UNITED STATES
                       SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                             Washington, D.C. 20549

                                  SCHEDULE 13G

                    Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
                                (Amendment No.)*

                               
                          DIAMONDROCK HOSPITALITY COMPANY
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                                (Name of Issuer)

                                     Common
                  --------------------------------------------------
                         (Title of Class of Securities)

                                    252784301
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                                 (CUSIP Number)


             Date of Event which Requires Filing of this Statement

                                December 31, 2005
                               --------------------

Check the appropriate box to designate the rule pursuant to which the Schedule 
is filed:

[x]     Rule 13d-1(b)
[ ]     Rule 13d-1(c)
[ ]     Rule 13d-1(d)

* The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting  person's
initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of securities, and
for any  subsequent  amendment  containing  information  which  would  alter the
disclosures provided in prior coverage.

The information required in the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed
to be "filed" for the purpose of the Securities  Exchange Act of 1934 ("Act") or
otherwise  subject to the  liabilities  of that  section of the Act but shall be
subject to all other provisions of the Act (however, see the Notes).

SEC 1745 (12-02)


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                Schedule 13G (continued)

CUSIP No. 252784301
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   1   NAME OF REPORTING PERSON
       S.S. OR I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NO. OF ABOVE PERSON

       Cohen & Steers, Inc. 14-1904657
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   2   CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*
                                                             (a)  [ ]
                                                             (b)  [x]
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   3   SEC USE ONLY


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   4   CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

       New York
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   NUMBER OF      5    SOLE VOTING POWER
     SHARES            3,597,200
  BENEFICIALLY    -------------------------------------------------------------
    OWNED BY      6    SHARED VOTING POWER
      EACH             0
   REPORTING      -------------------------------------------------------------
     PERSON       7    SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
      WITH             3,672,800
                  -------------------------------------------------------------
                  8    SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER
                       0
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   9   AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

       3,672,800
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  10   CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES*


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  11   PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9)

       7.2%
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  12   TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON*

       HC, CO
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                     *SEE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE FILLING OUT



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                Schedule 13G (continued)

CUSIP No. 252784301
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   1   NAME OF REPORTING PERSON
       S.S. OR I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NO. OF ABOVE PERSON

       Cohen & Steers Capital Management, Inc.     13-3353336
- -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
   2   CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*
                                                             (a)  [ ]
                                                             (b)  [x]
- -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
   3   SEC USE ONLY


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   4   CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

       New York
- -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
   NUMBER OF      5    SOLE VOTING POWER
     SHARES            3,597,200
  BENEFICIALLY    -------------------------------------------------------------
    OWNED BY      6    SHARED VOTING POWER
      EACH             0
   REPORTING      -------------------------------------------------------------
     PERSON       7    SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
      WITH             3,672,800
                  -------------------------------------------------------------
                  8    SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER
                       0
- -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
   9   AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

       3,672,800
- -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  10   CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES*

- -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  11   PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9)

       7.2%
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  12   TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON*

       IA, CO
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                     *SEE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE FILLING OUT



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Item 1.

        (a)  Name of Issuer:
             DIAMONDROCK HOSPITALITY COMPANY

        (b)  Address of Issuer's Principal Executive Offices:
             6903 Rockledge Drive
             Suite 800
             Bethesda, MD 20817

Item 2.

        (a)  Name of Persons Filing:
               Cohen & Steers, Inc.
               Cohen & Steers Capital Management, Inc.
        (b)  Address of Principal Business Office:
               280 Park Avenue
               10th Floor
               New York, NY 10017
        (c)  Citizenship:
               Cohen & Steers, Inc: Delaware Corporations
               Cohen & Steers Capital Management, Inc: New York Corporation
        (d)  Title of Class Securities:
               Commmon
        (e)  CUSIP Number:
               252784301


Item 3.     If this statement is filed pursuant to Rule 13d-l(b), or
            13d-2(b), check whether the person filing is a

            (a)  [ ]  Broker or Dealer registered under Section 15 of the Act

            (b)  [ ]  Bank as defined in Section 3(a)(6) of the Act

            (c)  [ ]  Insurance Company as defined in section 3(a)(19) of
                      the Act

            (d)  [ ]  Investment Company registered under Section 8 of the
                      Investment Company Act

            (e)  [x]  An investment advisor in accordance with Section 
                      240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(E)

            (f)  [ ]  An employee benefit plan or endowment fund in accordance 
                      with 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(F)

            (g)  [x]  A parent holding company or control person in accordance 
                      with Section 240.13d-l(b)(1)(ii)(G) 

            (h)  [ ]  A savings association as defined in Section 3(b) of the 
                      Federal Deposit Insurance Act (12 U.S.C. 1813)

            (i)  [ ]  A church plan that is excluded from the definition of an 
                      investment company under section 3(c)(14) of the 
                      Investment Company Act of 1940 (15U.S.C. 80a-3)

            (j)  [ ]  Group, in accordance with Section 240.13d-1(b)(l)(ii)(J)



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Item 4.    OWNERSHIP:

         (a) Amount Beneficially Owned as of December 31, 2005:

               See row 9 on cover sheet

         (b) Percent of Class:

               See row 11 on cover sheet


          (c) Number of shares as to which such person has:
                (i)   sole power to vote or direct the vote:
                         See row 5 on cover sheet

                (ii)  shared power to vote or direct the vote:
                         See row 6 on cover sheet

                (iii) sole power to dispose or to direct
                      the disposition of:
                          See row 7 on cover sheet

                (iv)  shared power to dispose or direct
                      the disposition of:
                          See row 8 on cover sheet


Item 5.  OWNERSHIP  OF 5% OR LESS OF A CLASS  
         N/A

Item 6.  OWNERSHIP OF MORE THAN 5% ON BEHALF OF ANOTHER PERSON
         N/A

Item 7.  IDENTIFICATION AND CLASSIFICATION OF THE SUBSIDIARY WHICH
         ACQUIRED THE SECURITY BEING REPORTED ON BY THE PARENT
         HOLDING COMPANY

         Cohen & Steers, Inc holds a 100% interest in Cohen & Steers Capital
         Management, Inc., an investment advisor registerd under Section 203
         of the Investment Advisers Act. .

Item 8.  IDENTIFICATION AND CLASSIFICATION OF MEMBERS OF THE GROUP

         Cohen & Steers, Inc holds a 100% interest in Cohen & Steers Capital
         Management, Inc., an investment advisor registerd under Section 203
         of the Investment Advisers Act.

Item 9   NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION OF GROUP:
         Not Applicable



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Item 10      Certification

     By signing  below I certify  that,  to the best of my knowledge and belief,
the  securities  referred to above were  acquired  and are held in the  ordinary
course of business  and were not acquired and are not held for the purpose of or
with the effect of  changing  or  influencing  the  control of the issuer of the
securities  and were not acquired in connection  with or as a participant in any
transaction having that purpose or effect.

Signature


     After  reasonable  inquiry and to the best of my  knowledge  and belief,  I
certify that the information  set forth in this statement is true,  complete and
correct.

Date: February 10, 2006


/s/Robert Steers
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Signature


Robert H. Steers, Co-Chairman and Co Chief Executive Officer
Cohen & Steers, Inc. and Cohen & Steers Capital Management, Inc.
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Name and Title




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                             JOINT FILING AGREEMENT

In accordance with Rule 13d-1(k)  promulgated under the Securities  Exchange Act
of 1934, as amended,  the undersigned  hereby agree to the joint filing with all
other Reporting Persons (as such term is defined in the Schedule 13G referred to
below)  on behalf  of each of them of a  Statement  on  Schedule  13G  including
amendments thereto) with respect to the common shares of DIAMONDROCK HOSPITALITY
CO.,  Inc.,  and that this Agreement may be included as an Exhibit to such joint
filing.  This  Agreement may be executed in any number of  counterparts,  all of
which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned hereby execute this Agreement as of
February 10, 2006.

                              COHEN & STEERS, INC.

                                        /s/Robert Steers
                                   By:-----------------------------------------
                                            Name: Robert H. Steers
                                            Title: Co-Chariman and Co-Chief 
                                                   Executive Officer



                              COHEN & STEERS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, INC.

                                        /s/Robert Steers
                                    By:----------------------------------------
                                             Name: Robert H. Steers
                                             Title:  Co-Chairman and Co-Chief 
                                                     Executive Officer