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Hersha Hospitality Trust Increases Hotel Ownership in Manhattan by
Acquiring Holiday Inn at Wall Street for $34.8 million / $308, 000 Per Key

PHILADELPHIA--May 11, 2010--Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE: HT), owner of select service and upscale hotels in major metropolitan markets, announced that it has purchased the Holiday Inn at Wall Street in New York City for approximately $34.8 million, or $308,000 per key, including closing costs and fees. The prior owner converted the 113-room hotel, which also includes a lobby-level restaurant that is leased to a third party, to a Holiday Inn in April 2010.

“This acquisition is another step in growing our New York City portfolio with an immediately accretive asset that has a growth rate higher than our existing portfolio. The hotel, which is located in the heart of New York’s financial district across the street from the Federal Reserve and three blocks from the New York Stock Exchange, was opened only a year ago and was previously operated as an independent hotel,” commented Jay H. Shah, Chief Executive Officer. “Both the newly developed, ramp up nature of the asset and its recent affiliation with one of the leading full service brands in the world will lead to very strong RevPar and EBITDA growth at this asset in the coming years. This acquisition demonstrates the benefits we are still accruing from our development loan program and its off-market acquisition opportunities, and at the same time reduces our overall development loan exposure as we focus on our core markets and our operations.”

The hotel was acquired from a third party developer through an equity swap on the outstanding development loan balance of $7.84 million, the issuance of 200,000 limited partnership units in Hersha Hospitality Limited Partnership and approximately $26.0 million of cash. This fee simple hotel is being purchased unencumbered by debt and is managed by Hersha Hospitality Management, L.P.

The total purchase price represents an initial economic capitalization rate of 8% and an expected stabilized capitalization rate of 11%.

About Hersha Hospitality
Hersha Hospitality Trust is a self-advised real estate investment trust, which owns interests in 77 hotels, totaling 9,951 rooms, primarily along the Northeast Corridor from Boston to Washington D.C. Hersha also owns hotels in Northern California and Scottsdale, Arizona. Hersha focuses on upscale, mid-scale and extended stay hotels in major metropolitan markets.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and, as such, may involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results or performance to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statement. The forward-looking statements in this press release include statements related to the Company’s initial cash yield on its investment, synergies related to the properties that are expected to optimize operating margins and the recovery and outperformance of the New York City hotel market. For a description of factors that could cause actual results or performance to differ from our forward-looking statements, please review the information under the heading “Risk Factors” included in Hersha Hospitality Trust’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, filed with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission.


Hersha Hospitality Trust
Ashish Parikh, CFO, 215-238-1046

Also See: Hersha Hospitality Trust Acquires Three Newly Opened Hotels in New York City for $165 million / $284,000 per Key / February 2010

Hersha Hospitality Management Adds 1,000-plus Rooms to Portfolio, Outlines Aggressive Growth Plans Via Third-Party Management/Joint Ventures / October 2009

Hersha Hospitality Trust Acquires the 45-room Duane Street Hotel in the Tribeca Area of New York City for $24.75 million / January 2008

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