Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. Opens New Hotel
Apr 22 15
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. announced the opening of The Westin Jekyll Island, a 200-room, convention-class, beachfront hotel on Georgia's acclaimed barrier island. It is one of six new Westin hotels opening in North America this year and follows the brand's 200th opening worldwide in 2014. The Westin Jekyll Island is a terrific new addition to the Westin brand's growing portfolio and provides a restful retreat for travelers on one of the most beautiful barrier islands in the United States. This spectacular new Westin hotel
showcases all of the brand's services and amenities designed to inspire wellbeing within close proximity of
the area's premier convention facility, as well as a variety of attractions.
Starwood Hotels Introduces Tribute Portfolio(TM)
Apr 16 15
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. introduced Tribute Portfolio™, the company's 10th brand and second collection of independent hotels. Promising owners, Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) members and guests the ability to "Stay Independent," the Tribute Portfolio brand will be comprised of outstanding independent hotels and resorts. With a firm focus on upper upscale hotels, Tribute Portfolio will complement Starwood's The Luxury Collection brand and further solidify Starwood as the world's global high-end hotel company. The brand will make its debut with its first featured hotel, the iconic Royal Palm South Beach Miami and will soon open new hotels in Asheville, North Carolina, Nashville, Tennessee, Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina. Starwood's goal is to have 100 Tribute Portfolio hotels and resorts over the next five years, and travelers can expect to see Tribute Portfolio properties in global markets within the first year. Tribute Portfolio properties will be located in high-demand destinations and markets where SPG members travel but Starwood has little or no footprint. The Tribute Portfolio brand's debut property, the iconic Royal Palm South Beach Miami, boasts direct beach access to world famous South Beach and is ideally located on Collins Avenue, steps from Ocean Drive and the area's luxury retail shopping and entertainment district. Owned by Chesapeake Lodging Trust and managed by HEI Hotels & Resorts, the Royal Palm South Beach, a Tribute Portfolio Resort, has been recently restored by Lauren Rottet of Rottet Studio as a modern homage to the hotel's rich history. Dating back to 1939, the Royal Palm features 393 guestrooms, including more than 100 suites, two swimming pools surrounded by contemporary cabanas, a fully equipped gym, and more than 10,000 square feet of modern meeting and event space. Signature dining options include Florida Cookery Patio, an outdoor dining experience with approachable, local fare; South Shore bar and lounge, featuring a small plates menu and extensive cocktail list; and The Coffee Bar, providing all day coffee, juices, teas and pastries set in the hotel's original green glass reception desk. A new destination restaurant, Byblos, will open this summer and feature Eastern Mediterranean fare by Executive Chef Stuart Cameron. Designed by Canadian design firm Munge Leung, this will be the first US outpost of the Toronto favorite. Tribute Portfolio also launches with four soon-to-open hotel properties. In Asheville, North Carolina, the well-known BB&T Bank building, which draws inspiration from renowned modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, will open in 2017 as the Vandre Nouveau Hotel, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel. The property is a partnership between McKibbon Hotel Group and Tower Associates and will include 150 guest rooms and suites, a destination restaurant and lobby bar, and more than 4,000 square feet of modern meeting and event space.
Starwood Debuts its First Luxury Collection Hotel in Japan
Apr 16 15
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. announced the opening of Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto. Owned by Mori Trust Co. Ltd., Suiran marks the first Luxury Collection hotel in Japan, offering the brand's signature Luxury Collection Concierge service and indigenous experiences in Kyoto - a cultural and spiritual nexus for countless Japanese traditions. Located in the Arashiyama district in the western part of Kyoto, Suiran is idyllically situated on the riverside with sweeping views of the Arashiyama hills, a National Historic Site, and Place of Scenic Beauty, which is home to the famed Bamboo Grove. The residential hotel occupies part of the grounds of Tenryuji Temple, a World Heritage site that formerly housed "Rantei," a well-known traditional Japanese ryokan from the 1960s long used by the Japanese government to entertain honorable guests. Suiran features 39 luxuriously-appointed guestrooms, inspired by traditional ryokan-style accommodations, ranging from 500 to 1,000 square feet. Each room is designed to feature traditional motifs and culturally significant hues, while offering unparalleled natural vistas each season: from the dramatic cherry blossoms in Spring and the lush verdure in Summer, to Autumn's bright tapestry of leaves and silvery blankets of snow in Winter.