STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS’ TECH-FORWARD ALOFT BRAND LAUNCHES INGERMANY WITH TWO NEWHOTELS
Aloft Munich and Aloft Stuttgart to Shake up Hotel Scene with Live Music at WXYZ® Bar, Tech-Forward Experiences and a Vibrant Social Setting
United Arab Emirates, Dubai – September 15, 2015 –Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.® (NYSE:HOT) announced the entry of its innovative Aloft brand to the German market with the opening of Aloft Munich and Aloft Stuttgart.Designed for today’s hyper-connected, tech-forward global traveller, Aloft continues to re-define thetraditional hotel experience and strengthen its footprint in Europe. Owned and developed by the Schörghuber Corporate Group, both hotels offer a vibrant social scene intwo of Germany’s most dynamic cities.
“We’re thrilled to introduce the energy of the Aloft brand to the German market,” said Brian McGuinness, Global Brand Leader, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. “We’re in the innovative mind-set of designing our hotels for the future traveller, and we’re thrilled to bring Aloft’s passion for design, music and technology to the spirited cities of Munich and Stuttgart.”
“I would like to thank Arabella Hospitality SE for putting their trust again in Starwood and advancing the entry of Aloft in Germany with these two hotels,” said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “Aloft meets Germany’s demand for mid-scale hotels in both urban and industrial areas that bring life, innovation and personality at a great value.”
Aloft Munich Hits a High Note
Ideally located across the street from Hauptbahnhof, Munich’s central train station, Aloft Munich features 184 modern designed guest rooms and96 square meters of dynamic meeting space across three Tactic Rooms. The hotel features a courtyard, perfect for lounging and mingling, in addition to Aloft’s signature WXYZ bar— the hottest destination to meet and mix over handcrafted cocktails and live music.
The hotel is steps away from world-famous beer destinations such as Hofbräuhausand Theresienwiese,the official grounds of Oktoberfest,as well asMarienplatz. Other nearby local attractions include the shops on Maximilian Street, Pinakothek Museum, Viktualienmarkt and the Allianz Arena football stadium. Munich’s Franz Josef Strauss International Airport is an easy 45 min train ride.
Aloft Stuttgart Tops the Charts
Located in the heart of Stuttgart’s European Quarter as part of the Milaneo mixed-used development, Aloft Stuttgart features 165 spacious, loft-like rooms. Ideal for business meetings and social gatherings, the hotel hasthree Tactic Meeting rooms, each with20 square metres of flexible meeting space.
Within walking distance, guests can reach the main railway station or visit the Schlossgarten, Stuttgart's famed 600 year old park. Attractions such as the Mercedes-Benz and Porsche Museums, Königstrasse, the central shopping street, the Old Castle and New Palace as well as Theodor-Heuss-Strasse, the city’s vibrant pub and club scene, are justa short tram ride away.
With design-led innovation in the brand’s DNA, both Aloft hotels will featureSPG Keyless, the hospitality industry’s first mobile, keyless entry system that allows guests to use their smart phone as a key.Additionally, both hotels— in addition to every Aloft Hotel around the world— willoffer Live at Aloft Hotels, the brand’s signature ongoing music series that gives guests and music-loving locals free access to local emerging artists as well as some of the hottest bands at WXYZ bars.Othersignature amenities at every Aloft hotel include Re:fuel, a one-stop gourmet grab & go food and beverage area, a 24-hour fitness center and fast & free WiFi.
Star Search: Project Aloft Star Amplified by Rolling Stone
To celebrate its entryto Germany, the Aloft brandin Europe partnered with Rolling Stone Germany, earlier this summer, to hostProject Aloft Star Amplified by Rolling Stone,a talent discovery competition aimed to identify and support the hottest emerging music artists. The winnerwill have the chance to give a live performance at the Aloft Munich and Aloft Stuttgart opening events in September, win a professional recording session for their winning song and its inclusion on the “New Noises” CD from Rolling Stonealong other well-known brands.
About Aloft Hotels
With nearly 100 hotels open now and coming soon in 15 countries around the world, Starwood’s Aloft brand delivers a fresh approach to the traditional staid hotel landscape. For the ‘always on’ next generation of traveler, the Aloft brand offers a tech-forward, vibrant experience and a modern style that is different by design. For more information, please visit www.alofthotels.com. Aloft, like all brands within Starwood's portfolio, is proud to offer the Starwood Preferred Guest® program, the industry’s richest loyalty program. To learn more, please visit www.spg.com.
About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,200 properties in some 100 countries and over 180,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points®by Sheraton, Aloft®, element®and the recently introduced Tribute Portfolio™. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood recently announced plans to spin off its Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc. business, a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands, into a standalone public company by the end of 2015.