• The Hilton Garden Inn Durham-University Medical Center Earns Third Pride Merit Award

    POSTED April 8, 2019

Hilton recognizes Hilton Garden Inn Durham-University Medical Center for its outstanding service with the Pride Merit Award. This award is given to the top 5 percent of properties within the brand that have excelled in all brand requirements, and this is the third time this location has been honored.

The Hilton Garden Inn Durham-University Medical Center boasts 128 guest rooms, 1,850 square feet of meeting space, 24-hour business center, fitness center, indoor pool and the Garden Grille and Bar.

In addition to the property, both Abigail Flynn, general manager, and Traci Kessler, director of sales, were given a Merit Award. Flynn and Kessler have each previously received this award as well as General Manager and Director of Sales of the Year awards.

“We’re very proud that the team at Hilton Garden Inn Durham-University Medical Center continues to be recognized by Hilton for their outstanding work in hospitality,” says Greg MacLean, senior director of operations for The Olympia Companies. “Both Abigail and Traci are outstanding in their roles, and they continue to lead a great team at the hotel, which received HGI brand awards in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.”

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