Starwood Hotels Debuts Westin Brand in Southwest Florida

  Starwood Hotels Debuts Westin Brand in Southwest Florida

   The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village Inspires Well-Being in a
                          Scenic, Waterfront Setting

Business Wire

STAMFORD, Conn. STAMFORD, Conn. -- December 13, 2012

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced the
opening of The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village. Boasting a prime
location within the prestigious waterfront community of Tarpon Point, The
Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village is Starwood’s first full-service
property in southwest Florida. The resort, which was previously known as The
Resort at MarinaVillage, features all the Westin brand’s signature guest
offerings and programs.

Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the Caloosahatchee River and San Carlos Bay,
The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village features 263 oversized rooms
and suites, world-class dining and 25,000 square feet of meeting and function
space. Premium resort amenities include a lagoon-style outdoor pool, and
access to clay tennis courts, amphitheater, and marina with water sports,
cruises and fishing. The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village features a
newly renovated WestinWORKOUT^® fitness studio, where guests will have plenty
of choices for cardio, strength and stretching. Following further renovations,
the hotel will also offer a brand-new Westin Kids Club and convert its
4,000-foot spa to a Heavenly Spa by Westin.

“We are delighted to open this extraordinary Westin resort in Cape Coral, a
sublime, waterfront community and a popular boating destination,” said Brian
Povinelli, Global Brand Leader for Westin Hotels & Resorts. “The Westin Cape
Coral Resort at Marina Village is a highly-anticipated addition to our
flourishing resorts portfolio, and we expect it will emerge as a leading
choice among business and leisure travelers in an area that was previously
underserved by high-caliber global hotel brands.”

The sensory-rich environment at Westin offers a respite from the rigors of
travel and sets a welcoming tone. The Westin brand’s innovative programs and
instinctive service transform every aspect of a guest’s stay into a
revitalizing experience. All guestrooms and suites at The Westin Cape Coral
Resort at Marina Village are equipped with the world-renowned Westin
Heavenly^® Bed – an oasis of lush sheets, down and a patented pillow-top
mattress, which cradles and contours to the body for truly restorative sleep.
Guests will revive in the Heavenly^® Bath enhanced with the brand’s Heavenly^®
Shower, Heavenly^® Robe and White Tea Aloe bath amenities, in-room and
high-speed Internet access. The resort also offers the Westin brand’s
signature SuperFoodsRX^® menu, which includes nutrient-rich and delicious
options to tempt every palate.

Both indoor dining and patio seating are available at Marker92 Waterfront Bar
& Bistro, along with an enticing menu of fresh seafood, steaks, sushi and a
large wine selection. The Nauti Mermaid Dockside Bar & Grill provides a more
casual atmosphere for al fresco dining, as well as live music.

“We are proud to partner with Starwood Hotels & Resorts to open The Westin
Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village, where we will offer travelers
breathtaking water views and all the Westin brand signature services and
amenities designed to inspire well-being,” said resort owners Chris Freeman
and Brad Hasselwander of Freeman & Hasselwander Resort Properties, L.L.C.

Conveniently located between Tampa and Naples, The Westin Cape Coral Resort at
Marina Village is just 18 miles from Southwest Florida International Airport
and within close proximity of Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Fort Myers
Beach, the Ding Darling Nature Preserve, and multiple nearby golf courses.

Westin Hotels & Resorts, like all brands within Starwood’s robust portfolio,
is proud to offer the Starwood Preferred Guest^® program, which made headlines
when it launched in 1999 with a breakthrough policy of no blackout dates on
Free Night Awards. SPG^® offers members the ability to redeem awards at more
resorts, more luxury properties, more European hotels and more golf properties
than any other hotel program.

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About Westin Hotels & Resorts

Westin Hotels & Resorts offers innovative programs that transform every aspect
of a stay into a revitalizing experience. All Westin signature services – like
the Heavenly Bed, delicious SuperFoodsRX® and WestinWorkout® studio – have
been designed with the guests’ well-being in mind. Westin hotels,  with more
than 186 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, is owned
by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT). 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
Nadeen Ayala, 203-351-2542
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