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Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Expands Southern California Footprint with Addition of Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach
First addition to Kimpton hotel portfolio since IHG acquisition represents brand’s first foray into Orange County

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San Francisco, February 24, 2015
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announced today it has been awarded the management contract for the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach, California, a prime location property steps from the iconic Huntington Beach Pier in Southern California’s famed “Surf City.” The Shorebreak officially joined the Kimpton family after the property was acquired by DiamondRock Hospitality, who tapped Kimpton as the new hotel operator. This is Kimpton’s eighth hotel in Southern California and the first for the brand in Orange County, joining Kimpton’s portfolio of 64 hotels and over 70 restaurants, bars and lounges nationwide.

“Kimpton has a strong track record of profitably operating unique lifestyle properties throughout Southern California, including in desirable beach destinations, which made them a natural choice for us with this exciting new property,” said DiamondRock Hospitality CIO Troy Furbay. “We’ve been looking for the right opportunity to partner with Kimpton as the recognized leader in the boutique sector and when this came along, we jumped at the chance to work with them.”

Located within The Strand, a mixed use commercial development including retail, office and parking on the corner of 6th Street and Pacific Coast Highway, the Shorebreak has 157 guest rooms, waterfront views, 3,920 square feet of meeting space and a fitness center. As a Kimpton, the hotel will now offer signature brand programs and amenities including cruiser PUBLIC Bikes and in-room yoga mats, pet friendly policies, hosted evening wine hour, coffee and tea in the living room lobby and more.

Shorebreak guests can also enjoy the full-service restaurant, Zimzala, with indoor and outdoor terrace dining and a bar and lounge area. A vibrant dining destination, Zimzala features comfortable coastal California cuisine with locally-grown produce, specialty cocktails and live music twice a week.
“Shorebreak – with its unbeatable beachfront location – is the perfect opportunity for Kimpton to enter the booming Orange County market and expand even further into the leisure and resort sector where we’ve already shown great success in other Southern California cities such as Santa Barbara, Goleta and La Jolla,” said Kimpton CEO Mike DeFrino. “We are also excited about this management contract because it is the first deal to be signed since our acquisition by IHG last month. With their backing, we are able to fulfill our dreams of accelerated and more strategic growth for the brand.”

To book, visit www.shorebreakhotel.com or call (800) 546-7866. The Shorebreak Hotel is located at 500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, Calif.

ABOUT KIMPTON HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is a leading brand of boutique hotels and restaurants and the acknowledged industry pioneer that first introduced the boutique hotel concept to the United States. In 1981, Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is renowned for making travellers feel genuinely cared for through thoughtful perks and amenities, bold, playful design and a sincerely personal style of guest service. Out to help people live full, balanced lives, Kimpton aims to inspire with touches like yoga mats in every room, complimentary coffee and tea to start the day, hosted evening Wine Hour, in-room fitness programming and complimentary bike rentals. The award-winning restaurants and bars are led by talented chefs and bartenders that offer guests a chance to dine like a local.

Kimpton is consistently ranked as one of the top companies in the Market Metrix Hospitality Index, Upper Upscale Segment, for Customer Satisfaction. The company is highly-regarded for its innovative employee culture and benefits and has been named a FORTUNE magazine “Best Place to Work” seven times since 2009. Kimpton is continuously growing and currently operates over 60 hotels and 70 plus restaurants, bars and lounges in 30 U.S. cities. In January 2015, Kimpton was welcomed into the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of hotel brands, bringing together two special cultures and sets of values to create the world's largest boutique hotel business. For more information, visit www.KimptonHotels.com.

ABOUT DIAMONDROCK HOSPITALITY COMPANY
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 28 premium quality hotels with over 10,700 rooms. The Company has strategically positioned its hotels to generally be operated under the leading global brands such as Hilton, Marriott, and Westin as well as unique lifestyle hotels. For further information on the Company and its portfolio, please visit DiamondRock Hospitality Company’s website at www.drhc.com.

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Reservations questions can be directed to
talktous@kimptongroup.com

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