Posted 9/20/2012 - 11:05:52 AM
STAMFORD, CT—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has opened Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central. At nearly 4,000 rooms, it is the largest hotel in Starwood’s global portfolio and the biggest hotel to open in Macau. Consisting of two sleek towers overlooking the Cotai Strip development, the hotel is home to the world’s largest Sheraton Club Lounge, a main ballroom the size of more than 11 basketball courts, more than 160,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, three signature restaurants and three outdoor pools with poolside cafes. The opening coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Sheraton brand and widens Starwood’s lead in Asia-Pacific, where it on track to reach more than 320 hotels by 2014.
“The opening of Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central represents an historic milestone for Starwood, for Sheraton and for the hospitality industry as a whole,” Frits van Paasschen, president and CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, said in a statement.
“We proudly welcome the world-renowned Sheraton brand to the Sands Cotai Central integrated resort,” Sheldon Adelson, chairman, Las Vegas Sands and Sands China Ltd., added. “The development of the Cotai Strip, from a muddy swampland to the glittering center of tourism and leisure that stands before us today, represents a vision realized for the company.”
Sheraton currently operates 95 hotels in Asia-Pacific and expects to reach nearly 150 hotels by 2016. Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central is the second Starwood hotel to open in Macau, a leading destination for leisure, meetings, incentives and entertainment.
Opening in two phases, Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central has unveiled the Sheraton Sky Tower, featuring 1,829 rooms, the 13,000-sq.-ft. Sheraton Club Lounge, the Kashgar Grand Ballroom and additional meeting space. Other highlights include Palms Lounge, the brand’s signature Link@Sheraton communications hub in the lobby, the Sala Pool on level four, Shine Spa and Sheraton Core Performance fitness facility.
The hotel’s second tower (Sheraton Earth Tower) opens early next year, and will offer an additional 2,067 rooms, as well as two more outdoor pools.