The Westin Peachtree Plaza Redefines Its Interior with Complete Lobby and Meeting Space Renovation

Atlanta John Portman Designed Hotel to Unveil New Look Early 2014

ATLANTA -June 25, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Since the 73-story Atlanta hotel opened its doors to guests in 1976, The Westin Peachtree Plaza has continued to evolve to meet the needs of its business and leisure travelers. Upholding that tradition, the hotel is unveiling plans to embark on a grand scale renovation of all public and meeting spaces scheduled to begin Aug. 1. The redesign comes on the heels of a $45 million guest room renovation and will follow the complete remodel of The Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View, due to re-open in August 2013.

Once the renovation is complete, guests will experience a completely transformed atmosphere with designs created by Carolyn Auger of Blackdog Studio. Designs will feature a mixture of rich textiles and fabrics, lush, soothing vertical garden walls – living walls of plants designed to improve indoor air quality, vibrant nature-inspired artwork that will don the prominent center elevator column, and modern furnishings.

Thoughtfully appointed seating zones with a modern color palette alongside unique and sculpture-inspired lighting will invigorate the lobby, providing a fresh backdrop for guests to meet casually with friends and family. The new flexible space will also encourage guests to stay connected with areas ideal for browsing the internet or interacting with colleagues, and will feature access to computers, printers, power panels, and integrated lighting.

Meeting planners and business travelers can expect a balanced combination of style and function in the new meeting spaces designed to inspire productive, mindful meetings. All 85,000 square feet, including the Peachtree and Plaza ballrooms, will be refreshed with the same cohesive nature-inspired design elements incorporated in the lobby.

“This last, grand phase of our renovation process will modernize our meeting spaces in anticipation of business travelers’ future needs,” said Michael Fletcher, director of sales and marketing for The Westin Peachtree Plaza. “For example, to accommodate the desire for pop-up meetings – those sudden small meetings that don’t require a larger setting – we will offer Tangent, a private lobby space for up to six people complete with tables, chairs, AV equipment and more.”

The hotel, already at the forefront offering technologically advanced meeting solutions, recently completed a $1 million upgrade to its cell phone infrastructure. The new DAS Cellular communications system triples cell phone coverage in the building, virtually eliminating dead zones in the hotel and providing full communication capabilities to all guests.

Improving retail space, the hotel lobby will welcome FedEx® Office. Starbucks® and The Lobby Bar will both undergo renovation, incorporating the overall design’s theme.

Guests and meeting attendees will not be disturbed through the construction process as the project will be completed in confined phases.

In the past five years, The Westin Peachtree Plaza has undergone several major renovations, including the replacement of all 6,350 windows, an update of the central plant to improve heating and cooling efficiency and the complete redesign of all 1,073 rooms.

About The Westin Peachtree Plaza

Designed by John Portman in 1976, The Westin Peachtree Plaza is a 73-story tower, topped by the tri-level, revolving Sun Dial Restaurant Bar & View. At 754 feet, The Westin Peachtree Plaza was Atlanta's tallest building until 1987, when it was surpassed by One Atlantic Center. Today, The Westin Peachtree Plaza is the fifth tallest building in Atlanta and remains the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere. For more information, please visit: www.westin.com/peachtree.com or like us on Facebook.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts

Westin Hotels & Resorts makes the healthiest choices irresistibly appealing, so guests leave feeling better than when they arrived. With more than 180 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 1,071 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®, 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 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.

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