The Westin Mount Laurel Inspires Personal Renewal in Southern New Jersey
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The Westin Mount Laurel Inspires Personal Renewal in Southern New Jersey

Sophisticated New Hotel Features Award-Winning Cuisine, Ample Meeting Facilities and Refreshing Signature Amenities in an Ideal Location Just Outside Philadelphia

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jun 10, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) announces the opening of The Westin Mount Laurel, a sophisticated, new-build hotel in southern New Jersey, just outside downtown Philadelphia. Owned by Fellowship Hotel Associates and managed by Wurzak Hotel Group, The Westin Mount Laurel inspires personal renewal with the help of the Westin brand's signature amenities, upscale dining and instinctive service.

The Westin Mount Laurel is ideally situated just six miles from Center City Philadelphia and 20 minutes from the Philadelphia International Airport. Close to Philadelphia's historic district and business community, the new hotel also offers easy access to the Philadelphia Sports Complex, Susquehana Bank Center, Sesame Place and The University of Pennsylvania. Also nearby are several premium golf courses, Atlantic City and some of New Jersey's finest beaches. The offices of Mobil Oil, IBM and Eli Lilly are all within one mile.

"The Westin Mount Laurel promises to invigorate Southern New Jersey's hotel market with its signature blend of sophistication and rejuvenation," said Sue Brush, Senior Vice President, Westin Hotels & Resorts. "We invite visitors to indulge in the sensory-rich Westin experience, designed to send guests home feeling even better than when they arrived."

The hotel's 180 guest rooms, including 10 junior suites all feature the iconic Westin Heavenly Bed(R), a luxurious ensemble including a cozy down blanket and five sumptuous pillows. In-room, high-speed Internet access, dual line cordless telephones and an ergonomic work space will offer business travelers convenience and productivity in an ultra-comfortable setting.

"We are delighted to work with Starwood Hotels & Resorts to introduce the highly regarded Westin brand to this dynamic community in Southern New Jersey," said Howard Wurzak, President of Wurzak Hotel Group. "The Westin brand's emphasis on renewal and relaxation combined with the hotel's sophisticated decor and refreshing amenities will appeal to both business travelers and vacationers to the area."

Perfect for hosting a meeting, wedding or social event of the season, The Westin Mount Laurel offers more than 20,000 square feet of meeting space to accommodate any event from intimate gatherings of 10 people to large-scale functions for up to 1,000 participants.

The Westin Mount Laurel offers a unique dining experience in its full service restaurant, Bellagio Ristorante with a sophisticated, contemporary setting. This Tuscan Steakhouse also offers a private dining room with seating up to 20 people.

In the evening, the hotel lobby transforms into a gathering spot, complete with local delicacies and activities ranging from wine tastings to massage clinics as part of Unwind(R) - a Westin Evening Ritual. Additional amenities include an indoor heated pool, 24-hour business center, Starbucks Coffee outlet in the lobby, the Westin WORKOUT(R) gym, valet parking and Bar 555, the contemporary bar and lounge, located just off the lobby.

About Wurzak Hotel Group

Wurzak Hotel Group was founded and is managed by Howard J. Wurzak, whose properties include the Hilton City Philadelphia, Homewood Suites Philadelphia, The Westin Mt. Laurel, and several other properties that are currently in development.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts

Westin Hotels & Resorts, with more than 160 hotels and resorts in more than 31 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 approximately 900 properties in more than 100 countries and 155,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis(R), The Luxury Collection(R), W(R), Westin(R), Le Meridien(R), Sheraton(R), Four Points(R) by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft(SM), and Element(SM). Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit

(Note: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities regulations. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and involve risks and uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated at the time the forward-looking statements are made. These risks and uncertainties are presented in detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although we believe the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance that our expectations will be attained or that results and events will not materially differ. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.)

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SOURCE: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.



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