Starwood signs Slovenia hotel amid China openings

Starwood Hotels & Resorts' Sheraton brand is making big moves, establishing multiple properties worldwide. Most recently, the company signed the Four Points by Sheraton Ljubljana Mons in Slovenia.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the property will be converted from an existing hotel. The hotel is owned by Kranjska Investicijska Dru, and when it opens in 2014 it will mark the entry of Starwood into Slovenia. This is just one of Starwood's plan to expand across Europe with 50 new hotels in the region over the next five years.

"I would like to thank Kranjska Investicijska Dru ba for choosing the Four Points brand as we open our first Starwood hotel in Slovenia," Michael Wale, president, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East, told the Wall Street Journal. "With a steady increase in international arrivals over the last few years and its strategic location at the crossroads of main European cultural and trade routes, the time is right to enter Slovenia. Four Points will provide guests with a fresh, new hotel experience at an affordable price point in the country's capital city."

Hotel News Resource reported that Four Points by Sheraton Ljubljana Mons will have 114 guestrooms including three junior suites, a restaurant and bar, nearly 2,78 square feet of meeting and event space, including a large ballroom, two meeting rooms and three boardrooms, as well as a fitness centre and parking facilities.

Sheraton also opened two new properties in China, the first of which is the Sheraton Langfang Chaobai River Hotel. The Jakarta post reported that the hotel is owned by China Fortune Land Development, and is the second Starwood hotel in Hebei Province and the only international five-star hotel in Langfang City. The 302-room hotel has a Sheraton Club, Sheraton Fitness by Core Performance and an indoor heated pool. It also houses the first Elegant Spa club in east Beijing with a variety of wellness programs.

"With the opening of Sheraton Langfang Chaobai River Hotel, we are offering modern travelers a brand new experience whilst on the road," Billy Chen, GM of the Sheraton Langfang Chaobai River Hotel, told EIN NewsDesk. "With extensive business and leisure facilities, the hotel will definitely become a social gathering place for global travelers and local guests alike."

Starwood also opened the Four Points by Sheraton Bijie in China's Cuizhou Province. This is the first international branded hotel in Bijie City and the first Four Points property in Guizhou Province, according to the Wall Street Journal.