LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) and SBE today announced the debut of the 297 room Philippe Starck-designed SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, A Luxury Collection Hotel. Introducing dynamic new concepts for dining and guest services, SLS offers a truly evolved luxury hospitality experience for today's global explorer. Created by some of the world's most talented minds, SLS features exclusive designs and custom furnishings by Philippe Starck, a culinary program crafted by Spanish Chef Jose Andres, custom-curated retail by Moss and Pascal Humbert-designed uniforms. SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills is operated under a management agreement with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., as part of The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, a glittering ensemble of more than 65 of the world's finest hotels and resorts in more than 26 countries in bustling cities and spectacular destinations around the world.
"We are proud to debut our latest global destination with the opening of SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, A Luxury Collection Hotel in the highly desirable and dynamic heart of Los Angeles," said Frits Van Paasschen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Starwood Hotels & Resorts. "The hotel's leading-edge design by Philippe Starck, unparalleled epicurean offerings by Chef Jose Andres and innovative retail concept by Moss, make it an ideal setting for our latest hotel within The Luxury Collection brand, offering global explorers a portal to one of the world's most exciting cities."
Design mastermind Philippe Starck has created the look and feel of SLS under a 15-year design exclusive with SBE for the U.S., Caribbean and Mexico. SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills is the first truly luxury hotel that Starck has designed in North America, having single-handedly redefined every aspect of the hotel experience in the 1990s and spurred the 'boutique hotel' movement. Featuring a unique dual guest lobby concept where one caters exclusively to hotel guests, while the other is a lively, multi-faceted public dining and retail environment called The Bazaar by Jose Andres, Starck's ingenious innovations for SLS promise to surprise, soothe, excite and enchant, while representing an important evolution for the celebrated designer. Exclusively for SLS, Starck has also designed a collection of high-end furniture which is being manufactured by SLS partner, Cassina Contract, and is available for sale through the hotel. Collaborating with Starck on the design and creation of SLS is SBE Chief Creative Officer Theresa Fatino, who directs all aspects of SBE's marketing, environmental, interior and graphic design, and orchestrates such vital brand touchstones as operating supplies, staff attire, ambient music, and retailing.
The SLS experience is further enhanced by SBE's exclusive collaboration with renowned culinary innovator Jose Andres, who has created all food and beverage concepts for SLS. In the gifted hands of Chef Andres, SLS guests can enjoy revolutionary culinary experiences in the hotels' restaurants, lobbies, bars, and pool deck, as well as in-room dining, banquets and meetings. Exclusively for hotel guests, Andres has reinvented the concept of hotel dining with the innovative Tres restaurant in the private guest-only lobby as well as offering lighter fare on the panoramic pool deck, Altitude. A particular signature of SLS, The Bazaar by Jose Andres is "hotel lobby reinvented as fete extraordinaire" with a heady array of pioneering culinary and lounge concepts created by Andres - everything from traditional tapas to vegetable-focused small plates to a Patisserie to cutting-edge cocktails to roving carts of edible delights.
The Bazaar also features a revolutionary and innovative "shop without walls" retail concept curated by Moss, a renowned New York City-based design purveyor and trailblazer. SLS guests will be immediately engaged in the "windowless" shopping experience in The Bazaar, where objets d'art reminiscent of items found in the grand hotels of Europe from the 18th and 19th century are displayed in a series of free-standing glass vitrines. Additionally, SBE partnered with French fashion designer Pascal Humbert to create a distinctive uniform collection for SLS hotel ambassadors. The SLS uniforms consist of 80 separate styles in neutral tones, with modernistic details and characteristics that establish and define each position within the hotel.
The property includes seven "Lifestyle Suites" which offer built-in Kinesis Personal fitness equipment by leading Italian manufacturer, Technogym -- the first time ever this cutting-edge system has been available in a hotel. Specialized trainers provided by celebrated fitness guru Harley Pasternak are available on call to hotel guests looking to enhance their travel fitness regime. Technogym's innovative high-end design, and Pasternak's dedicated focus on human well-being create an ideal pairing with SLS' commitment to guest wellness and innovation.
"The opening of SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills is incredibly exciting for me and all of us at SBE, for it represents the culmination of over four years of creation and planning, but is really only the first step in our expansion plans for the SLS brand," said Sam Nazarian, CEO and Founder, SBE. Combined with SBE's already successful development and operation of some of the country's hottest restaurants and nightclubs, the addition of SLS represents an incredible and matchless synergy. SBE's Katsuya, XIV, Foxtail, Hyde Lounge, S Bar, Area, and The Abbey have all become wildly popular destinations for Los Angeles' A+ list, and additional U.S. locations for these brands are already in the works, including possible outposts at future SLS properties. SLS guests will thus be able to enjoy not only incredible hotels but also fantastic restaurants and nightclubs, and receive preferential access at each establishment.
For more information on SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, a Luxury Collection Hotel, visit www.luxurycollection.com/sls.
The Luxury Collection(R) is a selection 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 decor, spectacular settings, impeccable service and the latest modern conveniences combine to provide a uniquely enriching experience. Today, The Luxury Collection is a glittering ensemble of more than 65 of the world's finest hotels and resorts in more than 26 countries in bustling cities and spectacular destinations around the world. The Luxury Collection includes award-winning hotels that continuously exceed guest expectations by offering unparalleled service, style and class in some of the most desired destinations in the world. Most recently, Mystique, a Luxury Collection Resort, was honored with the 2008 Travel + Leisure Design Award for Best Small Resort in the world. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world's finest. For more information, please visit www.luxurycollection.com.
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 www.starwoodhotels.com.
Founded in 2002, the Los Angeles-based SBE brings exquisite balance to the worlds of hospitality, real estate development and independent film production. As a privately held company founded and helmed by CEO Sam Nazarian, SBE acquires, develops and manages exceptional projects through its divisions - Hotels, Restaurant and Nightlife, Real Estate, Bolthouse Productions and Element Films. With a mission to redefine standards of excellence and innovation, SBE has harnessed the creativity and innovation of the best minds in the business, including design visionary Philippe Starck, with whom the company has an exclusive agreement for the creation of hotels, restaurants and lounges in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean and Mexico. SBE's Restaurant and Nightlife division constantly stays ahead of the curve, creating and expanding trend-setting restaurant and nightlife concepts, which currently include Katsuya, Foxtail, The Abbey, Hyde Lounge, S Bar and Area. As the cornerstone of its synergistic approach, SBE has also completely rethought and re-imagined the luxury hotel experience. SBE will debut its first luxury hotel brand, SLS Hotels, with the Fall 2008 opening of SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills featuring a Starck design and an innovative culinary program by chef Jose Andres. Also in the SBE Hotel collection are Miami's Ritz Plaza hotel, to debut in late 2009, and Las Vegas' Sahara Hotel & Casino, which will undergo a complete redevelopment for completion in early 2011.
Philippe Starck is widely recognized as the world's leading designer of luxury restaurant, hotel and real estate properties and has established a global "cultural tribe" of devotees. Born in Paris, M. Starck has always sought to introduce love and happiness into our lives by designing objects and settings which illuminate one's passage throughout the day. M. Starck developed his eclectic style at a young age and since as early as 1979, he has introduced fun and stylish designs into everyday products. While many of Starck's masterful creations are exhibited at the world's most prestigious museums, his primary goal has invariably been democratic design - to create smart and useful products that are also beautiful and cutting-edge. M. Starck's hotels and restaurants punctuate a new imagery of the world: the Delano in Miami, Felix restaurant at The Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong, the Hudson in New York -- and more recently the Faena hotel in Buenos Aires, Bon restaurant in Moscow, and Volar nightclub in Shanghai -- have changed the hospitality experience forever. In 2005, he signed an exclusive agreement for North America with SBE Entertainment Group for the design of its restaurants and lounges, which expanded to SBE's hotels in 2006. His first SBE projects, Katsuya restaurants in Brentwood and Hollywood, opened in 2006 and 2007, and in summer 2008, his designs will shape an entirely new paradigm of luxury hotels with SLS at Beverly Hills, the first in the new SLS Hotels brand created by SBE. M. Starck has received numerous accolades throughout his career such as Grand Prix for Design, the Oscar of the design world; Chevalier de l'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur; Compasso d' Oro and many others. Additional information on Philippe Starck can be found at www.philippe-starck.com.
Widely credited with bringing the small plates (tapas) concept to the United States, Jose Andres is a native of Spain who descended upon the Washington, D.C. culinary landscape in 1993 at Jaleo. Andres went on to neighboring Cafe Atlantico and Zaytinya before launching his namesake six-seat "restaurant within a restaurant," minibar by jose andres, at Cafe Atlantico in 2003. Since then, he has opened a third Jaleo and Oyamel, and launched THINKfoodTANK, an institution devoted to the research and development of ideas about food. Andres has received numerous accolades for his work, including Bon Appetit's Chef of the Year award in 2004, Food & Wine's "35 Under 35" tastemakers list and Saveur's 2004 "Saveur 100" list. In 2003, Andres won the James Beard Foundation's "Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic Region" award and in 2005, released his first cookbook, Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America, as well as his popular international cooking show "Vamos a Cocinar," on Television Espanola. Andres will bring Spain to the American public television audience in early 2008 with Made in Spain, a 26-episode cooking series showcasing the best of Spanish food, wine, culture and travel. In 2007, he was inducted into "Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America," by the James Beard Foundation.
SOURCE: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.