The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts Debuts Twelve at Hengshan in Shanghai

  The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts Debuts Twelve at Hengshan in Shanghai

Business Wire

SHANGHAI -- December 06, 2012

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), announced today the opening of Twelve at
Hengshan, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Shanghai. This newly built hotel joins
the legendary Astor Hotel in Tianjin, The Royal Begonia in Sanya and The
Hongta Hotel in Shanghai as The Luxury Collection brand continues to grow its
footprint in China. In the last year alone, the brand made its debut in key
destinations throughout Asia Pacific with hotel openings in Chennai, India;
the Blue Mountains, Australia; and Jakarta, Indonesia.

“The opening of Twelve at Hengshan marks the latest milestone for The Luxury
Collection as we continue our journey to open a record number of hotels and
resorts in Asia Pacific in 2012,” said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, The
Luxury Collection, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts and W Worldwide. “We are
thrilled to debut this chic urban oasis in the heart of China’s most
cosmopolitan city,” continued Qian Jin, President for Starwood Hotels &
Resorts Greater China. “As the newest member of The Luxury Collection brand,
residential-style Twelve at Hengshan is an inspiring addition for
well-travelled global explorers seeking unique and enriching experiences.”

Situated in one of the most historic and fashionableareas of Shanghai on the
renowned tree-lined Hengshan Road, Twelve at Hengshan is a residential-style
urban retreat poised to become an iconic building within the city, with its
striking contemporary architecture contrasting the neighborhood’s traditional
charms.The 171-room hotel reflects the creative collaboration among some of
the world’s leading architects and designers. Distinctive interiors by New
York-based famed hospitality design duo Yabu Pushelberg perfect an “East meets
West, Past meets Present” concept of bespoke Chinese and contemporary
furnishings, hand-painted Oriental screens, silk lanterns and Oriental
latticework. Italian architect Mario Botta, whose celebrated structures
include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, created the contemporary
courtyard as well as hotel’s façade, which is dressed in more than 20,000
natural terracotta tiles.

With its stylish design and unparalleled service, Twelve at Hengshan creates
an atmosphere of distinguished opulence in each of its guestrooms and suites;
including the 1108 square foot Presidential Suite with large marble bathrooms,
deep-soaking tubs and high-tech amenities. Additionally, Twelve at Hengshan
offers a spa unmatched in Shanghai featuring 13 double treatment rooms and an
exquisite VIP suite, giving guests access to a luxuriously indulgent mud bath
room, scrub table and an ice fountain. The 2336 square foot spa is an oasis of
refinement and relaxation while a 24-hour fitness center provides
state-of-the-art equipment overlooking a large indoor swimming pool and three
Jacuzzis with prominent floor to ceiling windows.

Two signature restaurants and a lobby lounge offer authentic dining
experiences coupled with unrivalled service. 12 Hengshan features the finest
Cantonese and Shanghainese cuisine in an elegant dining room overlooking a
Suzhou-styled garden, with eight private dining suites, while Tops & Terrace
serves international cuisine in a French boulangerie setting with an open
kitchen and extensive wine cellar.

Twelve at Hengshan joins The Luxury Collection brand’s distinguished portfolio
of more than 80 of the world’s finest hotels around the world, spanning 30
countries. In Asia Pacific, with 17 hotels in operation and 11 hotels in the
pipeline, The Luxury Collection continues to offer the brand’s signature
concierge service, luxury amenities and indigenous cultural experiences.

For more information about Twelve at Hengshan, a Luxury Collection Hotel,
please visit

About The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts

The Luxury Collection® is an ensemble of hotels and resorts offering unique,
authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global
explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world’s most exciting
and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished
expression of its location; a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms
and treasures. Magnificent décor, spectacular settings, impeccable service and
the latest modern conveniences combine to provide a uniquely enriching
experience. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA brand as a collection of
Europe’s most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection
brand is a glittering ensemble of more than 75 of the world’s finest hotels
and resorts in more than 30 countries in bustling cities and spectacular
destinations around the world. The Luxury Collection includes award-winning
properties that continuously exceed guest expectations by offering
unparalleled service, style and class while celebrating each hotel’s
distinctive heritage and unique character. All of these hotels, many of them
centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world’s
finest. For more information, please visit

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and
leisure companies in the world with 1,128 properties in nearly 100 countries
and 154,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully
integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences
with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury
Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton,
Aloft®, and Element^SM. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading
loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and
redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout
dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier
provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and
privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Katie Roberts, +1 212-380-4049
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