WESTIN JERSEY CITY NEWPORT OPENS FEBRUARY 2009

THE WESTIN JERSEY CITY NEWPORT OPENS FEBRUARY 2009
Sophisticated, New Hotel Will Inspire Renewal in an Ideal Waterfront Location, Overlooking Manhattan

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.announces the upcoming opening of The Westin Jersey City Newport in February 2009 and the hotel is accepting groups and reservations. The newly constructed hotel, which was developed by the LeFrak Organization and is owned by a joint venture of LeFrak Organization and Melvin Simon & Associates, will facilitate relaxation and renewal in the heart of the waterfront financial district of Jersey City, just minutes from New York City. The Westin Jersey City Newport will provide 429 beautifully appointed guest rooms, expansive meeting facilities, upscale dining and all of the Westin brand’s refreshing signature amenities and services.

Offering panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline, the Hudson River and the Newport Marina, The Westin Jersey City Newport is convenient to Newark Liberty International Airport

and just one block from the Pavonia – Newport PATH station, Newark Light Rail and NJTransit Buses. The hotel is adjacent to the Newport Centre Mall, home to a variety of upscale shops as well as cinemas, and close to the nearby riverside park and marina, local restaurants and bars.

“The Westin Jersey City Newport offers an incomparable location just 15 minutes from Manhattan, with easy access to attractions such as Ellis Island, Liberty State Park, the Liberty Science Museum and the facilities and amenities of Newport itself, with its promenade, marina, shops, ice skating rink and restaurants,” said Michael McLaughlin, General Manager of the hotel. “Perfect for business trips, conferences, sight-seeing or New Jersey tax-free shopping at the Newport Centre Mall, the Westin Jersey City Newport will inspire renewal in one of New Jersey’s most exciting new destinations.”

All rooms will feature the signature Westin Heavenly Bed®, a luxurious ensemble with pillow-top mattress, crisp triple sheets, down blanket, luxurious duvet and five pillows. Guests will also be invited to luxuriate in the Westin Heavenly Bath®, equipped with a custom-designed dual showerhead, signature bath amenities and a curved shower rod for additional comfort and space.

An ideal choice for meetings, galas, wedding and special events, The Westin Jersey City Newport will feature 20,500 square feet of meeting space, including 30 meeting rooms. To celebrate the water culture of Jersey City Newport, event rooms are named to commemorate America’s Cup competing vessels. The Newport Grand Ballroom offers more than 10,000 square feet of space and 20-foot ceilings and can easily accommodate 1,450 guests for a reception or 790 for a seated dinner. The hotel will also provide an experienced team of culinary specialists, meeting planners and a seasoned wedding planner.

Guests are invited to rejuvenate at The Westin WORKOUT® fitness center or pamper themselves with a selection of indulgent spa amenities as part of the industry-leading Westin in-room spa program. Dining facilities at the Westin Jersey City Newport include Wildfire Restaurant and Half Moon Lounge. High Speed Internet access is available throughout the hotel.

For further information, call 201-626-2900 or visit the Starwood website, www.starwood.com

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About Westin Hotels & Resorts

Westin Hotels & Resorts, with more than 150 hotels and resorts in more than 31 countries and territories, is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT). Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 900 properties in more than 100 countries and 155,000 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 AloftSM, and ElementSM. 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

About Newport

Newport is a “live, work, shop and dine” waterfront community – just minutes from Manhattan. The mixed-use development consists of residential, office, retail, leisure, shopping, and entertainment facilities. More than 10,000 residents live in the ten high-rise luxury towers on the property.

Located on Jersey City’s Hudson River waterfront, Newport is situated opposite lower Manhattan and offers breathtaking views of New York’s skyline and panoramic harbor. Connected to the rest of New Jersey and New York by PATH train, light rail, and NJ Transit, Newport has world-class restaurants, businesses and luxury apartments. To learn more about Newport, visit www.newportnj.com

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