W Retreat & Spa - Maldives has announced the appointment of its new general manager, Mark O’Sullivan. A native of Ireland, O’Sullivan brings to the retreat over 17 years of experience providing strategic and inspirational leadership. Prior to joining Starwood, he also served with Hyatt, InterContinental, The Kensington Hotel and most recently served as the general manager at Vana Belle, A Luxury Collection Resort in Thailand.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointment of Igor Buercher as general manager for W Amsterdam hotel, as the iconic brand prepares to debut its unique style of modern luxury in the Dutch capital this autumn. Buercher has recently joined W Amsterdam from the landmark Sheraton Stockholm Hotel, where he has been General Manager since 2013, and brings with him a wealth of experience having been part of the Starwood team for the past 19 years.
W Doha Hotel & Residences, the first luxury lifestyle hotel in Qatar, recently launched a SnapChat account to reach global travellers and the local community with engaging content. The hotel is not only the first business in Qatar to start communicating with followers via the app, but also the first hotel to launch the platform globally.
The stylish new 349-room W Beijing - Chang’an has opened its doors. This is the latest addition to Starwood’s growing portfolio of nearly 140 operating hotels in Greater China, with a strong pipeline of more than 130 hotels to come.
W Hotels is planning to debut its third hotel in Thailand with W Retreat Phuket - Phang Nga Bay. Scheduled to open in January 2018, the W Retreat will offer a lobby lounge, an all-day dining restaurant and a specialty restaurant and bar. It will feature 120 square metres of modern meeting and event space; FIT, a well-equipped workout facility and swimming pool; and a contemporary spa with six treatment rooms.
Starwood Hotels is set to debut the iconic W Hotels brand in Brisbane, in the state of Queensland, Australia. Scheduled to open in early 2018 as part of a mixed-use development, W Brisbane will bring a new interpretation of modern luxury to George Street at the western end of the central business district, overlooking the Brisbane River.
W London are appointmenting Robert Wattie as the hotel’s new Beverage & Food Manager. Reporting to Conrad Patterson, Head of Ignite Operations for Ignite Group who manage the W London outlets, and Coen van Niersen, General Manager of W London – Leicester Square, Wattie will oversee W London’s vibrant W Lounge with its creative cocktail menu, renowned W Rock Tea and chilled-out W Does Brunch on Sundays.
Following a $38 million renovation, W Chicago – Lakeshore has transformed all 520 guestrooms and its signature Living Room experience; expanded its 14,000 square feet of meeting and event space to include three new outdoor spaces; and introduced a new signature restaurant, CURRENT, with Executive Chef Gregory Elliott at the helm.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide today announced an agreement with Shenyang Huaqiang Jinlang City Square Properties Co., Ltd. to debut the W Hotels brand in Shenyang, a Northeast China province. Scheduled to open in 2019, W Shenyang will be located along Qingnian Avenue, known as the city’s Golden Corridor, which comprises the central business district, central administration district and central cultural district.
Pioneering what’s new and next in design, W London – Leicester Square is pleased to announce a new partnership with Clerkenwell Design Week. The luxury hotel is to become the sponsor of Platform, a new exhibition at the House of Detention that recognises some of the world’s most exciting emerging design talen
W Hotels is set to debut in the Netherlands with the new W Amsterdam, scheduled to open in Autumn 2015. The 169-room hotel will become the seventh W Hotel in Europe joining a portfolio of 45 W Hotels around the world and more than 20 in development.
W New York - Union Square has unveiled the completion of a multi-layered renovation project that merges traditional and contemporary styles. The transformation is part of the W brand’s ongoing, $100 million commitment to the renovation of more than 11 of its properties across North America, and includes a full re-design of the hotel’s 270 guestrooms and top suites, W Living Room, Todd English’s iconic Olives New York and destination bar Lilium by Gerber Group (previously Underbar).