Wyndham Opens Hotel in Phoenix

Wyndham International, Inc. (AMEX:WBR) announced today the opening of a 532-room Wyndham hotel in downtown Phoenix. The Wyndham Phoenix, formerly known as the Crowne Plaza Phoenix-Downtown, joins the Wyndham brand as part of a 10-year franchise agreement between the property`s owners, Phoenix Hospitality LLC, and Wyndham International.

“The addition of the Wyndham Phoenix to our brand portfolio continues our strategy of growing Wyndham`s distribution in key markets through new management and franchise agreements,” stated Fred J. Kleisner, chairman and chief executive officer of Wyndham. “With approximately 60,000 square feet of meeting space, a complete property renovation and personalized guest service, the Wyndham Phoenix is well-poised for a positive repositioning focused on the meetings market.”

To bring the property up to Wyndham`s brand standards, the property is currently undergoing a $6 million renovation which includes a complete re-creation of the hotel`s lobby including the development of a new registration area and concierge desk; introduction of a new street front open air lounge; a new Quick Service Food Outlet; new restaurant; new furniture and flooring; and refurbished public restrooms. Renovations to the property`s meetings facilities and foyers include new ceiling treatments and lighting; refurbished flooring and wall covering; new furniture; an enhanced lighting and sound system; and the addition of a 2,800 square-foot lobby level junior ballroom.

Wyndham`s brand standards aimed at enhancing guest comfort and convenience are now available at the Wyndham Phoenix including Wyndham`s Room That Performs(SM) guest room experience program, which provides high-speed Internet access (free of charge to Wyndham ByRequest(R) members); a two-line cordless speaker phone; a high-performance, ergonomic, Herman Miller(R) desk chair; and upgraded Serta(R) plush top mattresses with luxury bedding. In addition, Wyndham ByRequest, the brand`s guest recognition program developed by Wyndham to deliver on its brand philosophy of empowering guests to achieve a more customized hotel experience, is now offered at the hotel.

Conveniently located just one block away from the city`s convention center, the Wyndham Phoenix is a short walk to the shops and restaurants of the Arizona Center, America West Arena, Bank One Ballpark, Herberger and Orpheum Theaters, Symphony Hall, Phoenix City Hall, and numerous banking and government offices. The property currently features two restaurants, a Comedy Club, outdoor pool, fitness center, full-service salon and sauna and gift shop.


Other Wyndham-branded properties in the Phoenix area include The Boulders Resort & Golden Door(R) Spa - A Wyndham Luxury Resort in Carefree; the Wyndham Buttes in Tempe; the Wyndham Garden Hotel - North Phoenix; the Wyndham Phoenix Airport; the Wyndham Garden Hotel - Chandler; and the Summerfield Suites by Wyndham - Scottsdale.

Wyndham International, Inc. offers upscale and luxury hotel and resort accommodations through proprietary lodging brands and a management services division. Based in Dallas, Wyndham International owns, leases, manages and franchises hotels and resorts in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe. For more information, visit www.wyndham.com. For reservations, call 800-WYNDHAM.