CAMDEN, N.J. - The highly anticipated, 180-room Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront at 1 Penn St. will become the first hotel in Camden, N.J., in more than 50 years when it welcomes guests on December 4, 2020. The Camden Waterfront property marks the 900th Hilton Garden Inn to open since its founding in 1996.
Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront is developed by Ensemble Real Estate Investments, and operated by Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company. The hotel is designed by Nelson Worldwide and built by INTECH Construction.
When the hotel opens its doors, it will meet the growing demand in the Camden market as the South Jersey city continues to rapidly grow as a hub of business and tourism activity. The hotel includes meetings and event spaces, indoor and outdoor dining, and other amenities.
“This is a momentous occasion that Camden residents, business owners, and visitors have waited for patiently,” said Camden Mayor Frank Moran. “Camden’s revitalization is tangible and Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront will be one of the leading catalysts for our city’s economic resurgence. The hotel is a significant part of the $1 billion mixed-use project involving NFI, Conner Strong & Buckelew, and The Michaels Organization, which has already resulted in new opportunities and high-paying jobs for Camden residents. I am proud to welcome Hilton Garden Inn to Camden as the hotel will be a tremendous addition to our beautiful Waterfront.”
Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront, anticipated to generate over $1 million in state and local tax revenues annually, will service the demand of Camden’s existing six million square feet of commercial office and manufacturing space.
As the latest addition to the development of the Camden Waterfront, the hotel is working closely with Cooper’s Ferry Partnership to form strong ties within the community by hiring local residents through initiatives like Camden Works, which placed over 220 Camden residents with jobs amidst the pandemic. A number of staff members have also worked with Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company for many years, showing the dedication Concord has to fostering strong relationships with employees. Ensemble Real Estate Investments has made a $90,000 contribution to the City of Camden for the administration of Camden Works.
“Being a steward of the community has been very important to us throughout the development of this one-of-a-kind property,” said Kam Babaoff, Ensemble’s Chairman. “Through brilliant architecture and creative placemaking, we are able to meet a need in the community of Camden that has not been met in over 50 years. We are proud of the relationships that have formed from this project and will continue fostering relationships with Camden residents, businesses, and attractions.”
The hotel is conveniently located near prominent business headquarters, including Subaru, American Water Works, and Campbell Soup Company; recreational venues like BB&T Arena and Adventure Aquarium; and institutes of higher education and healthcare systems like Rowan University, Rutgers University—Camden, and Cooper University Health Care System.
Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront features an elevated, high-end appearance that complements the brand’s hallmark bright and airy décor. From the guest rooms to the hotel restaurant, visitors can enjoy views of the scenic Philadelphia skyline, Delaware River, and Ben Franklin Bridge, which makes the hotel easily accessible to Philadelphia and I-95 access points—just a few miles away.
As Hilton Garden Inn responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, some services and amenities have been adjusted in order to adhere to health and safety guidance from local government. To emphasize the brand’s commitment to the health and safety of guests, the property is participating in the Hilton CleanStay Program. With the new program, all surfaces in each guest room are sanitized with hospital-grade disinfectant and inspected by trained personnel who place a Hilton-approved room seal sticker to ensure guests of cleanliness.
During construction, the property upgraded to cutting-edge health and safety features and installed a specialized air filtration system in every room to sanitize and enhance air quality. In addition, the Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront follows Concord Hospitality’s PureStay by Concord guidelines, which focus on cleanliness and protocols in guest rooms, public, and back-of-house spaces, as well as education and training for all associates.
“Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront will be one of the first hotels in the U.S. to have an upgraded filtration system throughout, known as Bipolar Air Ionization,” said Bill Kao, General Manager. “The advanced system cleans the air of VOC compounds, kills bacteria and viruses, and neutralizes allergens. Our guests’ health and safety are top priority, and we are proud of the system and protocols we have in place that will give guests confidence in their travel choices.”
To facilitate low-contact meetings and events, the hotel features over 4,100-square-foot of multiuse space, equipped with projection screens, 65-inch smart TVs, and built-in audio-visual equipment. An executive board room, as well as meeting rooms that each seat 12 guests, create space for businesses to gather safely. A large ballroom and meeting space that can accommodate groups up to 240 people max (post-COVID) are on-site to meet the increasing demand from Camden’s growing business community. With Hilton’s EventReady program, all meeting spaces follow stringent cleaning procedures prior to usage.
In addition to corporate events, Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront is the perfect wedding oasis set alongside the Delaware River. The meeting and board rooms can be adapted into the ideal designated space for wedding parties to get ready, enjoy cocktail hour, and a beautiful reception, followed by overnight accommodations. The property’s dedicated event team, paired with the hotel’s upgraded finishes and sparkling scenery, make the perfect venue for weddings and special events of any kind.
Of the hotel’s 180 guest rooms, 20 rooms are custom-built suites that include a kitchenette for visitors checking in for a longer stay. Each guest room boasts Hilton Garden Inn’s signature bedding, a spacious work desk with ergonomic desk chair, and an in-room “hospitality center” equipped with a mini fridge, microwave oven, and Keurig® coffee maker.
Guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor dining at the property’s onsite restaurant, The Water Street Grill, enhanced with fire pits, cozy seating, unique menus, and gorgeous views of the water and skyline. In the lobby, The Shop offers a 24-hour grab-and-go retail space featuring an upscale mix of healthy, fresh foods and a specialty coffee bar. Other amenities and services include complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property, a 24-hour business center with Print Spots™ remote printing, and a 1,300-square-foot state-of-the-art fitness center.
Press is invited to the official opening day of the Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront on December 4 at 11:30 a.m. for a photo opportunity of Bill Kao, General Manager, welcoming Camden City Mayor Francisco “Frank” Moran to the hotel for the first time. Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront anticipates hosting a grand opening celebration for the public in the spring.
For more information or to make reservations, please visit Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront or call +1-856-756-0070.
About Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company
As an award-winning hotel development and management company, Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company has spent the last three decades successfully growing the company’s portfolio, which includes premium-branded properties across the United States and Canada. Its modern lifestyle holdings embody the next generation of boutique hotels, distinctive restaurants, stylish bar concepts and award-winning rooftops. Each venue has a story to tell. Concord’s commitment to sourcing local, authentic products ensures that each property is infused with the vibe and energy of its geographical location. The company believes that its people are its greatest strength. With the brightest talent, the most innovative processes and a commitment to giving back to the communities where associates live and work, Concord Hospitality is committed to being a great place to work for all.
Learn more at concordhotels.com.
Ensemble Real Estate Investments
Over the past 40 years, Ensemble has successfully invested and developed over $2 billion in real estate across the United States, offering state-of-the-art property solutions in the healthcare, hospitality, commercial, and urban multi-family and mixed-use sectors —all designed to transform and inspire the communities they serve. With its combined operational expertise, development acumen, and asset management capabilities, Ensemble has fostered strategic and fruitful partnerships with boutique hotel operators as well as with global brands including Marriott, Hilton, and Hyatt. For more information on Ensemble, visit www.ensemble.net.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 22 world-class brands comprising nearly 7,400 properties and more than 1.1 million rooms, in 124 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, earned a top spot on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For list and been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for six consecutive years. Hilton has introduced several industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest experience, including Digital Key Share, automated complimentary room upgrades and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the more than 173 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can't buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit stories.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.
About Hilton Garden Inn
The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn brand provides business and leisure guests upscale, affordable accommodations and modern amenities for an experience that is simply on another level. The Hilton Garden Inn Promise affirms the brand’s goal to make each guest’s stay better and brighter. Guaranteed. With more than 980 hotels in 59 countries and territories around the world, the brand ensures today’s busy travelers have a bright and satisfying experience, starting with the first hello. Experience a positive stay at Hilton Garden Inn by booking at hgi.com or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Learn more about Hilton Garden Inn at stories.hilton.com/hgi, and follow the brand on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.