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 Highland Hospitality Corporation Acquires the 351-room
Hyatt Regency Savannah for $50.0 million


MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 2, 2004 - Highland Hospitality Corporation (NYSE: HIH) announced today that it has acquired the 351-room Hyatt Regency Savannah hotel for a purchase price of $50.0 million. Highland's investment will equate to approximately $142,500 per room. The hotel will continue to be managed by Hyatt Hotels.

James L. Francis, President and CEO stated, "The Hyatt Regency Savannah is the fifth property we have acquired since 

Hyatt Regency Savannah
2 W. Bay Street
Savannah, Georgia
our public offering on December 16th. This hotel is located in the heart of Savannah and benefits from a stable flow of corporate transient and leisure travel business year-round. Consequently, this irreplaceable asset will produce consistent current returns for Highland and its shareholders."

The 351-room Hyatt Regency Savannah is centrally located on the Savannah River in Savannah, Georgia. The hotel's convenient location adjacent to the landmark gold-domed City Hall makes it accessible to many of the city's leisure and business attractions. The hotel features 36,000 square feet of meeting space, including an 11,000 square foot exhibit hall with river views, as well as an 8,000 square foot ballroom and a restaurant and lounge with river views. In conjunction with the acquisition, Highland intends to complete a comprehensive renovation of the guestrooms, lobby, restaurant and lounge in 2004.

Highland Hospitality Corporation is a newly formed, self-advised lodging real estate investment trust, or REIT, focused on hotel investments primarily in the United States. With the acquisition of the Hyatt Regency Savannah, the Company now owns five hotel properties in three states with an aggregate of 1,329 rooms. 

Certain statements and assumptions in this press release contain or are based upon "forward-looking" information and are being made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. 

Highland Hospitality Corporation
Also See: Developer Richard C. Kessler Acquires the historic Kehoe House Bed and Breakfast Inn in Savannah, Georgia / Aug 2003
Highland Hospitality Corporation Acquire the 252-room Plaza San Antonio Marriott for $32.5 million / December 2003

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