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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Announces the
Opening of the Sheraton Hanoi Hotel,
Its Second Property in Vietnam

Sheraton Hanoi Hotel Is The First Five Star International Hotel To Open In Hanoi In The New Millennium

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 10, 2004-- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., (NYSE: HOT) announces the opening of the Sheraton Hanoi Hotel, its second property in Vietnam. The opening of the 299-room hotel heralds both a new standard of luxury accommodation in Hanoi and the further expansion of Starwood's upscale Sheraton brand in Vietnam and Asia. The Sheraton Hanoi Hotel is managed by the Starwood and owned by Malaysia's Faber Group and the Vietnam Ministry of Finance.

Located on the picturesque shores of Hanoi's Tay Ho or West Lake, the Sheraton Hanoi Hotel will be one of the finest hotels in Vietnam. The hotel is located just 25 minutes from Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport and minutes from downtown Hanoi. The Sheraton Hanoi Hotel is situated amidst lush landscaped gardens, bridges, tranquil courtyards, sweeping lawns and refreshing fountains.

The Sheraton Hanoi Hotel is centrally located within the business and tourist district of the city. The lake, upon which the hotel is set, was traditionally an area where the Vietnamese royal family spent their recreational time and where past royalty erected summer palaces and sponsored religious foundations. Today, the Presidential Palace is visible from the hotel as are religious pagodas and temples.

The hotel offers superb facilities, featuring the largest standard guest rooms in the city, each measuring approximately 400 square feet. All guestrooms feature traditional decor with a local Vietnamese and French Colonial influence, and offer spectacular views of the West Lake. All guestrooms are luxuriously appointed and equipped with the latest telecommunications and entertainment facilities including: broadband internet access, voice mail, IDD telephone, satellite TV and date points for facsimile or personal computer. The hotel also offers seven meeting rooms with a total of more than 11,000 square feet, suitable for small to medium-sized meetings, with a capacity of 500 guests for its largest meeting room.
The Sheraton Hanoi Hotel will feature innovative food and beverage outlets including: Oven D'Or which will provide all day dining; Hemispheres, a specialty restaurant which will be open for lunch and dinner; and, Nutz, a lively bar and restaurant open in the evenings and featuring live entertainment.

The Health and Fitness Center will include a world-class gymnasium, sauna, spa treatments and private massage. All feature an extensive range of state-of-the-art equipment with direct access to the beautifully designed pool and garden area.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 740 properties in more than 80 countries and 105,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. With internationally renowned brands, Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts including: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, Sheraton, Westin, Four Points by Sheraton, W brands, as well as Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit

Please contact Starwood's new toll-free media hotline at (866)4-STAR-PR (866-478-2777) for photography or additional information.


     CONTACT: Media Contact:
              Sheraton Hanoi Hotel
              Diane Curtis, 844-719-9000
              Fax: 844-719 9001
              Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
              Mark Ricci, 914-640-8496 
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