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 DiamondRock Hospitality Acquires a 2,330 room
Portfolio of Four Hotels for $315 million


BETHESDA, Md., June 23, 2005 - DiamondRock Hospitality Company ("DiamondRock") (NYSE: DRH) today announced that it acquired a 2,330 room portfolio of four full-service hotels for a contractual purchase price of $315 million from a New York based real estate investment fund.  The portfolio includes the 
  • Marriott Los Angeles Airport (Los Angeles, California), 
  • Renaissance Worthington (Fort Worth, Texas), 
  • Marriott Atlanta Alpharetta (Alpharetta, Georgia), and 
  • Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Resort (U.S. Virgin Islands). 
The hotels will continue to be managed by Marriott International (NYSE: MAR).  The hotels are expected to produce approximately $36.2 million of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (or "EBITDA") for the full year 2005.

As part of the purchase price, DiamondRock will receive more than $10 million in cash reserves for capital improvements.  In addition to using a portion of these reserves, DiamondRock will invest an additional $5 million over the next two years to improve and reposition the hotels to further enhance their ability to capture higher rated business and improve profitability.

"This acquisition represents a portfolio of very high quality, full-service hotels branded under premium flags.  The acquisition opportunity was made possible because of our management team's longstanding relationship with the sellers and prior knowledge of the hotels," said Bill McCarten, chairman and chief executive officer of DiamondRock.  "We believe that the hotels are located in markets that will have solid growth as the lodging recovery continues."

Additionally, Wachovia Bank provided an aggregate of $140 million of fixed rate mortgage debt financing in connection with the acquisitions.  The two loans are secured by the Marriott Los Angeles Airport and Renaissance Worthington.

About DiamondRock Hospitality Company

DiamondRock Hospitality Company is a self-advised real estate company that owns and acquires upper upscale and upscale hotel properties located in strong sub-markets of North America and operated under nationally recognized brand names.  To a lesser extent, it acquires premium limited-service and extended-stay hotel properties in urban locations.  DiamondRock has a strategic acquisition sourcing relationship with Marriott International.  For more
information about DiamondRock or to receive future press releases, please see the Company's website at

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws and regulations. 


DiamondRock Hospitality Company 
10400 Fernwood Road, Suite 300 
Bethesda, Maryland 20817 
Tel:  (301) 380-7100

Also See: Capital Hotel Investments LLC Acquires Four Hotels For $274 Million from Marriott International; Marriott to Manage the Eden Roc Resort and Spa on Miami Beach as part of the Deal / Sept 2000
Prime Hospitality Corp. Sells Frenchmanís Reef to Marriott International, Inc for $73 million / March 2000 
DiamondRock Hospitality Company Acquires the 276 suite Bethesda Suites Marriott Hotel in Bethesda, Maryland for Approximately $41.6 million / November 2004
DiamondRock Hospitality Company Acquires the 189-room Hotel 5A in Midtown Manhattan for approximately $34.4 million / December 2004
$46 million dollar The Lodge at Sonoma Being Developed by Barbara Thomas and ArtChatham; Project Will Be Managed by Renaissance Hotels and Spas / April 2000
The Worthington Hotel, a Four Star Hotel in Downtown Fort Worth, is Now a Renaissance Hotel / Sept 1999

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