The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts Debuts Twelve at Hengshan in Shanghai

SHANGHA - December 6, 2012 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), announced today the opening of Twelve at Hengshan, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Shanghai. This newly built hotel joins the legendary Astor Hotel in Tianjin, The Royal Begonia in Sanya and The Hongta Hotel in Shanghai as The Luxury Collection brand continues to grow its footprint in China. In the last year alone, the brand made its debut in key destinations throughout Asia Pacific with hotel openings in Chennai, India; the Blue Mountains, Australia; and Jakarta, Indonesia.

“The opening of Twelve at Hengshan marks the latest milestone for The Luxury Collection as we continue our journey to open a record number of hotels and resorts in Asia Pacific in 2012,” said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts and W Worldwide. “We are thrilled to debut this chic urban oasis in the heart of China’s most cosmopolitan city,” continued Qian Jin, President for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Greater China. “As the newest member of The Luxury Collection brand, residential-style Twelve at Hengshan is an inspiring addition for well-travelled global explorers seeking unique and enriching experiences.”

Situated in one of the most historic and fashionable areas of Shanghai on the renowned tree-lined Hengshan Road, Twelve at Hengshan is a residential-style urban retreat poised to become an iconic building within the city, with its striking contemporary architecture contrasting the neighborhood’s traditional charms. The 171-room hotel reflects the creative collaboration among some of the world’s leading architects and designers. Distinctive interiors by New York-based famed hospitality design duo Yabu Pushelberg perfect an “East meets West, Past meets Present” concept of bespoke Chinese and contemporary furnishings, hand-painted Oriental screens, silk lanterns and Oriental latticework. Italian architect Mario Botta, whose celebrated structures include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, created the contemporary courtyard as well as hotel’s façade, which is dressed in more than 20,000 natural terracotta tiles.

With its stylish design and unparalleled service, Twelve at Hengshan creates an atmosphere of distinguished opulence in each of its guestrooms and suites; including the 1108 square foot Presidential Suite with large marble bathrooms, deep-soaking tubs and high-tech amenities. Additionally, Twelve at Hengshan offers a spa unmatched in Shanghai featuring 13 double treatment rooms and an exquisite VIP suite, giving guests access to a luxuriously indulgent mud bath room, scrub table and an ice fountain. The 2336 square foot spa is an oasis of refinement and relaxation while a 24-hour fitness center provides state-of-the-art equipment overlooking a large indoor swimming pool and three Jacuzzis with prominent floor to ceiling windows.

Two signature restaurants and a lobby lounge offer authentic dining experiences coupled with unrivalled service. 12 Hengshan features the finest Cantonese and Shanghainese cuisine in an elegant dining room overlooking a Suzhou-styled garden, with eight private dining suites, while Tops & Terrace serves international cuisine in a French boulangerie setting with an open kitchen and extensive wine cellar.

Twelve at Hengshan joins The Luxury Collection brand’s distinguished portfolio of more than 80 of the world’s finest hotels around the world, spanning 30 countries. In Asia Pacific, with 17 hotels in operation and 11 hotels in the pipeline, The Luxury Collection continues to offer the brand’s signature concierge service, luxury amenities and indigenous cultural experiences.

For more information about Twelve at Hengshan, a Luxury Collection Hotel, please visit www.luxurycollection.com/12hengshan

About The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts

The Luxury Collection® is an ensemble 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. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA brand as a collection of Europe’s most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble of more than 75 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 properties that continuously exceed guest expectations by offering unparalleled service, style and class while celebrating each hotel’s distinctive heritage and unique character. 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

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,128 properties in nearly 100 countries and 154,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood 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, Aloft®, and ElementSM. 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 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

Forward-Looking Statements

(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.)

Media Contact:

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Katie Roberts
+1 212-380-4049
katie.roberts@starwoodhotels.com

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