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Hyatt Regency in Kansas to Rebrand as a Sheraton

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Starwood and Crown Center Redevelopment Corporation are to rebrand the Hyatt Regency in Kansas city.

The 733-room hotel, which will fly the Sheraton flag and undergo an $13 million renovation, is scheduled to make its debut on 1 January 2012.

Sheraton Crown Center is one of more than 60 new hotels and over 20,000 rooms Starwood expects to add to the Sheraton portfolio over the next three years as part of a multi-year strategic expansion plan. It will join The Westin Crown Center as the second Starwood property in the popular, upscale lifestyle center that is less than a mile from the city's Power and Light entertainment district. Starwood will also operate the Crown Center Exhibit Hall and two restaurants in Crown Center shopping center.

"We are delighted to grow our portfolio in Kansas city with the upcoming opening of Sheraton Crown Center. The successful completion of our multi-billion rebranding effort continues to drive conversion opportunities like this one in key markets across North America," said Hoyt Harper, Senior Vice President, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts. "Sheraton Crown Center will exemplify the new look and feel of Sheraton and showcase all our signature brand offerings."

 All guest rooms will be equipped with an oversized work desk, custom-designed ergonomic chair, high-speed Internet, LCD flat panel television, MP3 docking station and the all-white Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed, designed to meet AAA's Five Diamond Award criteria.

Sheraton Crown Center will feature more than 95,000 square feet of flexible meeting space with all the latest in meetings technology.

Additional amenities will include an indoor and outdoor pool and a Sheraton Club Lounge. The hotel will also feature a fully equipped fitness facility featuring the brand's new health and fitness program designed for Sheraton guests through its partner Core Performance.

Located on the southern edge of downtown Kansas city, Sheraton Crown Center is adjacent to the 53,000 square foot Crown Center Exhibit Hall and less than a mile from the city's convention center. A city within the city, Crown Center's 80 acres features shops, restaurants and theaters and the worldwide headquarters for Hallmark Cards. A Sea Life aquarium and LegoLand Discovery Center will open there in 2012. Also nearby are the River Market and the Union Station, Country Club Plaza. Arrowhead Stadium and Kauffman Stadium are ten miles from the hotel.

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