Starwood Announces Opening of the Sheraton Grand Sacramento

503 Room Hotel Adds to Historic Renovation Of

Sacramento's Downtown Business District



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Official ribbon cutting
 ceremonies were held yesterday for the long-awaited, 503-room Sheraton Grand
 Sacramento. The $95 million property is owned by the Sacramento Hotel
 Corporation and developed by Public Market Building, LLC. Starwood Hotels &
 Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:   HOT) was selected to manage the hotel under the
 Sheraton brand.
     "The opening of the Sheraton Grand Sacramento is very much a winning
 combination as it combines a highly-desirable location in the heart of
 Sacramento's downtown business district with the rebirth of the historic
 Public Market Building," remarked Norman MacLeod, executive vice president of
 operations for Starwood. "We are proud to add another California property to
 our Sheraton portfolio." Starwood now owns, manages or franchises 54 hotels in
 California including 17 Sheratons.
     Previously regarded as a city with limited conference space and hotel
 guestrooms, the Sheraton Grand fills a neglected void within the state
 capital's meetings and tourism market. The highlight of the 503-room,
 four-diamond quality hotel is the restored Public Market Building. Located
 adjacent to the 26-story hotel tower, the market building was originally
 designed in 1923 by renowned architect Julia Morgan, who also designed Hearst
 Castle.
     The San Francisco-based architectural firm, Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum,
 Inc. has successfully preserved the historical design by maintaining the
 exterior walls and facades of the original Market. To stay compatible with
 this original look, architects featured masonry and stone treatments on the
 first four floors of the contemporary hotel tower by borrowing pieces from the
 market to complement the older building's design.
     This residential look and feel to the property is in line with Sheraton's
 new style guestroom which are featured in all rooms and 27 suites. "Our
 customers told us they wanted a hotel room that felt more like a private home
 and these new rooms are designed for both work and rest," explains Al Petrone,
 vice president of operations for Starwood. The new guestrooms feature
 Sheraton's signature Sleigh Bed with pillow-top mattress, cozy bedside chairs,
 an oversized desk with ergonomic chair and in-room Internet access.
     The property also features a full-service business center, fitness
 facility, ballroom, Club Level floors with exclusive concierge lounge, and two
 restaurants. Guests will enjoy the benefits of the Starwood Preferred Guest
 program where Starpoints are earned for every hotel stay with no redemption
 blackout dates at Starwood's more than 725 hotels worldwide.
     Located at the corner of 13th and J Streets, adjacent to the Convention
 Center and a block from the State Capital, this property is a long-awaited
 addition to the downtown business district and has added over 300 jobs to the
 Sacramento area. The Sacramento International Airport is located just fifteen
 minutes from the hotel.
     Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:   HOT) is one of the
 leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 725 properties
 in 80 countries and 120,000 employees at its owned and managed properties.
 With internationally renowned brands, Starwood is a fully integrated owner,
 operator and franchiser of hotels and resorts including: St. Regis, The Luxury
 Collection, Sheraton, Westin, Four Points by Sheraton, W brands, as well as
 Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators
 of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information,
 please visit us at http://www.starwoodhotels.com.
 
     ** Please contact Starwood's new toll-free media hotline at 866-4-STAR-PR
 (866-478-2777) for photography or additional information. **
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -- Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X77365623
 
 

SOURCE Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Official ribbon cutting
 ceremonies were held yesterday for the long-awaited, 503-room Sheraton Grand
 Sacramento. The $95 million property is owned by the Sacramento Hotel
 Corporation and developed by Public Market Building, LLC. Starwood Hotels &
 Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:   HOT) was selected to manage the hotel under the
 Sheraton brand.
     "The opening of the Sheraton Grand Sacramento is very much a winning
 combination as it combines a highly-desirable location in the heart of
 Sacramento's downtown business district with the rebirth of the historic
 Public Market Building," remarked Norman MacLeod, executive vice president of
 operations for Starwood. "We are proud to add another California property to
 our Sheraton portfolio." Starwood now owns, manages or franchises 54 hotels in
 California including 17 Sheratons.
     Previously regarded as a city with limited conference space and hotel
 guestrooms, the Sheraton Grand fills a neglected void within the state
 capital's meetings and tourism market. The highlight of the 503-room,
 four-diamond quality hotel is the restored Public Market Building. Located
 adjacent to the 26-story hotel tower, the market building was originally
 designed in 1923 by renowned architect Julia Morgan, who also designed Hearst
 Castle.
     The San Francisco-based architectural firm, Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum,
 Inc. has successfully preserved the historical design by maintaining the
 exterior walls and facades of the original Market. To stay compatible with
 this original look, architects featured masonry and stone treatments on the
 first four floors of the contemporary hotel tower by borrowing pieces from the
 market to complement the older building's design.
     This residential look and feel to the property is in line with Sheraton's
 new style guestroom which are featured in all rooms and 27 suites. "Our
 customers told us they wanted a hotel room that felt more like a private home
 and these new rooms are designed for both work and rest," explains Al Petrone,
 vice president of operations for Starwood. The new guestrooms feature
 Sheraton's signature Sleigh Bed with pillow-top mattress, cozy bedside chairs,
 an oversized desk with ergonomic chair and in-room Internet access.
     The property also features a full-service business center, fitness
 facility, ballroom, Club Level floors with exclusive concierge lounge, and two
 restaurants. Guests will enjoy the benefits of the Starwood Preferred Guest
 program where Starpoints are earned for every hotel stay with no redemption
 blackout dates at Starwood's more than 725 hotels worldwide.
     Located at the corner of 13th and J Streets, adjacent to the Convention
 Center and a block from the State Capital, this property is a long-awaited
 addition to the downtown business district and has added over 300 jobs to the
 Sacramento area. The Sacramento International Airport is located just fifteen
 minutes from the hotel.
     Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:   HOT) is one of the
 leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 725 properties
 in 80 countries and 120,000 employees at its owned and managed properties.
 With internationally renowned brands, Starwood is a fully integrated owner,
 operator and franchiser of hotels and resorts including: St. Regis, The Luxury
 Collection, Sheraton, Westin, Four Points by Sheraton, W brands, as well as
 Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators
 of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information,
 please visit us at http://www.starwoodhotels.com.
 
     ** Please contact Starwood's new toll-free media hotline at 866-4-STAR-PR
 (866-478-2777) for photography or additional information. **
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -- Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X77365623
 
 SOURCE  Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.