Four Points by Sheraton Brings New Life to Charleston House Hotel

Located along the Riverfront of the City’s Historic Downtown, Four Points by Sheraton Charleston is the First Starwood Hotel in West Virginia

STAMFORD, Conn. - January 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the launch of its rapidly growing Four Points brand in Charleston, the capital of West Virginia. Owned by BBL Hospitality, Four Points by Sheraton Charleston completed a comprehensive $15 million renovation to transform the Charleston House Hotel into the newest addition to the Four Points portfolio. Offering spectacular views of the Kanawha River, the hotel is Starwood’s first property to open in West Virginia. The newly renovated hotel features 176 spacious guest rooms and suites, 12,000 square feet of market-leading meeting facilities, full-service dining and all the other amenities that have made Four Points a favorite with travelers worldwide.

"Four Points by Sheraton Charleston offers an unbeatable riverfront location right at the heart of the city’s bustling downtown where guests can enjoy an uncomplicated comfort, genuine service, plus all the amenities they need to stay productive on the road," said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood.

Prior to re-opening as a Four Points, the 12-story hotel, built in 1966, fully renovated all guest rooms, meeting rooms and public areas, refurbished the exterior and added the Recovery Sports Grill and an indoor pool. To celebrate its grand-opening, the hotel will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 22, 2014 at 9:00AM.

Just a short drive from Yeager Airport (CRW), Four Points by Sheraton Charleston is ideally located in the city’s business district, close to Charleston Civic Center, Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, the State Capitol Complex, the Charleston Area Medical Center and the shops and restaurants at Charleston Town Center. Offering what is best for business, guests will find signature year-round amenities like free bottled water, great coffee, free internet access in all guest rooms and free Wi-Fi in all public areas.

About BBL Hospitality

BBL Hospitality is a multi-brand hotel and restaurant company that owns, operates, and develops facilities along the east coast of the United States. The company owns 14 hotels under various brands, and 12 Recovery Sports Grill sports-themed restaurants, with locations throughout New York, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia and Florida. BBL Hospitality also offers third-party management solutions to hotel owners. The independently owned and operated company is a division of the Albany, N.Y.-based BBL Family of Companies, which includes the Charleston, W.Va.-based contracting firm BBL Carlton.

About Four Points by Sheraton

Comfort isn’t complicated: With over 175 Four Points hotels in more than 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® program, the industry’s richest loyalty program. 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 nearly 1,200 properties in 100 countries, and 171,000 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 Element®. 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.

(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.) The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Media Contacts:

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Amy Rosen
203-964-4661
Amy.Rosen@starwoodhotels.com

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