Starwood, White Lodging to expand Westin brand in Austin

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and White Lodging Services Corporation announced plans to open a second Westin hotel in Austin, Texas. The Westin Austin Downtown is scheduled to break ground in 2013 and open in Spring 2015 on the northeast corner of East Fifth Street and San Jacinto Boulevard. The 17-story, 326-room Westin hotel will be a joint venture between White Lodging Services Corporation, the Harry Whittington family and REI Real Estate Services.

Located at the center of Austin's downtown, The Westin Austin Downtown will be one and a half blocks from the city's convention center and a short walk to many of the city's restaurants and music venues. The Sixth Street entertainment district is also around the corner. Hotel facilities will include a White Lodging-managed, full-service restaurant, fitness center, and 13,500 square feet of meeting and banquet space.

All guestrooms and suites at The Westin Austin Downtown will offer the Westin Heavenly Bed, enhanced with the brand's Heavenly Shower, Heavenly Robe and White Tea Aloe bath amenities and Internet access. The hotel also will also offer the Westin brand's SuperFoodsRX menu.

Westin Hotels & Resorts offers the Starwood Preferred Gues program, launched in 1999 with a policy of no blackout dates on Free Night Awards.

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