About Sheraton

Sheraton History

For more than 70 years Sheraton has enjoyed a history as vibrant and spirited as the travelers we welcome. The world has changed, but one thing hasn't - travel is about bringing people together.

1937
The origins of Sheraton date back to 1937 when the company's founders, Ernest Henderson and Robert Moore, acquired their first hotel in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Within two years, they purchased three hotels in Boston and soon expanded their holdings to include properties from Maine to Florida.

1947
Sheraton Corporation of America becomes the first hotel chain to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

1949
With the purchase of two Canadian hotel chains Sheraton expands internationally and grows rapidly around the world.

1958
The company launches "Reservatron," the industry's first automatic electronic reservations system.

1961
The first Sheraton in the Middle East debuts with the opening of the Tel Aviv Sheraton in Israel.

1963
The Macuto Sheraton Hotel opens in Venezuela, becoming the first Sheraton hotel in Latin America.

1965
Sheraton opens the doors to its 100th hotel - The Sheraton Boston.

1970
The company is the first hotel chain with a toll-free 800-number for direct guest access (1-800-325-3535) which is still in use today.

1985
Sheraton achieves an important milestone becoming the first international hotel chain to operate a hotel in the People's Republic of China.

1998
Starwood® Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. acquires Sheraton.

2002
Sheraton introduces the Sweet SleeperTM Bed.

2006
The Link@SheratonSM experienced with Microsoft® debuts at five hotels around the world. The Link@Sheraton is the connectivity hub of our lobby experience, allowing guests to work, relax, socialize or grab a snack.

2008
Sheraton Fitness programmed by Core® Performance is introduced. Created in partnership with world-renowned personal training experts Core® Performance, our fitness program is designed to keep guests at their peak at all times.

2008
Sheraton boasts a portfolio of more than 400 hotels in 70 countries, including a stellar portfolio of more than 60 resorts in stunning destinations worldwide.