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Leading W hotels unveil major refurbishments


By JAMES WILKINSON IN NEW YORK

Starwood has used the 34th Annual New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference (NYU) last week to unveil major refurbishments at 10 of the company’s W properties.


New look: W San Francisco

Starwood’s Vice President of Brand Management for Luxury and Design Brands in North America, Carlos Becil, said the renovation was aimed at lifting the standard of the W brand’s early properties in several key markets, including New York City, Seattle, Chicago, New Orleans, and Los Angeles.

“When W Hotels launched in 1998, it quickly redefined the space and continued to transform the traditional hotel experience as we entered new markets across North America,” Becil said.

“As W evolves from a U.S. phenomenon into a global design powerhouse, we are committed to fueling the innovation within our existing portfolio to create a consistent, cutting-edge experience for our guests.”

Starwood, in partnership with its ownership groups – including Host Hotels and Resorts, Rockpoint Group and Estein and Associates USA – have committed USD$100 million to the upgrades at W New York Union Square, W Seattle, W San Francisco, W New York, W Chicago Lakeshore, W New Orleans French Quarter, W San Diego, W Los Angeles Westwood, W Dallas, W New York Times Square and W Montreal.


SPICENEWS
travelled to New York on Qantas, which offers daily flights to the Big Apple from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Qantas has recently upgraded Los Angeles-New York flights to Boeing 747-400 aircraft, some of which feature the new A380-inspired interiors including new, larger economy class seats in a cabin that’s highlighted by an extensive range of entertainment on demand alongside a great selection of Australian wine and meals designed by star chef Neil Perry. For bookings, visit www.qantas.com.au

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