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The 254 room Westin Lake Mary, Orlando North Opens in
Central Florida’s High-Tech Corridor

LAKE MARY, FL/WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – November 20, 2009- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) and the YRG Hotel Group announce the official opening of The Westin Lake Mary, Orlando North, located just north of the city of Orlando in the rapidly growing suburb of Lake Mary, FL.  The Westin Lake Mary, Orlando North is the 164th Westin hotel to open worldwide.

Steve Ragsdale, General Manager of The Westin Lake Mary, Orlando North, Lake Mary Mayor David Mealor and several other local dignitaries were on hand this morning to cut the ribbon as part of the official festivities for the hotel.    It is located in the heart of the high-tech business corridor with easy access to Interstate-4, 11 miles from the Sanford/Orlando International Airport and 30 miles from Orlando International Airport. 
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Mark Selasky, Director of Sales & Marketing at The Westin Lake Mary, Orlando North; Florida Senator Lee Constantine, District 22; Steve Ragsdale, General Manager at The Westin Lake Mary, Orlando North; Commissioner Brenda Carey; Lake Mary Mayor David Mealor; John Ashworth, President of the Seminole County Chamber of Commerce.
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The Westin Lake Mary, Orlando North, features 253 guest rooms and suites, Westin’s signature Heavenly Bed® and Heavenly Shower®, Shula’s 347 Grill and a lobby bar.  Amenities include the 24-hour Westin WORKOUT® fitness center, Westin in-room spa program, Westin Executive Club Lounge, wireless high-speed Internet access, business center services, room service, Unwind®, a Westin ritual, which is available on Tuesdays – Fridays, 14,000 square feet of meeting space, valet parking and self-complimentary parking. 

The hotel’s interior design is contemporary and sophisticated with neutral hues of blue and green and is complemented by contemporary furnishings and artwork, natural finishes, open spaces and high ceilings that enable productivity and balance.  The lobby and lobby bar feature conversational settings ideal for people watching, drinking a cup of coffee or catching up on emails. 

Shula’s 347 Grill, headed by Chef Robert Luckhart, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The  SuperFoods breakfast menu features revitalizing dishes made from powerhouse ingredients rich in nutrients, antioxidants and delicious taste so you can start your day feeling recharged.  Specialty items include Steel Cut Oatmeal, Smoked Salmon and Apple & Granola Muesli. 

The lunch and dinner menu features everything from gourmet sales to fresh specialty fish and exclusively serves Premium Black Angus Beef® burgers and the SHULA CUT® steaks.  For dining options, guests can eat in the main dining room, outside patio or reserve one of the two private dining rooms. 

The Westin Lake Mary, Orlando North features 14,000 square feet of elegant meeting and event space that can accommodate groups ranging from 14 to 750 guests.  The 7,700-square-foot Grand Ballroom can be divided into five sections and is ideal for weddings, special events and banquets.  The Boardroom, Lake Mary Room and the Seminole Room feature ceiling to floor windows overlooking the pool area and the outdoor landscaped courtyard is the perfect venue for an outdoor cocktail reception.    All areas of meeting space are equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual facilities, a public address system and wireless high-speed Internet access.

For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-937-8461 or email at info@westinlakemary.com, or visit www.westin.com/lakemary.  Hotel contact:  Mark Selasky, Director of Sales & Marketing at (407) 351.3555.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts, with more than 160 hotels and resorts in more than 31 countries and territories, is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT). Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 900 properties in more than 100 countries and 155,000 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®.  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 ww.starwoodhotels.com.

YRG Hotel Group (a Yedla Management Company Partnership)
Yedla Management Company Inc., based in Huntsville, AL, serves as the developer and operator of the hotels owned by various Yedla Partnerships including YRG Hotel Group. The company currently owns, develops and operates multiple, award-winning brands from leading franchisors including Marriott, Hilton, and Starwood Hotels. Through its exceptional staff, extensive technical resources and thorough operational knowledge, Yedla Management Company has demonstrated a proven ability to deliver service and value for over 20 years. 

(Note: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities regulations. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and involve risks and uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated at the time the forward-looking statements are made. These risks and uncertainties are presented in detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although we believe the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance that our expectations will be attained or that results and events will not materially differ. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.)

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Contact: 

Mary C. Kenny
Phone : (321) 230-1707
Email: mary@maryckenny.com

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Also See: Owned by YRG Hotel and Managed by the Yedla Management Company Inc., the 253 room Westin Lake Mary, Orlando North Set to Open / October 2009
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