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La Quinta Resort awarded Luxury Hotel of the Year


La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA WEST Lauded at Hilton Worldwide, Waldorf Astoria’s Hotels & Resorts’ Annual Awards Ceremony


Gary Sims Honored as General Manager of the Year


LA QUINTA, Calif. –  May 10, 2012 – Earning top industry accolades for both its management and facilities, La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA WEST received recognition as Luxury Hotel/Resort of the Year, with its managing director Gary Sims lauded as General Manager of the Year in the same category at Hilton Worldwide and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts’ 2011 GM Awards ceremony, held recently at The Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Chicago.


La Quinta Resort & Club earned top honors at the annual event, which bestowed awards to Hilton/Waldorf Astoria properties in nine categories, among them: Excellence for each spa and food and beverage operations; guest satisfaction; most improved profitability; green initiatives and more. Honored in the luxury property category, Sims was among five general managers from throughout the country recognized. General managers were honored based on several criteria, such as guest satisfaction and service, while the Luxury Hotel of the Year was given to La Quinta Resort & Club based on its business acumen, as well as guest satisfaction and service.


According to Rick Blackburn, executive director of sales and marketing for La Quinta Resort & Club, hotels and resorts were judged from amongst 300 full service and focused service Hilton Worldwide hotels and resorts in the Americas. “This is a tremendous honor for us,” he said. “It truly reflects the increasing quality of our resort and its many services and amenities, as well as the vision of our management, dedication of our staff and overall commitment to providing our guests with exceptional levels of service.”


La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA WEST® is a world-renowned desert destination featuring 796 elegantly appointed casitas, suites and villas; the 23,000-square-foot Spa La Quinta® with 41 pools and 53 hot spas; 41 tennis courts; and exceptional cuisine at Morgan’s in the desert, TWENTY6 and Adobe Grill. Known as The Western Home of Golf in America® and named “North America’s Golf Resort of the Year,” it is home to five award-winning golf courses and four private courses – designed by legends Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Greg Norman and Tom Weiskopf. The resort is a member of Hilton Worldwide’s Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. For more information, call 760-564-411, or visit



About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts

WALDORF ASTORIA is Hilton Worldwide’s luxury brand of landmark hotels, with each one as singular and timeless as the brand’s namesake, The Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York. From classic elegance to modern grandeur, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts each represent worldly sophistication and unparalleled guest service. From sumptuous spas and culinary excellence to world-class golf, each hotel & resort offers the exquisite accommodations and signature accoutrements that define refinement and sophistication. Discover Waldorf Astoria by visiting Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is one of Hilton Worldwide’s ten market-leading brands.


About Hilton Worldwide

 Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,800 hotels and timeshare properties, with 630,000 rooms in 88 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. Visit for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at,,, and


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Marguarite Clark
Marguarite Clark Public Relations