Millennium Hotels and Resorts Announces Rebranding of 12 Regal Hotels as of April 9

Renaming Follows $70 Million System-wide Renovation Program

Apr 06, 2001, 01:00 ET from Millennium Hotels and Resorts

    WASHINGTON, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Culminating a year-long repositioning,
 renovation and brand building campaign, Millennium Hotels and Resorts has
 announced the renaming of its Regal hotel properties to Millennium as of
 April 9, 2001.  Millennium Hotels and Resorts, which acquired Regal in 1999,
 is the North American unit of London-based Millennium and Copthorne Hotels
 plc, one of the top 15 hotel companies in the world.
      As of April 9, Millennium Hotels and Resorts include:
      Millennium Hotel, Anchorage -- formerly the Regal Alaskan
      Millennium Bostonian Hotel, Boston -- formerly the Regal Bostonian
      Millennium Hotel, Boulder -- formerly the Regal Harvest House
      Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, Chicago -- formerly the Regal
      Millennium Hotel, Cincinnati -- formerly the Regal Cincinnati
      Millennium Hotel, Durham -- formerly the Regal University
      Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles -- formerly the Regal Biltmore
      Millennium Hotel, Minneapolis -- formerly the Regal Minneapolis
      Millennium Hotel, New York, Broadway -- formerly the Millennium Broadway
      Millennium Hotel, New York, UN Plaza -- formerly the Regal UN Plaza
      Millennium Hotel, St. Louis -- formerly the Regal Riverfront
      Millennium Resort, Scottsdale, McCormick Ranch -- formerly Regal
       McCormick Ranch
     In addition, following a major reservations linkup, consumers can book
 accommodations at any Millennium Hotels in the United States, Australia,
 France, Indonesia, New Zealand, the Philippines and the United Kingdom, and at
 Copthorne Hotels in France, Germany, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the
 United Kingdom by calling a new toll free reservation and information number
     Millennium's rebranding of the Regal properties follows a $70 million
 system-wide renovation program.  The project reflects the significant
 upgrading of the hotels and Millennium's investment in becoming a major player
 in the American four-star hotel market.   Renovations include property
 guestrooms and public spaces, new facilities and expanded offering of club
 floors and accommodations.
     One centerpiece of Millennium's renovation program is the conversion of
 guestrooms at several hotels (St. Louis, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, United
 Nations) into Millennium Classic rooms, based on the highly successful model
 used in the company's Millennium Hotel, New York, Broadway in Times Square.
 Millennium Classic rooms have the feel of a contemporary, upscale residential
 apartment, with a friendly but sophisticated ambience.  Neutral tones are
 punctuated with bright accents and liberal use of light-colored English
 Figured Sycamore wood in a large headboard covering almost an entire wall, as
 well as in the casework to lend a restful air.  Telecommunications technology
 and lighting, especially in the uplit glass bathroom vanity, are installed to
 be highly functional without detracting from a cozy, warm atmosphere.  Such
 touches as Knoll Soho ergonomic chairs, in-room fax machines, customed
 designed pillow-top beds and large desks with dataport and electric outlets
 further ensure comfort.
     Four of Millennium's U.S. hotels -- Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los
 Angeles; Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, Chicago; Millennium Bostonian Hotel,
 Boston and Millennium Hotel, Boulder -- are receiving customized renovations
 that feature more traditional furnishings and artwork in keeping with their
 history, style and character.  These and the conversion to Millennium Classic
 accommodations elsewhere, along with substantial improvements and expansion of
 business and meeting facilities at most properties, will result in a uniformly
 higher standard of guest rooms, public areas and meeting space system-wide.
     Millennium Hotels and Resorts (MHR), established in the United States in
 2000, is the North American arm of London-based Millennium and Copthorne
 Hotels plc (M&C).  The MHR portfolio includes 20 holdings in the United States
 and the company operates properties including: Millennium Hotel, New York,
 Broadway; Millennium Hotel, New York, UN Plaza; Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los
 Angeles; Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, Chicago; Millennium Bostonian Hotel,
 Boston; Millennium Hotel, Minneapolis; Millennium Hotel, St. Louis; Millennium
 Hotel, Cincinnati; Millennium Hotel, Boulder; Millennium Hotel, Durham;
 Millennium Hotel, Anchorage; Millennium Resort, Scottsdale, McCormick Ranch;
 the Maxwell House Hotel, Nashville; Eldorado Hotel, Santa Fe; and the Royal
 Palm Resort, Galapagos Islands (opening Winter 2001).  M&C holdings outside of
 the Millennium brand include The Plaza, Millennium Hilton (both in New York)
 and Sunnyvale Hilton (California).
     Millennium and Copthorne is a dynamic international hotel company with
 120 hotels in 13 countries around the world including the Americas, United
 Kingdom, Singapore, Australia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia, New
 Zealand and the Philippines.
     For further information on Millennium Hotels and Resorts call
 866-866-8086 or visit

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