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The Westin Houston Memorial City Makes Debut

Houston, TX – March 24, 2011 - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced the opening of The Westin Houston Memorial City. Located at the heart of Houston’s bustling West Side, the newly constructed hotel is a key element of the city’s upscale Memorial City Complex and offers 267 spacious guest rooms, ample meeting facilities and the full range of Westin signature amenities and services designed to inspire wellbeing.

Boasting panoramic views of Houston’s skyline, The Westin Houston Memorial City is connected via a sky bridge to Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center and Memorial City Mall. The hotel is also convenient to the Energy Corridor, Westchase District, and CityCentre, a variety of restaurants, shopping areas, entertainment and sports venues, and the offices of numerous international corporations. The Westin Houston Memorial City joins two other Westin hotels in Houston and is the third Starwood property to open within the Memorial City Complex, which also features Four Points by Sheraton Houston, Memorial City, and Sheraton Houston West Hotel.

“The Westin Houston Memorial City is a prime addition to our fast-growing portfolio of hotels and gives us an even greater presence in this key metropolitan center,” said Nancy London, Brand Leader for Westin Hotels & Resorts. “Staying at a Westin is simply different. We make the healthiest choices irresistibly appealing, with innovative programs that ensure that guests always leave a Westin feeling better than when they arrived.”

The soothing Westin Sensory Welcome creates a memorable first impression as guests enter the hotel, with its blend of signature white tea scent, music, botanicals and mood lighting. The lobby features an elegant three-story glass and wood staircase ascending to the meeting and banquet spaces, while a second-floor terrace overlooks downtown Houston.

In their rooms, hotel guests will awaken their senses with the Westin Heavenly Bath® experience and restore in the Heavenly Bed®, a 10-layer ensemble of luxurious comfort featuring a pillow-top mattress set, a cozy down blanket, three crisp sheets, a comforter, duvet and five plush pillows.  High-speed Internet access and an ergonomic work space will offer travelers convenience and productivity in a tranquil setting.  The Westin Houston Memorial Cityalso offers two full Club floors and a Club Lounge.

The hotel’s 18th floor Infinity Pool is the only one of its kind in the city, complete with a stunning waterfall feature and unparalleled city views. Also on the 18th floor is The WestinWORKOUT facility, where guests can enjoy state-of-the-art fitness equipment, and several spa treatment rooms.

Ideal for business meetings and social functions of all sizes, The Westin Houston Memorial City provides more than 30,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space.  Guests can enjoy three meals a day at Trattoria Il Mulino, brought to Houston by the restaurateurs who created the world famous West Village institution, Il Mulino New York.  Trattoria Il Mulino features classic Italian cuisine from the Abruzzi region of Italy as well as local culinary influences. Guests can also relax with visitors, friends and business associates at the 024 Lounge.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1025 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, and the recently launched Aloft®, and Element SM.  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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Article published on 03/24/2011