|WHITE PLAINS, N.Y - May 19, 2005 -- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide,
Inc. (NYSE:HOT) announced today that it has signed an agreement to sell
the legendary 233-room Hotel Danieli in Venice to The Statuto Group, a
prominent Italian real estate holding company, for 177 million Euros (approximately
$244 million U.S.). The deal will take four to six months to close and
Starwood has entered a long-term agreement to manage the hotel keeping
it a member of its prestigious Luxury Collection.
The Statuto Group, which has been operating in the Italian real estate market for more than 50 years, plans a major renovation and restoration that will keep the history of this award-winning trophy hotel alive. The Hotel Danieli, a palace synonymous with the splendor and romance of Venice, is world-renowned for its luxurious elegance and is located just steps away from the Piazza San Marco and its Basilica. The main building of the Hotel Danieli is the original 14th century palace of Doge Dandolo's family, a lavishly appointed Venetian gothic landmark.
"We are pleased to have entered into this agreement with such a prominent
and respected real estate group such as Statuto." said Ted Darnall, President,
Starwood Real Estate Group. "Their long standing place in the Italian real
estate market ensures that they will embrace the history and legacy of
the Hotel Danieli and we are confident that this agreement will open the
door to many other successful real estate ventures with Statuto."
Other Starwood hotels in Venice include the Hotel Gritti Palace, The Westin Europa & Regina, The Westin Excelsior and the Hotel Des Bains in Venice, Lido.
The proceeds from the sale of this hotel combined with other recent asset sales totals $398 million, part of an additional $500 million the Company intends to sell by the end of summer 2005. The Company expects to use proceeds for share repurchase and for general corporate purposes.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 750 properties in more than 80 countries and 120,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. With internationally renowned brands, Starwood(R) corporation is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts including: St. Regis(R), The Luxury Collection(R), Sheraton(R), Westin(R), Four Points(R) by Sheraton, and W(R), Hotels and Resorts as well as Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
|Also See:||Starwood Actively Marketing CIGA Portfolio of 25 Luxury Hotels / Jan 2002|
|In Terms of RevPAR, Venice Best Perfoming Market in 2004 - HotelBenchmark Global Ranking Index by Deloitte / April 2005|