KEY WEST, FL (June 30, 2014) – One of the oldest operating hotels in historic Key West, FL is undergoing major renovations and will be rebranded and reopened in late Fall 2014 as The Saint Hotel Key West. David Mark Wyant, Sr., owner and developer of the multi-award-winning The Saint Hotel New Orleans, has purchased the Southern Cross Hotel and will renovate and re-christen it as The Saint Hotel Key West. Located at 417 Eaton Street at Duval Street, the 37-room, 6-suite multi-building property is scheduled to open to the public in October 2014. Beginning September 1, reservations will be accepted at 305-294-3200, with room rates starting at $200 including a breakfast buffet for weekday, off peak times. Striking a balance between its storied past and located on bustling Duval Street near the harbor and just blocks from Mallory Square’s famed daily Key West Sunset Celebration, The Saint Hotel Key West will provide the ultimate luxury destination to enjoy the island’s renowned festivals and sport offerings, following its $22 million dollar purchase and transformation. The owners plan to infuse the property with its signature “Play Naughty, Sleep Saintly” atmosphere mixed with the laid-back lifestyle and Southern charm of Key West. “When I saw this property I knew it was a rare find, a perfect location for the eccentric and fun-loving spirit of The Saint Hotel brand,” said Mr. Wyant. “Key West represents the heartbeat of south Florida, with its own style, music and food. I love it! My family has been in the hotel business for over 40 years and the opportunity to restore this historic building is an honor. I promise you that The Saint Hotel Key West will offer a new, different and exciting hotel choice for the millions of leisure travelers who come to this beautiful island.” The main building, originally built in 1830s and then expanded in the 1890s, along with newer 20th century structure will reflect a chic, contemporary spirit and look while staying true to the designs and traditions of Key West. Designed by the Wyant family, each room’s interior will be sumptuous and full of stunningly beautiful details. The 2-story Saint Hotel Key West will include: • 37 modern guest rooms featuring king and queen beds designed in The Saint’s signature cobalt blue and white color scheme accented with blue LED lighting, and white sheer drapes, blending perfectly with the azure waters offshore. – Amenities for every room will feature: * luxurious beds fitted with high-thread Frette cotton linens with custom throws, ensuring guests sleep “Saintly” * bathrooms will be well-appointed with signature Niven Morgan bath products and The Saint-logoed plush robes * iHome sound systems allow guests to hook up iPods® and create their own soundtrack * a 46” LG digital TV * Krups coffee makers * a complimentary breakfast buffet in the lobby’s Pilar Bar – 14 of the rooms are located within the historic building, with interiors including dark wood floors and wood-paneled walls, accented with white sheers. The oversized bathrooms will be outfitted with warehouse-style glass doors and fixturing. – 23 rooms are in a new building, directly adjacent to the historical side of the property. Each room will include contemporary,oversized white marble bathrooms. • 6 suites including four junior suites and two large suites, scheduled to open in late 2014 • a luxurious, landscaped pool, chaise and cabana area with a pool butler offering food and drink service • the 35-seat Pilar Bar situated just inside the tropical, Asian-inspired and glass accented lobby • a 75-person balcony overlooking Duval Street with regularly scheduled live music • travertine marble walkways throughout the hotel, both interior and exterior Mr. Wyant first introduced The Saint Hotel brand in New Orleans in January 2012. He restored the historic 1909 Audubon Building into a 166-room luxury hotel which has received numerous national and international awards and recognitions including Condé Nast Traveler Hot List 2012, Travel & Leisure It List 2012 and Fortune Best New Hotels among many others. The hotel has also been featured in major travel stories in such media as NBC-TV’s Today show, the Travel Channel, USA Today, American Way, Fodor’s Travel Intelligence, Robb Report, Spirit, and has been covered on the website of the renowned travel expert PeterGreenberg.com. Many other national and international media and celebrities have celebrated the style of The Saint with kudos. Located on Canal Street at Burgundy in the world famous French Quarter, The Saint Hotel New Orleans (www.TheSaintHotelNewOrleans.com) is an Autograph Collection® property, an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent luxury hotels. The Saint Hotel is a one-of-a-kind hotel brand which provides memorable experiences and surprises with a spontaneous, haute bohemian eclectic, eccentric and edgy sophistication for even the most sophisticated traveler. The hotels provide the ultimate luxury lifestyle destination, striking a balance between their storied pasts, reflecting a new and contemporary spirit and look while staying true to important designs and traditions. Ideal for leisure or business, each property is infused with the hotels’ signature “Play Naughty, Sleep Saintly” atmosphere. The Saint Hotel has properties in two prime travel destinations: The Saint Hotel New Orleans Built in 1909 and located on Canal Street at Burgundy Street in the world famous New Orleans French Quarter, the historic landmark Audubon Building was totally renovated and re-christened as The Saint Hotel in January 2012. Following a $45 million dollar purchase and transformation, the property reflects a contemporary spirit and look while incorporating historic designs and traditions, such as the opulent grandeur of the Beaux Arts décor and era. An Autograph Collection property, the 166-room, 5-suite, 8-story Saint Hotel New Orleans includes 320 sq. ft. modern guest rooms; 1450 sq. ft. of meeting and special event space; Tempt, a modern American restaurant; and the Burgundy Bar offering live jazz saluting the sounds of Louis Armstrong. It is located on the Canal Street streetcar line and a short walk from the French Quarter’s charming galleries, boutiques, antique shops, and music-filled nightclubs while also convenient to the Riverwalk, Saenger Theatre, Saks Fifth Avenue, the Aquarium of the Americas and Harrah’s Casino. It is minutes from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the New Orleans Arena. www.thesainthotelneworleans.com The Saint Hotel Key West A beautiful multi-building property situated on renowned Eaton Street at Duval Street in historic Key West, The Saint Hotel is being renovated into the ultimate luxury destination and is scheduled to open in October 2014. Combining the historic 1830s and 1890s structures along with a new 20th century building, the property will reflect a chic, contemporary spirit and style while incorporating the beauty of the island’s laid-back lifestyle and Southern charm, combined to fit the definition of The Saint Hotel brand. With 37 rooms and 6 suites, the 2-story Saint Hotel Key West will include the Pilar Bar offering refreshments and, in the morning, a complimentary breakfast buffet for all hotel guests. A landscaped pool, serviced by a pool butler, offers a cooling respite from the island’s activities. The Duval Street balcony offers spirited, live entertainment with excellent viewing for the myriad of entertaining festivals that are held on Key West. The Saint Hotel Key West is just blocks from Mallory Square’s famed daily Key West Sunset Celebration and within walking distance of many of the island’s renowned restaurants and bars.