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Highland Hospitality Corporation Acquiring 385-room
Hilton Boston Back Bay for $110.0 million
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MCLEAN, VA, October 21, 2005 - Highland Hospitality Corporation (NYSE:HIH), a lodging real estate investment trust, or REIT, announced today the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire the 385-room Hilton Boston Back Bay hotel.  The purchase price for the hotel is $110.0 million, or approximately $286,000 per room.  The Company intends to close on this acquisition next week.

James L. Francis, Highland’s President and CEO, stated, “We are pleased to announce our first acquisition subsequent to our recent concurrent equity offering.  The Hilton Boston Back Bay property is well-located in a high barrier-to-entry market.  We believe this hotel will produce immediate returns for our shareholders and further strengthen the performance of our hotel portfolio.”

Highland Hospitality Corporation is a self-advised lodging real estate investment trust, or REIT, focused on hotel investments primarily in the United States. The Company currently owns 20 hotel properties with an aggregate of 5,885 rooms in eleven states and Mexico.  Additional information can be found on the Company’s website at www.highlandhospitality.com.

Certain statements and assumptions in this press release contain or are based upon “forward-looking” information and are being made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  

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Contact

CTO
Johnson Johnrose
246-427-5242
jjohnrose@caribtourism.com

CHA
Lorraine Ortiz
787-725-9139
lortiz@caribbeanhotels.org

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Also See: Hilton Reports 2nd Qtr 2005 Net Income of $202 million, Up from $75 million in the 2004 Quarter;RevPAR Up 9.4% Driven by Strong Results in New York, Hawaii, Boston, and Chicago / Hotel Operating Statistics / July 2005
Julie Brandon Named Area Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hilton Hotels in Boston / Aug 2004

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