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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Saturday, July 23, 2011

Hyatt Santa Barbara Proudly Raises a Flag Along Central Coast’s American Riviera

Hotel Mar Monte Becomes Hyatt Santa Barbara; Embarks on $9 Million Renovation of Oceanfront Landmark Hotel

Hotel Mar Monte, Santa Barbara’s much-loved, 80-year old oceanfront property, will proudly raise the Hyatt flag as it becomes Hyatt Santa Barbara. This landmark hotel, a community and visitor’s destination for generations, has been undergoing extensive renovations to all guest rooms, meeting rooms and public spaces since February.


The first phase of renovations, including 92 guest rooms, as well as the hotel lobby, landscaping and décor around the pool and deck area, has been completed for the summer. In October, the renovation will resume on the remaining 79 guest rooms and all function space. Renovations are expected to be completed in 2012 when the property will be fully refurbished to a classic fusion of Spanish Colonial architecture, casual elegance and modern conveniences.

Ensuring a seamless transition, Hyatt Santa Barbara will retain the Hotel Mar Monte’s traditional charm and hospitality. Offering a wide range of amenities and services, the new Hyatt Santa Barbara will be home to 171 stylish guestrooms, each graced with ocean or mountain views, the Hyatt Grand Bed®, a flat screen HDTV and iHome Stereo with iPod® docking stations. Hotel amenities and services include a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool, fitness center, spa, business center and Bistro 1111 restaurant. In addition, bicycle rentals, winery tours, beach activities, day trips and much more can be coordinated with the hotel concierge.

Santa Barbara is well known as a destination for weddings and conferences. Hyatt Santa Barbara’s ten thousand square feet of indoor/outdoor unique and flexible meeting space with state-of-the-art technology ensure business and private functions are seamlessly executed. With postcard-perfect ocean views, bougainvillea draped patios and fine cuisine, weddings are dreams come true.

For casual upscale dining, Bistro 1111 offers a stylish Santa Barbara experience for hotel guests and locals alike. With an ocean view setting, the restaurant serves contemporary American cuisine with California flair. At the restaurant’s center is a cozy lounge where guests may enjoy cocktails, light fare and a daily happy hour.

Hyatt Santa Barbara is the newest addition to a collection of 23 Hyatt brand properties offeringrestful and contemporary rooms and the expertise of enthusiastic insiders to help guests make the most of their stay.

Santa Barbara, also known as the American Riviera, is one of the nation’s most renowned destinations. With a reputation for showcasing the quintessential California coastal life, world-class cuisine and subdued glamour, Santa Barbara attracts visitors ranging from presidents, royalty and movie stars to surfers, beach combers and families. And as a classic wedding destination, Santa Barbara offers romance, breath taking views and superior service.

About Hyatt Santa Barbara

Hyatt Santa Barbara has 171 guest rooms offering ocean and mountain views. Nearly half of guest rooms have been fully updated, with the remainder going under renovation this year. All rooms are equipped with iHome stereo with iPod® docking station and pampering products. Amenities of the hotel include heated outdoor pool and whirlpool, bicycle rentals, fitness center, high speed internet, 24-hour business center, valet parking, concierge services, FastBoardTM and 10,000 square feet of meeting space. Bistro 1111 is open daily for breakfast lunch and dinner. Hyatt Santa Barbara is located at 1111 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. Reservations can be made by calling 805-882-1234. www.santabarbara.hyatt.com.

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