College Station, TX (April 5, 2012) – The Hilton College Station Hotel & Conference Center, located on 801 University Drive East, held a grand re-opening gala for the public on March 28, 2012 to celebrate the completion of $5 million in renovations. At the 1940s themed gala, a jazz band played to nearly 500 guests, some in costume. The hotel also held a raffle and donated all proceeds to the Brazos Valley Food Bank.

Upgrades made to the Hilton College Station include a complete re-work of the hotel’s 303 guest rooms including new flat screen TVs, carpet, drapes and furniture made from dark cherry wood. The corridors, lobby and 27,000 square feet of meeting space has been upgraded with new carpet and millwork for a more contemporary, Texas flair with black, red and orange accents. The landscaping, pool and exterior of the building have been improved and new lighting has been installed in the hotel parking lot.

The lobby was also completely redone including a new front desk, a water feature and upgrades to the hotel’s in-house bar, “The Gallery”. New artwork now lines the lobby and corridors, created by local artist Benjamin Knox, who has a gallery of his own in College Station. The Hilton College Station hotel is decorated with approximately 100 pieces of art from the artist.

“From a guest perspective, it’s practically a brand new hotel,” said Glenn Pedersen, President of Encore Hospitality which owns the Hilton College Station. According to Pedersen, guests have responded positively to the completed renovations so far.

“Being that we’re the only full-service hotel in College Station and a three hour drive from over 80 percent of the state of Texas, we’re excited to have these upgrades available to our guests,” said Barron Hobbs, general manager of the Hilton College Station.

To learn more about the Hilton College Station hotel and available room rates, please visit the Hilton College Station website.

About the Hilton College Station and Conference Center: The Hilton College Station is located less than two miles from Texas A&M University on University Drive. Managed by Sage Hospitality and owned by Encore Hospitality, the hotel has 303 guest rooms and more than 27,000 square feet of meeting space as well as an outdoor pool, fitness center and a 24-hour business center. The Bell Ranch Restaurant within the hotel offers breakfast, lunch and a “Texas” dinner with a side of southern hospitality. To learn more about the Hilton College Station and Conference Center, visit

About Encore Hospitality

Encore Hospitality, LLC is a subsidiary of Encore Enterprises, Inc., and was founded in 1999 as a fully integrated, hospitality acquisition, development and asset management company focusing on the upper mid-priced, nationally branded select-service and full-service hotel sector. Encore Hospitality acquired Pineapple Management Services, Inc., a nationwide property management company and Sterling Resorts, LLC, a premiere Florida beach vacation rental company further expanding the company’s resources along the way. For more information about Encore Hospitality, LLC, visit, or call (214) 259-7000.