The 2012 Hilton Garden Inn Connie Award winner was the Hilton Garden Inn Cartersville, Ga. Credit: Hilton Garden Inn.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Hilton Garden Inn, the worldwide brand of upscale, yet affordable, hotels announced today its top hotels of 2012. Nearly 70 individual and hotel awards were presented to hotels chosen from the brand's portfolio of more than 560 hotels worldwide. The 2012 Hotel of the Year and Connie Award Winner was the Hilton Garden Inn Cartersville, GA.

"Each of the team members at these award-winning hotels and all of our hotels worldwide work tirelessly to ensure our guests have a memorable stay," said Adrian Kurre, Global Head, Hilton Garden Inn brand. "They provide a great sleep experience and delicious cooked-to-order breakfasts, but it's also the small things they do that demonstrate the special Hilton Garden Inn touch and create loyal guests.  It is our pleasure to recognize the Hilton Garden Inn hotels that embody what this brand is all about - guest satisfaction and a high level of customer service."

The Connie Award, named in honor of company founder Conrad Hilton, is awarded to the top hotel of the year based on three key components, including: quality assurance audits measuring cleanliness, condition and brand standards; customer scores rating staff service; and customer service scores rating the quality of the hotel's physical accommodations. The winner represents the highest scores in the brand system in all of these categories. The 2012 Hilton Garden Inn Connie Award winner was the Hilton Garden Inn Cartersville, GA

The top hotel awards were presented based on year-end scores and results from the Hilton Garden Inn Balanced Scorecard, a tool used by the brand to measure and track overall performance of each Hilton Garden Inn hotel in various key performance indicators: Satisfaction and Loyalty Tracking (SALT) survey, Quality Assurance, and Brand Management and Product Standards.

2012 marks the first year the Hilton Garden Inn Cartersville, GA received the coveted Connie Award. The 108-room hotel opened in 2009 and is owned by Cartersville Paradise Group LLC and is managed by HP Hotels.

The Pride Merit Awards are given to the hotels in the 2nd and 3rd ranked position based on three components: quality assurance audits measuring, condition and brand standards; customer scores rating staff service; and customer service scores rating the quality of the hotel's physical accommodations. The winners of the 2012 Pride Merit Awards are the Hilton Garden Inn Providence Airport/Warwick, RI and the Hilton Garden Inn Mobile East Bay/Daphne, AL.

The Hilton Garden Inn Providence/Warwick, RI is owned and managed by Newport Hospitality Group, Inc., and opened its doors to guests in 2005 and features 160 guest rooms. The hotel's general manager, Kevin Buchanan, was also honored as the 2012 Barbara Bejan Hilton Garden Inn General Manager of the Year.

The Hilton Garden Inn Mobile East Bay/Daphne, AL is owned by Budget Inn of Daphne, Inc. and managed by Inn Serve Corporation. The 124-room hotel is located on the Eastern shore of Mobile Bay in Daphne and has welcomed guests since opening its doors in 2004.

Contacts:
Dawn Ray
Hilton Worldwide
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About Hilton Garden Inn
Hilton Garden Inn is the award-winning, upscale, yet affordable hotel brand that continually strives to ensure today’s busy travelers have everything they need to be most productive on the road — from our oh-so-comfortable Garden Sleep System® bed to complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet access in all guestrooms. So whether on the road for personal or business reasons, Hilton Garden Inn offers the amenities and services for travelers to sleep deep, stay fit, eat well and work smart while away from home. For more information about our locations around the globe, visit www.hgi.com or news.hgi.com.

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®.