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Crestline Hotels & Resorts Appoints Brett Ellison as
General Manager for the 251 room
Marriott Plaza San Antonio


MCLEAN, Va. and SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 3, 2005 - Crestline Hotels & Resorts, Inc. today announced the appointment of Brett Ellison as General Manager for the Marriott Plaza San Antonio.  The 251-guest room hotel, just a block from San Antonio's famed Riverwalk, is in the final phase of a multi-million dollar renovation scheduled to be complete by late March 2005.

Mr. Ellison joins Crestline Hotels & Resorts from BF Saul Hotel Division where he last served as the general manager of the Tysons Corner Courtyard by Marriott hotel.  Mr. Ellison has 15 years of experience in hospitality management, as well as sales and marketing, with leading hotel brands such as Marriott, Sheraton and Hilton.

Dave Durbin, president & CEO of Crestline Hotels & Resorts, Inc. said, "We look forward to the leadership and experience that Brett brings to the company.  He is an innovative General Manager with a record of operational success and a focus on guest satisfaction.  The Marriott Plaza San Antonio is a world class property with a reputation for excellence, and we know that Brett will insure the hotel's continued success."

Mr. Ellison is a graduate of the University of South Dakota and has attended numerous programs at Harvard University.  His previous employment includes Sheraton Suites and Marriott Corporation.  He has been recognized for many accomplishments, including BF Saul's General Manager of the Year, and achieving record profits in the hotels he managed.  Mr. Ellison can be reached at the Marriott Plaza San Antonio, which is located at 555 South Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX 78205, 1-210- 229-1000 or at

The Marriott Plaza San Antonio
The 251-room Marriott Plaza San Antonio is conveniently located in downtown San Antonio, just steps away from the famed Riverwalk, the historic Alamo, and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.   Nestled on six acres of sun-bathed courtyards, the hotel includes sparkling fountains and lush gardens complete with free-roaming Chinese pheasants and peacocks.  The hotel combines a resort atmosphere in a downtown setting.  The hotel features amenities for both the business and leisure traveler including: 15 meeting rooms; a health club; spa services; a heated outdoor pool; tennis courts; valet parking; business center; and the Anaqua Grill restaurant and Palm Terrace Lounge.  The hotel is owned by Highland Hospitality Corporation (NYSE: HIH), a Virginia based, self-advised lodging real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on hotel investments primarily in the US. 

About the Companies:
Crestline Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is one of the nation's largest independent hospitality management companies.  Founded in 2000, the Company presently manages 36 hotels, resorts and conference and convention centers with nearly 7,800 rooms in 11 states and the District of Columbia.  Crestline Hotels & Resorts manages properties independently and under such well-regarded brands as Marriott, Hilton, Renaissance, Sheraton, Crowne Plaza and Radisson. 

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Also See: Highland Hospitality Corporation Acquire the 252-room Plaza San Antonio Marriott for $32.5 million / December 2003

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