Landmark Montreal Hotel Flies the Sheraton Flag - Sheraton Montreal Airport Hotel Makes its Debut

Montreal's famous Airport Hotel announces multi million dollar renovation project

MONTREAL, April 7 /CNW/ - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is expanding its portfolio in Canada.  Property owners the Jesta Group and Groupe Canavar have officially flagged the Montreal Airport property a Sheraton, Starwood's third Sheraton hotel in the Montreal area. The hotel is currently undergoing a multi-million renovation effort that includes all guestrooms and meeting space. The hotel features 476 spacious guest rooms, 19,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting facilities, and an inviting atmosphere designed to help travelers make connections into and out of the city.  Sheraton Montreal Airport joins Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel and Sheraton Laval Hotel in welcoming domestic and international travelers to vibrant Montreal

"We are very pleased with the expansion of the Sheraton portfolio in Quebec as part of our targeted global growth strategy," said Hoyt Harper, Senior Vice President, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts. "The Sheraton Montreal Airport Hotel will embody the new look and feel of Sheraton following the brand's recently completed $6 billion brand-wide revitalization, including $400 million in signature brand initiatives designed to create community and make it easy to stay connected."

The hotel's multi-million renovation project is currently underway and 170 rooms and suites have already been completely renovated. The refurbishing of the hotel's 20 meeting rooms complete with energy efficient LED lighting/ floor to ceiling large window giving natural lighting, 20,000 sq ft of banquet and convention facilities is also well under way. A new totally redesigned restaurant by CDID Design will over look the newly landscaped and expanded garden complete with water fall and pond ideal for weddings and special events, and most significantly, the launch of a new Kosher Kitchen facility that will also be made available to a select number of Montreal's most prominent and well respected Kosher caterers. Phases 2 and 3 will roll out concurrently and will include the renovation of the remaining rooms, the inclusion of suites and the addition of a full service spa.

"The Sheraton Montreal Airport Hotel is a local landmark, rich in history, and one that has played an important role in the lives of Canadians in general, and with Montrealers in particular since 1963," said GM Kevin Gillespie. "Whether you are a business traveler, a leisure traveler, or if you have planned a wedding, special event or corporate meeting at our hotel it is certain that you have experienced what we are confident is the highest standard of service excellence this industry has to offer," he added.

The heart of the lobby will be the brand's signature "Link@Sheraton(R) experience with Microsoft®" - the brand's signature social hub where connections, whether face-to-face or webcam-to-webcam take place. The hotel's guest rooms will upgraded and equipped with an oversized work desk, custom-designed ergonomic chair, high-speed Internet, LCD flat panel television, iPod home docking station and the all-white Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® bed.

Located on Côte de Liesse, the Sheraton Montreal Airport Hotel sits at the entrance to Trudeau International Airport and 20 minutes from downtown Montreal. The hotel will offer convenient access to the West Island business district and numerous area attractions including historic Old Montreal, Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Place des Arts and Casino de Montreal.

An ideal choice for large business meetings, weddings and social events, Sheraton Montreal Airport Hotel will accommodate groups of up to 600 people in its 19,000 square feet of flexible meeting and function space. Guests will enjoy the hotel's magnificent open air gardens, indoor/outdoor swimming pool, whirlpool, steam room and sauna. The fully equipped fitness facility will feature the brand's revolutionary new health and fitness program, Sheraton Fitness, Programmed by Core Performance, designed exclusively for Sheraton guests through its partner Core Performance.  For more information about the hotel and to view the special offers at the property, please visit www.sheraton.com/montrealairportoffers or www.sheraton.com/offresaeroportdemontreal 

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, like all brands within Starwood's robust portfolio, is proud to offer the Starwood Preferred Guest® program, which made headlines when it launched in 1999 with a breakthrough policy of no blackout dates on Free Night Awards. SPG® offers members the ability to redeem awards at more resorts, more luxury properties, more European hotels and more golf properties than any other hotel program.

About Jesta Group
As its core business, Jesta Group focuses its expertise and resources to acquiring, developing, managing real estate properties in the residential, commercial, industrial and hotel and leisure sectors in North America and Europe. With transactions involving more than ten thousand apartments, seven thousand hotel rooms and hundreds of commercial and industrial buildings, Jesta Group has amassed an enviable portfolio that is perfectly adapted to the current international real estate market. With Headquarters in London, NewYork, Paris and Montreal, the Jesta Group is well established as a leading real estate and investment company. Additional information is available at www.jesta.com

About Groupe Canvar
Groupe Canvar is owner-operator of several real estate projects solidly implanted in the greater Montreal and Quebec City regions. Since its inception, Groupe Canvar has specialized in the construction and renovation of hotel, institutional commercial and residential projects. Groupe Canvar currently operates a real estate portfolio including four senior homes, over six hundred apartment units, and over one million square feet of industrial, commercial real estate and the ownership and operation of downtown Montreal parking lots accommodating over six hundred vehicles. Additional information is available at www.canvar.ca or www.groupecanvar.com

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1025 properties in 100 countries and territories with 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft®, and Element SM.  Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.

(Note: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities regulations. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and involve risks and uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated at the time the forward-looking statements are made. These risks and uncertainties are presented in detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although we believe the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance that our expectations will be attained or that results and events will not materially differ. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.)  The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

SOURCE Starwood Hotels

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