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 Morgans Hotel Group Names John 'JP' Oliver Regional Vice President
of Miami and General Manager of Delano in South Beach

NEW YORK, Oct. 21, 2008 - Morgans Hotel Group Co. (Nasdaq: MHGC) ("MHG") today named John "JP" Oliver as Regional Vice President of Miami and General Manager of Delano in South Beach, effective October 20, 2008.

Oliver joins MHG from LXR Hotels & Resorts (formerly Wyndham International) where he spent more than fifteen years in various management positions. Most recently, Oliver served as Vice President and Managing Director of Puerto Rico, where he was responsible for operations at the El San Juan Hotel & Casino, El Conquistador Resort & Casino, and Condado Plaza Hotel & Casino. Prior to that, he was Area Vice President of the Caribbean Region for LXR.

"We are pleased to welcome JP to the Morgans team," said David Weidlich, Executive Vice President of Operations for MHG. "With over 20 years of hotel experience, we believe that JP's extensive management expertise and proven leadership will be integral to the continued success of our Miami properties and to the highly anticipated launch of Mondrian in Miami."

Before joining LXR, Oliver worked with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts in several management positions at the Hyatt Regency Beaver Creek, the Grand Hyatt Wailea and Hyatt Grand Champions from 1988 through 1993. Oliver began his career at the historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

About Morgans Hotel Group
Morgans Hotel Group Co. (Nasdaq: MHGC) operates and owns, or has an ownership interest in, Morgans, Royalton and Hudson in New York, Delano and The Shore Club in Miami, Mondrian in Los Angeles and Scottsdale, Clift in San Francisco, and Sanderson and St Martins Lane in London. MHG and an equity partner also own the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and related assets. MHG has other property transactions in various stages of completion, including projects in Miami Beach, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; SoHo, New York; Las Vegas, Nevada; Palm Springs, California; Boston, Massachusetts; and Dubai, UAE. For more information please visit

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements
Statements contained in this press release which are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as the term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "expects," "plans," "estimates," "projects," "intends," "believes," "guidance," and similar expressions that do not relate to historical matters. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which can cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated, due to a number of factors which include, but are not limited to, downturns in economic and market conditions, particularly levels of spending in the business, travel and leisure industries; hostilities, including future terrorist attacks, or fear of hostilities that affect travel; risks related to natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes; risks associated with the acquisition, development and integration of properties; the seasonal nature of the hospitality business; changes in the tastes of our customers; increases in real property tax rates; increases in interest rates and operating costs; the impact of any material litigation; the loss of key members of our senior management; general volatility of the capital markets and our ability to access the capital markets; and changes in the competitive environment in our industry and the markets where we invest, and other risk factors discussed in MHG's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007, and other documents filed by MHG with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. All forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date hereof, based upon information known to management as of the date hereof, and MHG assumes no obligations to update or revise any of its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes show that indicated results or events will not be realized.


Morgans Hotel Group Co. 

Also See: Morgans Hotel Group Plans to Leverage the Iconic Delano into a Nationwide Brand / September 2006
Morgans Hotel Group Provides Update on Growth Plans with its Brands Delano and Mondrian / February 2006


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