Rogers, Arkansas/White Plains, New York - June 26, 2008:
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
(NYSE:HOT) and its much-anticipated new lifestyle brand,
aloftSMhotels, today announces the opening of aloft
Rogers - Bentonville, the third aloft to open anywhere in the
world. Developed and owned by CSK hotels, the 130-room aloft Rogers
Bentonville will offer a variety of intuitive technologies, atmospheric
public spaces, and a whole array of appealing guest amenities. Created
for today’s traveler, aloft
hotels are modern, fresh and fun,
with loft-inspired design and free-flowing energy.
In the same way that W Hotels broke through the clutter of conformity in the upscale hotel arena in 1998, aloft is shaking up the lodging industry with high design at an affordable price point, accessible technology, style and a social atmosphere.
“The urban style aesthetic and sophistication of the aloft lifestyle complements the energy of Rogers, Arkansas,’” said Brian McGuinness, Vice President of aloft and element hotels worldwide. “Today’s youthful-minded travelers will appreciate the aloft brand’s emphasis on creativity, culture and fun.”
aloft Rogers Bentonville is superbly located at the always abuzz Pinnacle Hills area, with easy access to local attractions, shopping, entertainment and numerous corporate headquarters including Wal-Mart. Guests will be just a half a mile from the vibrant Pinnacle Hills outdoor shopping area, featuring great dining selections, cinemas and a variety of trendy boutiques. Also nearby are the new Arvest Naturals Ballpark and the University of Arkansas.
“Pinnacle Hills is the ideal location for aloft, Starwood’s new lifestyle brand that will quickly become the choice for travelers in the know,” said Chris Whitt, Partner, CSK Hotels. “Today’s opening marks the beginning of a whole new travel experience.”
The Arkansas hotel is the third of 20 aloft hotels scheduled to open this year. On schedule to open later this summer are aloft hotels in Philadelphia Airport; Chicago O’Hare Airport; Lexington, Massachusetts; Charlotte, North Carolina and Beijing, China.
aloft offers atmosphericpublicspaces designed to draw guests from their rooms to socialize and make friends. Savvy travelers can read the paper, work on their laptops via complimentary hotel-wide wireless Internet access, play a game of pool or grab a drink with friends at re:mix SM, the communal lobby area featuring the sassy w xyz SMbar. The re:charge SM fitness center and splash, the outdoor pool, give travelers options to de-stress and re-energize, while re:fuel by aloft SM, a one-stop food and beverage area, offers sweet, savory and healthy food, snacks and beverages to grab & go, 24 hours a day.
Guest rooms feature urban-influenced design, while the centerpiece of each aloft room is an ultra-comfortable plush platform bed. Loft-like nine-foot ceilings and oversized windows create a bright, airy environment. Large, stylish bathrooms complement the guest experience with oversized walk-in showers and amenities created by Bliss Spa®. Each aloft room is also a combination high-tech office and entertainment center, featuring wireless Internet access and plug & play, a one-stop connectivity solution for multiple electronic gadgetry such as PDAs, cell phones, mp3 players and laptops - all linked to a large, flat-panel HDTV-ready television for optimal sound and viewing.
Guests of aloft can book their stay directly through www.alofthotels.com which features the best rate guarantee. Guests also may book through their local travel agents. In addition, during the year of aloft hotel’s launch—2008—members of the Starwood Preferred Guest program can earn an unprecedented 8 Starpoints for every U.S. dollar spent (quadruple the base earning) when they register and then book a stay at any aloft hotel worldwide until December 31. Members of the award-winning and industry-leading Starwood Preferred Guest program currently earn two points for every dollar spent at a participating Starwood hotel. After racking up their Starpoints, SPG members can redeem their points for free nights with no blackout dates at more than 860 hotels and resorts worldwide. The offer is designed to celebrate the opening of the eighth hotel and lifestyle brand to join the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program.
For more information on aloft hotels, visit www.alofthotels.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 approximately 900 properties in more than 100 countries and 155,000 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, and the recently launched AloftSM, 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.
About CSK hotels
CSK hotels is a Fort Smith, AR-based hotel developer and operator with hotel properties throughout the Southeast US. The aloft Rogers-Bentonville will be the company’s ninth owned and operated hotel property. CSK hotels has five more hotel projects under construction. The company is owned by Chris Whitt, Kane Whitt, and Storm Nolan.