MERRILLVILLE, Ind., April 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- White Lodging's Westin Hotel at The Domain in Austin was the big winner at the Austin Business Journal's 2011 Best Real Estate Awards Ceremony. The recipient of the Hotel Hospitality Development category in the commercial division, the property has been open for just over a year and features 341 luxurious guest rooms and suites, the hip URBAN grill and lounge and over 17,000 square feet of state-of-art meeting and banquet space.
"As noted at the event, The Westin Austin at The Domain was developed at the low point in the economic downturn," said Deno Yiankes, President and CEO Investments and Development Division at White Lodging. "Dating back to our very first hotel in Austin (Courtyard by Marriott – Austin University Area) in 1993, we have always enjoyed a special relationship with the community. Since then, we have been fortunate to add over 600 full time jobs and 20 additional hotel projects to the metropolitan area and look forward to expanding our presence in the hospitality market even further in the near future."
The Austin Business Journal created the Best Commercial Real Estate Awards to recognize developers that take a risk to advance, preserve or positively change the Central Texas area. Situated in Austin's pedestrian-friendly Domain, a world-class lifestyle center encompassing in excess of 1.5 million square feet of retail, dining, residential and entertainment venues, The Westin Austin is the first hotel of its brand in the city. Less than 20 minutes from downtown Austin, the hotel is convenient to the popular Sixth Street and Warehouse District entertainment venues as well as the University of Texas at Austin.
"We are so pleased to be honored for this development," Yiankes commented. "We are very proud of the Westin Austin at The Domain and all of the White Lodging associates who help make this such a special and unique property."
A brand of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, the Westin Austin at The Domain is owned by affiliates of White Lodging and Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group.
White Lodging Services Corporation was established in 1985 and is headquartered in Merrillville, Indiana. White Lodging is a fully integrated hotel ownership, development, and operations company – a recognized leader that has defined and cultivated the ability to achieve consistent, sustainable growth among mid- to large-scale hotels across the country. Their current portfolio consists of over 155 hotels in 18 states and encompasses representation of the following leading brands: Marriott International, Inc., Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Global, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, InterContinental Hotel Group, and Carlson Hotels Worldwide.
For more information about White Lodging, please visit www.whitelodging.com or call 219-472-2900.
SOURCE White Lodging Services Corporation