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EVANSTON, IL-A new 178-room Hilton Garden Inn in the Northwestern University/Evanston Research Center will be managed by Washington, DC-based MeriStar Hotels & Resorts. The six-story hotel owned by Raleigh, NC-based hotel REIT Winston Hotels, Inc. opened Monday.

The new hotel has a restaurant and lounge, indoor pool, exercise facilities, meeting space and a business center. Guest rooms include high-speed Internet access, two telephones and a dataport for modem connection. The Northwestern University/Evanston Research Center is home to 90 companies as well as a proposed mixed-use development that eventually will include 120,000 sf of retail space.

“This is the 48th Winston hotel we manage and/or lease, ” says Paul W. Whetsell, MeriStar chairman and chief executive officer. “ We manage five additional properties in the Chicagoland area, and we expect to optimize the Hilton Garden Inn’s revenues and profits by taking advantage of cross-marketing opportunities and operating synergies.”

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