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 Eric Danziger, Former President and COO of Carlson Hotels Worldwide, 
Named to Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group
Holdings, LLC Board of Directors
SAN FRANCISCO (September 7, 2005) – Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC, (“Kimpton”) the leader in the boutique hotel segment, today announced the appointment of Eric Danziger to the company’s Board of Directors.
Danziger is currently Chief Executive Officer of Emeryville-based ZipRealty (NASDAQ:  ZIPR), a leading full-service residential real estate brokerage firm, operating in 14 major metropolitan areas in ten states.   Prior to joining ZipRealty in 2001, Danziger served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Carlson Hotels Worldwide, where he was responsible for the growth and development of all hotel and resorts for three leading hospitality brands – Radisson Hotels Worldwide, Regent International, and Country Inns and Suites.  Additionally, during his tenure at Carlson, Danziger introduced two new successful brands into the network – Park Inns and Park Plaza.   Before Carlson, Danziger was President and CEO of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide and served as President of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, where he directed the rapid growth that culminated in a successful IPO.
“I feel honored that Kimpton has asked me to serve on its Board,” said Danziger.  “I have always admired Kimpton’s continuous innovation and look forward to being a part of the exciting growth in the years ahead.”
Over the years, Danziger has garnered numerous industry awards and accolades and most recently, he was honored as a Northern California Ernst and Young (E&Y) Entrepreneur of the Year®.  The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic businesses.  He has also been featured as an expert in media outlets such as CNN, Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal.  
“We are delighted to welcome Eric Danziger to Kimpton’s Board,” commented Tom LaTour, chairman and CEO of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.  “Eric’s remarkable lifelong career in hospitality and real estate coupled with his strategic vision for the future of the industry will make him a valuable addition to the Board.  We look forward to his contributions.”
The appointment of Eric Danziger brings Kimpton’s Board to a total of eight members, six of which are independent directors.
About Kimpton 
San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is a unique collection of boutique hotels coupled with chef-driven, high-profile restaurants. Founded in 1981, all Kimpton Hotels are thoughtfully appointed and managed to help guests maintain and enrich their lifestyles on the road, in addition to being individually designed to reflect the energy, personality, and pulse of its distinct location, history, and architectural style. Featuring highly personalized guest services, comforting in-room amenities, and one-of-a-kind specialty rooms and suites, Kimpton Hotels provide travelers with welcoming atmospheres that embrace its signature elements of care, comfort, style, flavor, and fun. Kimpton takes pride in its social responsibility, supporting select like-minded partners and is a hospitality industry leader in ecological practices. Kimpton currently operates 39 boutique hotels with restaurants throughout the United States and Canada. This includes the Onyx Hotel in Boston, 70 Park Avenue in New York City, and the Hotel Solamar in San Diego. Hotel Palomars hotels are currently under development in Dallas and Arlington, Virginia and Washington D.C. and additional projects are underway in Southern Florida.  For more information, please visit or call 1-800-KIMPTON.

Jamie Law
Public Relations Coordinator
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
222 Kearny Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 955-5495

Also See: Niki Leondakis, EVP Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Recognized for Making an Impact on San Francisco’s Hospitality Industry / June 2003
Kimpton Hotels Closes $157 Million Fund; Seeks to Double the Number of Kimpton-owned and Managed Properties / June 2005

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