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The 802-room Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay to be Acquired by
Morgan Stanley Real Estate and Starwood Hotels Joint Venture
Singapore, February 26, 2007 – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.® (NYSE: HOT) and a fund managed by Morgan Stanley Real Estate have entered into a definitive joint venture agreement to acquire the Sheraton® Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel from Taisei Corporation Group, with a closing of the acquisition expected before the end of March 2007.  The fund, managed by Morgan Stanley Real Estate, will own approximately 75% of the joint venture and Starwood will own approximately 25%.

The 802-room Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay has been managed by Starwood® since its opening in 1988 and will continue to be operated by Starwood under a long-term management agreement with the joint venture.

The Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay is located in the Tokyo Disney Resort area and offers guests direct access to Disney via monorail.  One of the five official Tokyo Disney hotels, the Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay offers sweeping views of Tokyo Bay and Tokyo Disneyland.  The hotel is a leading wedding facility in Japan, with two chapels and 13 event rooms. Other amenities include eight restaurants, the Oasis sport and recreation complex, indoor and outdoor pools.

The number of visitors to the popular Tokyo Disney Resort area is anticipated to grow in the next few years as a result of the construction of a new 2,000-seat theater for the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil, as well as celebrations and events for Tokyo Sea Disney’s fifth anniversary and Tokyo Disneyland’s twenty-fifth anniversary.
 

Mikayo Hotels in Tokyo and Osaka to be Re-Flagged as The Sheraton Miyako
Hotel Tokyo and The Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka

SINGAPORE -- February 26, 2007 – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announces two new Sheraton hotels in Japan under a franchise agreement with Kintetsu Hotel Systems, Inc., the hotel operating division of Kintetsu Corporation.  The Miyako Tokyo Hotel and Miyako Osaka Hotel have both been re-flagged as The Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo and The Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka respectively.  Sheraton is renovating the two properties, both of which are scheduled to open in April 2007.

"We are thrilled that Kintetsu Hotel Systems Inc. has selected the Sheraton flag for these outstanding properties in two of the most important cities in Japan, in an agreement that dramatically enhances Sheraton’s already impressive portfolio in Asia Pacific,” said Miguel Ko, President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Asia Pacific. “We are delighted to extend a warm Sheraton welcome to both business and leisure travelers to Tokyo and Osaka, offering them the full-range of Sheraton’s distinctive amenities and services.”

“We are confident that the Sheraton brand will strengthen our marketing and sales efforts to drive international business to the hotels and to the destinations, as well as enhance the awareness of these two great hotels in the two competitive markets of Tokyo and Osaka.  We are also delighted to further expand our partnership with Starwood in Japan,” commented Mr. Yasuyuki Suzuki, President of Kintetsu Hotel Systems, Inc.   Starwood currently operates The Westin Miyako Kyoto, which is owned by Kintetsu as well.

Following extensive renovations, the 492-room Miyako Tokyo Hotel and 575-room Miyako Osaka Hotel will be re-flagged as Sheraton Miyako Hotel, Tokyo and Sheraton Miyako Hotel, Osaka respectively, as of April 2007.

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Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel

Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo

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 850 properties in more than 95 countries and 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood® Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, Sheraton®, Westin®, Four Points® by Sheraton, W®, Le Méridien® and the recently announced AloftSM and ElementSM Hotels. 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 Morgan Stanley Real Estate
Morgan Stanley Real Estate is comprised of three major global businesses: Investing, Banking and Lending.  Since 1991, Morgan Stanley has acquired $102.0 billion of real estate assets worldwide and currently manages $60.5 billion in real estate assets on behalf of its clients.  In addition, Morgan Stanley Real Estate provides a complete range of market-leading investment banking services to its clients, including advice on strategy, mergers, acquisitions and restructurings, as well as underwriting public and private debt and equity financings.  Morgan Stanley is also a global leader in real estate lending offering approximately $156.0 billion of CMBS through the capital markets since 1997, including $35.5 billion in 2006.  For more information about Morgan Stanley Real Estate, go to www.morganstanley.com/realestate.

About Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of investment banking, securities, investment management, wealth management and credit services. The Firm's employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals from more than 600 offices in 30 countries. For further information about Morgan Stanley, please visit www.morganstanley.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of United States federal securities regulations. 

Contact:

Hwee-Peng Yeo
Corporate Communications Manager
Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts Ltd
6 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Tower 4
#40-01, Singapore 038986
 Tel : +65 6335 4837
www.starwoodhotels.com

 

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