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Doubletree by Hilton

2014 Franchise 500
#139
At a Glance

Products & Services: Upscale hotels and resorts

Number of Locations: 356

Total Investment: $35.5M - $62.4M

Founded: 1969

Began Franchising: 1989

About Doubletree by Hilton

The first Doubletree hotel opened in 1969 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Franchising began in 1989, and ten years later the company was acquired by Hilton Hotels Corporation. At every Doubletree location, guests are given a warm chocolate chip and walnut cookie at check-in.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2013 230 2 47 77
2012 209 2 33 64
2011 182 2 28 53
2010 166 2 15 50
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $35,478,000 - $62,364,375
Franchise Fee: $75,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 22 years, renewable

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: General manager training prior to certification for opening
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #139 (2014), #129 (2013), #147 (2012), #151 (2011), #192 (2010),
Fastest-Growing: #86 (2013),
America's Top Global: #88 (2013), #119 (2012), #122 (2011), #150 (2010),