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 Interstate Hotels & Resorts Acquires Sunstone Hotel Properties, Inc., the Manager of  54 Hotels
Sunstone’s Senior Operating Team will Become Part
of Interstate’s Operating Team


ARLINGTON, Va., October 27, 2004 — Interstate Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: IHR), the nation’s largest independent hotel management company, today announced that it has acquired Sunstone Hotel Properties, Inc., the manager of  54 hotels, including 50 hotels owned by Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. (NYSE: SHO), a newly formed real estate investment trust (REIT). 

The two companies had announced earlier that Interstate would acquire the company upon the REIT successfully completing its initial public offering, which occurred October 26, 2004.  Publicly traded REITs are required by law to have their hotels managed by third-party operators.

Sunstone’s senior operating team will become part of Interstate’s operating team and will remain in their existing San Clemente, Calif. offices.  No personnel changes are anticipated in the organization or at the hotels, and the transaction is expected to be essentially transparent to current Sunstone hotel employees.

“Sunstone’s properties fit well with our existing portfolio of managed hotels,” said Steve Jorns, Interstate’s chief executive officer.  “In addition, we look forward to expanding our relationship with Sunstone as the company acquires new properties.”

The 54 hotels comprise 12,643 rooms in 16 states and are primarily upper-upscale and upscale properties located in the Western portion of the country.  The hotels include 24 Marriott-branded hotels, 16 InterContinental-branded hotels, eight Hilton-branded hotels and three independent hotels.  With the addition of this portfolio, Interstate now operates 307 hotels.

“While we have had a West Coast presence, this transaction enhances our already  significant economies of scale, enabling us to operate even more effectively and efficiently,” Jorns noted. 

Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. is a Southern California-based real estate investment trust that owns 54 primarily upper-upscale and upscale hotels in the United States. 

Interstate Hotels & Resorts operates more than 300 hospitality properties with nearly 70,000 rooms in 40 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Russia, and Portugal.  BridgeStreet Corporate Housing Worldwide, an Interstate Hotels & Resorts’ subsidiary, is one of the world’s largest corporate housing providers.  BridgeStreet and its network of Global Partners offer more than 8,700 corporate apartments located in 91 MSAs throughout the United States and internationally.  .

This press release contains "forward-looking statements," within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, about Interstate Hotels & Resorts, including those statements regarding future operating results and the timing and composition of revenues, among others, and statements containing words such as "expects," "believes" or "will," which indicate that those statements are forward-looking. 

Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Melissa Thompson
Vice President, Corporate Communications
(703) 387-3377
Also See: Interstate Hotels & Resorts Agrees to Manage 54 Hotels Owned by Sunstone Hotels and Its Affiliates Following Completion of Sunstone IPO / August 2004
Interstate Hotels & Resorts Reports 2nd Qtr Net Loss of $2.7 million Compared with a Loss of $0.5 million a Year Earlier; Terminates Intercompany Agreement with MeriStar / Aug 2004

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