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The Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel in Columbia, Maryland
is Reinvented Following an Extensive $12 Million Transformation

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COLUMBIA, Md., April 21, 2009 - The Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel, wholly-owned and operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts, announced today the completion of a comprehensive $12 million renovation, with all 290-guest rooms and public spaces entirely transformed. Exterior upgrades such as painting, entrance enhancements, and landscaping will be concluded this summer.

Inspired by serene lake views that are visible throughout the property, the hotel's public spaces and guest rooms reflect the organic beauty found just outside its doors. Accented with elements of natural wood, stacked stone and water, the design carries the tranquility of the outdoors throughout the lobby, public areas, meeting spaces and guest rooms. Environmentally conscious upgrades to lighting, heating and cooling systems were also part of the property improvements, increasing energy efficiency throughout the hotel.

The new lobby provides a sweeping statement of how the extensive renovation has re-energized the property and transformed the overall experience of staying at Columbia's leading hotel. The dramatic 10-story atrium greets guests with an abundance of natural light, warm undertones, sophisticated textiles, a signature water feature, and dual registration pods which create a truly personable arrival. Another key feature of the improved lobby is the Link@Sheraton(SM), a communal connection destination with free Wi-Fi and broadband access, comfortable seating, and a flat-screen LCD television.

"We are delighted to share all these new elements with our guests," said General Manager Orkun Aydin. "This hotel is unlike any other property in Columbia. The exceptional architectural and design features inspired by nature provide a higher level of style and atmosphere for our guests. These renovations," continued Aydin, "coupled with our already high service standards, completely transform the experience."

All 290-newly revitalized guest rooms and suites feature the signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper(TM) Bed, which boasts a multi-layered, lavishly plush custom designed bed, feather down pillows, crisp cotton sheets and signature blanket and duvet. Other features include flat-screen LCD televisions, spacious work desks, ergonomic chairs, completely remodeled bathrooms with granite, wood and brushed nickel accents, Bliss(R) bath amenities, and in-room Starbucks(R) coffee and tea.

Located in a resort-like setting among twelve wooded acres, the hotel is a popular destination for corporate meetings, social events, weddings, and for business and leisure travelers visiting the Baltimore-Washington region. Situated along Lake Kittamaquandi which literally translates to "the meeting place," the Sheraton's revitalized function spaces have been completely refurbished. Total meeting square footage has increased from 12,000 to 14,000 and two new meeting rooms have been created: the Patuxent Boardroom, an airy space with comfortable, ergonomic chairs and large windows facing the lake; and the Merriweather Executive Meeting Room that is ideal for events and social gatherings. In addition, a brand new private dining room is available for meetings and special occasions.

The renovated meeting spaces, combined with a superb location at Town Center, provides clients and groups technologically-enhanced facilities while meeting the attendees' recreational and entertainment needs. Over 200 Town Center shops at The Mall in Columbia, ten specialty restaurants, and the Merriweather Post Pavilion are within walking distance, in addition to an adjacent 3.5 mile lakefront jogging trail.

The property's renaissance also includes a brand new fitness center with ergonomic flooring, new equipment with private flat-screen televisions on each cardio machine, superior ventilation, and vibrant colors. Guests can mix, mingle and meet in the Lobby Lounge, serving light fare among panoramic lake views. The signature lakeside Waterside Restaurant features a private dining room and exceptional cuisine for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a popular Sunday brunch.

About the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel

The Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel provides a new level of luxury with an exceptional commitment to service, superb meeting and event space, and upgraded amenities for guests to stay connected, relax and rejuvenate whether traveling for business or pleasure. The hotel features 14,000 square feet of meeting space accommodating up to 500, Club Level floors, Waterside Restaurant, Lobby Lounge, fitness center, outdoor pool, complimentary garage parking, and the Link@Sheraton(SM). All 290 guest rooms and suites are appointed with the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper(TM) Bed, high-speed Internet access, in-room Starbucks(R) coffee and tea, and 32" flat-screen LCD televisions. The hotel, located lakeside among twelve wooded acres, is within walking distance to shops and specialty restaurants, Merriweather Post Pavilion, and a 3.5 mile lakeside jogging trail. Centrally located in Columbia, Maryland midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC, the hotel is just minutes to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. For more information about the hotel, visit: www.sheratoncolumbia.com. The Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel is wholly-owned and operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts, a leading hotel real estate investor and the nation's largest independent hotel management company. For more information, visit: www.ihrco.com.

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Contact:

Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel 
Orkun Aydin
General Manager of Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel
+1-410-730-3900
Orkun.Aydin@ihrco.com
http://www.sheratoncolumbia.com
 

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Also See: Interstate Hotels Forms Joint Venture with Investcorp Real Estate Group; Will Acquire for $118 million from Afiliates of The Blackstone Group the 321-room Hilton Seelbach, Louisville in Kentucky; the 226-room Crowne Plaza Madison in Wisconsin; and the 288-room Sheraton Columbia in Maryland / September 2007
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