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RLJ Lodging Trust Completes Comprehensive Renovation at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Key West

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RLJ Lodging Trust (the “Company”) (NYSE:RLJ) today announced that it has completed a comprehensive $5.0 million guestroom and public space renovation at its 106-room Fairfield Inn & Suites Key West (the “Hotel”) located in Key West, Florida.

“We are excited to complete the Hotel’s renovation in time for Key West’s peak season,” commented Thomas J. Baltimore, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer. “We expect the additional investment in this asset will position the Hotel for future growth and allow it to capitalize further on Key West’s strong market fundamentals.”

Recognized as one of the country’s premier tourist destinations, Key West has strong leisure appeal for both domestic and international visitors. The island’s year-round temperate climate allows visitors to enjoy a variety of activities, including world class fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and boating.

Key West also has one of the highest barriers-to-entry in the country. As a result, new hotel supply is highly constrained, providing a very favorable environment for lodging fundamentals and hotel ownership on the island.

According to Smith Travel Research, the Key West market revenue per available room (“RevPAR”) was almost $218 in 2013, one of the highest RevPAR markets in the country. RevPAR growth in the market was 17.8% in 2013 and year-to-date through September 2014, RevPAR has grown by 14.4%.

In 2013, the Hotel generated a RevPAR premium of 58% to the Company’s overall 2013 reported portfolio RevPAR. The Hotel’s $5.0 million renovation enhanced the guestrooms, public spaces, and exterior facade. As a result, the Company expects that the renovation at the Hotel will further strengthen the asset’s market presence and drive additional growth for the asset and the Company’s portfolio.

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RLJ Lodging Trust is a self-advised, publicly traded real estate investment trust focused on acquiring premium-branded, focused-service and compact full-service hotels. The Company owns 150 properties, comprised of 148 hotels with more than 23,300 rooms and two planned hotel conversions, located in 21 states and the District of Columbia.

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