|WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 2000 - Nine legendary
hotels in Europe today join Westin Hotels & Resorts, more than doubling
the brand’s presence in Europe.
Hotels joining Westin include: the Hotel Palace in Milan, the Hotel
Excelsior in Rome, the Hotel Excelsior in Florence, the Hotel Europa &
Regina in Venice, the Hotel Excelsior in Venice Lido, the Hotel Palace
in Madrid, the Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville, the Hotel Maria Cristina
in San Sebastian and the Hotel Bristol in Vienna.
|“With these legendary hotels we are significantly expanding
Westin in Europe, allowing us to grow on the continent with one of the
strongest worldwide upscale/luxury brands in the industry. Westin’s pre-eminent
brand leadership coupled with the power of its global distribution systems
will enhance these hotels’ commercial potential, while at the same time
maintaining their reputation for the very best in luxurious facilities
and unrivalled customer service,” said Robert F. Cotter, Chief Operating
Officer for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (parent company
“These hotels are an integral part of the history and culture of the
destinations in which they are located and over the past few years we have
spent well over $100 million restoring these historic hotels to their original
grandeur,” added Starwood Europe President Roeland Vos. “Starwood
has created an environment in these hotels that significantly exceeds the
expectations of the most demanding international clientele, and now it’s
time to add in the global power and reach of the Westin brand. Each of
these hotels is the market leader in the upscale category in its own right,
with world class standards in terms of product facilities, amenities and
The Westin Excelsior, Florence
Excelsior origins date back to the 13th century and
the works of the Umiliati order of Monks, the land and buildings later
became the palatial homes of a number of the great families of Florence
and were probably first used as hotels in the mid nineteenth century, becoming
one hotel under the ownership of the Swiss Hotelier Gerardo Kraft in 1912.
The hotel has recently undergone an extensive restoration programme with
special attention paid to retaining 19th century features of the building
and the use of the raw materials and traditional arts of Tuscany.
|Hotel Bristol, A Westin Hotel: Karntner Ring,
1 - Vienna, Austria 1015
The 140-room hotel, located opposite the Vienna State Opera House,
is a landmark of elegance in Austria’s capital city.
|The Westin Excelsior, Florence: Piazza Ognissanti,
3 - Florence Italy
Close to the Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace, the 168-room
hotel combines luxurious modern accommodations with seven centuries of
|The Westin Palace, Milan: Piazza della Repubblica,
20 - Milan, Italy
Minutes from Milan’s Duomo and the glass-domed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele,
the 216-room Westin offers attentive service in a setting of Renaissance
|The Westin Excelsior, Rome: Via Vittorio Veneto,
125 - Rome, Italy 00187
The 321-room property on Rome’s most celebrated avenue, Via Veneto,
boasts rich custom fabrics, Empire-style furnishings and walls and ceilings
hand- decorated by master artisans.
|The Westin Europa & Regina, Venice: San Marco,
2159 - Venice, Italy
On the Grand Canal just steps from St. Mark’s Square, the 185-room
centuries-old hotel reflects its sumptuous past with many fine details
including precious marble, elegant damasks and magnificent stucco work.
|The Westin Excelsior, Venice Lido: Lungomare Marconi,
41 - Venice Lido
Overlooking the beach just a short boat ride from Piazza San Marco,
the 196-room Westin offers the charms of Venice’s Lido from the casino
to its exclusive private beaches.
|The Westin Palace, Madrid: Plaza de las Cortes,
7 - Madrid, Spain 28014
In the heart of Madrid, opposite the Prado and Thyssen Bornemisza museums,
the 465-room property is a monument to elegance combining turn-of-the-
century grandeur with high-tech touches of a modern, world-class hotel.
|Hotel Maria Cristina, A Westin Hotel: Calle Oquendo,
1 - San Sebastian
Home to the International Film Festival, and just blocks from the beach
and a short drive from the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, the 136-room hotel
is surrounded by promenades and gardens, and many rooms offer views of
the sea and Urumea River.
|Hotel Alfonso XIII, A Westin Hotel: San Fernando,
2 - Seville, Spain
Named for the king who commissioned it in 1928, the 146-room hotel
was designed to be Europe’s most luxurious hotel. Situated among the arches
and arabesques of the historic city center, the hotel is a regal presence
just minutes from the Reales Alcazares and Plaza de Espana.
These properties join existing European Westin hotels including: the
luxurious Trianon Palace, A Westin Hotel in Versailles, France; the world
famous Turnberry Hotel, Golf Courses & Spa, A Westin Resort in Scotland;
The Westin Grand in Berlin; The Westin Bellevue in Dresden, Germany; and
The Westin Dragonara Resort in Malta.
“By growing Westin’s current European collection with these nine luxury
hotels, loyal Westin customers from all over the world will find the preferred
choice for lodging in each of these important leisure and business destinations,”
Westin continues to expand in Europe, with the June 2000 opening of
The Westin Rotterdam, The Netherlands, the Sept. 2000 opening of The Westin
La Quinta Golf Resort in Marbella, Spain, and the April 2001 opening of
The Westin Dublin, Ireland. With these new additions, Westin’s European
coverage will more than triple in locations this year - making it the fastest
growing upscale brand on the continent. Target markets for continued Westin
growth include: London, Paris, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Budapest, Hamburg,
Istanbul, Prague, Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Munich and Jerusalem.