Starwood Opens Its 150th Hotel in Asia Pacific with the Debut of ITC Royal Gardenia, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Bengaluru, India

The Luxury Collection Opens 8th Hotel in India as Part of Starwood's Long Term Strategic Growth Plans in Asia

October 21, 2009 // Franchising.com // Singapore – Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announces the opening of its 150th hotel in Asia Pacific with the debut of ITC Royal Gardenia, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Bengaluru, India's third largest metropolis. Owned by ITC Limited, the hotel features 292 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites, an outdoor pool, tropical gardens, five world class restaurants and lounges, a state-of-the-art business center and a signature spa. Committed to sustainable luxury, ITC Royal Gardenia implements research and practices used at the platinum rated ITC Green Centre in Gurgaon, including energy and water efficient plumbing, solar energy, a rainwater harvesting system and zero solid waste, ensuring the hotel remains carbon positive and energy neutral. The opening of ITC Royal Gardenia marks The Luxury Collection's 8th hotel in India, underscoring the brand's continued expansion in the region as part of Starwood's long term strategic growth plans in Asia.

"We are excited to open our 150th Starwood hotel in Asia Pacific with the debut of ITC Royal Gardenia, underscoring Starwood's long-term strategic growth plans in Asia Pacific." Said Miguel Ko, Chairman and President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Asia Pacific. "We are also honored to continue our partnership with ITC, opening our eighth Luxury Collection hotel in India. India has our largest footprint of Luxury Collection hotels and resorts in Asia Pacific and this new addition is a demonstration of our commitment to continue to grow the brand in a destination that is so rich in history, culture, colors and flavors." Added Ko.

"The Luxury Collection is a portal to the world's most enriching and desirable destinations, where nothing less than an exceptional level of service, perfect location and indigenous personal offerings will do," said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection and St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. "Offering guests a mix of sophisticated elegance, eco-luxury, stunning design and spectacular location, ITC Royal Gardenia adds another jewel to The Luxury Collection brand's glittering portfolio."

"An 'eco responsible' ethos is an inherent part of ITC system and in creating ITC Royal Gardenia, the challenge was to see how luxury and responsibility could be in harmony together. True luxury cannot stand alone, it needs to embrace and harness the elements and at the same time give back to nature. We call this responsible luxury. Bengaluru has always been India's ultimate garden city and in our own small way, we hope to be able to give back to the city what time took away," said Nakul Anand, Divisional Chief Executive of ITC Hotels Division.

Taking inspiration from Bengaluru's numerous gardens and public parks, each of ITC Royal Gardenia's 11 floors follows a design theme based on various elements of nature including earth, water, fire, stone, foliage and more. Upon entering ITC Royal Gardenia's wind-cooled atrium lobby, guests are enveloped in a stream of natural sunlight and tropical gardens created by the hotel's vast windows, high ceiling and over 175,000 plants. Designed to grow vertically, the indoor gardens are soil free and use a state-of-the-art drip irrigation system to preserve water and energy. All of ITC Royal Gardenia's plants have been grown locally, helping to sustain local communities. Envisaged to exemplify the mood of an unhurried past, a dynamic present and an exciting future, ITC Royal Gardenia offers a lush oasis in the midst of Bengaluru's bustling business district.

Dining at ITC Royal Gardenia indulges the senses offering a mix of authentic Indian and international fare. Guests are invited to enjoy dinner at ITC Royal Gardenia's signature Indian restaurant Kebabs & Kurries, featuring a variety of north Indian recipes, including signature dishes from the internationally acclaimed Bukhara, Dum Pukht and Peshawri restaurants. The hotel's 24-hour dining restaurant, The Cubbon Pavilion, offers international cuisine, indigenous Bengaluru flavors and innovative cuisine through its buffets and a la carte menu. The décor and architecture of The Lotus Pavilion echoes the spirit of Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace and is the perfect setting to experience Bangalore's great weather, while sipping on a hand- crafted beer with a selection of tapas or hors d'oeuvres. Guests can also enjoy fine single malts, wines and cocktails at the hotel's Highland Nectar bar, Mediterranean-style cuisine at West View restaurant and an innovative take on traditional Japanese fare at Edo.

An exceptional destination for business travelers, ITC Royal Gardenia features more than 1756 square meters of meeting and event space all equipped with the latest state of the art technology. Located at 1 Residency Road in Bengaluru's upscale central business district, the hotel overlooks the century-old Bangalore Club in the very heart of the Garden City. The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble of more than 70 of the world's finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries including the Gritti Palace, Venice; Hotel Imperial, Vienna; Grand Bretagne, Athens; Marques de Riscal, Elciego, Spain; The Laguna Resort, Nusa Dua, Bali; Patios de Cafayate, Argentina; SLS at Beverly Hills; and the Royal Hawaiian, Waikiki.

About The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts

The Luxury Collection® 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 décor, 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 70 of the world's finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 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.

About Starwood Hotels & Worldwide, Inc.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 966 properties in more than 100 countries and 145,000 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®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft®, 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.

(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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