and cushions, then let the kids go to work setting up your tent for the night. Not only is the setup much easier than doing the real campout thing, you'll avoid that walk down the long, dark path to the campground privy.
  • What to do? You'll find plenty of family fun without going far. Take the kids for a dip in the lake (what we like to call the "swimming pool") while you enjoy the hot springs (a.k.a. whirlpool) and then return to camp for the HBO premiere of Grizzly v. Camper: Tastes Like Chicken on the big TV.
  • What to eat? No need to forage for berries in those bear-infested woods! The search for food is easy with free popcorn and soda in the lobby and our free evening beverage reception. In the morning, no worries about missing that scouting class where they taught you how to start a fire with two sticks (and a Bic lighter); free HOT! QUIKSTART® Breakfast will be waiting for you!
When you head home from your Drury campout, you'll leave well-fed, well-rested and ready to plan your next family wilderness adventure! Heed the call of the wild and book your Drury Staycation today. Call 1-800-325-0481 for more information or click here for reservations.

Drury Hotels is a Missouri-based, family-owned and operated hotel system with 130 hotels in 19 states from Arizona to North Carolina and from Texas to Michigan. Brands include Drury Inn & Suites, Drury Inn, Drury Plaza Hotels, Drury Suites, Pear Tree Inn by Drury, as well as other hotels in the mid-price hotel segment. Drury Hotels has earned top honors in the 2008 Market Metrix Hospitality Index, ranking #1 among Mid-scale Hotels without Food & Beverage. The honor capped off a successful year for Drury Hotels, which also received its 3rd consecutive J.D. Power & Associates Award.

Doubletree Hotel Collinsville/St. Louis
The 236 rooms at the Doubletree Hotel Collinsville/St. Louis offer a warm, contemporary feel featuring soft earth tones, 32-inch, flat-screen televisions; complimentary, high-speed internet access; and the brand's signature Sweet Dreams® by Doubletree Sleep Experience.
Doubletree Hotel Collinsville/St. Louis Unveils News Name and $12 Million Renovation
ST. LOUIS, MO (HOTELS-STL.com), April 1, 2009 - Doubletree® Hotels proudly announces the opening of the Doubletree Hotel Collinsville/St. Louis, representing another addition to the brand's fast-growing portfolio.

Conveniently located adjacent to the Gateway Convention Center in the heart of the suburban St. Louis community of Collinsville, this newest Doubletree location is just minutes from such major area attractions as Gateway International Raceway, Fairmount Park Racetrack, Cahokia Mounds State Park Historical Site, the Gateway Arch, and Busch Stadium.

To celebrate their new Doubletree name, the hotel team welcomes visitors, businesses and residents alike to visit and experience the completion of a $12 million enhancement project that has reinvigorated the hotel's 236 guest rooms, 7,500 square feet of meeting space and much more.

Formerly a Holiday Inn® hotel, the Doubletree Hotel Collinsville/St. Louis is operated by Lodging Hospitality Management, under a franchise agreement with a subsidiary of Hilton Hotels Corporation.

The 236 rooms at the Doubletree Hotel Collinsville/St. Louis offer a warm, contemporary feel featuring soft earth tones and vintage photos of Collinsville. Guests will enjoy the comforts they have come to expect from Doubletree including MP3-compatible, stereo alarm clocks; Wolfgang Puck® in-room gourmet coffee service; 32-inch, flat-screen televisions; complimentary, high-speed internet access; and the brand's signature Sweet Dreams® by Doubletree Sleep Experience. Guest bathrooms feature marble vanities, Neutrogena® bath and body products, upgraded lighting and a curved shower rod that allows for 20% more space in the shower.

The meeting space and amenities at the Doubletree Hotel Collinsville/St. Louis have been updated to suit a variety of guest needs. The 7,500 square feet of renovated meeting space, including 11 flexible banquet and conference rooms, is ideal for a business meeting, seminar, party or special event. Along with an indoor, heated pool, the new, state-of-the-art fitness facility at the Doubletree Collinsville/St. Louis is equipped with the latest in cardio and weight training equipment by Precor.®

The Doubletree Hotel Collinsville/St. Louis is proud to present a new lobby bar - Porter's lobby bar - and a new look for its renowned restaurant, Porter's steakhouse. At Porter's, the restaurant is known for award-winning chefs and their proud preparation of "The World Famous Pepperloin", along with seafood, pasta, and other special creations. Porter's is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner so guests can take advantage of the restaurant's superior service for any meal occasion. Room service from Porter's is also a convenient option for hotel guests.

Just 11 miles from downtown St. Louis and less than 30 minutes from Lambert St. Louis International Airport, the Doubletree Hotel Collinsville/St. Louis is located at 1000 Eastport Plaza Drive, Collinsville, Ill. 62234.

For more information on the Doubletree Hotel Collinsville/St. Louis, visit the hotel's website at collinsvillestlouis.doubletree.com, call l-800-222-TREE in the U.S. and Canada or contact the hotel directly at 1-618-345-2800.


Archived St. Louis Hotel News:
- Hilton Garden Inn, St. Louis Airport Celebrates Opening
- New Hyatt Renovation Helps Revitalize Downtown St. Louis
- Renaissance Grand to Remain Open During Foreclosure Proceedings
- Marriott Returns to Downtown St. Louis at Union Station

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