STAMFORD, Conn.-May 7, 2014 - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that its popular Westin brand will soon launch in Nashville, Tennessee as part of the ongoing redevelopment of the city's vibrant downtown. Opening in early 2017, The Westin Nashville will be located across the street from Music City Center, the recently opened 1.2 million square foot convention center. Construction on The Westin Nashville will start this summer at the previously acquired Cokesbury site. Owned by Nashville Hospitality Capital, LLC and managed by Wischermann Partners, Inc., The Westin Nashville will feature 430 spacious rooms, state-of-the-art meeting space and all the brand's signature amenities designed to inspire well-being.

"We look forward to collaborating with Nashville Hospitality Capital, LLC, and expanding our partnership with Wischermann Partners to introduce the popular Westin brand to downtown Nashville," said Allison Reid, Senior Vice President of North America Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. "On track to open its 200th hotel worldwide this year, Westin is enjoying robust growth in North America due to the resounding success of its distinctive wellness positioning and brand-led programs."

Highlights of The Westin Nashville will include a signature restaurant, a rooftop pool and lounge, an indoor pool, full-service spa and WestinWORKOUT® fitness studio. The hotel will also offer approximately 25,800 square feet of leading-edge meeting facilities for meetings and social functions of all sizes, and a business center.

"The Westin Nashville will offer a fresh, new option for visitors to this up-and-coming travel destination, celebrated for its live music scene, world-class entertainment and innovative southern cuisine," said Kevin Fee, Managing Partner of Nashville Hospitality Capital, LLC. "The Westin brand's emphasis on inspiring well-being combined with the experience and insight of Wischermann Partners will be sure to deliver a first-class guest experience."

"This latest announcement underscores the tremendous demand for Nashville among convention and leisure travelers," said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. "The hospitality industry has always been a significant economic engine and the addition of the Westin brand further validates the investments we've made in it. It's rewarding to see the success of the Music City Center as it continues to reap rewards and spur new development across the city."

"Demand for this city is at a historic high. The addition of the Westin to our hotel package will help ensure our continued success," said Butch Spyridon, President and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. "The 430 rooms, within walking distance of the MCC, lower Broad and The Gulch, with a brand that is new to Nashville makes this a perfect fit. And the timing couldn't be better."

Located at 100 Clark Place, The Westin Nashville will be walking distance to the city's top entertainment venues including Ryman Auditorium and Bridgestone Arena, as well as numerous shops, restaurants, bars and night clubs. Other nearby attractions include the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Country Music Hall of Fame Museum, Music Row and The Pantheon. Less than eight miles from Nashville International Airport (BNA), the hotel will also offer proximity to the offices of KPMG, AT&T and Deloitte.

The sensory-rich environment at Westin offers a respite from the rigors of travel and sets a welcoming tone. The Westin brand's innovative programs and instinctive service transform every aspect of a guest's stay into a revitalizing experience. All guestrooms and suites at The Westin Nashville will feature the world-renowned Westin Heavenly® Bed – featuring lush sheets, down cushioning and a patented pillow-top mattress, which cradles and contours to the body for complete comfort. Guests will revive in the Heavenly® Bath enhanced with the brand's Heavenly® Shower, Heavenly® Robe and White Tea Aloe bath amenities, in-room and high-speed Internet access. The hotel will also offer the Westin brand's signature SuperFoodsRX® menu, which includes nutrient-rich and delicious options to tempt every palate.

Westin Hotels & Resorts, like all brands within Starwood's robust portfolio, is proud to offer the Starwood Preferred Guest® program, which made headlines when it launched in 1999 with a breakthrough policy of no blackout dates on Free Night Awards. SPG® offers members the ability to redeem awards at more resorts, more luxury properties, more European hotels and more golf properties than any other hotel program.

For more information on Westin Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.westin.com, Facebook or follow Westin on Twitter

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About Westin Hotels & Resorts

Westin Hotels & Resorts offers innovative programs that transform every aspect of a stay into a revitalizing experience. All Westin signature services – like the Heavenly Bed®, delicious SuperFoodsRx® and WestinWORKOUT® studio – have been designed with the guests' well-being in mind. Westin hotels, with more than 190 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with nearly 1,200 properties in 100 countries and 181,400 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood 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, Aloft®, and Element®. 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 also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.

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About Wischermann Partners, Inc.

Wischermann Partners, Inc. is a national hospitality firm, focused on the operations of upper upscale and luxury hotels. Recognized by clients, peers and industry experts, Wischermann Partners brings a unique mix of knowledge, experience and insight to hospitality management, development and acquisitions. Currently, Wischermann Partners operates a hotel portfolio of nearly 3,400 rooms. For more information about Wischermann Partners, please visit www.wischermannpartners.com.

About Nashville Hospitality Capital, LLC

Nashville Hospitality Capital, LLC is a real-estate holding company headquartered in Nashville, TN. The company focuses on hotel investment and development in the greater Nashville area.

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