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Michael Hess Named General Manager for New Aloft BWI Airport- Linthicum Hotel

Linthicum, MD (Vocus/PRWEB ) May 27, 2009 -- Aloft, the new select-service Starwood brand of modern, loft-inspired design hotels targeting business and leisure travelers, today announced that Michael Hess has been appointed as General Manager of the new Aloft BWI Airport. The new 155-room hotel, which is located less than one mile from the Baltimore Washington International Airport at 1741 West Nursery Road, Linthicum, MD, is currently under construction and scheduled to open in July 2009.

As General Manager, Hess will direct all areas of the hotel’s operations, including guest services, sales and marketing efforts, and hotel administration.

“Michael brings to the organization an outstanding record in hotel management and we are confident that he will be instrumental in ensuring the success of this new Aloft hotel,” said Greg Miller, President & CEO of PM Hospitality Strategies, Inc., the Aloft’s management company.

Having over ten years of experience in the hospitality industry, Hess brings extensive lodging knowledge to the Aloft BWI Airport. Prior to joining the hotel, Hess has served in positions as General Manager, Director of Operations, Director of Revenue Management and Director of Guest Services at various hotels under the Starwood and Hilton family brands. Hess has also spent time as a Quality Assurance consultant for LRA Worldwide. Hess is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Restaurant Tourism Administration. Hess has also served 3 years as an Air Traffic Controller for the United States Air Force.

Infused with the DNA of W Hotels, Aloft is a new destination sensation featuring loft-inspired design, accessible technology and a stylish urban attitude. Guestrooms include spacious 9-foot high ceilings, plush platform beds, walk-in showers with amenities from Bliss Spa, free Wi-Fi and connectivity devices that enable guest to connect their laptops, DVD players and playstations on to the 42” LCD TV. Designed in conjunction with world-renowned David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group, Aloft offers atmospheric public spaces where guests can mix and mingle, read the paper, work on laptops, play a game of pool or grab a drink with friends at the "re:mix" communal lobby area and "W xyz" bar. The "re:charge" fitness center and "splash" pool give travelers options to de-stress and re-energize, while "re:fuel" by aloft, offers sweet, savory, and healthy food, snacks, and beverages to grab & go, 24-hours a day. For meetings and events, Aloft accommodates guests with its state of the art A/V equipment in its 540 square feet "tactic" boardroom and outdoor patio area. Aloft hotels are also part of the see "green" program, which promotes ecologically friendly practices, products and services both inside and outside the hotel, and also creators of the "Arf" Program, which allows guests to travel with their pets.

Aloft opened its first hotel in 2008 and expects to open 500 hotels worldwide in the next five years. For more information on Aloft, please visit or To make reservations at the Aloft BWI Airport, travelers can visit the Aloft website at or call 1-877-go-aloft. All Aloft guests have the option to participate in and earn points in Starwood’s award-winning, industry leading Starwood Preferred Guest program. Members at the Preferred level earn two points for every eligible US dollar spent at over 860 participating hotels and resorts worldwide.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 900 properties in more than 100 countries and 155,000 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. 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


Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc
Also See: Buccini / Pollin Group and PM Hospitality Strategies, Inc. Nearing Completion of Two Adjacent Hotels Near Dulles International Airport, the 135-room Hilton Garden Inn and the 136 room aloft; Milan Patnaik Named General Manager – aloft / April 2008

The Buccini/Pollin Group Breaks Ground on first of its Kind Two in One Hotel Near Baltimore; The 11-story building will house both a Homewood Suites by Hilton and a Hilton Garden Inn / August 2007

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