Lexington New York City Joins Autograph Collection

              Lexington New York City Joins Autograph Collection

Storied hotel becomes third New York property to join prestigious
international collection of independent luxury hotels

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Aug. 19, 2013

NEW YORK, Aug. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The historic Lexington New York City,
located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, officially joins Autograph
Collection, announced today by DiamondRock Hospitality Company and Highgate
Hotels, the property's ownership and management groups, respectively. Exactly
like nothing else, the Autograph Collection is an upscale portfolio of hand
selected independent hotels offering individualized and distinct travel
experiences. The 725-room Lexington New York City, most widely recognized for
its rich history and noteworthy roster of guests and residents, joins this
elite, global collection as it completes a $46 million renovation that will
wrap in October 2013.

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"We are elated that the Lexington New York City has become a member of the
Autograph Collection," said Jim Marino, General Manager, Lexington New York
City. "It is an honor to join such a respected group of hotels and we feel
confident that our history, commitment to service and values align seamlessly
with Autograph Collection's overall philosophy."

The refurbishment for the Lexington New York City restores the extravagant
property's jazz age glamour by combining its historic elements with a modern
appeal. David Ashen of New York-based Dash Design is leading the design charge
by transforming the public spaces and guestrooms into a vision of a completely
updated 21st century destination for luxury business and leisure travelers. A
newly redesigned bar will offer a fresh, modern take on seasonal cocktails in
an Art Deco-style locale. The hotel features an expansive art collection
curated by industry expert Paige Powell and anchored by works by Ruben Toledo
and Alba Clemente. Heightened services and amenities will cater to guests in
this boutique-style setting located in the center of bustling Manhattan.

The Lexington New York City has played host to some of the country's most
notable personalities and exclusive groups, including actor Arthur Godfrey who
entertained in The Hawaiian Room and Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe who lived
in a suite on the 18^th floor. Originally opening in 1929 during the height of
New York's hotel boom, the 30-story building towered over an emerging strip
that would eventually become lined with residential and commercial
skyscrapers. Imagined as an escape from Manhattan's buzzing business world,
the hotel was the work of the period's architectural royalty, Schultze and
Weaver, the masterminds behind iconic properties such as The Biltmore in
Miami, The Breakers Palm Beach and the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

The Lexington New York City is located at 511 Lexington Avenue at 48^th Street
in New York City. 212-755-4400. www.LexingtonHotelNYC.com

About The Lexington New York City
The Lexington New York City is centrally located in Manhattan's midtown
neighborhood and provides guests with immediate access to the city's key
business and entertainment areas. A storied hotel that originally opened in
1929, the property underwent a $46 million renovation that restored the jazz
age glamour that made the Lexington New York City famous among celebrities,
dignitaries and other notables. A new design concept that blends the hotel's
legacy with modern appeal will be showcased throughout the public spaces, as
well as the 725 guest rooms and suites. Catering to the luxury business and
leisure traveler, the Lexington New York City will house a collection of
unique artwork commissioned by art aficionado and industry expert, Paige
Powell, feature more than 1,000 square feet of flexible function space with
state-of-the-art wireless technology, as well as a selection of on-site dining
options that includes gourmet Chinese eatery, S. Dynasty; Raffles, an
American-style bistro with a jazz flare; and the hotel's Starbucks outpost.

About DiamondRock
DiamondRock Hospitality Company is a self-advised real estate investment trust
(REIT) that is an owner of a leading portfolio of geographically diversified
hotels concentrated in top gateway markets and destination resort locations.
The Company owns 27 premium quality hotels with over 11,500 rooms. The Company
has strategically positioned its hotels to generally be operated under the
leading global brands such as Hilton, Marriott, and Westin. For further
information on the Company and its portfolio, please visit DiamondRock
Hospitality Company's website at www.drhc.com.

About Autograph Collection
Exactly like nothing else, the Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of
strikingly independent hotels. Each destination has been hand selected for its
quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to
far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing
less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more
information please visit www.autographhotels.com.

SOURCE DiamondRock Hospitality Company and Highgate Hotels

Website: http://www.drhc.com
Contact: Jessica Milton / Annelisa Sichel, Harrison & Shriftman, 305.534.0008,
jmilton@hs-pr.com / asichel@hs-pr.com
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