WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 17, 2011 -- Accelerating its global portfolio growth, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced the opening of its first Westin hotel in South America - The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center in Peru. Ideally located in the heart of San Isidro, the financial and shopping hub of Lima, Peru, The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center features 301 rooms and the largest meeting and convention facilities in Peru.
"We are delighted to make our landmark entry in South America, where we
expect to aggressively grow the Westin brand over the next decade,"
said Brian Povinelli, global brand leader for Westin Hotels &
Resorts. "The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center is a superb
representation of the Westin brand. Our distinctive positioning
resonates well with international travelers and we are excited to bring
the Westin experience to another new market."
The debut of Westin in Peru comes on the heels of the brand's recent
entry in Costa Rica, with the opening of its first all-inclusive resort
- The Westin Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal. Westin is also poised to
make its debut in Panama with the upcoming openings of The Playa Bonita
followed by The Westin Panama, and increase its presence in Mexico with
the upcoming opening of The Westin Guadalajara this September.
"Starwood's growth leader in Latin America is Westin Hotels, which is
set to double its portfolio in the region by 2012," said Osvaldo
Librizzi, President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Latin America.
"Fueled by the success of Westin, we are experiencing strong demand
from owners and developers for all of our world-class brands across
Latin America, strengthening Starwood's position as the largest four
and five star hotel operator in the region."
The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center is opening under a
franchise agreement between Grupo Libertador and Starwood. The two
companies previously partnered to open two Luxury Collection
properties: Hotel Paracas Resort in 2009 and Tambo del Inka Resort
& Spa in 2010, located in Valle Sagrado, near Machu Picchu.
An ideal venue for weddings, social galas and business functions, The
Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center boasts more than 28,000
square feet of space, including 10 meeting rooms and a grand ballroom.
Additional facilities include a three meal restaurant and a fine dining
restaurant headed by chef Rafael Piqueras. The hotel also features an
In Site Bar to enjoy international cocktails, lobby lounge, and an
additional lounge on the 29th floor. Designed by Miami-based
Arquitectonica and renowned New York designer Tony Chi, The Westin Lima
Hotel & Convention is a notable addition to the Lima skyline.
"We're delighted to celebrate the grand opening of this world-class
hotel which now stands as an iconic landmark in this city," said Jorge
Melero CEO of Grupo Libertador.
In their rooms, hotel guests will awaken their senses with the Westin
Heavenly Bath(R) experience and restore in the Heavenly Bed(R), a
10-layer ensemble of luxurious comfort featuring a pillow-top mattress
set, a cozy down blanket, three crisp sheets, a comforter, duvet and
five plush pillows. Rooms are also equipped with high-speed Internet
access and an ergonomic work space to enhance guest productivity and
creativity in a tranquil setting.
As part of the Westin brand's commitment to preserving wellness on the
road, The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center features a 24-hour
WestinWORKOUT(R) gym, an indoor pool and the SuperfoodsRX menu designed
by experts to keep guests on top of their game with incredible food
combinations rich in nutrients, antioxidants and flavor. Located on the
second floor of the hotel, the Heavenly Spa by Westin features 14
treatment rooms and a choice of signature Heavenly treatments created
by Comfort Zone, the luxurious Italian spa brand.
With the addition of the new Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center,
Starwood now has nine Westin Hotels in Latin America, six Westin hotels
in Mexico, one in Guatemala and one in Costa Rica. Overall, Starwood
Hotels & Resorts now has 65 hotels and resorts in 13 countries in
About Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts is focused on providing services and
amenities that enhance our guests well-being and ensure they leave
feeling better than when they arrived. With over 170 hotels and resorts
in over 36 countries and territories, Westin is owned by Starwood
Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Starwood Hotels is one of the
leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1051 properties
in nearly 100 countries and territories with 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(R), The Luxury
Collection(R), W(R), Westin(R), Le Méridien(R), Sheraton(R),
Four Points(R) by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft(R), and
ElementSM. 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 Libertador Hotels, Resorts
With its first opening in Cusco 30 years ago, Libertador Hotels,
Resorts & Spas is the largest Peruvian hotel group, currently
owning and operating five hotels catering to discerning travelers in
cities that stand out for their exceptional character, sites, and
lesser known attractions. A private twelve-passenger aircraft (Cessna
Grand Caravan) is also part of the brand portfolio and will soon offer
guests private transfers between all locations: Cusco, Urubamba, Puno,
Arequipa, Lima, Trujillo and Paracas. For more information, please
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