Construction kicks off on Kenner property

KENNER -- Construction started on the 121-room Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans/Kenner Pontchartrain Center here.

The hotel, expected to open in the third quarter of this year, will be operated under a license agreement between Hilton Inns and Pontchartrain Hotel Investment Group LLC.

The three-story property will feature a glass-walled pavilion housing a guest reception area, a restaurant that will be open for three meals a day, a pantry store, a business center and meeting facilities.

An exercise room, an outdoor swimming pool and a laundry facility will be among the other features offered.

Rooms will include a microwave oven; a coffeemaker; a minirefrigerator; a sitting area; a work desk with a pull-out shelf for a portable computer; two telephones with two lines, voice mail and data ports, and satellite cable television with on-demand movies.

Adjacent to the 70,000-square-foot Pontchartrain Center, the property will overlook Lake Pontchartrain, 12 miles from downtown New Orleans and five miles from New Orleans Airport.

Dieter Huckestein, Hilton Hotels Corp. president, hotel operations, said hotel accommodations at the upper end of the midprice category are in high demand among business and leisure travelers.

"Hilton Garden Inn hotels are uniquely designed to meet the needs of this burgeoning segment," he said.

More than 200 Hilton Garden Inn properties are expected to be open or under construction in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico by the end of 2000.

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