News for the Hospitality Executive
|White Plains, N.Y. – March 8, 2007 – Starwood Hotels &
Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has signed a deal with Hillwood, a diversified
real estate development company based in Dallas, to develop the first aloft
hotel in Texas, in the Dallas suburb of Las Colinas. In addition to Las
Colinas, the partnership is also looking to develop aloft properties in
several other locations throughout the country, including the suburban
Other partners in the venture include Aimbridge Hospitality, Champ Development and JF Capital Advisors. Hillwood will serve as the primary equity contributor, Champ is developing the hotel and JF Capital has provided the underwriting and is managing the debt placement. In addition to having an investment interest, Aimbridge will manage the aloft property once completed.
The 136-room aloft Las Colinas is scheduled to break ground March 20th, 2007 and will be the first aloft hotel to be built in Texas. Located on Texas Highway 114, the property is a mere 20 minutes from Dallas/Ft. Worth, offering business and leisure travelers easy access to nearby business centers and local attractions.
“aloft is infused with the DNA of W to create a new destination sensation, conceived in response to a mega-mundane marketplace,” said Ross Klein, President, Starwood Luxury Brand Group and aloft hotels. “aloft brings style and atmosphere to a segment of the industry that has been anything but fashionable, offering guests a fun way to play and stay.”
“We’ve put together a first class partnership to develop Starwood’s
exciting new aloft hotel in our home market and in other locations nationwide,”
said Hillwood Chairman Ross Perot Jr. “From a strategic perspective, each
company brings unique core competencies to the
“This new brand is going to breathe some much needed life into a fairly stagnant segment,” said Aimbridge President and CEO Dave Johnson. “We think it’s a unique concept and, like Starwood’s W Hotels, will prove to be very successful. The aloft hotel product design and product offering is a winning combination and has market sustainability, and we believe the traveling public will be as excited as our team is about this new product. Our growth plans for the partnership involve additional aloft projects, and we are currently studying other sites across the United States. ”
As a Vision of W Hotels, aloft is shaking up the lodging industry with
urban-influenced design, accessible technology, style and a social atmosphere.
aloft offers a total sensory experience, with guest lofts featuring loft-like
nine-foot ceilings and oversized windows to create a
Designed in conjunction with world renowned David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group, aloft stays true to the W Hotel brand’s heritage, offering atmospheric public spaces designed to draw guests from their rooms to socialize and make friends. Guests can read the paper, work on their laptops via hotel-wide wireless internet access, play a game of pool or grab a drink with friends at the re:mix communal lobby area and bar w xyz. The re:charge fitness center and splash, the indoor or outdoor pool, give travelers options to de-stress and re-energize; while re:fuel by aloft, a one-stop food and beverage area, offers sweet, savory and healthy food, snacks and beverages to grab & go, 24-hours a day.
The first aloft hotels are targeted to open in first quarter, 2008, with locations expected to be anytown/anywhere… For more information on aloft, please visit www.alofthotels.com.
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|Also See:||Gatehouse Capital and Aimbridge Hospitality Developing Five aloft Hotels in Frisco, Plano, Las Colinas, Downtown Dallas and the Fort Worth TCU Area / March 2006|
|New Owners BentleyForbes Hospitality Group Planning a $150 million Upgrade and Expansion of The Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas / December 2006|
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