Curio Collection by Hilton™ Opens First Hotel in the Eternal City

Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company’s (ARTIC’s) Newly Renovated
Aleph Rome Hotel Reopens as Part of Hilton’s Collection of Distinctive,
One-of-a-Kind Properties

ROME & MCLEAN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Following an extensive restoration, Aleph
Rome Hotel
– an elegant property in the heart of Rome – has reopened
as part of the exclusive Curio
Collection by Hilton
, a global portfolio of upper upscale,
independent hotels and resorts.


Acquired by Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company “ARTIC” in early 2015, Aleph
Rome Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
, is now an 88-room hotel
based just a short stroll from the legendary Spanish Steps, Trevi
Fountain, Villa Borghese and many other key attractions. The 1930s-built
property is the first in Rome and the second in Italy for the rapidly
growing Curio Collection by Hilton of locally authentic hotels.

Sheikh Mohammad Bin Faisal Al Thani, Vice Chairman of ARTIC, owner of
Aleph Rome Hotel, commented: “We are excited to announce that Aleph Rome
Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, is now open. We are very proud of
this property which has undergone substantial renovation and restoration
work to transform it into one of Rome’s most distinctive and iconic
hotels. This project reflects ARTIC’s strategy to add value to its
portfolio properties, enhancing their growth and development and
increasing the returns on our investments. We are confident that Aleph
Rome Hotel will be another long term successful investment and another
step in strengthening our position as a growing international hotel
investment group.”

“We’re proud to bring Curio Collection to Rome, a city full of classic
treasures,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio Collection by Hilton.
“Aleph Rome Hotel – with its historic yet modern charm and prime
location – epitomizes our commitment to allowing guests to discover and
experience distinctive hand-picked properties, each with its own
character and story to explore.”

Mr. Tarek M. El Sayed, Managing Director and CEO of Al Rayyan Tourism
Investment Company “ARTIC” also commented:

“This project reflects ARTIC’s commitment to maintaining a strong
investment presence in the world’s leading hospitality markets. The
renovation of the Hotel adds significant value to its existing
attributes, its central location and beautiful architecture. As part of
the Curio Collection, our partnership with Hilton will now ensure it
operates to the highest standards, further enhancing its value and
demonstrating the continuing momentum of ARTIC’s growth as a global
hotel investment company.”

Roman Charm, Contemporary Features

The property-wide renovation of Aleph Rome Hotel focused on blending its
Roman charm with contemporary features, while preserving its spirit,
grandeur and historical treasures, including authentic Cipollino marble.
Guests will enjoy a distinctly remarkable experience, taking advantage
of a wide range of uniquely re-designed guest rooms and suites,
restaurants and bars, along with a rooftop pool overlooking the city of
Rome. The hotel is conveniently located near the Barberini metro
station, between Via Veneto and Piazza Barberini.

Hotel Highlights

Comfort with Style

  • Spacious Guest Rooms: The hotel offers 88 guest rooms,
    including 14 suites and a junior suite, each featuring modern Italian
    furniture, high ceilings and marble floors. Guests may also enjoy
    contemporary comforts, such as an interactive TV, Nespresso® machine
    and walk-in shower.
  • Rooftop Swimming: Guests can enjoy the rooftop swimming pool,
    overlooking the city of Rome. The hotel also offers a wellness spa,
    fitness center and indoor pool.
  • Exquisite Meeting Space: The hotel has a meeting room adorned
    with marble flooring. With a 100-guest capacity, it is well-suited for
    both business meetings and events. A private suite on the fifth floor
    can accommodate up to eight guests in a more intimate setting.

Delectable Dining Options

  • Dinner with a View: Sky Blu Restaurant is the hotel’s
    rooftop dining option, serving a creative reinterpretation of Italian
    cuisine featuring local ingredients. It offers fantastic views of Rome
    from its private outdoor terrace.
  • Bountiful Buffet: Restaurant 1930 serves creative local dishes,
    including a sumptuous lunch buffet.
  • After Hours: The late-night cocktail bar, Onyx Bar, offers
    fantastic dining and drink options – such as the signature Aleph
    cocktail.
  • Cognac Lounge: Guests are invited to make their choice from the
    sizable collection of cigars and spirits in the hotel’s own Cognac
    Lounge.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development EMEA, Hilton
said: “Italy remains one of the most attractive destinations in the
world for tourists, yet less than 5 percent of its hotel stock operates
under an international brand. Curio Collection by Hilton offers owners
the chance to become part of Hilton and enjoy the benefits of our global
network, while maintaining the unique identities of their individual
properties. With two Curio Collection hotels now open in Italy we look
forward to sharing the benefits of this approach with the market and
laying the foundations for further growth.”

To receive instant access to the benefits they care about most –
including exclusive discounts, free Wi-Fi and Honors Points towards free
nights – guests are encouraged to join Hilton
Honors
and book directly through preferred Hilton channels.

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About Aleph Rome Hotel

Aleph Rome Hotel is a 5-star luxury hotel, centrally located in the
heart of Rome, Italy. Built in the 1930s as the headquarters of a bank,
the building retains much of the original architecture reflecting the
essence of style for that era. The hotel is within walking distance of
all the main areas of historical interest and shopping areas of Rome,
including the Via Veneto, Crypta Museums, Frati Cappucini, Opera
Theatre, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. The hotel offers 88 rooms and
suites, four dining outlets and a rooftop pool overlooking the city.

About Curio Collection by Hilton

Curio Collection by Hilton™ (curiocollection.com),
launched in 2014, is a global portfolio of more than 35 remarkable,
upper upscale hotels and resorts handpicked for their unique character
and personality. Curio Collection properties appeal to travelers seeking
one-of-a-kind discoveries and authentic experiences, all backed by
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) and its award-winning Hilton Honors program. Read the
latest Curio Collection stories at news.curiocollection.com,
discover Curio Collection itineraries at citiesbycurio.com
and connect with the collection on facebook.com/curiocollection,
Instagram.com/curiocollection
and twitter.com/curiocollection.

About Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company (ARTIC)

Established in 2003, Al Rayyan Tourism and Investment Company (ARTIC),
is one of the leading investment companies engaged in real estate
development, acquisition and leasing with a primary focus on the
hospitality sector and hospitality-related services both in Qatar and
overseas. ARTIC’s current portfolio comprises 24 hotels and projects in
the MENA, Europe, and North America. In addition to its hotel portfolio
in prime cities around the world, ARTIC owns hospitality-related
services providing cost-effective support services in a shared service
model, including laundry, catering and procurement services.

Visit www.artic.com.qa
| www.facebook.com/ARTICQA

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a
portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising nearly 5,000 properties
with more than 812,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is
dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable
company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every
guest, every time. The company’s portfolio includes Hilton Hotels &
Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts,
Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton™, DoubleTree by Hilton,
Tapestry Collection by Hilton™, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden
Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2
Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an
award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors
members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access
to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows
members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an
exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free
standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com
for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook,
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Contacts

Saamia Razvi
Hilton – Europe, Middle East & Africa
+44 0
207 856 8819
[email protected]
or
Arwa
Gousseous
Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company (ARTIC)
+974
5513 9539
[email protected]
or
Emily
Montgomery
Hilton
+1 703 883 5257
[email protected]