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Innkeepers USA Trust Acquires former Holiday Inn in
Montvale, N.J.; Property Will Undergo $5 Million
Renovation and Convert to Courtyard


PALM BEACH, Fla., February 3, 2005 — Innkeepers USA Trust (NYSE: KPA), a hotel real estate investment trust (REIT) and a leading owner of upscale, extended-stay hotel properties throughout the United States, today announced that it has acquired a 190-room hotel in Montvale, N.J., for an all-in cost of approximately $23 million, including closing costs and anticipated capital expenditures.  The company said the property will be shut down during a planned $5 million renovation and will reopen as a Courtyard by Marriott.  It is the third closing of three acquisitions the company announced in December.

The acquisition will be funded by borrowing on the company’s unsecured line of credit.  Upon the reopening of the hotel, Innkeepers Hospitality Management, Inc. will manage the property.  Jeffrey H. Fisher, chief executive officer and president of Innkeepers USA Trust, owns Innkeepers Hospitality Management. 

“Montvale is ideally situated on the New Jersey-New York border, just 20 miles from New York City and within 30 minutes of all three metropolitan New York airports,” said Jeffrey H. Fisher, chief executive officer and president.  “The area continues to grow at a very healthy rate and is home to more than 300 businesses, including a large number of high-profile national corporate headquarters, which together represent a steady source of business travel demand.  With its easy access to local cultural activities and the large regional shopping malls of northern New Jersey, the city also is a strong weekend leisure travel destination.”

Located off exit 172 of the Garden State Parkway, at 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., the three-story property features a fitness and business center, high-speed Internet access, outdoor pool, restaurant, lounge, Enterprise Car Rental services, and 10,000 square feet of flexible function space. 

“Employment, retail, housing, office space and the general economy have been on the upswing since July 2003, a trend we expect to continue,” Fisher noted.  “This property is the only hotel in the city of Montvale, and repositioning it as a Courtyard by Marriott will appeal to both leisure travelers and the corporate community looking for a newer, upscale, mid-priced hotel.”

Renovation plans include a complete upgrade of all the current soft and hard goods to Courtyard by Marriott standards.  The room count and meeting space are expected to remain the same after the renovation is completed.  The company is reviewing alternative uses of banquet space, including securing a restaurant tenant.

Peter M. Willis, Innkeeper’s vice president of business development, said that the company continues to have an aggressive appetite for hotel acquisitions, including upscale extended stay and premium limited service brands, the core of the company's portfolio; selected full-service properties; and turn-around opportunities and hotels that are affiliated with, or have the potential to be converted to, the industry's top brands. 

Innkeepers USA Trust is a hotel real estate investment trust (REIT) and a leading owner of upscale, extended-stay hotel properties throughout the United States.  The company owns 71 hotels with a total of 8,957 suites or rooms in 21 states and Washington, D.C., and focuses on acquiring and/or developing upscale and upscale extended-stay hotels with premium brands and the rebranding and repositioning of other hotel properties.  For more information about Innkeepers USA Trust, visit the company’s web site at

Cautionary statements set forth in reports filed by the company from time to time with the SEC discuss important factors impacting, or that could impact, the company and its results or forecasted results. 


David Bulger
EVP, CFO and Treasurer
(561) 227-1302

Also See: Innkeepers USA Trust Acquires the 105-suite Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C., for $23 million / January 2005
Innkeepers USA Trust Acquires Site in Valencia, Calif., Plans to Build a 157-suite Embassy Suites / September 2004

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