Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers Announces $150 Million Renovation

Iconic New York City Landmark Will Offer Larger Guest Rooms, New Club Lounge with Amazing Manhattan Views and a Modern, Sophisticated Design

NEW YORK, Mar 16, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, one of New York City's largest and most iconic hotels, is proud to announce a $150 million renovation project. Over the next few months, the prominent landmark will receive a floor-to-ceiling transformation, expanding the size of all 1,780 guest rooms, grand suites and the Sheraton Club Lounge, to provide travelers a relaxing oasis in the heart of New York's mid-town Manhattan.

The hotel's multi-million dollar renovation project is part of Sheraton Hotels & Resorts ongoing commitment to enhance its global portfolio and is one of several landmark Sheraton hotels that will launch a large-scale renovation project this year. At the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers 1080 guest rooms, including 32 grand suites and the Club Lounge will be completely redesigned throughout the first stage of the renovation, scheduled to be completed May 2011. The remaining guest rooms will begin renovation December 2011 and be completed in April 2012.

"On the heels of our successful $6 billion revitalization effort we continue to improve the quality and consistency of the brand portfolio by renovating iconic landmark properties in key destinations around the world," said Hoyt Harper, Global Brand Leader for Sheraton Hotels. "As the economy continues to rebound and travelers return to the road en masse, Sheraton will be ready with newly renovated flagship hotels and brand offerings."

"New York City continues to maintain its position as the world's most popular tourist destination for international visitors and recently emerged as the top choice for domestic travelers for the first time in nearly 30 years," said Kai Fischer, Director of Sales and Marketing, Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers. "We are thrilled Sheraton's flagship hotel will be completely renovated to welcome visitors and provide them the best accommodations in the heart of Manhattan."

Bigger is Better - Larger Guestrooms to Feature New Modern Design

As a result of the multi-million make-over all rooms will be larger in size and every aspect of the guestroom experience will be new and feature rich color palates, graphic patterns and clean lines inspired by the Sheraton brand's new design scheme. The result is a sophisticated, classic look with a modern touch and elegant feel. To maximize space, without eliminating comfort each room will feature:

  • Sleek, low credenzas and wall-mounted flat panel televisions, allowing guests to easily store luggage on top of, and below the furniture
  • All-white Sheraton Sweet Sleeper(R) bed, designed to meet AAA's Five Diamond Award(R) criteria
  • New convenience power outlets at the base of all decorative lighting
  • Mini-bar units built into the wall offering coffee service
  • Completely renovated bathrooms, some with walk-in showers
  • Chaise lounge chairs, which convert into a bed
  • Energy efficient, state of the art four-pipe HVAC system which allows guests to control the thermostat their room, providing personalized comfort regardless of the season
  • Technologically-enabled guestrooms featuring a wired and wireless internet platform and radio frequency identification locks

A Lounge with Amazing Views for Work and Play

The hotel's renowned 45th floor Sheraton Club Lounge will be completely transformed, offering amazing New York City views and a comfortable work space for the "plugged-in" traveler. Embracing the modern design of the new guestrooms, the lounge will become a sophisticated, inviting and warm space for families and business travelers alike. The renovated lounge will include:

  • Expanded seating capacity, including counter height seating
  • 24 hour guest access, with coffee and Espresso station
  • Complimentary breakfast and evening hors d'oeuvres
  • 5 televisions, including 2 personal TV's at bar tables adjacent to the bar
  • Integrated business center with 3 computers and a printer

Top Design Team Renovates New York City Landmark

Specializing in interior architectural design, with 30 properties featured in Conde Nast Travelers' 2011 Gold List, Wilson Associates is the internationally renowned firm behind the renovation. Under the guidance of Managing Director, Margaret McMahon, the Sheraton New York design team reinforced the firm's simple design philosophy: design for the client and for the market. Designers John Paul Pederson and Margarita Velez-Mantovani took the design one step further with the custom design of architectural details, lighting, carpeting and fabrics throughout the space. The end result is a chic, timeless design positioned to meet the expectation of the Sheraton's sophisticated clientele.

The 50-story, full service hotel is owned by Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. and currently offers 1,781 guest rooms including: Traditional Guest Rooms, Superior Rooms, Executive Suites, Sheraton Club Suites, Penthouse Suite and Presidential Suite. The Sheraton New York also features the signature offerings of the brand's recent $6 billion revitalization effort including the Link@SheratonSM experienced with Microsoft(R)", Link Cafe and Club Lounge with dramatic views of midtown Manhattan. Conveniently located in mid-town Manhattan the hotel is steps away from Broadway theatres, Carnegie Hall, world-class shopping on Fifth Avenue and a collection of top-notch restaurants. Easily accessible by all NYC airports, Penn Station and Grand Central Station, the hotel is the perfect choice for business and leisure travelers.

About Sheraton Hotels & Resorts

Sheraton helps guests make connections at more than 400 hotels in 70 countries around the world and recently completed a $6 billion global revitalization and is now in the midst of a $5 billion global expansion over the next three years. Sheraton is owned by and is the largest and most global brand of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1025 properties in 100 countries and territories with 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(R), The Luxury Collection(R), W(R), Westin(R), Le Méridien(R), Sheraton(R), Four Points(R) by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft(R), 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.

SOURCE: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

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