SOURCE: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

October 26, 2006 12:05 ET

Hyatt Place™ Marks the Beginning of Rapid Growth With Three More Hotel Openings

New Brand Opens First Hotels in the South and Southwest

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 26, 2006 -- Hyatt Place, Global Hyatt Corporation's rapidly growing select service brand, celebrated the openings of three additional hotels today. With the openings of Hyatt Place Scottsdale/Old Town, Ariz.; Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport-South; and Hyatt Place/Perimeter Center, Ga., Hyatt Place is bringing a new type of hospitality experience to the south and southwest. By reflecting the comfort, flexibility, technology and taste people incorporate into their daily lives, Hyatt Place is the first hotel brand designed to let guests stay like they live.

"We did extensive research before beginning development on Hyatt Place and what stood out most to us was the fact that people are now leading blended lives but even though their lifestyles have changed, the select service hotel experience had remained stagnant," said Jim Abrahamson, senior vice president for Hyatt Corporation. "Based on those findings, we saw an opportunity to create a hotel experience that understands the way people are living their lives while at home or on the road. Hyatt Place is the realization of that vision, offering guests a hotel environment designed specially to allow them to be more productive, relaxed and fulfilled."

Similar to what travelers might experience at home, guests of Hyatt Place can spread out in their spacious, contemporary guestrooms, taking advantage of free Wi-Fi access while stretched out on the signature Hyatt Grand Bed™ or the Cozy Corner sectional sofa. They can also catch the evening news, the big game or the latest feature movies on the 42-inch flat panel, high-definition television offering 11 channels of high-definition programming in addition to an already impressive channel selection. Hyatt Place guests will also have access to Hotel SportsNet(SM) service, which includes NFL SUNDAY TICKET™ and NBA LEAGUE PASS(SM) as well as other nationally branded professional and college sports programming.

The innovation extends beyond the guestroom and into the lobby with the Gallery, a warm and open area that features a personal greeting from the Gallery Host, as well as a self-registration kiosk, an intimate coffee and wine café, free Wi-Fi, a TV den and e-room with free access to a public computer and printer. Guests at Hyatt Place will also enjoy a free continental breakfast each morning or they may purchase a signature hot breakfast along with Starbucks® specialty coffees. Hyatt Place also offers a variety of freshly prepared, café quality entrées, including sandwiches, soups, salads and pizza which guests can order 24 hours a day, seven days a week via a touch screen menu or from the personable Gallery Host.

More than 120 additional Hyatt Place hotels will open in 2007 in key business and leisure markets, including Chicago, Dallas, Phoenix, Atlanta, Nashville, Phoenix, Tampa, Miami, Orlando and Detroit, as well as throughout the country. Hyatt Place Chicago/Lombard/Oak Brook, located just outside Chicago, opened in August 2006.

Hyatt Place Scottsdale/Old Town features 127 completely renovated guest rooms and public areas. Conveniently located in Historic Downtown Scottsdale and within close proximity to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, the hotel also offers guests a complimentary shuttle service within a two-mile radius for transportation to extraordinary shopping at Scottsdale Fashion Square, multiple golf courses and a spectacular array of restaurants and nightlife venues. Hyatt Place Scottsdale/Old Town is located at 7300 E. Third Avenue in Scottsdale, AZ.

Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport-South features 123 completely renovated guest rooms and public areas, as well as 1,600 square feet of meeting space. For added convenience, the property offers guests a complimentary 24-hour shuttle service to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The hotel is located at 1899 Sullivan Road in College Park, GA.

Hyatt Place/Perimeter Center features 150 completely renovated guest rooms and public areas and is within close proximity to Perimeter Mall, Northside Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital and Perimeter Place. The property also offers guests a complimentary shuttle service within a three-mile radius for transportation to offices, medical facilities, shopping complexes and many fine restaurants. The hotel is located at 1005 Crestline Parkway in Atlanta, GA.

About Hyatt Place

Hyatt Place combines The Hyatt Touch® with stylish design, purposeful amenities and forward-thinking technology to set the new standard in the upscale select service category. Catering to discerning business and leisure travelers, 120 Hyatt Place hotels will be operational across the U.S. by the end of 2007. Hyatt Place is a division of Global Hyatt Corporation's Select Hotels Group L.L.C. For Hyatt Place information or to make a reservation, call 1-888-HYATT-HP (888-492-8847) or visit www.hyattplace.com. From the U.S. and Canada, reservations for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts worldwide may be obtained by calling 1-800-233-1234 or logging onto www.hyatt.com.

About Global Hyatt Corporation

There are 217 Hyatt branded hotels and resorts (over 90,000 rooms) in 44 countries around the world, operating under the Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Grand Hyatt and Park Hyatt brands. Currently, there are an additional 32 Hyatt hotels and resorts under development, including 11 new hotels in China. Hyatt Corporation (domestic U.S., Canada and Caribbean hotels) and Hyatt International Corporation (international properties) are subsidiaries of Chicago-based Global Hyatt Corporation. Global Hyatt Corporation is also the owner of Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc. operators of the Hyatt Vacation Club (timeshare and fractional residential product), Hyatt Equities, L.L.C. (hotel ownership), Select Hotel Group L.L.C. (which owns, operates and franchises AmeriSuites hotels, Hyatt Place and Summerfield Suites hotels) and U.S. Franchise Systems, Inc. (which franchises Hawthorn Suites, and Microtel Inns and Suites). From the U.S. and Canada, reservations for any Hyatt hotel worldwide may be obtained by calling 1-800-233-1234 or logging onto www.hyatt.com.

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