The Luxury Collection® Hotels & Resorts Boosts Global Growth with Four Marquee Hotel Openings in Europe


BRUSSELS–([1])–Following the announcement of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
(NYSE:HOT) investing $300 million in coordination with its owner
partners to expand and improve The Luxury Collection® portfolio in North
America, Starwood’s largest luxury brand today announced that it will
expand its European portfolio by four. . With the addition of Augustine
in Prague, Caresse Resort & Spa in Bodrum, Falisia Resort & Spa in
Portopiccolo, Italy and Grand Hotel River Park in Bratislava to its
illustrious portfolio, The Luxury Collection will surpass 100 hotels
globally by the end of this year. This effort is made in tandem with the
ongoing investment of more than $500 million by Starwood and hotel
owners to restore some of the most iconic The Luxury Collection hotels
in Europe.

“We look forward to building a long-term relationship with our owner
partners with each of these exciting projects under The Luxury
Collection brand, as we continue to grow in both established and
emerging destinations in Europe,” said Michael Wale, President, Starwood
Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “Growing in lockstep
with the increasing global demand for luxury, Starwood remains focused
on working with the right partners on the right properties in
destinations emblematic of new luxury travel trends.”

“There is enormous untapped potential for The Luxury Collection; and
with these new hotel openings, Starwood is putting a stake in the ground
for The Luxury Collection to become the world’s largest luxury hotel
brand by year’s end,” said Hoyt H. Harper II, Global Brand Leader, The
Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts. “Owners of independent luxury hotels
are finding tremendous value in Starwood’s powerful distribution,
loyalty and sales platforms; and this announcement reinforces that The
Luxury Collection is a brand that celebrates the unique character of
each of its hotels while driving greater returns.”

Augustine, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Prague (opened June 30)

Located in the picturesque Malá Strana district in the heart of the
city’s UNESCO World Heritage center, Augustine is adjacent to
Wallenstein Garden and within walking distance of Prague Castle and
Charles Bridge. With just over 100 luxuriously-appointed guestrooms and
suites, the hotel occupies seven historic buildings, the largest of
which is the 13th century St. Thomas Monastery. Set against a
varied architecture of Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic styles, the
hotel’s elegant interiors reflect the building’s monastic history,
complete with furnishings inspired by the 1930s Czech cubism movement.
The hotel as also features an intimate ballroom, four meeting rooms,
fitness center and spa. Guests can enjoy hearty Czech cuisine in The
Augustine restaurant, as well as cocktails and beer in the Refectory Bar
1887, a barrel-vaulted hall that used to be the monastery refectory.
Owned by Augustine Management S.R.O., Augustine marks the entry of The
Luxury Collection brand into the Czech Republic.

Caresse, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Bodrum (opened July 1)

Marking the entry of Starwood and The Luxury Collection brand into
Bodrum, Turkey’s most prestigious resort destination, Caresse Resort &
Spa features 84 contemporary rooms, suites and residences with panoramic
views of the tranquil bay. Caresse offers five culinary venues including
all-day dining restaurant: Glass and Glass Lounge, La Plage beach
restaurant and a sushi bar. Luxury leisure facilities at the resort
include an extensive 17,000 square foot spa, offering ESPA products and
relaxing treatments; a yacht for private excursions; indoor and outdoor
pools, a fitness center, as well as tennis and basketball courts. The
resort’s white sand beach and overwater deck are ideal for intimate
celebrations as well as sophisticated events for up to 500 guests, while
the two meeting and board rooms are perfectly suited for business
presentations. The newly opened resort is the center piece of an
exclusive development owned by A.E.B. Turizm Yatırım Ticaret A.Ş. (part
of the Büyükhanlı Kardesler group of companies), which also includes 64
branded residences, a beach club and various dining and retail venues.

Falisia, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Portopiccolo (opening July

Owned and operated by Rilke Srl, Falisia Resort & Spa is located in the
exclusive Portopiccolo Sistiana beachfront development in northeastern
Italy on the Adriatic coast. The idyllic resort will feature 65 elegant
rooms and suites, a private beach with an infinity pool, two restaurants
serving gourmet and healthy cuisine, a lounge bar, a dedicated spa and
three meeting rooms. Falisia Resort & Spa will become part of a
contemporary and sustainable village, poised to become a thriving
coastal retreat with residential units, a beach club, marina, several
retail and dining venues. Offering breathtaking sea views, the resort is
ideally situated within a short drive from the airports in Venice and
Trieste, and close to the borders of Slovenia and Croatia. Falisia will
be the seventh Luxury Collection hotel in Italy, where the brand has its
origins and continues to grow with the recent opening of the newly
renovated Excelsior Hotel Gallia in Milan.

Grand Hotel River Park, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bratislava
(opening August 1)

Designed by the award-winning Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat, the
prestigious hotel is owned by Best Hotel Properties a.s., which will
also take over management of the hotel when it joins The Luxury
Collection in August. Grand Hotel River Park is at the heart of an
ambitious city development project, which includes residences, offices
and retail shops, appealing to the cosmopolitan lifestyle of young and
modern Slovakia. Located directly on the river bank of the Danube, the
hotel is situated 10 minutes on foot from the old city center. Grand
Hotel River Park features 231 rooms and suites, two restaurants and a
lobby bar, an indoor pool, as well as a fitness center and spa, two
ballrooms and five meeting rooms.

“We continue to see new-build opportunities in the region, such as
Caresse and Falisia, which are part of multi-unit developments,” said
Bart Carnahan, Senior Vice President Acquisition & Development, Starwood
Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa & Middle East. “At the same time,
conversions remain a key part of our growth strategy, enabling us to add
established hotels, such as Augustine and Grand Hotel River Park into
the Starwood system. With these new additions to The Luxury Collection,
the brand will boast 43 unique hotels and resorts in Europe.”

About The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts

The Luxury Collection® is a collection of hotels and resorts offering
unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories.
For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the
world’s most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort
is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the
destination’s indigenous charms and treasures. Magnificent decor,
spectacular settings, impeccable service and the latest modern
conveniences combine to provide a uniquely enriching experience.
Originated in 1906 under the CIGA brand as a collection of Europe’s most
celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a
glittering ensemble of more than 90 of the world’s finest hotels and
resorts in 30 countries in bustling cities and spectacular destinations
around the world. The Luxury Collection includes award-winning
properties that continuously exceed guest expectations by offering
unparalleled service, style and class while celebrating each hotel’s
distinctive heritage and unique character. All of these hotels, many of
them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the
world’s finest. For more information, please visit[2]


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