VALLEY FORGE, PA—The Dow Hotel Company, aSeattle-based hotel owner/investor and operator of 11 first-class,full-service hotels throughout the United States, has been namedthe manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton HotelPhiladelphia-Valley Forge.

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DHC will oversee approximately $1 million inupgrades of the hotel's 25,000-square-feet of meeting space andlobby. The hotel also is receiving the finishing touches of amakeover of the exterior façade, including new roof line accents,trim detail, updated colors and LED lighting. Allimprovements are expected to be completed by next month.

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“The renovation, plus implementation of our proprietarymanagement and marketing programs, will have an immediate positiveeffect on the bottom line,” says Murray L. Dow II,DHC founder and president. “We have a long,successful track record along the Eastern Seaboard and extensiveexperience with DoubleTree and all ofHilton's upscale brands. We seesignificant upside potential for this hotel to expand itssocial/meeting business, as well as attract more business andleisure travelers who seek a superior guestexperience.”

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The meeting space renovation will concentrate primarily on the7,021 square foot Grand Ballroom, capable of handling up to 1,000guests. The upgrade will incorporate a state-of-the-art,energy-efficient, LED lighting package that generates saturatedcolor and dynamic effects in alcoves, accent areas and otherinterior spaces allowing event organizers to create uniquelyindividualized palettes on any given surface in the space. The lobby will be equipped with connectivity zones and communaltables for travelers who prefer to work, gather and socializeoutside of guestrooms.

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Located near the King of Prussia Mall, one ofthe nation's largest shopping areas with almost 2.8 million squarefeet of retail space and about 25 minutes from center cityPhiladelphia, the DoubleTree Philadelphia-ValleyForge is ideally situated for meeting, business andleisure travelers. Valley Forge National Park, one ofAmerica's most historic sites, is located approximately five milesfrom the property.

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The DoubleTree Philadelphia-Valley Forgefeatures a fitness center, swimming pool, T. Burke's BistroPub and adjacent lounge. The hotel's 327 rooms andsuites offer a wide array of amenities, including the Sweet Dreams®Bed, and large screen HD TVs.

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