Hilton Columbia Center
Tony Tam | Ross Wagers
General Manager | Vice President of Operations
(803) 744-7800 | (803) 744-7800 |

, S.C. - (May 11, 2011) - The Hilton® Columbia Center has been recognized as AAA Approved Four Diamond lodging. The Hilton Columbia Center is now the only hotel in Columbia to carry this prestigious rating, and one of only approximately 25 hotels in South Carolina. AAA Approved lodging must meet strict quality guidelines relative to cleanliness, comfort, security, and safety. Four Diamond lodging is considered upscale in all areas and offers extensive amenities and a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail.

This listing distinguishes the Hilton Columbia Center among some of the most exclusive hotels in North America. Over 31,000 properties are AAA Approved, but only four percent are presented with the prestigious honor of being considered Four Diamond. The property listing for the Hilton Columbia Center will appear in the 2012 edition of the AAA South Carolina TourBook Guide.

Tony Tam, General Manager, said, "This honor is because of the commitment of our entire staff to providing the best service and hospitality that we can offer. Receiving the Four Diamond rating is justification of the hard work of our entire team, and, most importantly, the guests who confirm our love of service by returning to stay with us. We greatly appreciate each customer, and it is because of them that the Hilton Columbia Center continues to thrive."

The Hilton Columbia Center is located in the center of the Historic Congaree Vista and adjacent to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and Colonial Life Arena. Managed by Hospitality America, the hotel opened in August 2007 and has hosted guests from all over the world, including many distinguished heads of state and multiple Hollywood stars.

Offering the Columbia area exceptional meeting and event space in the heart of the city, the hotel's meeting facilities include a stunning ballroom, professional meeting rooms, and executive boardrooms. With 6,000 square feet of meeting space, the Hilton Columbia Center is fully equipped to host any event with complete banquet and meeting amenities, audio visual equipment, and event planning services. Additionally, the hotel boasts 222 beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites, including 2 Presidential Suites, an outdoor pool, and fitness center by Precor®.

Ruth's Chris Steak House, located within the Hilton Columbia Center, also has been honored as the "Best Steak in Columbia" by patrons and readers of the Free Times and Columbia Metropolitan Magazine, "Award of Excellence" by Wine Spectator, "Award of Distinction" by Wine Enthusiast, and a number 32 ranking on the "100 Best Companies to Watch" List by Business Week Magazine. The restaurant's on-site location provides guests with fine dining experiences for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Founded and headquartered in Tennessee, Hospitality America presently operates 13 hotels in Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Hospitality America is ranked in the Top 20 both by Occupancy and by RevPAR and in the Annual Rankings of the Top 100 Hotel Management Companies by HOTEL BUSINESS, April 2010.