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CHICAGO—March 14, 2006—Global Hyatt Corporation and JER Partners today announced the March 13, 2006 purchase closing of London’s Great Eastern Hotel from Conran Holdings and the Blackstone Group for ₤150 million. The joint acquisition between Global Hyatt and JER was first announced in mid­February 2006.

Upon executing the purchase closing, Hyatt assumed management Great Eastern Hotel operations. The hotel will continue to operate as the Great Eastern through December 31, 2006 and, in January 2007, will be rebranded under the Hyatt Regency name.

Located in the City of London, the capital’s financial hub, the historic, 267­room Great Eastern Hotel sits adjacent to Liverpool Street Station. Originally opened in two phases in 1884 and 1901 respectively, the stunning Victorian hotel was fully renovated and reopened in February 2000. Today, it boasts four restaurants, five bars and 12 private dining and event rooms.

About Global Hyatt Corporation

There are 215 Hyatt hotels and resorts (over 90,000 rooms) in 43 countries around the world, operating under the Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Grand Hyatt and Park Hyatt brands. Currently, there are an additional 30 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 Chicago­based 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).

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About JER Partners

JER Partners is the private equity investment arm of J.E. Robert Companies, a real estate investment management company with 25 years of experience in sourcing, underwriting and managing a broad spectrum of real estate, debt products and equity.

JER Partners has been active in Europe since 1995. As European President of JER Partners, Malcolm Le May heads a team of 25, based at Berkeley Square, London.

In Europe, JER Partners has invested in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden and Finland. Through its second pan­European real estate fund, JER Partners has made five investments in regional offices in the United Kingdom. In France, JER has acquired a hotel in Paris. In Germany, JER has made four investments, one portfolio of offices and three residential portfolios. In Sweden, JER has bought and subsequently sold a portfolio of supermarkets across the country. In Finland, JER has so far acquired two commercial assets.

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For further information:

Katie Meyer
Global Hyatt Corporation
VP Corporate Communications
+1 312 780 5711

Hyatt Press Office UK
Debbie Flynn
+44 (0)20 7602 1407