WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 17, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Accelerating its global portfolio growth, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced the opening of its first Westin hotel in South America - The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center in Peru. Ideally located in the heart of San Isidro, the financial and shopping hub of Lima, Peru, The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center features 301 rooms and the largest meeting and convention facilities in Peru.
"We are delighted to make our landmark entry in South America, where we expect to aggressively grow the Westin brand over the next decade," said Brian Povinelli, global brand leader for Westin Hotels & Resorts. "The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center is a superb representation of the Westin brand. Our distinctive positioning resonates well with international travelers and we are excited to bring the Westin experience to another new market."
The debut of Westin in Peru comes on the heels of the brand's recent entry in Costa Rica, with the opening of its first all-inclusive resort - The Westin Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal. Westin is also poised to make its debut in Panama with the upcoming openings of The Playa Bonita followed by The Westin Panama, and increase its presence in Mexico with the upcoming opening of The Westin Guadalajara this September.
"Starwood's growth leader in Latin America is Westin Hotels, which is set to double its portfolio in the region by 2012," said Osvaldo Librizzi, President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Latin America. "Fueled by the success of Westin, we are experiencing strong demand from owners and developers for all of our world-class brands across Latin America, strengthening Starwood's position as the largest four and five star hotel operator in the region."
The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center is opening under a franchise agreement between Grupo Libertador and Starwood. The two companies previously partnered to open two Luxury Collection properties: Hotel Paracas Resort in 2009 and Tambo del Inka Resort & Spa in 2010, located in Valle Sagrado, near Machu Picchu.
An ideal venue for weddings, social galas and business functions, The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center boasts more than 28,000 square feet of space, including 10 meeting rooms and a grand ballroom. Additional facilities include a three meal restaurant and a fine dining restaurant headed by chef Rafael Piqueras. The hotel also features an In Site Bar to enjoy international cocktails, lobby lounge, and an additional lounge on the 29th floor. Designed by Miami-based Arquitectonica and renowned New York designer Tony Chi, The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention is a notable addition to the Lima skyline.
"We're delighted to celebrate the grand opening of this world-class hotel which now stands as an iconic landmark in this city," said Jorge Melero CEO of Grupo Libertador.
In their rooms, hotel guests will awaken their senses with the Westin Heavenly Bath(R) experience and restore in the Heavenly Bed(R), a 10-layer ensemble of luxurious comfort featuring a pillow-top mattress set, a cozy down blanket, three crisp sheets, a comforter, duvet and five plush pillows. Rooms are also equipped with high-speed Internet access and an ergonomic work space to enhance guest productivity and creativity in a tranquil setting.
As part of the Westin brand's commitment to preserving wellness on the road, The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center features a 24-hour WestinWORKOUT(R) gym, an indoor pool and the SuperfoodsRX menu designed by experts to keep guests on top of their game with incredible food combinations rich in nutrients, antioxidants and flavor. Located on the second floor of the hotel, the Heavenly Spa by Westin features 14 treatment rooms and a choice of signature Heavenly treatments created by Comfort Zone, the luxurious Italian spa brand.
With the addition of the new Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center, Starwood now has nine Westin Hotels in Latin America, six Westin hotels in Mexico, one in Guatemala and one in Costa Rica. Overall, Starwood Hotels & Resorts now has 65 hotels and resorts in 13 countries in Latin America.
Westin Hotels & Resorts is focused on providing services and amenities that enhance our guests well-being and ensure they leave feeling better than when they arrived. With over 170 hotels and resorts in over 36 countries and territories, Westin is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Starwood Hotels is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1051 properties in nearly 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 ElementSM. 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.
With its first opening in Cusco 30 years ago, Libertador Hotels, Resorts & Spas is the largest Peruvian hotel group, currently owning and operating five hotels catering to discerning travelers in cities that stand out for their exceptional character, sites, and lesser known attractions. A private twelve-passenger aircraft (Cessna Grand Caravan) is also part of the brand portfolio and will soon offer guests private transfers between all locations: Cusco, Urubamba, Puno, Arequipa, Lima, Trujillo and Paracas. For more information, please visit www.libertador.com.pe. Libertador media queries can be directed to email@example.com.
SOURCE: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.