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Lerner Opens its Newest Hotel; Fallsgrove Hilton Garden Inn® and Homewood Suites by Hilton® Rockville • Gaithersburg

Left to Right: Alan H. Gottlieb | Lerner; Erica Leatham | Meyers| Eisler| Leatham, LLC;
Steve Barczy | United Bank; Sally Sternbach | Rockville Economic Development, Inc.;
Mark D. Lerner ; Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio | City of Rockville Mayor;
Arthur N. Fuccillo | Lerner; Edward L. Cohen | Lerner; Robert K. Tanenbaum | Lerner; Joe Lemense | United Bank

Rockville, Maryland, April 26, 2010 – Lerner Enterprises, Washington, D.C.’s largest private real estate developer is proud to announce that the Fallsgrove Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites Rockville • Gaithersburg officially opened on Friday, April 23, 2010. The opening was marked with a ribbon cutting ceremony that was attended by the honorable Phyllis Marcuccio, the Mayor of Rockville; City of Rockville Officials; members of the Lerner organization; Urgo Hotels and other area business leaders and dignitaries. Arthur N. Fuccillo, Executive Vice President of Development and Construction for Lerner lead the ceremony, which included a property tour and speeches from Mayor Marcuccio, and Sally Sternbach, Executive Director for the City of Rockville Department of Economic Development, and Kevin Urgo, Senior Vice President of Urgo Hotels.

The two-tower, 199-room Hilton® caters to both short-term and extended stay travelers with luxuriously appointed rooms, exclusive amenities, and state-of-the-art meeting facilities. The hotels are centrally located to numerous modes of transportation, and three international airports. This is the latest project featuring a Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites in one location. This strategy allows owners to penetrate diverse market segments and offer enhanced amenities to guests.

The hotels are owned and developed by Lerner Enterprises of Rockville, Maryland and will be managed by Urgo Hotels of Bethesda, Maryland. Overseeing both the Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites is General Manager, Marco Fuentes, and Director of Sales, Michael Anderson.  The hotels are solidly booked and reservations to date have exceeded the company’s expectations.

“The Hilton dual-branded hotel is a true success story due to the unrelenting hard work and dedication of everyone involved.  Every individual, from city officials, inspectors, Urgo Hotels,  and our construction and development teams should be proud of what has been accomplished and of making a vision, a truly spectacular reality,” stated Arthur N. Fuccillo, Executive Vice President of Development for Lerner.

To make reservations or to find out more about Hilton Garden Inn, visit hgi.com or call 1-877-STAY-HGI.  For more about Homewood Suites by Hilton, visit homewoodsuites.com or call 1-800-CALL-HOME.  Both Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites participate in Hilton HHonors®, the only hotel rewards program that offers Points & Miles and No Blackout Dates.

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About the Fallsgrove Hilton® Garden Inn and Fallsgrove Homewood Suites

The Hilton Garden Inn (RockvilleGaithersburg.HGI.com) features 112 guestrooms offering the brand’s signature Garden Sleep System bed; ergonomic Mirra chair by Herman Miller; complimentary wired and Wi-Fi high speed Internet access; HD LCD televisions; and clocks that allows guests to play their MP3 player. The hotel also features a complimentary 24-hour business center with remote printing; a comfortable lounge & bar area to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning or unwind at the end of the day; the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry convenience mart with a selection of refrigerated, frozen and microwaveable packaged items and sundries.

The Homewood Suites (RockvilleGaithersburg.HomewoodSuites.com) offers a total of 87 studio, one-, and two-bedroom suites with additional guest amenities including a daily complimentary full hot breakfast in the hotel’s hospitality center—the “Lodge;” a full evening meal and beverages Monday-Thursday evenings; complimentary grocery shopping services; an executive business center; and a 24-hour on-site pantry.  Every guest suite includes a full kitchen with refrigerator; separate living and sleeping areas; and upgraded technology package featuring HD flat screen televisions; and luxurious bedding packages.

The two brands also share several public amenities including a heated indoor pool, whirlpool, PreCor fitness center, a kids’ entertainment room, and 2,800 square feet of flexible meeting space. The Hilton Garden Inn has a full-service restaurant serving evening room service. The Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites Rockville-Gaithersburg property is located within the I-270 Technology Corridor at 14975 Shady Grove Road in Rockville, minutes from Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Lockheed Martin, IBM, WESTAT, and Johns Hopkins University Life Sciences Center.  Guests can walk to the shops and restaurants at Fallsgrove Village Center, visit Rockville Town Square, White Flint, Montgomery and Lakeforest Malls, and take in hundreds of museums and historic sights of downtown Washington, D.C.

The architect for the project is Gordon & Greenberg Architects of Cabin John, Maryland.  The General Contractor for the development is Herman Stewart of Lanham, Maryland. The interior was designed by George Conte Design of Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

The Fallsgrove Hilton® Garden Inn and Homewood Suites hotel are walking distance to Lerner’s two other completed award-winning developments:  Fallsgrove Village Office Center, a 75,000 square foot Class ‘A’ proposed LEED® Gold Office | Medical | Retail building and Fallsgrove Village Center, featuring over 30 shops and restaurants such as Safeway, Chipotle, Mamma Lucia, FedEx Office, Panera Bread, Starbucks and Cheeburger Cheeburger, among many others.

About Lerner Enterprises

Lerner Enterprises (Lerner.com) of Rockville, Maryland, founded by Theodore N. Lerner in 1952, is Washington, D.C.'s largest private real estate developer and is involved in all phases of commercial, residential, retail, hotel and mixed-use real estate.  This includes planning, development, construction, leasing, and asset and property management.  Lerner has developed and currently manages more than 15 million square feet of office buildings, retail centers and residential communities.  Lerner's portfolio has several well-known developments including: The Corporate Office Park at Dulles Town Center (DullesTownCenter.com), Dulles, VA; The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II (Tysons2.com), McLean, VA; Fallsgrove Village Office Center (FallsgroveVillageCtr.com), Rockville, MD; White Flint North, North Bethesda, MD; Washington Square (WashingtonSquareDC.com), 1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC; 1133 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC; Flint Hill Office Park (FlintHillOfficePark.com), Fairfax, VA; 7799 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA; and 400 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA, Dulles Town Center (ShopDullesTownCenter.com), Dulles, VA; and White Flint Mall (ShopWhiteFlint.com), North Bethesda, MD, among many others. Lerner’s hotel portfolio also includes the  Greenbelt Marriott®  (Marriott.com), Greenbelt, MD; the Residence Inn by Marriott® - Dulles Airport (Marriott.com) @ Dulles 28 Centre and the Courtyard by Marriott® at Dulles Town Center (Marriott.com) Dulles, VA.

Lerner’s newest trophy office building, co-developed with The Tower Companies, 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard (TowerOaks.com) in Rockville, Maryland, is the first multi-tenant commercial building in the Washington area with LEED® Platinum Certification. The project was awarded the 2009 National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP) Best Green Building of the Year, the 2009 Peerless Rockville Preservation Award, the first building in the State of Maryland to achieve “Designed to Earn Energy Star” by the American Institute of Architects and was certified as the first LEED® Platinum office building in the State of Maryland and is eligible for Maryland Green Building Tax Credits.  Lerner’s new corporate headquarters, located in 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard was recently certified LEED® CI Gold by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and was awarded the Metro Washington Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) 2009 ‘Excellence in Construction’ Award.

Lerner has been the recipient of numerous NAIOP and other industry awards (Lerner.com/Awards.html) in its 58-year history including the Honor Award for Design Excellence in the Fairfax County 2009 Exceptional Design Awards Program for 1800 Tysons Boulevard in The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II.

About Urgo Hotels

Urgo Hotels, of Bethesda, Maryland, is an award-winning company recognized among the top 100 hotel developers by Hotel Business Magazine.  Since 1981, Urgo Hotels has specialized in building, developing, owning and operating hotels across a wide range of brands.  Urgo hotels also offers a solid track record in asset management.

For more information, visit: UrgoHotels.com.

About Hilton

Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels.  For more than 90 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value.  The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands.  Its brands are comprised of more than 3,500 hotels in 81 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations.  The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®.

For more information, visit hiltonworldwide.com