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Historic Hotel in Winchester, Va., The George Washington, Undergoing Multi-Million Dollar Restoration; Will 
be Branded a Wyndham Historic Hotel


DALLAS - March 10, 2005 -- Wyndham International, Inc. (AMEX:WBR) announced today that it has entered into a long-term franchise agreement with GW Development LLC to flag a historic hotel in Winchester, Va. Scheduled to open by spring 2006, The George Washington - A Wyndham Historic Hotel will join the company's portfolio of Wyndham Historic Hotels following the completion of a multi-million dollar restoration. The hotel will be managed by Winchester-based CB Hotels.

"Each of our ten Wyndham Historic Hotels plays a significant role in their local heritage, and we are proud to help maintain the historic roots of some of our country's most celebrated and colorful landmarks," said Fred J. Kleisner, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Wyndham International. "The George Washington Hotel will not only bring new business to the city of Winchester, but it also continues to meet Wyndham's core business goal of expanding our presence in new markets."

Renovation of the building will create a destination that reflects the historic elegance of the past while providing modern amenities. The 90-room George Washington Hotel will offer approximately 5,000 sq. ft. of meeting space offering both wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, including an executive boardroom; meeting room with an adjoining pocket garden; and ballroom which can accommodate groups up to 250 guests. Additional hotel amenities will include an open grill restaurant with alfresco dining; lobby bar with a fireplace and piano; indoor heated pool and fitness center with spa treatment rooms.

President George Washington came to Winchester in the 1740's as part of a survey team, and often worked with pioneers who were mapping the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia. He went on to represent Frederick County in the Legislature of Virginia, of which Winchester was the County Seat. In Winchester today, guests can see remnants of Fort Loudoun where Washington lived for a time, and the office where Washington worked as a surveyor. Built in 1924, The George Washington Hotel has hosted celebrities such as Ed Sullivan and boxer Jack Dempsey. From 1924 - 1975, the hotel housed the offices of Winchester's Apple Blossom Festival, one of the oldest celebrations in Virginia. Completed in 1924, It was an adult-care center from 1975 until 1995, and has been mostly vacant since then.

The beautifully appointed guest rooms will feature Wyndham's brand standards including Wyndham's Room That Performs(SM) guest room experience program, which provides high-speed Internet access (free of charge to Wyndham ByRequest(R) members); a two-line cordless speaker phone; a high performance, ergonomic Herman Miller(R) desk chair; and upgraded Serta(R) plus top mattresses with luxury bedding. Select rooms will offer whirlpool tubs, full body showers, fireplaces and plasma screen televisions. In addition, Wyndham ByRequest, the brand's guest recognition program developed by Wyndham to deliver on its brand philosophy of empowering guests to achieve a more customized hotel experience, will be offered at the hotel.

In addition to the George Washington Hotel, other Wyndham Historic Hotels include The Whitney and Bourbon Orleans in New Orleans; The Tremont House and Hotel Galvez in Galveston, Texas; The St. Anthony in San Antonio, Texas; The Tutwiler in Birmingham, Ala.; Union Station in Nashville, Tenn.; The Roberts Mayfair Hotel in St. Louis; and the future 21C - A Wyndham Historic Hotel in Louisville, Ky.

Based in Dallas, Wyndham International, Inc. offers upscale and luxury hotel and resort accommodations. Wyndham owns, leases, manages and franchises hotels and resorts in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe, and guarantees that the best rates for its properties will be found on its Web site. 


Wyndham International, Dallas
Amy Campbell, 214-863-1628

Also See: The Whitney-A Wyndham Historic Hotel Opens after $10 million Renovation to the 110-year old Whitney Bank Building; Joseph Schwingler Appointed GM / Sept 2000
Wyndham Sells the Mayfair - A Wyndham Historic Hotel to Roberts Mayfair Hotel, LLC; Remains in Brand under 10-Year Management Agreement / July 2003

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