Exxon Mobil Corporation announced the recipients of the prestigious 2002 Mobil Travel Guide Five-Star Awards and have again included The St. Regis, New York and its renowned restaurant, Lespinasse, as well as world-famous resort The Phoenician and its fine-dining restaurant, Mary Elaine`s. The St. Regis Hotel and The Phoenician (a member of The Luxury Collection) are both owned by White Plains-based Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT). Alain Ducasse at the Essex House, A Westin Hotel, also earned a Five-Star Award in the restaurant category. Ducasse, the only new five-star winner this year, joins 38 other restaurants, hotels, resorts and inns (out of 22,000 rated) that already covet the title including Mary Elaine`s at The Phoenician which has earned this distinction three years in a row.
Starwood has the enviable distinction of having one of the only three hotels in New York City designated as a Mobil five-star hotel. Located in the heart of midtown Manhattan at East 55th Street and Fifth Avenue, The St. Regis was built in 1904 by Colonel John Jacob Astor and is a landmark building in the classic Beaux Arts tradition. Both the hotel and its signature restaurant, Lespinasse, have been bestowed with many awards in the past, including the Triple A Five Diamond Award as well as the Mobil Five-Star Award.
The Phoenician and its fine-dining restaurant, Mary Elaine`s, are also recipients of this year`s Mobil Five-Star Awards and are the only establishments in Arizona to earn the coveted ranking for 2002. The 250-acre luxury resort is one of only four properties in the United States to earn double Five-Star ratings for both accommodations and dining.
The Mobil Travel Guide ratings committee - an independent network of national culinary and hospitality experts, which evaluate lodgings and restaurants from the traveler`s or diner`s point of view - selects the Five-Star winners.
Reservations may be made through the worldwide Luxury Collection Reservations offices, reachable toll-free in 34 countries (1-800-325-3589 in the U.S. or Canada). Corporate customers will have the benefit of The Luxury Collection`s easily accessible global sales office; and travel agents may now book reservations using all of the latest technology, including direct connections to all global distribution systems. Reservations also may be made by visiting the worldwide web sites www.stregis.com or www.luxurycollection.com.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 750 properties in more than 80 countries and 110,000 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 www.starwood.com.