Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) and The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE:HHC) today announced that the Westin brand will soon open its fifth hotel in greater Houston. The Westin, The Woodlands will debut at the end of 2015 within The Woodlands, one of the country’s premier master planned communities and a leading business center located 27 miles north of downtown Houston.
The newly constructed Westin will offer 302 luxurious guest rooms, more than 15,000 square feet of meeting and pre-function space, an outdoor pool, WestinWORKOUT® studio, business center and all the brand’s signature amenities in a scenic location overlooking The Woodlands Waterway® in Waterway Square®. The Westin, The Woodlands will feature a 150-seat restaurant, lobby bar and second level pool deck and bar, with direct access to The Fountains at Waterway Square. Guests can also cross an adjacent pedestrian bridge spanning The Waterway to access the performance stage at Waterway Square.
“We look forward to growing our presence in the Houston area and introducing the Westin brand to The Woodlands, a vibrant and fast-growing business and entertainment hub,” said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader for Westin Hotels & Resorts and Le Méridien Hotels. “The Westin, The Woodlands will appeal to both business and leisure travelers seeking to recharge and revitalize with the help of the Westin brand’s signature programs and amenities, designed to send them home feeling better than when they arrived.”
“There is a tremendous demand for signature hotels in The Woodlands, and we are pleased to welcome the renowned Westin brand,” said Paul Layne, Executive Vice President of Master Planned Communities for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “The Westin, The Woodlands will be a great place to stay in Waterway Square, a regional destination with multiple water features, shopping, dining and entertainment options for locals and visitors alike.”
The new Westin will boast a prime location on Waterway Square within The Woodlands. The 28,000-acre development is home to more than 1,900 businesses employing over 50,000 people. The hotel will be within walking distance to numerous corporate offices, the shops and restaurants in The Waterway Square District, The Woodlands Mall and Market Street, as well as The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Also nearby is the new Hughes Landing, a 66-acre mixed-use development situated on the 200-acre Lake Woodlands.
“The Westin brand is an ideal fit for The Woodlands and will help meet the accelerating demand for high-caliber lodging in this rapidly developing area,” said Allison Reid, Senior Vice President of North America Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. “Having opened its 200th hotel worldwide this year, Westin is a popular choice among owners and developers in markets throughout North America, due to its distinctive wellness positioning, innovative products and brand-led programs.”
The sensory-rich environment at Westin offers a respite from the rigors of travel and sets a welcoming tone. The Westin brand’s innovative programs and instinctive service transform every aspect of a guest’s stay into a revitalizing experience. All guestrooms and suites at The Westin, The Woodlands will feature the world-renowned Westin Heavenly® Bed – featuring lush sheets, down cushioning and a patented pillow-top mattress, which cradles and contours to the body for complete comfort. Guests will revive in the Heavenly® Bath enhanced with the brand’s Heavenly® Shower, Heavenly® Robe and White Tea Aloe bath amenities, in-room and high-speed Internet access. The hotel will also offer the Westin brand’s signature SuperFoodsRX® menu, which includes nutrient-rich and delicious options to tempt every palate.
Westin Hotels & Resorts, like all brands within Starwood’s robust portfolio, is proud to offer the Starwood Preferred Guest® program, which made headlines when it launched in 1999 with a breakthrough policy of no blackout dates on Free Night Awards. SPG® offers members the ability to redeem awards at more resorts, more luxury properties, more European hotels and more golf properties than any other hotel program.
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