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Crescent Hotels & Resorts Partners with the Carlyle Group to Acquire
Sheraton College Park; Beltsville, Maryland Hotel to
Undergo $4 Million Renovation

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 22, 2007—The Carlyle Group, a global private equity firm, and Crescent Hotels & Resorts, a rapidly growing hotel and resort management and ownership company, today announced the formation of a joint venture which has acquired the Sheraton College Park, Md., from Boston-based Pyramid Advisors for an undisclosed amount.  Crescent will operate the hotel and oversee a $4 million renovation of the property over the next six months.

Located at 4095 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, Md., the 205-room hotel is near the University of Maryland campus at the confluence of Interstate 495 and Interstate 95.  

“Washington, D.C. is our headquarters city, and we have a strong history and track record in this market,” said Michael George, Crescent president and CEO.  “The hotel is in a prime location surrounded by numerous demand generators.  This is our first partnership with The Carlyle Group, one of the nation’s premier private equity investment firms, and we look forward to identifying additional opportunities to partner with them in future hotel acquisitions.”

“With its close proximity to the University of Maryland, the hotel has excellent access to Washington and three nearby airports via the Beltway,” George noted.  “There also are numerous business demand generators, which will increase substantially with the upcoming relocation and consolidation of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offices at the government-owned White Oak site approximately 4.5 miles from the hotel.

About The Carlyle Group
The Carlyle Group is a global private equity firm with $54.5 billion under management. Carlyle invests in buyouts, venture & growth capital, real estate and leveraged finance in Asia, Europe and North America, focusing on aerospace & defense, automotive & transportation, consumer & retail, energy & power, healthcare, industrial, technology & business services and telecommunications & media. Since 1987, the firm has invested $24 billion of equity in 576 transactions for a total purchase price of $101.8 billion. The Carlyle Group employs more than 750 people in 16 countries. In the aggregate, Carlyle portfolio companies have more than $68 billion in revenue and employ more than 200,000 people around the world. www.carlyle.com.

About Crescent Hotels & Resorts
Headquartered in Fairfax, Va., outside of Washington, D.C., Crescent Hotels & Resorts owns and co-invests in hotel real estate, and is an independent, third-party operator of hotels and resorts.  The company currently owns or operates approximately 35 upscale and mid-market hotels and resorts aggregating approximately 6,000 rooms in 18 states.  The company’s portfolio encompasses properties in the resort, full-service, convention and premium limited-service segments under nearly 15 hotel flags, including the leading brands of Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, InterContinental, Choice and Wyndham Hotel Group, as well as independent hotels and resorts.  Additional information about Crescent Hotel & Resorts may be found on the company’s Web site www.chrco.com.

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Contact:

Jerry Daly
(703) 435-6293

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Also See: The Carlyle Group/Davidson Hotel Company Joint Venture Acquires Houston Sofitel Hotel; Property To Be Immediately Converted to Crowne Plaza and Undergo $12 Million Renovation / January 2007
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