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The Westin Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, California Completes
Meeting Space Renovation as Part of Brandwide Refresh

San Diego, CA (October 2011)
– The Westin Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego announced the completion of the renovation of its meeting and event space on the second and third floors of this downtown hotel.  Coming off of its summer debut as the first Westin hotel in the nation to introduce the brand’s new modern guest room design, the hotel is also among the first Westin properties to unveil the brand’s new meeting space program.   The new design has a contemporary, timeless sensibility without being trendy.  Concise, linear qualities give the space an architectural feel, and the space is softened with subtle design cues tied to the elements of nature.  The space has been further enhanced with eco-friendly materials such as LED lights. 
 
“The new meeting space really complements Westin’s brand positioning, ‘For a Better You,’” said Paul Rotunno, director of sales and marketing. “We know it can be hard to travel long-hours and then attend back-to-back meetings, so a lot of research and thought has gone into the new space and the elements of our programming.  We help our guests and meeting attendees “work well” with our innovative initiatives such as Clutter Free Meetings and SuperFoodsRx™ meeting breaks.”
 
The renovation of The Westin Gaslamp Quarter’s meeting and event space features floor-to-ceiling enhancements, including new carpet, wall coverings, artwork and lighting as well as a complete makeover of the public restrooms.  Earth tones, and natural textures help bring the feel of the outdoors inside, while top-of-the-line ergonomic furniture provides comfort and state-0f-the-art audio visual and teleconferencing equipment caters to meetings of all types.  Located on the second floor, the 9,100 square foot California Ballroom features all-new accents, lighting and rigging capabilities and is ideal for both corporate meetings and social events such as weddings, galas, and anniversary parties.  The newly remodeled Pacifica Boardroom is perfect for smaller groups and VIP executives with its new boardroom table and executive chair set-up.
 
For groups interested in booking a meeting at The Westin Gaslamp Quarter, meeting planners can select from a list of programs and offerings, including Clutter Free Meetings and SuperFoodRx™ breaks.  Customized menus and agendas are also available, and an Executive Meeting Specialist will be assigned to your program to ensure an excellent meeting experience.
 
Later this year, The Westin Gaslamp Quarter will begin the final phase of its $25 million transformation to include a new arrival experience as well as a redesigned lobby, restaurant and lounge to be completed in 2012.

About The Westin Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego

Situated in San Diego’s lively downtown, just steps from shops, restaurants, theatres, art galleries and nightclubs. The hotel offers 450 guestrooms including eight suites, and 35,000 sq. ft. of meeting space including the 9,000 sq. ft. California Ballroom and the 5,900 sq. ft. Pavilion with a 5,700 sq. ft. outdoor terrace event space.  Facilities include a WestinWORKOUT and an outdoor swimming pool as well as Horton’s Bar & Grill, Café Express and the Lobby Lounge.  Nearby attractions include the world famous San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, the USS Midway Museum and Coronado Island.  Adjacent to the Westfield Horton Plaza Shopping Mall and just three miles from the San Diego International Airport, the hotel is convenient to the San Diego Convention Center and numerous corporate offices and courthouses.  For reservations and additional information, please visit www.westingaslamp.com or call 619.239.2200.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1051 properties in 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®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft®, and Element SM.  The company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. 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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