Westin Hotels Expands Portfolio in Arlington, Virginia with the Opening of the Westin Crystal City

Located just one mile from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, The Westin Crystal City Opens as an Oasis of Well-being Following a $20 million Renovation

STAMFORD, Conn. - September 11, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that its world-renowned Westin brand has opened its third hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The Westin Crystal City offers 220 luxurious guest rooms and extensive meeting facilities in a convenient location, just one mile from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Owned and managed by HEI Hotels & Resorts, the former Sheraton hotel underwent a $20 million renovation to reposition it as a Westin and implement the brand’s signature services and amenities designed to inspire wellbeing.

"We are thrilled to reposition this ideally located hotel as a Westin and expect to attract both business and leisure travelers with the brand’s distinctive wellness positioning and innovative brand-led programming"

"The strategic conversion of The Westin Crystal City resulted in another great addition to the growing Westin portfolio, within close proximity of both the airport and leading area attractions," said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader for Westin Hotels & Resorts and Le Méridien Hotels. "At this freshly renovated hotel, guests can revitalize and recharge with the help of all the Westin brand’s signature programs and amenities, designed to send them home feeling better than when they arrived."

Located at the heart of Crystal City, Arlington’s largest downtown neighborhood and a vibrant business and retail center, the hotel is just steps from the Crystal City Metro station and the Crystal City Shops. The Westin Crystal City is just minutes from leading Washington, D.C. attractions such as the National Mall monuments, The White House, the Smithsonian Museums, and historic Georgetown. Guests will also enjoy easy access to Old Town Alexandria, Verizon Center, Nationals Park, FedEx Field and numerous businesses including IBM, Northrup Grumman and Boeing.

An ideal choice for business meetings and social functions of all sizes, The Westin Crystal City boasts 16,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting facilities, including 11 meeting rooms. Guests will enjoy Mediterranean cuisine and cocktails at the hotel’s newly refurbished Nutrio Restaurant and Bar, located adjacent to the redesigned lobby. The hotel also offers the Westin brand’s signature SuperFoodsRX® menu, which includes nutrient-rich and delicious options to tempt every palate. Additional facilities include a WestinWORKOUT® studio and a 24-hour business center.

"We are thrilled to reposition this ideally located hotel as a Westin and expect to attract both business and leisure travelers with the brand’s distinctive wellness positioning and innovative brand-led programming," said Anthony Rutledge, Chief Executive Officer, HEI Hotels & Resorts. "The Westin brand is a great fit for Crystal City and will help meet the demand for high-caliber lodging in this thriving business and retail center, just minutes from the nation’s capital."

The sensory-rich environment at Westin offers a respite from the rigors of travel and sets a welcoming tone. All guestrooms and suites at The Westin Crystal City were fully renovated and outfitted with the world-renowned Westin Heavenly® Bed – featuring lush sheets, down cushioning and a patented pillow-top mattress. Guests will revive in the Heavenly Bath enhanced with the Heavenly Shower, Heavenly Robe and White Tea Aloe bath amenities

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.

For more information on Westin Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.westin.com, Facebook or follow Westin on Twitter and Instagram.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts

Westin Hotels & Resorts has been a leader in wellness and hospitality for more than a decade. Today, Westin has 200 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, and is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with nearly 1,200 properties in 100 countries and 181,400 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®. 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 www.starwoodhotels.com.

About HEI Hotels & Resorts

HEI Hotels & Resorts, headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut with 36 properties in 15 states, creates socially responsible investment and employment opportunities through real estate portfolios of hotels and resorts throughout the United States under such well-known brand names as Marriott, Sheraton, Westin, Le Méridien, Hyatt, Crowne Plaza, Embassy Suites, and Hilton. HEI takes a holistic approach to creating value for its investors and employees by setting the highest standards across all aspects of hotel management and operation and focusing on the central principles of excellence and continuous improvement. HEI prides itself on some of the highest employee satisfaction scores in the hospitality industry, fuels local economic prosperity by investing in communities and is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability. For more information about HEI, visit the company's website http://www.heihotels.com.

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts


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