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LaSalle Hotel Properties Acquires the 237-room
Sofitel Washington, DC for $95 million



BETHESDA, Md. - March 1, 2010 - LaSalle Hotel Properties today announced it has acquired the Sofitel Washington, DC Lafayette Square for $95.0 million. The 237-room city-center hotel opened in 2002 and is located at the corner of 15thand H Streets in the heart of the central business district of downtown Washington, DC, two blocks from the White House.

“We are excited about the acquisition of the Sofitel and the opportunity to further invest in Washington, DC,” said Michael Barnello, President and Chief Executive Officer of LaSalle Hotel Properties. “Washington, DC continues to be one of the strongest markets in the US and the location and quality of this asset are among the best in the city.”

The property, which is managed by Sofitel (Accor SA), features 17 suites, the 70-seat iCi Urban Bistro, the 60-seat LeBar lounge and all guestrooms have four fixture bathrooms. The Sofitel, with approximately 5,500 square feet of meeting and function space, is located one block from the U.S. Treasury, two blocks from the White House and within walking distance of numerous national monuments and the Smithsonian.

“We are pleased to enter into a new relationship with Accor and its Sofitel brand,” said Mr. Barnello. “We look forward to working with them and potentially expanding our relationship in the future.”

“Accor is delighted to work with LaSalle Hotel Properties,” said Gilles C. Pélisson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Accor. “We are very proud to operate the Sofitel Washington, DC Lafayette Square and look forward to continued success with this property.”

LaSalle Hotel Properties is a leading multi-operator real estate investment trust owning 32 upscale full-service hotels, totaling over 8,700 guest rooms in 14 markets in 11 states and the District of Columbia. The Company focuses on owning, redeveloping and repositioning upscale full-service hotels located in urban, resort and convention markets. LaSalle Hotel Properties seeks to grow through strategic relationships with premier lodging companies, including Westin Hotels and Resorts, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., Hilton Hotels Corporation, Outrigger Lodging Services, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Benchmark Hospitality, White Lodging Services Corporation, Thompson Hotels, Sandcastle Resorts & Hotels, Davidson Hotel Company, Denihan Hospitality Group, Dolce Hotels and Resorts, the Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC and Accor.

Sofitel is the only French luxury hotel brand with a presence on five continents with 130 addresses, in almost 40 countries (with more than 30,000 rooms). Sofitel offers contemporary hotels and resorts adapted to today’s more demanding, more versatile consumer who expect and appreciate beauty, quality and excellence. Whether situated in the heart of a major city like Paris, London, New York or Beijing, or nestled away in a country landscape in Morocco, Egypt, Fiji Islands or Thailand, each Sofitel property offers a genuine experience of the French “Art de Vivre”.

This press release, together with other statements and information publicly disseminated by the Company, contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. 

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Contact: 

LaSalle Hotel Properties 
www.lasallehotels.com

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Also See: Architects Brennan Beer Gorman Convert the Shoreham Office Building in Washington DC to the Sofitel Lafayette Square / April 2002
The Sofitel Hotels in New York and Philadelphia Sold for $255 million; Accor Remains 25% Owner and Continues to Manage the Hotels / January 2007
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