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Interstate Appoints John W. Maibach General Manager
and Kimberly Altschuler Director of Sales and Marketing
at The Copley Square Hotel, Boston

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$14 Million Hotel Renovation Underway - Hotel Reopening June 2008

(BOSTON) March 10, 2008…The Copley Square Hotel, www.copleysquarehotel.com, located in the heart of vibrant Back Bay near Fenway Park and Hynes Convention Center, recently welcomed two industry professionals to key management posts, announced the hotel's operator Interstate Hotels & Resorts. John W. Maibach has been named General Manager, with Kimberly Altschuler joining the staff as Director of Sales and Marketing. 

The Copley Square Hotel closed on January 14, 2008, to undergo an extensive $14 million renovation which will include physical upgrades to the interior of the building as well the introduction of a high-touch guest service philosophy, “Intuitively Yours.”  When complete, the Copley Square Hotel will reemerge as a contemporary, four-star boutique hotel with stylish interiors and distinctive amenities for today’s business and leisure travelers. The Grand Reopening is scheduled for June 2008.

“This new management team will be integral to our success in repositioning the property as an upscale contemporary boutique hotel for a more discerning clientele,” said Dawn Gallagher, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Interstate Hotels and Resorts. “Their mandate is to revitalize the guest experience and effectively communicate the hotel’s distinct advantages as we reintroduce this jewel of the Back Bay to Boston residents as well as visitors to the city.” 

Maibach, an industry veteran who offers more than 15 years of experience in hospitality management and operations, was most recently General Manager for the Black Point Inn, an historic coastal property in Prout's Neck, Maine. While there, he significantly increased the revenue per average available room by competitively managing the rate structure and implementing creative marketing initiatives. Prior to this position, he served as Director of Operations for The Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston and as Executive Director, Rooms for The Plaza in New York City.

Altschuler was most recently Director of Revenue Management and Transient Sales at The Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For two consecutive years, she increased room revenues, suite occupancy and direct website bookings. While there, she was named 2007 Manager of the Year. Altschuler previously served as Senior Sales Manager at The Bryant Park Hotel in New York City and as Account Executive at the Susan Magrino Agency in New York City. 

The Copley Square Hotel opened to acclaim on July 4, 1891, and has the distinction of being the city’s second oldest hotel in continuous operation. As full of elegance and vitality as its surroundings, it has inspired generations of guests, including such luminaries as President William McKinley, sports legend Babe Ruth and jazz artists Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington. With its unmatched location, ambience, service and guest amenities, it is sure to inspire many more.

The Copley Square Hotel is located at 47 Huntington Avenue at the corner of Exeter Street, in Boston.  For more information, please call General Manager John Maibach at (617) 421-1424.  To make future reservations, please call (800) 225-7062 or visit www.copleysquarehotel.com. 

About Interstate Hotels & Resorts                                                                                                    
As of February 21, 2008, Interstate Hotels & Resorts has ownership interests in 54 hotels and resorts, including seven wholly owned assets.  Together with these properties, the company and its affiliates manage a total of 218 hospitality properties with approximately 45,500 rooms in 36 states, the District of Columbia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Mexico and Russia.  Interstate Hotels & Resorts also has contracts to manage 17 to be built hospitality properties with approximately 4,800 rooms.  For more information about Interstate Hotels & Resorts, visit the company's Web site: www.ihrco.com.

About CapStar Hotel Company
The Copley Square Hotel in Boston’s fashionable Back Bay district was recently acquired from the Saunders Hotel Group for an undisclosed amount.  CapStar Hotel Company is a hotel investment firm headquartered in Arlington, Va.  The company was founded in 2006 by Paul Whetsell, president and principal, who has more than 30 years of hospitality acquisition and operations expertise.  Prior to forming CapStar, he was chairman and CEO of MeriStar Hospitality Corporation, one of the nation’s largest hotel real estate investment trusts.

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Contact:

Tish Gallegos
(415) 394-6500
tish@glodownead.com

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Also See: Paul Whetsell's CapStar Hotel Company Acquires First Two Hotels Including the 143-room Copley Square Hotel in Boston from the Saunders Hotel Group / January 2007
John W. Maibach Appointed General Manager for the 84 room Black Point Inn on the Maine Coast / May 2005
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