BETHESDA, Md., April 27, 2006 — MeriStar Hospitality Corporation (NYSE: MHX) announced that, at a special meeting of stockholders held today, its stockholders voted to approve the merger of MeriStar with and into Alcor Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of The Blackstone Group, and the other transactions contemplated by the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of February 20, 2006, by and among MeriStar, MeriStar Hospitality Operating Partnership, L.P., Alcor Holdings LLC, Alcor Acquisition Inc., Alcor Acquisition LLC and Alcor Acquisition L.P. Approximately 98.8 percent of the shares of MeriStar common stock present and voting at the special meeting approved the merger, representing approximately 81.4 percent of the total number of shares of MeriStar common stock outstanding and entitled to vote.
MeriStar expects to close the merger and the other transactions contemplated by the merger agreement next week, pending the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions set forth in the merger agreement. Under the terms of the merger agreement, each outstanding share of MeriStar common stock and each unit of limited partnership interest in MeriStar Hospitality Operating Partnership, L.P. will be converted into the right to receive $10.45 in cash, without interest.
About MeriStar Hospitality Corporation
Bethesda, Maryland-based MeriStar Hospitality Corporation owns 47 principally upperupscale, full-service hotels in major markets and resort locations with 14,404 rooms in 19 states and the District of Columbia. MeriStar owns hotels under such internationally known brands as Hilton, Sheraton, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Westin, Doubletree and Radisson. For more information about MeriStar, visit the company’s website: www.meristar.com.
About The Blackstone Group
The Blackstone Group, a global private investment and advisory firm with offices in New York, Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, London, Hamburg, Mumbai and Paris, was founded in 1985. Blackstone’s real estate group has raised approximately $10 billion for real estate investing and has a long track record of investing in office buildings, hotels and other commercial properties. In addition to Real Estate, The Blackstone Group’s core businesses include Private Equity, Corporate Debt Investing, Marketable Alternative Asset Management, Mergers and Acquisitions Advisory, and Restructuring and Reorganization Advisory. Information relating to The Blackstone Group can be accessed on the Internet at www.blackstone.com.
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