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Joint Venture of LeFrak Organization and Melvin Simon & Associates
Prepares the 429 room Westin Jersey City Newport for
Opening in February 2009
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JERSEY CITY, N.J., Dec. 22, 2008 - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) announces the upcoming opening of The Westin Jersey City Newport in February 2009 and the hotel is accepting groups and reservations. The newly constructed hotel, which was developed by the LeFrak Organization and is owned by a joint venture of LeFrak Organization and Melvin Simon & Associates, will facilitate relaxation and renewal in the heart of the waterfront financial district of Jersey City, just minutes from New York City. The Westin Jersey City Newport will provide 429 beautifully appointed guest rooms, expansive meeting facilities, upscale dining and all of the Westin brand's refreshing signature amenities and services.

Offering panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline, the Hudson River and the Newport Marina, The Westin Jersey City Newport is convenient to Newark Liberty International Airport and just one block from the Pavonia - Newport PATH station, Newark Light Rail and NJTransit Buses. The hotel is adjacent to the Newport Centre Mall, home to a variety of upscale shops as well as cinemas, and close to the nearby riverside park and marina, local restaurants and bars.

"The Westin Jersey City Newport offers an incomparable location just 15 minutes from Manhattan, with easy access to attractions such as Ellis Island, Liberty State Park, the Liberty Science Museum and the facilities and amenities of Newport itself, with its promenade, marina, shops, ice skating rink and restaurants," said Michael McLaughlin, General Manager of the hotel. "Perfect for business trips, conferences, sight-seeing or New Jersey tax-free shopping at the Newport Centre Mall, the Westin Jersey City Newport will inspire renewal in one of New Jersey's most exciting new destinations."

All rooms will feature the signature Westin Heavenly Bed(R), a luxurious ensemble with pillow-top mattress, crisp triple sheets, down blanket, luxurious duvet and five pillows. Guests will also be invited to luxuriate in the Westin Heavenly Bath(R), equipped with a custom-designed dual showerhead, signature bath amenities and a curved shower rod for additional comfort and space. 

An ideal choice for meetings, galas, wedding and special events, The Westin Jersey City Newport will feature 20,500 square feet of meeting space, including 30 meeting rooms. To celebrate the water culture of Jersey City Newport, event rooms are named to commemorate America's Cup competing vessels. The Newport Grand Ballroom offers more than 10,000 square feet of space and 20-foot ceilings and can easily accommodate 1,450 guests for a reception or 790 for a seated dinner. The hotel will also provide an experienced team of culinary specialists, meeting planners and a seasoned wedding planner.

Guests are invited to rejuvenate at The Westin WORKOUT(R) fitness center or pamper themselves with a selection of indulgent spa amenities as part of the industry-leading Westin in-room spa program. Dining facilities at the Westin Jersey City Newport include Wildfire Restaurant and Half Moon Lounge. High Speed Internet access is available throughout the hotel. 

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Contact:

Starwood Hotels & Resorts
201-626-2900
www.starwood.com

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Also See: Stephen D’Agostino Promoted to General Manager Hyatt Regency Jersey City, New Jersey / April 2008
The Silcon Group Set to Open a 100 room Indigo Hotel Within the New Carriage City Mixed-use Building in Downtown, Rahway, New Jersey / July 2008

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