Hotel Online  Special Report



 Legacy Hotels Real Estate Investment Trust Acquires
The Monarch Hotel for Approximately $145 million -
to be Flagged The Fairmont Washington, D.C
TORONTO, October 17, 2002- Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Inc. (“FHR”) (TSX/NYSE: FHR) today announced that it will assume management of the Monarch Hotel in Washington, D.C., bringing Fairmont’s luxury collection to 40 properties in six countries.  The hotel will be officially flagged “The Fairmont Washington, D.C.” in November 2002. 

Legacy Hotels Real Estate Investment Trust (“Legacy”) (TSX: LGY.UN) announced today that it has agreed to acquire the hotel for a purchase price of approximately US$145 million plus closing costs.  The transaction is expected to close in early November, subject to certain conditions. 

Commenting on the announcement, William R. Fatt, chief executive officer of FHR, said, “Washington, D.C. is a strategic market for us, with highly favorable demographics and limited supply growth, and has been a top priority for expanding the brand.  With its recently renovated guestrooms, extensive meeting space and prominent Georgetown location, the Monarch Hotel will be an excellent complement to Fairmont’s luxury collection.” 

Through their ongoing strategic relationship, FHR and Legacy will work together to reposition the Monarch Hotel as a Fairmont-quality asset, further strengthening its position within the Washington market.  Current plans include the conversion of certain guestrooms into Fairmont Gold, Fairmont’s “hotel within a hotel” product, featuring private check-in, exclusive concierge services and other amenities.  This will be Fairmont’s first Fairmont Gold product in the United States.

About Monarch Hotel
Built in 1985, the 415-room Monarch Hotel is located in Washington's West End on the edge of picturesque Georgetown and is considered one of the city’s premier luxury properties.  The Monarch Hotel is close to Washington's finest museums, theaters (including the Kennedy Center), shopping and dining. The hotel has the amenities and services expected of a luxury property in a major downtown city: extensive function space with 18 meeting rooms totaling more than 29,000 square feet, a 17,500 square foot fitness center and award-winning dining.  Between 1999 and 2000, the majority of the Monarch Hotel’s guestrooms and meeting space were renovated. 

About Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Inc.
FHR is one of North America's leading owner/operators of luxury hotels and resorts. FHR's current portfolio consists of 78 luxury and first class properties with more than 30,000 guestrooms in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Bermuda, Barbados and the United Arab Emirates. It holds an 83.5 percent controlling interest in Fairmont, North America's largest luxury hotel management company. Fairmont manages 39 distinctive city center and resort hotels such as The Fairmont San Francisco, The Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and The Plaza in New York City. FHR also holds a 100 percent interest in Delta Hotels, Canada's largest first class hotel management company, which manages and franchises a portfolio of 38 city center and resort properties in Canada. In addition to hotel management, FHR holds real estate interests in 22 properties, two large undeveloped land blocks and an approximate 36 percent investment interest in Legacy Hotels Real Estate Investment Trust, which owns 22 properties.

About Legacy Hotels Real Estate Investment Trust
Legacy is Canada’s premier hotel real estate investment trust with 22 luxury and first class hotels across Canada with approximately 10,000 guestrooms. The portfolio includes landmark properties such as Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, The Fairmont Royal York and The Fairmont Empress.  The management companies of FHR operate all of Legacy’s properties.


Emma Thompson
Executive Director Investor Relations
Tel: 416.874.2485
Also See:  Wilson & Associates Completes $12 Million Redesign of the Washington Monarch Hotel / Sept 1999
Kea Lani Resort in Wailea Re-flagged as The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui; Fairmont’s First Resort in the Pacific / June 2001

To search Hotel Online data base of News and Trends Go to Hotel.Online Search

Home | Welcome! | Hospitality News | Classifieds | Catalogs & Pricing | Viewpoint Forum | Ideas/Trends
Please contact Hotel.Online with your comments and suggestions.