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Richard A. Gaines Appointed General Manager for the
Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens in Los Angeles


LOS ANGELES and MCLEAN, Va., March 31, 2008 - Crestline Hotels & Resorts, Inc. today announced the appointment of Richard A. Gaines as General Manager for the Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens in Los Angeles. The hotel, which recently completed $8 million dollars in property improvements, is located in downtown Los Angeles near the Civic Center in 'Little Tokyo'. It offers 434 guestrooms as well as meeting space and a traditional Japanese garden.

Mr. Gaines has an extensive hospitality industry management background that spans more than 15 years. He joins Crestline from Sunstone Hotels where he was the General Manager for the Sheraton Cerritos. Prior to that role, he was General Manager for the Hilton Doubletree Carson Civic Plaza, the Radisson Beverly Pavilion, and the Beverly Plaza Hotel.

"Richard's extensive background in hospitality operations, as well as sales and marketing, make him an excellent choice to lead the team at the Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens," said Dave Durbin, President & CEO for Crestline Hotels & Resorts. "The Kyoto Grand is an exceptional hotel that offers wonderful amenities and a unique ambience. We know that Richard will help to enhance guest service while maximizing the property's return on investment," added Durbin.

Mr. Gaines holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. He serves on the board of Board of Directors for the Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce and was the Charter President for the Kiwanis Club of Torrance. He has also been recognized with numerous industry accolades. Mr. Gaines can be reached at

The Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens

The Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens, formerly the New Otani Hotel, offers a first class guest experience. The 21 story hotel offers a unique Japanese Garden in the Sky on its third floor. The traditional one-half acre garden is a miniature version of a 400 year old strolling garden found in Japan. It follows the seven principals of Zen, as do all Japanese gardens. There are 434 guestrooms and suites including three Japanese Suites with 'tatami' rooms. Each guestroom is comfortably appointed with a seating area, a work desk, two telephones and high speed wireless Internet access. For dining the hotel has a selection of three restaurants and two lounges to choose from, as well as a Starbuck's coffee bar. The Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens has 6,500 square feet of meeting space that can accommodate up to 500 people for business and social functions. Additional hotel amenities include a Business Center, a Fitness Center, a Sanwa Health Spa featuring Shiatsu massage, underground parking, and adjacent shopping. The hotel is located at 120 South Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA, 90012. It is near the Convention Center and is easily accessed from I-5 and all major Los Angeles freeways. It is 20 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport. For more information and reservations: 213.629.1200 or online at

Crestline Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is one of the nation's largest independent hospitality management companies. Founded in 2000, the company presently manages 51 hotels, resorts and conference and convention centers with nearly 11,900 rooms in 13 states and the District of Columbia.


Crestline Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

Also See: Crestline Hotels & Resorts Selected as the New Management Company for the New Otani Hotel in Los Angeles; Hotel to be Renamed The Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens / November 2007
The JBG Companies Selects Crestline Hotels & Resorts as the Management Company for the New Westin Reston Heights in Reston, Virginia / February 2007


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