Four Points by Sheraton Opens in New Orleans' French Quarter

Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter offers Ideal Location at the Heart of New Orleans' Historic District

STAMFORD, Conn., Jun 28, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced the opening of Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter at the center of New Orleans' world-famous historic district. Previously known as The Inn On Bourbon, the former Ramada property completed a multi-million dollar renovation prior to opening under the Four Points flag. Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter offers 186 comfortable and stylish guest rooms, more than 4,000 square feet of market-leading meeting facilities, an outdoor pool, 24 hour fitness and all the other amenities that have made Four Points a favorite with travelers worldwide.

"We are delighted to grow the Four Points brand in New Orleans with this excellent new option in the historic French Quarter," said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. "At Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter, guests will travel the way they like, with genuine service, classic style and great rates - all in an unbeatable location."

The hotel sits on the site of the original French Opera House, which opened in 1859 and reigned for many years as New Orleans' cultural epicenter. It is walking distance to the city's famous jazz clubs, historic French Market, St. Louis Cathedral, the Mercedes Benz Superdome, and countless shops, restaurants and bars. Guests can book balcony rooms either overlooking Bourbon Street or the quiet, elegant hotel courtyard.

Cafe Opera, the hotel's full-service restaurant, recently opened under the direction of French native and culinary master, Chef Philippe Andreani. Cafe Opera's menu offers some of the area's best continental and Creole cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

"We expect that Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter will maintain its long-held reputation as one of New Orleans' most popular hotels," said general manager Beth Ables. "With an exceptional revamp to join Four Points, we can connect with even more travelers, especially through Starwood's game-changing loyalty program, Starwood Preferred Guest."

Four Points opened its 150th hotel in 2010, solidifying its place as one of Starwood's largest brands. Always an honest value, Four Points has great amenities like free bottled water, free Wi-Fi in public spaces, and free internet access in all guestrooms. A delicious breakfast with great coffee and refreshing, local beer with Best BrewsSM help guests to start and end the day right. Four Points gives travelers everything they need to be comfortable and productive on the road.

About Four Points by Sheraton

Great Hotels. Great Rates: With over 160 Four Points by Sheraton hotels in nearly 30 countries, travelers can find the timeless style and comfort they're looking for with genuine service and everything that matters most, all around the world. From Santiago to Shanghai and Milan to Milwaukee, Four Points hotels can be found in big urban centers, by the airport, near the beach, and in the suburbs. A recent $1 billion invested in renovations, conversions, and new-build hotels has made the brand stronger than ever.

Four Points by Sheraton, like all brands within Starwood's portfolio, is proud to offer the Starwood Preferred Guest(R) program, which offers a breakthrough policy of no blackout dates on Free Night Awards. To learn more, visit www.spg.com.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1103 properties in 100 countries and territories with 154,000 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, Aloft(R), and Element SM. The company boasts one of the industry's leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.

SOURCE: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Media Contacts:

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Stacy Trevino
203-964-4661
stacy.trevino@starwoodhotels.com

Beth Ables
504-524-7611
bables@innonbourbon.com

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