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 Amstar Group, Ltd., Owner of Doral Eaglewood Conference Resort & Spa, Appoints Benchmark Hospitality
as Management Company

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THE WOODLANDS (HOUSTON), TEXAS, December 10, 2004 - Benchmark Hospitality International has announced that effective today, December 10, it will manage the Doral Eaglewood Conference Resort & Spa.  The award-winning property has been rebranded the Eaglewood Resort & Spa.  All employees will be retained by Benchmark.

Burt Cabanas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Benchmark Hospitality, made the announcement saying, "We are very pleased to add Eaglewood Resort & Spa to our growing portfolio.  As a leader in the management of first-class hotels, resorts and conference centers, having a presence in the Chicago metropolitan market is important and we welcome the Eaglewood team into the Benchmark family." Benchmark currently operates 27 properties, including first-class hotels, resorts and conference centers throughout the United States and Japan. 

Tom Evans, Senior Investment Manager of the Amstar Group, Ltd., which owns Eaglewood Resort & Spa, stated, "this change confirms our commitment to the greater Chicagoland area with a management group that possesses stronger resort, meeting and conference operating capabilities."

An upscale and architecturally sophisticated resort evoking Chicago's famed Prairie School, Eaglewood is located in Itasca, Illinois, in the Chicago metro area. Re-opened in October 2002, the resort features 295 spacious mission-style guestrooms and suites; a fine dining restaurant, Burnham's; and a casual restaurant, Prairie River. 

The resort offers exceptional recreation opportunities, including a USGA-rated 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course, indoor pool, six-lane bowling center, a comprehensive fitness center; and a 10,000 square-foot destination spa with eight treatment rooms, two esthetic rooms, four massage rooms (one for couples massage), two hydrotherapy rooms with tubs and vichy shower, and a full service salon.

The property also provides 38,000 square feet of superb conference space with 39 meeting rooms, which is now supported by Benchmark's signature conference concierge services.  Eaglewood's conference facilities are certified by the prestigious global organization, the International Association of Conference Centers.

Eaglewood Resort & Spa is situated on 106 scenic acres northwest of Chicago, just 35 minutes from the downtown Chicago loop, and 20 minutes west of O'Hare International Airport.

Benchmark Hospitality International, an independent hospitality management
company based in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, operates resorts, conference centers and hotels both domestically and internationally. For locations of Benchmark Hospitality properties and for additional information, visit Benchmark's Website at www.benchmarkhospitality.com.


 
Contact:
Ken Ellens
KEN ELLENS COMMUNICATIONS
201-758-2864-Phone
KenEllens@aol.com
Also See: Julie Berry Named Director of Sales and Marketing at Doral Eaglewood Conference Resort & Spa, Itasca, Illinois / November 2003
Benchmark Appointed Operator of the 265 room Hotel Contessa, San Antonio; Appoints David G. Lagarce General Manager / November 2004


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