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February, 2007
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Hilton St. Louis Downtown Recognized for Best Overall Performance
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, February 25, 2007 - Hilton Hotels has recognized its top hotels during an awards ceremony at the brand's annual conference of general managers and directors of food and beverage, held this year in New Orleans, Louisiana.

At a special award ceremony, Hilton presented 29 awards to the North American hotels which best exemplified the Hilton vision and excellence in performance. Hotels were chosen based on their outstanding performance in the brand's "Balanced Scorecard" rating system in areas such as customer loyalty, service, quality assurance and customer satisfaction ratings - as well as exemplary efforts in hotel renovation and diversity projects.

"2006 was an outstanding year for Hilton Hotels in North America and the Caribbean, and these awards recognize outstanding achievement in delivering transformative travel experiences for our guests," said Jeff Diskin, senior vice president of brand management and marketing - Hilton Hotels. "These winners represent the experience standards we want our guests to experience at all our hotels."

The Connie Awards, named in honor of company founder Conrad Hilton, are awarded based on three key components, including: quality assurance audits measuring cleanliness, condition and brand standards; customer scores rating staff service; and customer service scores rating the quality of the hotel's physical accommodations. The four hotels to receive Connie Awards were:

Hilton Villahermosa & Conference Center: Airport Hotel
Hilton Lac-Leamy: Commercial Hotel
Hilton St. Louis Downtown: Commercial Hotel
Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort: Resort Hotel

The Hilton St. Louis Downtown, located at 400 Olive, was recognized with other awards including the Diamond Awards series and other "best of" individual awards for Best Room Service; Best Guest Service; Problem Free Hotel; and Most Helpful Front Desk Staff.

Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis to Undergo Multi-Million Dollar Renovation
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, February 11, 2007 - Marcus Hotels and Resorts has announced that it has signed an agreement to manage the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis. The hotel will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation, beginning later this year. It is the fourth property added to the Marcus Hotels portfolio this fiscal year, with a fifth hotel under construction/renovation.

"We continue to aggressively seek new third-party management opportunities with our current owners, as well as with other hotel investors," said Bill Otto, president of Marcus Hotels and Resorts. "This hotel is in a very upscale suburb of western St. Louis in a highly visible location. With the completion of the planned renovation, the hotel will be in peak competitive condition to serve both business and leisure travelers. The Sheraton has approximately 18,000 square feet of meeting space and is well positioned for meeting and convention business, as well as for area social events."

The renovation will include improvements in every area of the hotel, with a focus on all guest rooms, food and beverage and public spaces.

Located at 7730 Bonhomme Ave., the hotel's amenities include an indoor swimming pool, expanded fitness facility, business center, concierge service and complimentary shuttle service to nearby Lambert International Airport. The Larz Salon, located on the lower level, is a full-service facility specializing in hair care, manicures and make-up. The hotel's 257 rooms and suites feature the Sheraton Suite Sleeper Bed, high-speed Internet access, and coffee makers.

Marriott Makes Sweeping Move To Eliminate Trans Fats from Food At Over 2,300 Hotels in North America
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, February 4, 2007 - Beginning February 15, the more than six million pounds of French fries served in Marriott International hotels annually will no longer be prepared using partially-hydrogenated oils, a primary source of trans fats.

The elimination of trans fats in fried foods and deep frying oils is the culmination of an eight-year effort to remove trans fats from the vast majority of food served at more than 2,300 Marriott International hotels throughout the U.S. and Canada, including Marriott, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn and TownePlace Suites.

Marriott has already eliminated trans fats from artisanal breads, salad dressings, pancake and waffle mixes, muffins, croissants and cookies at all hotels in the U.S. and Canada.

"Our first objective is always to serve quality food. We have conducted extensive testing to find the right oils and other foods that have exceptional taste, as well as no trans fats, which is partially responsible for many health issues such as obesity and heart disease" said Brad Nelson, vice president of culinary and corporate chef.

He added that Marriott has been working on eliminating trans fats as far back as 1998. "Good cooking starts with solid principles. Our philosophy of great ingredients prepared simply and with perfect execution is the best way to deliver and exceed our guests' expectations."

In 2003 Marriott introduced the Fit For You program at Marriott and JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and last year the company introduced the Eat.Drink.Balance program at Renaissance Hotels & Resorts. Both programs were designed to address healthy eating and dietary issues including low fat, low cholesterol and carb conscious foods. Food sold in Marriott's retail stores and breakfast, lunch, dinner and room service menus identify which items fit these categories.

Archived Hotel News:
Loews Hotels Bans Artificial Trans-Fats at
Its 18 Hotels and Resorts

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