Millennium Hotels and Resorts to Spend $70 Million in Renovations and Upgrading of 12 U.S. Hotels

Regal Properties to Be Rebranded Millennium Hotels as Refurbishments and

Improvements Are Completed

Jan 03, 2001, 00:00 ET from Millennium Hotels and Resorts

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the U.S. lodging industry's most
 ambitious system-wide renovation and rebranding programs has been announced by
 Millennium Hotels and Resorts with the kickoff of a $70-million program of
 improvements at the company's 12 Regal hotels.  Acquired by London-based
 Millennium and Copthorne Hotels plc earlier this year, the properties, located
 in major business and leisure cities across the country, form the nucleus of
 the newly formed Millennium Hotels and Resorts.  As the refurbishment project
 at each hotel is completed, the property will be renamed as a Millennium
     The renovation program, now underway and expected to be completed by April
 2001, reflects the significant upgrading of the hotels and Millennium's
 investment in becoming a major player in the American four-star hotel market,
 according to Robert Morse, president, The Americas and Executive Director,
 Millennium and Copthorne.
     "Our goal is to have highly competitive hotels with excellent facilities
 and services in prime locations.  We don't intend to be the biggest but we do
 intend to be the best at what we do and offer our customers a distinctive
 product.  The renovation program will help ensure that Millennium is known as
 a vibrant and noteworthy hotel company, particularly, but not exclusively, as
 a premier choice for the business, group and meetings customer.  In short, we
 will offer the finest four-star plus quality experience at each and every
 Millennium property.
     The company-wide improvement project will include property guestrooms and
 public spaces, new facilities and expanded offering of club floors and
 accommodations. Further renovations and expansions are planned through 2003,
 including improvements to convention, entertainment and recreational
 facilities at several hotels.
     One centerpiece of Millennium's renovation program is the conversion of
 guestrooms at several hotels into Millennium Classic rooms, based on the
 highly successful model used in the company's Millennium Broadway in New York.
 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 and large desks
 with dataport and electric outlets further ensure comfort.
     Four of Millennium's U.S. hotels -- the Regal Biltmore, Regal
 Knickerbocker, Regal Bostonian and the Regal Harvest House in Boulder,
 Colorado -- 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.
     In Cincinnati and St. Louis, Millennium's two largest hotels each has two
 towers.  The company is in the process of negotiating to have a franchised
 mid-priced south tower and a Millennium north tower in each location.  "This
 approach ensures that we can fill the hotels, with the help of a non-competing
 brand.  Millennium, of course, will manage both brands," Morse said.
     Millennium Hotels and Resorts (MHR), established in the United States in
 2000, is the North American arm of London-based Millennium & Copthorne Hotels
 plc (MLC).  MHR USA operates MLC's 13 holdings in the United States, comprised
 of the Millennium Broadway and Regal U.N. Plaza Hotel (New York), Regal
 Biltmore Hotel (Los Angeles), Regal Knickerbocker Hotel (Chicago), Regal
 Bostonian Hotel (Boston), Regal Minneapolis Hotel, Regal Riverfront Hotel (St.
 Louis), Regal Cincinnati Hotel, Regal Harvest House Hotel (Boulder), Regal
 University Hotel (Durham), Regal Alaskan Hotel (Anchorage), Regal Maxwell
 House Hotel (Nashville) and Regal McCormick Ranch Resort (Scottsdale).  MLC
 holdings outside of this brand portfolio include ownership interests in The
 Plaza and Millennium Hilton (New York), Sunnyvale (California) Hilton and the
 El Dorado Hotel (Santa Fe).  All Regal branded hotels in the United States
 will be rebranded as Millennium Hotels and Resorts (MHR) by mid-2001.
     Millennium & Copthorne is a dynamic international hotel company with
 120 hotels in 13 countries around the world including the United States,
 United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia,
 New Zealand and the Philippines.
     For further information on Millennium Hotels and Resorts call 800-222-8888
 or visit

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