Helix Hospitality Acquires Hampton Inn by Hilton - Wausau, Wisconsin

USA, Chicago, Illinois. April 29, 2019

Helix Hospitality, a Chicago based hotel group with properties throughout the United States, is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Hampton Inn by Hilton located in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Located at 615 S. 24th Avenue, Wausau, Wisconsin, the 87-room Hampton Inn was built in 1997 and underwent a complete renovation in 2017. This property marks the ninth in the Helix Hospitality portfolio and the third in Wisconsin, which includes the Hampton Inn Milwaukee-Airport, and the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Little Chute.

"The Hampton Inn - Wausau represents the addition of another high-quality asset to our growing portfolio of upper-midscale hotels across the country" - J.R. Patel, President and COO of Helix Hospitality

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