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First Select Service Hotel to Deliver The Hyatt Touch®

CHICAGO­-August 3, 2006­-Rolling out the welcome mat and inviting guests to a new lifestyle hotel experience, the staff of the first Hyatt Place and company executives celebrated the property’s grand opening today in Lombard, Illinois.

    With an emphasis on stylish design, innovative services and high end amenities, Hyatt Place offers a new approach within the select service hotel segment, reflecting the comfort, flexibility, technology and taste that people incorporate into their daily lives at home.

    The Lombard location is the first Hyatt Place­branded hotel to open following Global Hyatt Corporation’s recent acquisition of the AmeriSuites hotel chain. More than 140 additional Hyatt Place hotels are scheduled to open in 2006 and 2007 as many Amerisuites properties continue to undergo renovation and repositioning under Hyatt’s newest brand.

    Nick Pritzker, chairman of the board and CEO of Hyatt Development Corporation, James Abrahamson, senior vice president of acquisitions and development for Hyatt Corporation and Steve Cadaret, the hotel’s general manager were on hand for today’s ribbon­cutting ceremony and open house festivities.

    “Before we began development on Hyatt Place, we took a look at the way people are living their lives today and found that while lifestyles were changing, the select service hotel experience had become stagnant,” said Abrahamson. “Through innovation in design, services and experiences Hyatt Place guests will find that they can seamlessly continue to lead their everyday lives in an environment that lets them be more productive, relaxed and fulfilled.”

    At home, people have the ability to multi­task; making use of flat screen televisions and entertainment centers, while working on laptops in Wi­Fi enabled homes and raiding the refrigerator at any time of day or night. Guests of Hyatt Place can do the same in their spacious guestrooms: catching the evening news or latest sitcom on the 40­inch high definition plasma television or taking advantage of free Wi­Fi access while stretched out on the signature Hyatt Grand Bed® or the Cozy Corner sectional sofa sleeper. The innovation extends beyond the guestroom and into the lobby with the Gallery, a warm and open area that features a self­registration kiosk, an intimate coffee and wine café, free Wi­Fi, a TV den and e­room with free access to public computers and printers. Guests at Hyatt Place will also enjoy a free continental breakfast each morning and can purchase freshly prepared hot and cold menu items, premium espresso drinks or beer and wine 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    The Lombard location features 151 completely renovated guest rooms and public areas. Conveniently located just 20 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and within close proximity to O’Hare International and Midway Airports, Lombard is a growing destination for both business and leisure travelers.

    Hyatt Place Lombard has a complimentary shuttle service within a five­mile radius for transportation to extraordinary shopping at Oakbrook Center Mall, multiple golf courses, an array of restaurants, corporate offices, and the Metra train system, which provides an easy commute into downtown Chicago

    For reservations and information, call 1­-888-­HYATT-­HP or visit hyatt­place.com.

About Global Hyatt Corporation

There are 215 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 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).

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. For Hyatt Place reservations and information, call 1­-888-­HYATT­-HP or visit hyatt­place.com.


For further information:

Lori Armon
Hyatt Corporation
(312) 780-5709