Bal Harbour resort stays open

Starwood and The Related Group of Florida have announced that the Sheraton Bal Harbour Beach Resort will remain open until the end of summer 2006.The hotel was originally scheduled to close at the end of May 2006 to make way for the highly-anticipated St. Regis Resort & Residences, Bal Harbour which will stand in its place at 9701 Collins Avenue, directly across the street from the prestigious Bal Harbour Shops. Due to a delay in the zoning process necessary to begin the new St. Regis project, both Starwood and Related, the developers of the new St. Regis, determined that continuing operations of the 645-room Sheraton Bal Harbour until the end of summer will provide many benefits to customers and the community, while still maintaining the projected opening of the St. Regis Resort & Residences in 2009.

“Having successfully completed the zoning process, we looked again at the time lines for the St. Regis project and determined that the Sheraton could remain open for the summer without negatively impacting the opening date of the St. Regis,” stated Darryl Murphy, senior vice president, residential development for Starwood. “By keeping the hotel open, we will allow the Sheraton Bal Harbour to provide benefits to all the stakeholders in this project; the guests, the employees, the shareholders, the community and the future guests and residents of the St. Regis.”

“The hotel is in the most pristine condition and will remain true to the high-standards of quality and services that have made the Sheraton Bal Harbour a legendary oasis to so many guests,” said the resort’s managing director, Hans B. Altenhoff. “We are delighted to extend the final days of the hotel to be able to give our loyal customers ‘one last look’ at this magnificent resort.”