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City opposes conversion of Tremont Plaza to Embassy Suites

City opposes conversion of Tremont Plaza to Embassy Suites

A new owner's planned conversion of the Tremont Plaza Hotel in downtown Baltimore to an Embassy Suites, a Hilton Worldwide brand, would threaten the city-owned Hilton Baltimore hotel as it struggles to reach stability following the recession, city development officials have told Hilton executives.

The Baltimore Hotel Corp., which owns and developed the 757-room Hilton on West Pratt Street, said the lodging giant's plans to offer a franchise for a Hilton-branded hotel to the new Tremont owner violates the spirit of a hotel operating agreement between Hilton and the city. A geographic restriction prohibits new Hilton "group-oriented" brands in the central business district...

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