Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. will debut its Westin brand in Panama with two new properties, which are slated to open in the next two years.
The Westin Playa Bonita Panama will open in 2011, 20 minutes from downtown Panama City, while The Westin Panama Hotel will open in 2012 in the heart of Panama City’s Costa del Este business district.
The two new Westins in Panama will be operated as franchised properties under an agreement between Starwood and Bern Hotels & Resorts Panama. Starwood previously partnered with Bern Hotels & Resorts Panama to open Le Meridien Panama in September 2009.
“Owners and developers are increasingly turning to the world-renowned Westin brand for new construction opportunities in various emerging and rapidly developing economies,” says Osvaldo Librizzi, president of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Latin America. “These upcoming openings in Panama will expand the Westin portfolio to four Latin American countries, and we anticipate even more growth in this dynamic market over the next decade across all of Starwood’s global brands.”
Boasting excellent views of the Pacific Ocean and the Panama Canal, The Westin Playa Bonita Panama will offer guests a prime location just minutes from Panama City, close to major urban tourist attractions including the Panama Canal and Casco Viejo – the historic old city. The newly constructed hotel will feature 611 guestrooms, three restaurants, a pool bar, an entertainment area, a lobby lounge and approximately 3,500 square feet of meeting and function space. Recreational facilities will include several pools and a full-service spa with 20 treatment rooms.
The Westin Panama Hotel will be situated within a premium lifestyle development next to the Costa del Este Business Park. Close to both downtown Panama City and Tocumen International airport, Costa del Este is Panama City’s fastest-growing new business center and a key destination for business travelers, with numerous corporate offices and upscale real-estate developments. The Westin Panama Hotel will offer 198 guestrooms including 45 suites, a restaurant, a snack bar, a lobby lounge, an executive lounge, a swimming pool, and approximately 1,000 square feet of meeting space equipped with state-of-the-art technology.
“We are proud and pleased to expand our relationship with Starwood by reaching an agreement to manage The Westin Panama Hotel and Westin Playa Bonita Resort & Spa,” says Glen Champion, vice-president of Bern Hotels & Resorts Panama. “The opportunity to partner with Starwood means our work throughout these years has been recognized and we believe that these two Westin properties will be landmarks in Panama.”
The Westin Panama Hotel and The Westin Playa Bonita Panama will offer guests the full suite of Westin signature services and amenities. Both hotels will feature a 24-hour WestinWORKOUT gym featuring the brand’s SuperfoodsRX menu offerings packed with healthy foods such as blueberries, salmon and dark chocolate.
At present Starwood Hotels & Resorts has six hotels open in Central America. These include the Four Points by Sheraton Colon, Four Points by Sheraton Panama, Sheraton Panama Hotel & Convention Center the Le Meridien Panama, the Sheraton Presidente San Salvador and The Westin Camino Real.
For more information on the Westin Hotels & Resorts hotel brand, visit www.starwoodhotels.com.
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