January 2nd, 2008

Westin Edina Galleria names Faubert GM

2 Jan, 2008 Hotel and Motel Management

Edina, MN/December 28, 2007 - The Westin Edina Galleria Hotel Residences - Westin's first luxury mixed use hospitality project to be located in a suburban area, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Marc Faubert as General Manager. Faubert comes to The Westin Edina Galleria with over 20 years experience in hotel management, most recently as the General Manager of the Sheraton Bloomington in Minneapolis. "I'm both honored and thrilled to bring the Westin experience to the City of Edina," said Faubert. "Westin's exemplary hospitality is centered on renewing experiences. My team and I are looking forward to providing Westin's style and services to our friends and guests."

As general manager, Faubert is responsible for managing all day-to-day operations while providing the world-class service that discerning travelers have come to expect from Westin Hotels and Resorts. Westin Hotels Resorts offers guests, products and services to rejuvenateand restore, mind, body and spirit . Guests of the hotel will enjoy thoughtfully designed rooms with luxurious in-room amenities including a select line of toiletries, over-sized soaking tubs, over-sized showers featuring signature dual showerheads, mini-bars, high definition LCD flat screen televisions, large workspaces with ergonomic task chairs and the signature Westin Heavenly Bed. Additionally, guests will have access to the superb Westin WORKOUT powered by Reebok fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool.

Connected to the upscale Galleria shopping center in the heart of Edina, an affluent Minneapolis suburb, this luxury mixed-use development features 225 hotel rooms, including six suites, and promises to be an integral part of the community. In addition, The Westin Edina Galleria offers 9,000 square feet of meeting space and banquet facilities including a grand ballroom holding up to 300 guests and an Executive Boardroom featuring a 70-inch plasma screen with integrated audio visual. All combine to make The Westin Edina Galleria an ideal venue for meetings of all sizes, weddings, corporate events and themed parties. The Westin Edina Galleria also features 82 spacious and strikingly designed condominiums that occupy the upper 11 floors of this landmark 18-story building. The luxury condominiums, which start at over $400,000, offer a unique living experience, including an extensive a la carte list of services provided by Westin and overseen by Faubert.

The first phase of the Westin Edina Galleria Hotel Residences, a five-level parking ramp, was completed in November 2006 and is in use by Galleria shoppers and guests. The hotel and condominiums are currently under construction with an expected opening of fall 2008. For details on residences, visit

About Westin

Westin is a four-star hotel brand in the Starwood Hotels Resorts hospitality enterprise. Other Starwood brands include W Hotels, Sheraton, Four Points by Sheraton, Luxury Collection, St. Regis, and Aloft. Westin is the preeminent four-star hotel brand in the upper, upscale category whose competitive set regularly includes Hilton, Hyatt and Marriott. With 81 hotel properties throughout the United States, Westin was recently recognized with multiple industry awards including J.D. Power Associates Customer Satisfaction Award. Westin is also known for numerous hospitality product innovations including the Westin Heavenly Bed, Westin Heavenly Shower, and the Westin Workout. This hotel will be recognized as the premier, full-service hotel in the Minneapolis/St. Paul suburban market.

About Galleria

Galleria offers an exceptional selection of casual dining, unique local shops, and favorite specialty stores wrapped within a sophisticated, relaxed atmosphere. Locally owned and managed by Gabbert Beck, Inc., Galleria is located at 69th and France in Edina, Minnesota; hours are Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday: 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Restaurants and some stores operate additional hours. For more information, visit

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