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Starwood Hotels Finishes 2014 Strong with 74 Openings and Fifth Straight Year of Increased Deal Signings

Leading High-End Hotel Operator Expands Global Portfolio with Balanced Growth in Mature and Emerging Markets

Starwood Preferred Guest ProgramStamford, Connecticut, USA – 06 January 2015 – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide today announced it opened 74 new hotels in 2014, representing approximately 15,000 rooms in 26 countries. The company also signed 175 new hotel management and franchise agreements in 2014, a 15% increase over the prior year, marking the fifth consecutive year of increased signings and the most new deals in one year since 2007. Starwood anticipates another year of solid growth in both mature and emerging markets in 2015, fueled by hotel openings and high-quality deal signings.

“With more than 1,200 hotels in 100 countries, we’re on the frontlines of global change and continue to see increasing demand for innovative, design-led brands, playing to Starwood’s strength,” said Frits van Paasschen, President and CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. “Our nine lifestyle brands continue to attract owners as does our loyalty program, Starwood Preferred Guest, which brings high-value guests to our hotels from around the world, driving more than half of our occupancy on any given night.”

Hotel Opening Momentum Continues
Building on its strong signing year, Starwood continues to grow in all corners of the world across all of the segments where it operates with plans to reach the following milestones in 2015:

300th hotel in Asia Pacific and China
150th hotel in China (with all nine brands represented)
90th hotel in Africa and the Middle East
175th Luxury hotel
750th Upper Upscale hotel
300th Mid-Market hotel

“Our balanced growth approach continued in 2014 with consistent, organic signings across all nine of our brands,” said Simon Turner, President of Global Development for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. “Looking ahead, emerging markets remain a focus for us, but recovering economic conditions and increased availability of financing have also led to strong growth in North America and Europe.”

Turner continued: “North America accounted for more than one third of our signings last year, and the availability of new construction lending resulted in a more than 50% increase in new-build hotel signings over the previous year. Globally, we renewed or extended 76 of our existing agreements with owners in 2014, underscoring the strength of our brands, loyalty program, operating teams, and systems. We remain focused on working with the right partners, on the right properties, in the right places, and our agile development approach allows us to adapt our growth strategies based on specific geographies and brand needs for both new development and conversion projects either managed or franchised.”

Starwood Widens its Lead in Luxury
With one of the fastest growing luxury portfolios under its St. Regis, The Luxury Collection and W brands, Starwood is lengthening its lead in luxury hospitality. Building on its base of more than 170 of the world’s most beautiful and iconic hotel experiences, Starwood expects to open more than 25 luxury hotels over the next two years adding to the 12 new luxury hotels which debuted last year. This pace continues to accelerate to meet increasing demand for luxury in all corners of the world.

In 2014, W Bogota marked the brand’s entry into Colombia, while The Luxury Collection brand added seven new hotels to its portfolio including La Posada de Santa Fe in New Mexico, Excelsior Hotel Gallia in Milan and The Castle Hotel in Dalian, China. In 2015, Starwood is on track to add more than 10 luxury hotels to its portfolio, including St. Regis hotels in Istanbul, Macao, Dubai and Mumbai, The Luxury Collection properties in Nanjing, China; San Antonio, Texas; and Broumana, Lebanon, and W openings in Amsterdam, Netherlands and Goa, India.

Demand Accelerates for Upper Upscale Brands
Starwood opened 27 hotels across its Sheraton, Le Méridien and Westin brands last year, with over 150 under active development. The iconic Sheraton brand, on track to open its 500th hotel in 2016, continues to serve as a growth leader for Starwood and pave the way for the further development of all of Starwood’s brands in fast growing markets. This year, the brand will debut in Samoa and Romania and re-enter Iraq, following last year’s launch in Tajikistan. Sheraton accounts for nearly 40% of all Starwood hotels in Asia Pacific and is leading Starwood’s growth in Africa, where the brand will open six more hotels by 2018.

Le Méridien opened flagship hotels in Chicago – Oakbrook, Bahrain, and Bangkok in 2014, and signed 18 new deals, a meaningful increase over the previous year. Building on this momentum, in 2015, the brand will open more new hotels than in any other year since Starwood acquired Le Méridien in 2005. The brand continues to expand in established markets primarily through conversions, while also extending its reach in emerging markets, with openings planned for India, Bangladesh and Bhutan this year.

Westin opened its 200th hotel worldwide in 2014 and demand continues to rise driven in part by the phenomenal success of its distinctive wellness positioning. In 2015, Westin will open its 125th hotel in North America and its 50th hotel in Asia. The brand will also debut in Qatar with the opening of The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa – the brand’s fourth hotel in the Middle East.

Mid-Market Brands Drive Pipeline Growth
Starwood’s mid-market segment continues to gain considerable momentum, with 35 openings and 100 new deals signed in 2014 across the Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft and Element brands. The segment accounts for approximately 40% of Starwood’s global growth pipeline and will comprise nearly half of the company’s new hotel openings in 2015, amid rising demand for strong global brands at an affordable price point in both major metro and secondary markets around the world.

Four Points by Sheraton signed 50 new hotel deals in 2014, the most in company history, and will surpass 200 hotels in 2015, with more than 25 planned hotel openings this year. The ‘best for business’ Four Points brand boasts Starwood’s second largest and fastest growing development pipeline, fueled by its widespread, global appeal to guests and flexible development options.

Aloft Hotels signed 31 new deals in 2014, the most signings in one year since 2008. Designed for the next generation of travelers, Aloft will cross the 100th hotel milestone in 2015 and expand its portfolio in Greater China to ten hotels by year end. Aloft will also enter numerous new markets this year, including both Munich and Stuttgart, Germany.

Starwood’s eco brand, Element Hotels, signed 19 deals in 2014 and is on track to triple its portfolio by 2017. On the heels of opening its first hotel outside of North America in Frankfurt, Germany, Element will open its first hotel in China in 2015 followed by new hotels in London, Amsterdam, Boston and Philadelphia, signifying the global appeal of this brand.

Le Meridien Continues Growth in India with the Signing of Le Meridien Ahmedabad

Slated to open in 2018, Le Méridien Ahmedabad will mark the re-entry of Le Méridien into this vibrant and historic Indian city

Le Meridien - LogoGurgaon, India – 17 September 2014 – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced the signing of Le Méridien Ahmedabad, a 200-room new build hotel slated to open in 2018. Owned by established real estate developer, Seven Leisure Private Limited, the hotel will be located within close proximity to the central business district and the Sanand Industrial Estate and will offer easy access to the main Gandhinagar Highway. Renowned institutes of higher learning and convention facilities such as the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and the Gujarat University Convention and Exhibition Centre are only a short drive from the hotel. Le Méridien Ahmedabad will mark the return of Le Méridien brand to this vibrant and historic city as well as represent Starwood’s third hotel in this growing market.

“We believe the return of Le Méridien to Ahmedabad is a key milestone for Le Méridien, which is experiencing renewed traction and momentum throughout South Asia,” said Dilip Puri, Managing Director India and Regional Vice President South Asia, Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “Since acquiring the brand in 2005, Starwood has made significant investments in redeveloping Le Méridien, which unlocks the destination for curious minded travellers through the arts, culture and cuisine, and with the rich cultural heritage of Ahmedabad, we feel this is a perfect match for the brand.”

Le Méridien Ahmedabad will be part of a mixed-use development, featuring unbranded serviced apartments and Club07, a fully equipped recreational facility, and the hotel will boast the city’s largest convention center facility with 74,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space. In addition to well-appointed, oversized rooms, signature amenities and personalized services, the hotel will also offer four restaurant and bar venues, including a signature all-day dining outlet and two specialty restaurants that will offer distinct culinary experiences for both guests and locals alike. Recreation facilities include a swimming pool and fully equipped fitness center.

Le Méridien Ahmedabad will feature the signature Le Méridien Hub™, which reinterprets the traditional lobby into a social gathering place and further builds on the brand’s award-winning arrival experience and coffee culture. Le Méridien arrival consists of four elements: large-scale artwork in high impact areas; a sensory experience, illustrated through Le Méridien signature scent, sound and use of light; UNLOCK ART™ programme, featuring artist designed key card collections that offer access to Le Méridien affiliated contemporary cultural centers in the city; and a 24-hour curated soundtrack by French Bossa Nova band Nouvelle Vague. The Hub features the signature Master Barista, a global initiative to meet the growing demands of coffee lovers at every Le Méridien hotel worldwide, as well as destination-inspired éclairs by day and Sparkling, an aperitif-inspired evening beverage programme.

“We continue to look for opportunities to grow Starwood’s brands in India and are delighted to announce the signing of Le Méridien Ahmedabad, strengthening Starwood’s footprint in the country,” said Sudeep Jain, Vice President, Acquisitions and Development, Starwood South Asia. “As one of the most culturally rich, vibrant and fastest growing cities in India, we saw a real opportunity to introduce the Le Meridien brand in Ahmedabad.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Starwood Hotels to bring Le Méridien to Ahmedabad—a very promising city with a growing need for a branded upscale hotel,” said Mr. Kalpesh Prajapati, Director Seven Leisure Private Limited. “We aim to create a chic and stylish Hotel that will deliver the true experience of Le Méridien, and help guests to experience this fascinating city at its best.”

Located on the banks of river Sabarmati, in the state of Gujarat in Western India, Ahmedabad is a burgeoning city known for its entrepreneurial spirit. The city established itself as the home of the textile industry and came to be known as “Manchester of the East”. It was at the forefront of the Indian independence movement in the first half of the 20th century when Mahatma Gandhi established the famous Sabarmati Ashram, a key landmark of the city, which is today a major city attraction.

Starwood Announces Multi-Billion Dollar Investment in Le Meridien Global Portfolio

With Nearly $3Billion Invested over the Past Seven Years and another $1Billon in Planned Pipeline, Le Méridien Boasts Best Portfolio in History

New York – 03 June 2013 – From the 35th Annual New York University Hospitality Investment Conference, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Inc. announced a significant investment by both the company and its ownership groups of nearly $3 billion in existing and new properties since the company acquired the Paris-born hotel brand in late 2005. With a robust pipeline of new hotels planned over the next 12 months, Le Méridien also announced that its owners will invest another $1 billion in an effort to solidify its world-class portfolio of more than 100 hotels from Barcelona to Bali, Istanbul to Atlanta, and Mexico City to Shanghai.

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“Over the past seven years, Starwood has made significant investments in developing Le Méridien as a contemporary lifestyle brand with a truly distinct point of view, and with the tremendous support of our ownership groups, we have also transformed the portfolio into its most competitive position to date,” saidBrian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien and Westin. “Le Méridien has soared under Starwood, and we are proud of the robust pipeline and healthy performance levels of our hotels around the world.”

Since being acquired in 2005 byStarwood Hotels & Resorts, both the company and its hotel ownership groups have repositioned Le Méridien brand as a leader in the upper-upscale category. Over the past seven years, Le Méridien has undergone a full brand transformation, including a comprehensive portfolio review as well as the re-development of its brand strategy, marketing approach and hotel service standards.Le Meridienhas also removed more than 40 hotels and resorts from the original portfolio purchased by Starwood, while another 25 hotels have undergone renovations to make up the best portfolio in the brand’s history. Le Méridien brand continues to provide Starwood with opportunities for new deal signings and conversions in both emerging and established markets as a result of its unique lifestyle positioning focused on bringing the destination to life through cuisine, the arts and local culture.

“The Le Méridien portfolio is the strongest it has ever been, and the brand is benefiting from growing recognition and deal signing momentum around the world,” saidSimon Turner, President ofGlobal Development,Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “Le Méridien is poised for expansive growth in primary cities and resorts around the globe, and we’re continuing to see increased interest among owners, especially around conversions.”

Le Méridien has had more new hotel deals signed in the past year than in the previous four years combined. Earlier this year, Le Méridien Hotels announced a significant growth pipeline of 10 new hotels and resorts expected to open by early 2014, including properties in Cairo, Chicago, Yixing (China), Zhengzhou (China), and Mahabaleshwar (India). Additionally, as the Middle East and Africa region continues to evolve as an international business and leisure travel hub, Le Méridien brand this past March announced an investment totaling more than$200 millionfor the renovations of 12 hotels in the region.

Le Méridien, the Paris-born hotel brand currently represented by nearly 100 properties in more than 40 countries, was acquired by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. in November 2005. With more than 80 of its properties located in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific, Le Méridien provided a strong international complement to Starwood’s then primarily North American holdings at the time of purchase. Since then, Le Méridien has gone through a brand re-launch, which included a large scale hotels product consolidation as well as redefining its brand strategy. Through creation of the LM100 artist community, Le Méridien has transformed numerous guest touch points, thus bringing unique, interactive and curated experiences to its guests. Plans call for dynamic expansion of Le Méridien Hotels and Resortswithin the next five years, concentrating on markets in Asia-Pacificand the Americas. Le Méridien recently opened new hotels in Bali, Atlanta, Dallas, Istanbul, Oran (Algeria), Arlington (Virginia, USA), and Coimbatore (India), and will open in the next 12 months in Chicago, Zhengzhou (China), Mahabaleshwar (India), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Cairo (Egypt), Qingdao (China), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Tampa (Florida, USA) and Columbus (Ohio, USA).

Le Meridien to Debut in New Orleans Following Strategic Conversion

Le Méridien New Orleans to Open in 2014 following Extensive $29 Million Renovation to Reposition the Hotel, Currently Operated under Starwood’s W Brand

New Orleans, USA – 31 May 2013 – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced plans to debut Le Méridien in New Orleans amidst rising demand for the Paris-born brand in markets across North America. Le Méridien New Orleans, ideally situated within walking distance from the city’s world-famous French Quarter, is set to open in Fall 2014. The hotel, which currently operates under Starwood’s W brand, was recently sold by the company to Chesapeake Lodging Trust (NYSE: CHSP) for $65 million this past April. Chesapeake will begin the comprehensive $29 million renovation and conversion in April 2014 and complete the project by the end of the fourth quarter.

W New Orleans - Living Room

W New Orleans – Living Room

“We are proud to debut the Le Méridien brand in the culturally rich city of New Orleans,” said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien and Westin Hotels. “With a bullish pipeline and re-developed brand strategy, Le Méridien continues on a remarkable growth trajectory, connecting with guests through the arts, culture, and cuisine in key cities around the world.”

Le Méridien New Orleans will offer 410 fully renovated guestrooms and bathrooms as well as upgraded fitness center, rooftop pool and more than 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting facilities, ideal for weddings and business functions. The hotel’s restaurant and lounge, along with all other public areas, will also be transformed to implement Le Méridien brand elements and signature offerings.

“With strong brand appeal among cosmopolitan travelers worldwide, Le Méridien continues its aggressive deal signing momentum with Le Méridien New Orleans,” said Allison Reid, Senior Vice President of North America Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. “We have a great partner in Chesapeake Lodging, and look forward to working together to bring Le Méridien to the Crescent City.”

Le Méridien New Orleans will also feature the Le Méridien Hub™ experience, which re-interprets the traditional lobby into a social gathering place for creative people to converse, debate, and exchange. Le Méridien Hub offers both guests and locals a creative atmosphere where contemporary, curated artwork sets the environment. Le Méridien Hub further builds on the brand’s award-winning curated arrival experience and coffee culture. Le Méridien arrival consists of four elements: large-scale artwork in high impact areas to reset the mind and stimulate dialogue and curiosity; the sensory experience, illustrated through Le Méridien signature scent, sound and use of light, creating a unique and distinctive atmosphere; UNLOCK ART™ programme, featuring LM100™ artist designed key card collections that not only offer access to the guestroom but also to Le Méridien affiliated contemporary cultural centers in the city; and a 24-hour curated soundtrack.

Located at 333 Poydras Street, Le Méridien New Orleans will be conveniently located near the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and just a few blocks from the boutiques, art galleries and jazz clubs in the French Quarter as well as the Riverwalk Marketplace, Harrah’s Casino and the Warehouse District. The hotel is Chesapeake Lodging Trust’s fifth Starwood property, joining W New Orleans – French Quarter, W Chicago – City Center, W Chicago – Lakeshore and Le Méridien San Francisco.

Le Méridien, the Paris-born hotel brand currently represented by 100 properties in more than 40 countries, was acquired by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) in November 2005. With over 80 of its properties located in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific, Le Méridien provided a strong international complement to Starwood’s then primarily North American holdings at the time of purchase. Since then, Le Méridien has gone through a brand re-launch, which included a large scale hotels product consolidation as well as redefining its brand strategy. By appointing a full-time Cultural Curator – French arts-provocateur Jérôme Sans – Le Méridien transformed numerous guest touch points, thus bringing unique and interactive experiences to its guests. Plans call for dynamic expansion of Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts within the next five years, concentrating on markets in Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Le Méridien recently opened new hotels in Istanbul, Oran (Algeria), Arlington (Virginia, USA), Coimbatore (India), Koh Samui (Thailand), and Taipei, and will open in the next 12 months in Bali, Atlanta, Chicago, Zhengzhou (China), Mahabaleshwar (India), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Cairo (Egypt), Qingdao (China), and Dhaka (Bangladesh).

Starwood Hotels & Resorts to Increase Hotel Footprint by 50 Percent in Latin America in the Next Five Years

The Company’s CEO and Senior Executives Toured Brazil and Colombia in Pursuit of Development Opportunities

Stamford, Connecticut – USA – 16 May 2013Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced that it will increase its operating hotel footprint in Latin America by 50 percent during the next five years, opening an average of seven new hotels per year in the region. Emphasizing Latin American’s growth potential as one of the world’s fastest growing hotel and travel markets, Starwood’s CEO Frits van Paasschen and members of the company’s senior executive team visited Latin America last week, traveling to key growth markets, including Brazil and Colombia.

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“Macro-economic trends continue to reshape the Latin American travel and business landscape, creating strong growth in lodging demand and many opportunities for Starwood to expand in the region,” said Frits van Paasschen, President and CEO, Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “At the same time, Latin America’s middle class grew by 50 percent in the last decade and this increase in wealth means that there are more and more people with the means to travel and an increasing appetite for global, luxury brands like ours.”

As the first international hotel company in Latin America dating back to the opening of the Sheraton Maria Isabel in Mexico City in 1963, Starwood today is the largest high end hotel operator in the region with 72 hotels in 13 countries and a total of 15,600 rooms. Since 2007, the company has grown by 36% in Latin America.

In the last two years the company opened 13 hotels, including its debut in Costa Rica with Westin Playa Conchal, Starwood’s first all-inclusive hotel in the world, the recent opening of Sheraton da Bahia Hotel in Salvador, Brazil, and the opening of new flagships including W Santiago, The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center, St. Regis Mexico City and Sheraton Bijao in Panama- the first Sheraton branded all-inclusive hotel in the world. Additional recent openings include The Westin Playa Bonita Resort & Spa Panama, The Westin Panama, The Westin Guadalajara and The Westin Santa Fe in Mexico; Aloft Bogota Airport and Aloft San Jose Hotel; Villarrica Park Lake Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel; Le Méridien Mexico City; and Four Points by Sheraton Mexico City, Colonia Roma.

Starwood has a pipeline of 19 hotels with a total of 3,200 new rooms in development. In the remainder of 2013, Starwood expects to open six more hotels with a total of 1,100 rooms, covering four brands across four countries.

“Latin America is emblematic of the growth we are seeing in regions around the world and key to our development plans,” said Simon Turner, President of Global Development & Acquisition, Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “There is strong affinity for all of our brands in the region across the luxury, upper upscale and mid-market segments, and we’re looking to build on this interest with new world-class hotels in the right places, with the right partners.”

“We are optimistic about the future of our company in Latin America because we have various competitive advantages, including a long-established presence for more than 40 years, local know-how and strong relationships driven by our in-market teams,” said Osvaldo Librizzi, co-president of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Americas. “Combined with our world-renowned lifestyle brands, we are well-positioned to grow and maintain our lead in the market.”

Brazil

With more than 80% of the world’s economic growth coming from fast-growing markets over the next few years, Brazil is a key focus for the company. Underscoring the importance of the country, van Paasschen and members of Starwood’s senior executive team met with hotel owners, customers and investors in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Recife, and Salvador to evaluate new projects. They also visited the iconic Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort in Rio de Janeiro, one of Starwood’s most valuable owned-assets in the region. In 2012, the hotel began a multi-million dollar renovation project that is part of Sheraton Hotels & Resorts’ ongoing commitment to enhance its global portfolio and reflects Starwood’s unwavering commitment to Brazil. Renovations are expected to be complete by the second quarter of next year.

“There is significant opportunity for hotel development in Brazil due to its sheer size, natural beauty, and relative under penetration, particularly at the high end. We want to bring our skills and expertise at operating high-quality branded hotels to this dynamic market, and believe rising rates and occupancies, and clear pent up demand for travel, make this a promising time to pursue growth opportunities,” added van Paasschen.

Starwood currently has eight hotels in some of the most important cities in the country, including Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort and Sheraton Barra Hotel & Suites in Rio de Janeiro; Sheraton Vitoria Hotel; Sheraton São Paulo WTC, Sheraton Porto Alegre Hotel, Four Points by Sheraton Curitiba, Four Points by Sheraton Macaé and the Sheraton da Bahia Hotel in Salvador, which is celebrating its recent inauguration today. Sheraton Reserva do Paiva Hotel & Convention Center near Recife is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2014.

Colombia

Starwood executives also spent time in Colombia meeting with owners and partners and visiting the site of the future W Bogota, which will mark the brand’s entry into the country. In the past years, Colombia has made important steps in enhancing its economy and hotel infrastructure, becoming an attractive destination for foreign investment and international hotel brands. Starwood has been present in Colombia for almost 20 years, and today, the company has several exciting projects in the pipeline, including Four Points by Sheraton Bogota, Sheraton Cartagena Hotel, and W Bogota- all slated to open in 2014.

“We believe that Colombia is a country ripe with opportunities for growth and we plan to expand our brands in the major cities and secondary markets in the years to come with development partners who have a proven track record of success and are looking for a new and exciting growth vehicle,” van Paasschen concluded.

Starwood currently has four hotels in Colombia, including Sheraton Bogota Hotel, Four Points by Sheraton Medellin, Four Points by Sheraton Cali and Aloft Bogotá Airport.

Le Meridien Announces Comprehensive Renovation Strategy for Middle East and Africa Portfolio

In a Year of Unprecedented Growth for Le Méridien, Significant Investment in Middle East and Africa Hotels Reflects Continued Commitment to Both Established and Emerging Markets

Le Meridien - Logo(Cairo, Egypt – 27 March 2013) Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced a significant commitment to its Le Méridien hotels in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region through a comprehensive renovation strategy. Le Méridien and its ownership groups will invest more than $200 million in the renovations of 13 hotels and resorts in the MEA region over the next 3 years. The French-born brand has had a major presence in emerging Middle Eastern and African markets for more than 30 years, and as this region continues to evolve as an international business and leisure travel destination, Le Méridien has developed a focused approach to ensuring its global portfolio continues to meet high brand standards.

“Since acquiring Le Méridien in 2005, Starwood and its hotel ownership groups have made a tremendous effort to enhance and create a consistent portfolio around the world”

“Since acquiring Le Méridien in 2005, Starwood and its hotel ownership groups have made a tremendous effort to enhance and create a consistent portfolio around the world,” said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien and Westin. “Le Méridien now boasts the best performance measures in the brand’s history, and our focused efforts on the Middle East and Africa hotels will only help ensure Le Méridien maintains its best portfolio ever.”

Le Méridien recently announced 10 new hotel openings over the next year, an unprecedented number for the brand, and as the European-rooted brand continues to grow globally, the consistency of its portfolio remains a key priority. The 13 Le Méridien hotels and resorts completing or currently undergoing renovations include:

Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort (Fujairah, United Arab Emirates)
Le Méridien Al Khobar (Saudi Arabia)
Le Méridien Dubai
Le Méridien Heliopolis (Cairo, Egypt)
Le Méridien Ile Maurice (Pointe Aux Piments, Mauritius)
Le Méridien Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)
Le Méridien Makkah (Saudi Arabia)
Le Méridien Mandji (Port Gentil, Gabon)
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi (Dubai)
Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa (Cairo, Egypt)
Le Méridien Re-Ndama (Libreville, Gabon)
Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa (Dubai)
Additionally, Le Méridien will this year add a new hotel in Egypt, where the brand currently operates four properties. Le Méridien Cairo Airport will open in September 2013. Located at Terminal 3, it will be the only hotel with direct access to Cairo International Airport terminals. Le Méridien Cairo Airport will feature 350 guestrooms, a 24-hour restaurant, specialty restaurant, coffee bar, lobby bar, lounge, fitness center, and swimming pool. The hotel will have approximately 750 square meters of meeting space, including a business center, ballroom, and six meeting rooms, for a variety of business functions.

Many of these renovated hotels along with Le Méridien Cairo Airport will integrate the Le Méridien Hub™ experience into existing public spaces, re-interpreting the traditional lobby into a social gathering place for curious and creative minded travelers to converse, debate, and exchange. Le Méridien Hub offers both guests and locals an inspiring atmosphere where contemporary, curated artwork sets the environment and a sophisticated café experience sets the scene. Le Méridien Hub further builds on the brand’s award-winning arrival experience consisting of four elements: large-scale artwork in high impact areas to reset the mind and stimulate dialogue and curiosity; the sensory experience, illustrated through Le Méridien signature scent, sound and use of light, creating a unique and distinctive atmosphere; UNLOCK ART™ programme, featuring LM100 ™ artist designed key card collections that not only offer access to the guestroom but also to Le Méridien affiliated contemporary cultural centers in the city; and a 24-hour soundtrack.