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Designed by Architect Cesar Pelli, the 189 room
St. Regis Mexico City Opens
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NEW YORK--August 7, 2009 - -Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announces the opening of The St. Regis Mexico City, located on the exclusive Paseo de la Reforma boulevard overlooking the iconic Plaza of Diana. Mexico’s most anticipated new landmark – and the brand’s first downtown hotel in the region – The St. Regis Mexico City features 189 luxuriously appointed guestrooms and suites each with spectacular views of the city, a signature Remède Spa, and three signature restaurants. 

Owned by Grupo 1818 and designed by critically acclaimed Yabu Pushelberg design firm and world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, The St. Regis Mexico City offers an unrivaled dimension of luxury, sophistication and bespoke service at one of the best addresses in the world.

The St. Regis Mexico City is conveniently located only 30 minutes from Benito Juarez International Airport and is only a short distance from the city’s famed Polanco area, the bustling financial district and the landmark Historic Center. Situated at the heart of Paseo de la Reforma, the hotel offers guests easy access to specialty shopping, haute cuisine, cultural centers and museums including the world-famous Anthropology Museum, the Museo Frida Kahlo, the Museum of Modern Art - Mexico City and the Rufino Tamayo Museum.

“We are proud to debut the St. Regis brand in Mexico City with the opening of The St. Regis Mexico City, featuring the iconic luxury, unmatched privilege and bespoke services for which the St. Regis brand is renowned,” said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis and The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts. “Located on the historic Paseo del la Reforma Boulevard, the hotel offers access to a unique mix of world-class art, fashion, culture and cuisine at one of the best addresses in the world.”

“The opening of The St. Regis Mexico City not only launches our most exclusive brand in Mexico City, but also reaffirms our deep commitment to the country with which we have both a long history, as well as strong future growth plans,” said Osvaldo Librizzi, President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Latin America.

Designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, whose firm Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has created some of the world’s most prestigious architectural masterpieces, The St. Regis Mexico City rises 492 feet above street level with floor-to-ceiling glass panes, offering spectacular views of the city’s vibrant culture. Internationally acclaimed design firm Yabu Pushelberg completed the interiors using bold colors and Mexican inspired design elements to seamlessly blend contemporary luxury with Mexico’s rich artistic heritage. 

Each exquisitely appointed guestroom features a neutral color palette infused with rich accents of greens and purples including custom-made carpets and furniture inspired by Mexico City’s celebrated artisans. Many of the materials used by Yabu Pushelberg in the hotel’s design have been crafted locally by traditional Mexican artists including the lavish Onyx mosaics adorning each bathroom and laser-cut silver screens in the hotel’s lobby. In addition, each guestroom includes a 42 inch LCD television with DVD player, a state-of-the-art sound system, a MP3 docking station, and an innovative LCD television recessed behind the bathroom mirror, enabling images to be projected onto a screenless surface.

Mexico City is one of the fastest growing culinary epicenters of the world, attracting the best chefs and restaurateurs to satisfy the city’s growing international clientele. Dining at The St. Regis Mexico City indulges the senses with diverse culinary offerings ranging from Diana Restaurant, led by Executive Chef Jeff Pelaez, which features an exquisite menu of Mediterranean cuisine to specialty cocktails including St. Regis’ signature Bloody Mary and Afternoon Tea in the Decanter Room or at King Cole Bar. Guests are also invited to enjoy a private dining experience on the hotel’s Helipad with breathtaking views of the city below.

St. Regis Mexico City’s signature Remède Spa offers the spa brand’s exclusive Laboratoire Remède skincare line renowned for its anti-aging therapies. Guests can drift away while experienced therapists offer customized massage, facial and body treatments in one of seven discreet treatment rooms or in the exclusive Couples’ Suite. The spa will also feature a Vichy treatment room, manicure and pedicure stations, and men’s and women’s lounges where guests can unwind while indulging in signature refreshments, truffles, and bite-sized indulgences. The hotel’s Fitness Center offers state of the art exercise equipment, an intimate Yoga and Pilates studio and the city’s first panoramic indoor pool.

An ideal destination for weddings, meetings and social events, The St. Regis Mexico City features more than 12,211 square feet of indoor meeting and event space including the Astor Ballroom with more than 9,000 square feet of function space, the 2,600 square-foot Diamond Ballroom and four large breakout rooms. All event space is equipped with the latest state-of-the-art meeting equipment, wireless internet and access to St. Regis’ legendary butler service.

Following in the tradition of the iconic St. Regis Hotel New York, The St. Regis Mexico City will feature the famed hallmarks of St. Regis hotels including the legendary St. Regis Butler Service, bespoke guest experiences and luxury accommodations tailored to meet global travelers’ needs. Trained in the English tradition, the butlers provide ever-present, yet unobtrusive service while anticipating guests needs and customizing each guest's stay according to his or her specific tastes and preferences.

The St. Regis brand continues to strengthen its presence in Latin America with plans to open The St. Regis Kanai in the Mayan Riviera and The St. Regis Buenos Aires in Argentina. The opening of The St. Regis Mexico City marks the brand’s second hotel in Mexico following the recent opening of The St. Regis Punta Mita in Puerto Vallarta.

For more information about The St. Regis Mexico City please visit, www.stregis.com/mexicocity.

About Grupo 1818
GRUPO 1818, S.A. de C.V. is a group of private investors with a broad range of experience in the construction industry and real estate development. This visionary company has absolute faith in the future of Mexico’s tourism industry.

About IDEURBAN
Established in 1974, IDEURBAN is one of Mexico City’s leading urban development companies, delivering a complete range of integrated real estate solutions and construction services. Supporting the needs of communities, governments, commerce and industry on a local, national, and international basis, the company has led projects in markets ranging from hospitality, residential, retail and commercial to highway infrastructure, mixed-use developments and urban planning. IDEURBAN is recognized for its skilled professional staff, and its commitment to the highest quality and ethical standards.

About Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Founded in 1977 by Cesar Pelli and Fred Clarke, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has designed some of the world’s most recognizable buildings, including the World Financial Center in New York, the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, and the International Finance Center in Hong Kong. The firm’s broad portfolio includes academic buildings, libraries, museums, research centers, performing arts centers, residences and master plans. The work of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects reflects the beliefs that a firm must not be constrained by a signature style and that great design arises from collaboration with each client and a respect for a project’s environmental, economic and social contexts. The firm has been honored with critical acclaim and hundreds of design awards.

About Yabu Pushelberg
Yabu Pushelberg is an internationally renowned interior design firm with offices in New York and Toronto known for developing innovative interiors in collaboration with its clients, experimenting with new materials and forging relationships with independent artists. George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg founded the design studio in 1980 and have been creating distinctive environments for a diverse and high-profile clientele ever since. Two of the most renowned interior designers working today, George and Glenn have been named to Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame and continue to win awards for their innovative work with some of the world’s leading hotel groups, chefs and retailers.

About St. Regis Hotels and Resorts
Combining classic sophistication and modern luxury, the St. Regis brand remains faithful to its commitment to excellence. Founded by John Jacob Astor IV, with the opening of the first St. Regis Hotel in New York City over a century ago, The St. Regis brand of hotels is known for its unique luxury, customized service and refined elegance in the best destinations worldwide. Plans for the brand to globally continue its legacy include long-awaited St. Regis properties in Bahia Beach, Puerto Rico, Bal Harbour, Deer Crest and Hawaii in the US and on the exclusive island of Bermuda. In Latin America, St. Regis will unveil new hotels and resorts in Buenos Aires, and Kanai Riviera. In Asia, St. Regis has also announced plans to open properties in Bangkok, Chengdu, Kuala Lumpur, Lhasa, Nanjing, Osaka, Sanya Yalong Bay and Tianjin. In Africa and the Middle East, the St. Regis brand will continue to expand in Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Doha and Mauritius. The distinctive trait of the St. Regis experience is customized service and attention, coveted locations and luxurious design. For more information on St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.stregis.com.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 960 properties in 97 countries and 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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Contact:

Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Laura Canepa, +5411-4318-9397
Public Relations, Latin America Division
Laura.canepa@starwoodhotels.com

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Also See: A New Build St. Regis Hotel Under Development in Mexico City; Architect Cesar Pelli Designing the 189 room and 100 Private Residence Building / September 2005
Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo Opens On the Top Nine Floors of the Cesar Pelli-designed Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower / December 2005
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