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Ashford Hospitality Closes $19.7 Million Refinancing of
Hilton El Conquistador Hotel, Tucson, Arizona

By Sheryl Jean, The Dallas Morning NewsMcClatchy-Tribune Regional News

DALLAS, Jan. 4, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. (NYSE: AHT) today announced the refinancing of its $19.74 million loan secured by the Hilton El Conquistador Hotel and Country Club in Tucson, Arizona on December 29, 2009. The loan was set to mature in June 2011. The new non-recourse financing with MetLife for the same amount bears interest at the greater of 5.5% or LIBOR plus 350 basis points and is interest only for a term of five years. The Company's average current interest rate on its total indebtedness, giving credit to the interest rate swap and flooridors, is 2.98%. As of September 30, 2009, the Company had $197.9 million of unrestricted cash available.

Monty Bennett, Chief Executive Officer of Ashford, noted, "This financing brings us to a total of $285 million in new loans and/or restructures completed in 2009. Having already eliminated our 2010 non-extendable loan maturities, we continue to proactively address our upcoming 2011 maturities."

Ashford Hospitality Trust is a self-administered real estate investment trust focused on investing in the hospitality industry across all segments and at all levels of the capital structure, including direct hotel investments, second mortgages, mezzanine loans and sale-leaseback transactions. Additional information can be found on the Company's web site at


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