Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. today announces that it will introduce its wellness brand, Westin Hotels & Resorts, to Hamburg. The new Westin Hamburg Hotel will open in 2012 under an agreement between Starwood and its joint venture partner, Arabella Hospitality Group. The hotel is designed by world-renowned Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron as part of the highly anticipated Elbe Philharmonic complex, Europe’s most ambitious development projects. Expected to become a cultural and architectural landmark, this urban development will also include luxury residences and a multitude of culinary, cultural and nightlife options all set in the heart of upscale HafenCity.
According to Roeland Vos, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa & Middle East, “Together with our joint venture partner, Arabella Hospitality Group, we are honored to be a part of such a significant cultural project. The Westin Hamburg will play a key role in this exciting and important development as we work together with our partners to create a landmark destination in Hamburg.”
Tailored to both business and leisure travelers, the ultra-modern 10-storey Westin Hamburg Hotel will feature 244 guest rooms including 39 suites, all with the iconic Westin Heavenly Bed, a restaurant, a cafe, destination bar, lounge and a spa including a Westin WorkOut fitness centre and an indoor swimming pool. The hotel will comprise close to 9,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space equipped with cutting-edge technology, including eight meeting rooms and a ballroom.
“We are very pleased to bring this internationally renowned Starwood brand to Hamburg and to open a new Westin Hotel as part of the Elbe Philharmonic Hall development, one of Europe’s most remarkable projects,” said Wolfgang M. Neumann, CEO of the Arabella Hospitality Group. “With the Westin Hamburg, the hanseatic city will be gaining yet another attraction that will draw further visitors from Germany and elsewhere.”
With over 1.8 million inhabitants, Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city. It is one of the most popular leisure destinations in Europe and recognised as a cultural and commercial centre, with stunning architecture and a vast array of entertainment and shopping options.
Through a joint venture with Arabella Hospitality Group, Starwood currently operates more than 30 hotels in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Mallorca and South Africa under its Westin, Sheraton, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection and Four Points by Sheraton brands.
Westin is currently represented by five hotels in Germany, including The Westin Grand Frankfurt, The Westin Grand Munich Arabellapark, The Westin Grand Hotel in Berlin, The Westin Bellevue in Dresden and The Westin Leipzig.