NEW YORK, Feb. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Morgans Hotel Group Co. (Nasdaq: MHGC) ("Morgans") announced today that subsidiaries of the joint venture through which it holds a minority interest in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas (the "Hard Rock Joint Venture") have entered into a Standstill and Forbearance Agreement.
Pursuant to the Standstill and Forbearance Agreement, until February 28, 2011, the mortgage lender, first mezzanine lender and the second mezzanine lender agreed not to take any action or assert any right or remedy under the applicable loan documents, including remedies with respect to Morgans' management agreement, subject to certain conditions. In addition, the second mezzanine lender agreed to withdraw its foreclosure notice, which it had delivered on January 28, 2011.
The parties to the Standstill and Forbearance Agreement are engaged in continuing discussions regarding the obligations of the parties under the Hard Rock loan documents and other related agreements.
About Morgans Hotel Group
Morgans Hotel Group Co. (NASDAQ: MHGC) is widely credited as the creator of the first "boutique" hotel and a continuing leader of the hotel industry's boutique sector. Morgans Hotel Group operates and owns, or has an ownership interest in, Morgans, Royalton and Hudson in New York, Delano and Shore Club in South Beach, Mondrian in Los Angeles and South Beach, Clift in San Francisco, Ames in Boston, and Sanderson and St Martins Lane in London. Morgans Hotel Group and an equity partner also own the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and related assets. Morgans Hotel Group also manages hotels in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico and Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Morgans Hotel Group has other property transactions in various stages of completion in various locations around the world including the Mondrian Soho in New York, which is scheduled to open on March 1st. For more information please visit www.morganshotelgroup.com.
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