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Interstate Hotels & Resorts Signs Agreement to Manage
the 218 room Bourbon Orleans in New Orleans
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ARLINGTON, Va., January 22, 2008 — Interstate Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: IHR), a leading hotel real estate investor and the nation’s largest independent operator of full- and select-service hotels, today announced that it has signed an agreement to manage the historic Bourbon Orleans hotel (formerly Bourbon Orleans Hotel--A Wyndham Historic Hotel), in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter.  It is the third hotel Interstate manages in the Crescent City, all owned by a local group of hotel developers.  Interstate is in discussions with the same group of investors regarding management of a fourth hotel expected to open this fall. 

Located at 717 Orleans at the corner of Bourbon Street, the 218-room Bourbon Orleans is situated directly behind the landmark St. Louis cathedral, offering easy access to the city’s most celebrated attractions, including Royal Street and its upscale shopping, the always entertaining Jackson Square, the Café du Monde and the diversions and nightlife of Bourbon Street.  Built in 1817 and opened as the opulent New Orleans Ballroom, the property catered to the city’s love of dancing and balls, and was adjacent to the Orleans Theater, where French Opera was established in America.  The facility was purchased in 1881 by the Sisters of the Holy Family and served as a school for more than 80 years.  In 1964, the property was sold to hotel interests.  The Bourbon Orleans of today combines the elegance of a European boutique hotel with the modern amenities demanded by today’s guests.  

“The Bourbon Orleans is a New Orleans treasure and a favorite with visitors seeking a connection to the city’s rich history and Southern charm,” said Thomas F. Hewitt, Interstate’s chief executive officer.  “This unique, historic hotel is a strong contributor to this market as the city continues to recover and return to pre-Katrina levels.  

“We are delighted to add a third locally owned New Orleans hotel to our portfolio and build on our previous relationship with this group of owners,” he added.  “We consider the offer of additional hotels from our current owners as a major compliment, and we look forward to delivering the same superior level of service we have provided in the past.”

“Interstate has delivered outstanding results for us to date, and we look forward to expanding our relationship with them through the Bourbon,” said Joseph A. Jaeger, Jr., managing member of St. Ann Lodging, LLC.  “Their expertise with historic hotels and urban destination markets, together with their proprietary operating systems and marketing expertise, makes them a strong choice as manager.  We believe the property will generate strong returns and be a significant player in the city’s comeback.”  

Each of the Bourbon Orleans’ spacious guestrooms exhibits its own charm and grace, with features like Chippendale and Queen Anne furnishings, pillow top mattresses and private balconies with views of the hotel gardens, the French Quarter or the city, combined with such modern amenities as large work desks and ergonomic chairs, high-speed Internet access, mini bars and room safes.  

The hotel features 6,000 square feet of flexible event space, anchored by the elegant, 2,700 square-foot Orleans Ballroom, which can accommodate groups of up to 350.  The hotel also offers some of the French Quarter’s most notable cuisine at its three restaurants:  Paillard’s, the hotel’s new Southern fusion restaurant; Vieux Dieux Brew, a smaller, more intimate venue in the hotel’s lobby; and Napoleon’s Itch, an after-hours lounge that is quickly becoming the hottest addition to the dynamic nightlife of the French Quarter.

About St. Ann Lodging, LLC
The principals of St. Ann Lodging, LLC, Joseph A. Jaeger, Jr. and Paul H. Flower are native New Orleanians committed to the recovery of New Orleans and the further strengthening of the New Orleans hospitality industry.  The members of St. Ann Lodging own a total of seven hotels in the New Orleans market.

About Interstate
As of December 31, 2007, Interstate Hotels & Resorts owned seven hotels and had a minority ownership interest through separate joint ventures in 22 hotels and resorts.  Together with these properties, the company and its affiliates manage a total of 192 hospitality properties with nearly 43,000 rooms in 36 states, the District of Columbia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Mexico and Russia.  Interstate Hotels & Resorts also has contracts to manage 16 hospitality properties with approximately 4,500 rooms currently under construction.  For more information about Interstate Hotels & Resorts, visit the company’s Web site: www.ihrco.com.  

This press release contains “forward-looking statements,” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, about Interstate Hotels & Resorts, including those statements regarding future operating results and the timing and composition of revenues, among others, and statements containing words such as “expects,” “believes” or “will,” which indicate that those statements are forward-looking.  Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially, including the volatility of the national economy, economic conditions generally and the hotel and real estate markets specifically, the war in Iraq, international and geopolitical difficulties or health concerns, governmental actions, legislative and regulatory changes, availability of debt and equity capital, interest rates, competition, weather conditions or natural disasters, supply and demand for lodging facilities in our current and proposed market areas, and the company’s ability to manage integration and growth.  Additional risks are discussed in Interstate Hotels & Resorts’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Interstate Hotels & Resorts’ annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006.

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Contact:
 

Carrie McIntyre
SVP, Treasurer
(703) 387-3320
 

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Also See: Prism Hotels Selected to Manage the 707-room Crowne Plaza Hotel Astor -- New Orleans; The Hotel Recently Acquired by RREEF and Loeb Partners Realty LLC / September 2007
Interstate Hotels & Resorts Forms Joint Venture with Harte Holdings of Ireland, Signs Agreement to Acquire Four-hotel Portfolio from Blackstone for $208 Million / December 2007
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