Starwood to open W Hotel in Macau in 2009

Travel News Asia Friday, 10 August 2007

On Thursday, Starwood Hotels & Resorts confirmed plans for a new W Hotel in Macau. Scheduled to open in early 2009, this new-build W hotel will be located within the Macau Studio City complex, situated on Cotai, an area earmarked by the Macau government to become one of the main gaming, entertainment and resort developments in the Special Administrative Region. W Macau Studio City will offer a total of 563 guest rooms and will be designed by Charles Allem of Charles Allem Designs International in co-operation with the W brands's design team.

"Following the announcements of the Ws in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Guangzhou, W Macau Studio City is a logical extension of W's dynamic growth in China," said Miguel Ko, President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Asia Pacific. "W brings to life its own unique positioning, delivering a differentiated travel experience for travelers and will be an irresistible destination for visitors to Macau. Macau provides guests with a wealth of entertainment options, including world-class shopping and proximity to Macau and China's most popular attractions, making it a perfect fit for the W brand."

The W Macau Studio City will feature 563 rooms and suites, all outfitted with the W signature bed, plasma television and wireless Internet access. The W brand's signature Living Room will offer a lounge-like atmosphere perfect for reading the paper, sipping a cappuccino or enjoying a cocktail with friends. Other facilities will include a signature restaurant, W Cafe, a Sweat workout facility, approximately 11,000 square feet of meeting space, an outdoor heated pool, and the W Whatever/Whenever service, the hotel's 24-hour concierge that provides whatever guests want - from a pair of running shoes to private jet service - whenever they want.

"Macau Studio City brings together the best hotel partners in the world and we are excited to partner with Starwood to bring the W to Macau," said Peter Lam, co-chairman of Macau Studio City. "Our vision is to create a must-see, must-stay and must-return destination for leisure and business travelers around the world. Along with other hotel partners - not to mention the arrival of the Playboy Mansion Macau - I firmly believe that Macau Studio City will be an experience that visitors will want to return again and again."

Macau is a Special Administrative Region of People's Republic of China. It is located on the Southeast coast of China and the western bank of the Pearl River Delta. Bordering on Guangdong Province, it is located 40 miles from Hong Kong and 90 miles from the city of Guangzhou. With the removal of the casino gaming monopoly in Macau in December 2001, new casino developments are quickly establishing Cotai as the 'new Las Vegas of Asia'.

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