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  The Sheraton Brand to Fly on Golf Resort in Cork, Ireland and
on the Presidente Hotel in San Salvador, El Salvador
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y - Nov. 17, 2005 -- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) announces its second property in Ireland scheduled to open in spring 2006, with the newly constructed Sheraton Fota Island Golf Resort & Spa, Cork. Starwood and property company Fleming Construction have signed a management agreement to develop the 133-room luxury Sheraton resort, on scenic Fota Island in County Cork, located on the southern Irish coast. 

The hotel is being constructed on the site of the existing Fota Island Golf Club - home of the Irish Open in 2001 and 2002. In addition to the championship golf course, hotel and lodge, guests will also enjoy the full service destination Spa with 17 treatment rooms, a specialty restaurant, a full-service dining restaurant and Whiskey Bar in one of the most idyllic settings in Ireland. The resort will also ultimately include over 250 luxury residential lodges. 

Fota Island is a scenic island in Cork Harbor, just north of the larger island of Cobh. Located 20 minutes from Cork Airport, the new hotel will be a great location from which vacationers to explore southern Ireland, while also taking advantage of all the facilities that are offered to resort guests. The island is also host to Ireland's only wildlife park - as well as Fota House, an historic 18th century hunting lodge renowned for its breathtaking gardens. 

"We are thrilled to be opening another hotel in Ireland," said Roeland Vos, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Europe, Middle East & Africa. "Since the opening of The Westin Dublin in 2001, we have been looking for other opportunities in this market. This hotel increases Starwood's commitment to Ireland, while further expanding on the wonderful resorts we can offer our guests around the world." 

"We chose Sheraton because it is a great brand to be working with on this project," said John Fleming, Managing Director, Fleming Construction. "Fota Island is already highly regarded as a golf destination - the new hotel, residential lodge development and extensive spa facilities will really add to the appeal of this part of Ireland for leisure, incentive and conference business. With Starwood already having a presence in Ireland and a proven track record with the success of The Westin Dublin, they make an ideal hotel management partner for us." 
In June 2006 Fota Island golf course is hosting the AIB Irish Seniors Open Golf Championship. With the launch of the new resort, the existing PGA-endorsed golf course will be enhanced by the provision of an additional nine holes of championship caliber standards, creating a world-class golf destination, with challenging features to test the skills of any golfer. 

The Sheraton Fota Island Golf Resort & Spa will also offer a world-class destination spa, designed by Dr. Christian Jost, a noted European spa consultant. The spa will include 17 state-of-the-art treatment rooms, a hydropool, walking river, gymnasium, swimming pool and conservatory for post-treatment relaxation. 

The hotel is less than six miles from Cork City, which is the current European Capital of Culture. The surrounding corporate business parks house many international companies such as Motorola, Black & Decker, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. For events and meetings, the hotel will offer six meeting rooms, with a capacity to accommodate groups ranging from 6 to 500 people. The hotel's location and stunning views also make it the ideal venue for weddings and gala events. 

Also, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc (NYSE:HOT) announces the opening of its first property in the Central American republic of El Salvador - the Sheraton Presidente San Salvador. The hotel is located in the bustling capital city of San Salvador. The property is a franchise agreement between Starwood and Hoteles y Desarrollos S.A. de C.V. and formerly operated as the San Salvador Presidente Hotel.

"We are thrilled of this new Sheraton opening in El Salvador, provided its great location in San Salvador and ideal for corporate markets in Central America," said Osvaldo Librizzi, President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Latin America. "Starwood continues its expansion in Central America, with San Salvador being highly regarded as one of the key markets for the company's expansion in this region." 

The Sheraton Presidente San Salvador is situated in the capital of El Salvador, in the city's fashionable Zona Rosa district, only ten minutes from the major business, shopping and entertainment and within five minutes from international consulates and embassies. The address is Final Avenida La Revolucion, Colonio San Benito, San Salvador, El Salvador. The hotel features 220 guestrooms, suites and a Presidential Suite, all equipped with the brand's signature custom-designed Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed(R), high-speed Internet access and cable TV. 

The property's in-house restaurant, La Terraza, offers diners an expansive menu that highlights the regional fare of El Salvador and accommodates up to 150 customers. Among the various dining options are the hotel Bistro "San Benito", seating 50 and the "Marquise" Lobby Bar, serving local and international drinks. 

In addition, planners will also benefit from the hotel's meetings and conventions facilities including 11 meeting rooms handling both large and small venues, totaling over 12,000 square feet. 

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 750 properties in more than 80 countries and 120,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. 


Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Mark Ricci, 914-640-8496

Also See: Princess Hotels & Resorts' Hotel Princess Zona Rosa in San Salvador, El Salvador Converted to a Hilton / March 2004
Salobre Golf Hoteles S.A Appoints Starwood to Manage the New Sheraton Hotel and Golf Resort On Gran Canary Island, Spain / June 2001

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