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Hyatt Announces a New Hotel in Japan’s Ancient Capital Kyoto Hyatt Regency Kyoto Opens March 15, 2006

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts announced today the opening of Hyatt Regency Kyoto. The 189-room hotel is conveniently located in Higashiyama Shichijo district in the traditional cultural heart of Kyoto, a neighbourhood with the Sanjusangendo Temple, the Kyoto National Museum and many temples and landmarks. The hotel is just a few minutes drive from the Japan Railway Kyoto Station.

Designed by Super Potato, a well-known interior design firm in Japan, Hyatt Regency Kyoto blends contemporary Japanese style with traditional design elements. Elegant bamboo trees provide a dignified entrance, leading to a mature, beautifully maintained Japanese garden, with a waterfall and pond, dating back 850 years to the reign of Emperor Goshirakawa (1155-1158AD).

Each of the 189 guestrooms offer a comfortable and relaxed environment, combining traditional Japanese aesthetics with modern facilities. Guestrooms are designed with a simple functional concept, using natural colours, white oak wood and Japanese kimono fabric. All rooms are equipped with flat-screen televisions and high-speed broadband Internet access.

Hyatt Regency Kyoto features innovative, stylish restaurants and bar, serving only the freshest and authentic produce available. Located at the lobby level, The Grill has a contemporary interior, visual open kitchen and wood-fire ovens. Guests can enjoy prime cuts of meat and the freshest seafood with a relaxing views of the traditional Japanese garden. Trattoria Sette is a casual Italian restaurant with a show kitchen, offering authentic home style dishes including pasta and pizza. The adjacent Pastry Boutique offers a wide variety of freshly baked breads and pastries from the hotel bakery, with an excellent range of specialty sweets and chocolates.

Modeled after a traditional Kyoto house, the Japanese restaurant, Touzan, provides three choices of cuisine and experience: Charcoal Grill, Sushi bar and Touzan Bar. The restaurant and bar is uniquely designed using wide range of antique pieces including plate, sake bottle, facet, bell, etc.

All menus feature the freshest seasonal produce from the local market. This stylish Japanese restaurant also has three semi-private rooms and a private room facing at the Japanese stone garden.

Hyatt Regency Kyoto has stunning banquet and wedding facilities including a main ballroom, two junior ballrooms and function rooms, as well as a wedding chapel, wedding gallery and family rooms. The hotel’s professional wedding concierge will help produce a fully-tailored wedding, ranging from the ceremony style, the choice of menus, wedding dress design and flower bouquets for the bride.

RIRAKU Spa and Fitness features the latest exercise equipment, steam room, sauna and 10 treatment rooms. Guests can enjoy total relaxation in body and mind with a wide range of facial and body treatments based on both traditional and modern methods including; shiatsu, acupuncture, moxibustion, aromatherapy, etc. RIRAKU’s highly trained therapists will provide consultations, treatments, and individually designed diet programme tailored to each guests’ needs.

Currently Hyatt operates six hotels in Japan including Park Hyatt Tokyo, Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Century Hyatt Tokyo, Hyatt Regency Osaka, Grand Hyatt Fukuoka and Hyatt Regency Fukuoka.

About Hyatt

There are 215 Hyatt 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 35 Hyatt hotels and resorts under development, including 13 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. (timeshare), Hyatt Equities, L.L.C. (hotel ownership), and U.S. Franchise Systems, Inc. (which franchises Hawthorn Suites, Microtel and America’s Best Inns).

In January 2005, Global Hyatt Corporation also added an additional 143 U.S. properties to its growing portfolio with the acquisition of the upscale, limited service AmeriSuites hotel chain. These properties will be renovated and repositioned under the new Hyatt Place select service brand in 2006.

Reservations for any Hyatt hotel worldwide may be obtained by calling your local Hyatt hotel, Hyatt Worldwide Reservations Centre or logging onto www.hyatt.com.