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Former Hotel Blake Joins Wyndham Hotel and Resorts
as Wyndham Blake Chicago


PARSIPPANY, N.J., December, 2010 – Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced its expansion in Chicago with the addition of the full-service, 162-room Wyndham Blake Chicago, situated in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop. 

Formerly the Hotel Blake, the Wyndham Blake Chicago is housed in the restored, 19th-century Morton building at 500 S. Dearborn Street and becomes the second Wyndham® hotel in downtown Chicago, joining sister property Wyndham Chicago on North St. Clair.

“Chicago is an extremely vibrant market that attracts business and leisure travelers from around the world for both short trips and extended stays,” said Jeff Wagoner, president of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. “We are proud to welcome the Wyndham Blake Chicago to the Wyndham family and expand our portfolio in this key travel hub. Guests will enjoy an intimate, luxurious setting and personalized services in this downtown landmark.”

Wyndham Blake Chicago is managed by the Schaumburg, Ill.-based Hostmark Hospitality Group, an award-winning, leading hospitality management firm that operates upscale, full-service hotels, resorts and restaurants worldwide.

“Our decision to have Hotel Blake join the Wyndham family of hotels was to expand our international consumer base and to enhance the guest experience with a phenomenal loyalty program and amenity package,” said Jerome Cataldo, president of Hostmark Hospitality Group. “Becoming part of the Wyndham brand adds long-term, overall value to the asset.”
      
Each of the hotel’s spacious guest rooms is elegantly appointed with warm, jewel-toned hues; richly finished wood furnishings; 12-foot vaulted ceilings; and floor-to-ceiling windows providing sweeping views of Chicago. Accommodations feature complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access, Egyptian cotton linens, oversized rain showerheads and Wyndham’s True Blue® Spa Bath & Body Works®

Guests can take advantage of the hotel’s on-site business center, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access, dedicated concierge and 24-hour fitness center. Wyndham Blake Chicago’s Personal Services Retreat Cart offers relaxing in-room spa services, including massage treatments and nail care.

For those looking to plan and hold business meetings or intimate social events, Wyndham Blake Chicago offers more than 4,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, complete with modern designs, versatile floor plans and state-of-the-art, audio-visual technology.

Guests can enjoy a before- or after-dinner drink at the hotel’s Bar Blake and dine on Mediterranean-influenced American fare at the acclaimed Custom House Tavern, located just off the hotel lobby. Led by Executive Chef Aaron Deal, a James Beard Foundation Award nominee, Custom House is open daily for lunch and dinner and offers a wide selection of fine wines from West Coast vineyards.

The hotel is located in Chicago’s historic Printers Row neighborhood, once home to the city’s printing and publishing industry. The neighborhood boasts a variety of restaurants, coffee shops and historic buildings and puts guests within close proximity to popular sights and attractions including Michigan Avenue (otherwise known as the “Magnificent Mile”), State Street, Navy Pier, the Financial District, Grant Park and world-class museums. The hotel is 13 miles from Chicago’s Midway Airport and 18 miles from O’Hare International Airport.

All Wyndham Hotels and Resorts guests can take advantage of Wyndham ByRequest®, the brand’s guest recognition program offering complimentary benefits including high-speed Internet access, personal choice of welcome snack and beverage, preferred pillow type, express check-in, guaranteed late check-out, local and long-distance calls, best available room upon arrival, photocopies, faxes and online receipts.
Wyndham ByRequest members also earn Wyndham Rewards® points, which can be redeemed for complimentary hotel stays, airline tickets, name-brand merchandise and dining and shopping gift cards, among other options. In lieu of points, members may elect to earn airline or rail miles with a variety of carriers. More information is available at www.wyndhamrewards.com.

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), offers upscale hotel and resort accommodations throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, China and the Caribbean. All Wyndham® hotels are either franchised by the company or managed by Wyndham Hotel Management, Inc., one of its affiliates or through a joint-venture partner. Additional information and reservations for all Wyndham hotels are available by calling (800) WYNDHAM – (800) 996-3426 – or visiting www.wyndham.com.
 
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Contact:

Evy Apostolatos
Director, Public Relations
Wyndham Hotel Group
22 Sylvan Way
Parsippany, NJ 07054
+1 (973) 753-6590
evy.apostolatos@wyn.com

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