BETHESDA, Md., Jan. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: HST) announced today that its European joint ventures' recently acquired 394-room Grand Hotel Esplanade Hotel in Berlin was converted to a Sheraton franchise in December 2014. EVENT Hotel Group, an established European operator, will continue to operate the hotel under a franchise agreement.
The Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel Esplanade will be the first Sheraton in Berlin and over the next months, the hotel will unveil the Sheraton brand's signature offerings including a Sheraton Club Lounge, Link@SheratonSM and the revolutionary health and fitness program, Sheraton Fitness by Core® Performance.
The Grand Hotel Esplanade has a strong recognition in the German market given its historic reputation. The Sheraton brand will provide a stronger distribution channel, a lower reliance on OTAs and the ability to draw in foreign customers, particularly from the U.S. and thereby close the RevPAR gap that exists between the independently-flagged hotel and the internationally branded hotels in its competitive set.
"We are excited to extend our partnership with Starwood in Europe by converting this historic hotel to a Sheraton property under this franchise agreement. Event Hotel Group, who also holds a minority interest in the asset, will continue to manage the property and this winning combination will create substantial value at this hotel," said James F. Risoleo, executive vice president and managing director, Europe of Host Hotels & Resorts.
ABOUT HOST HOTELS & RESORTS
Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is an S&P 500 and Fortune 500 company and is the largest lodging real estate investment trust and one of the largest owners of luxury and upper-upscale hotels. The Company currently owns 98 properties in the United States and 15 properties internationally totaling approximately 59,000 rooms. The Company also holds non-controlling interests in five joint ventures, including one in Europe that owns 20 hotels with approximately 6,800 rooms and one in Asia that has interests in three hotels in Australia and India. Guided by a disciplined approach to capital allocation and aggressive asset management, the Company partners with premium brands such as Marriott®, Ritz-Carlton®, Westin®, Sheraton®, W®, St. Regis®, Le Méridien®, The Luxury Collection®, Hyatt®, Fairmont®, Hilton®, Swissôtel®, ibis®, Pullman®, and Novotel® in the operation of properties in over 50 major markets worldwide. For additional information, please visit the Company's website at www.hosthotels.com.
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