Westin and Element Brands Coming to Chantilly, Virginia

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) and Access Hotel Advisors together announce a combined Westin and Element brand hotel developments to be built in Chantilly, Virginia. Owned by Commonwealth Centre Investors, LLC, an affiliate of BPG Properties, Ltd., The Westin Chantilly and Element Chantilly Westfields will be an integral part of Commonwealth's master planned development – Commonwealth Centre. Construction on both properties is scheduled to begin in May 2008 with openings slated for Spring 2009.

Upon completion, Commonwealth Centre will offer more than two million square feet of office and retail space in one of the largest undeveloped parcels of land in Westfield's International Corporate Center. The Westin Chantilly will be built across the street from Element Chantilly Westfields, which will be located at the center of this premier mixed-use complex. Located in Virginia's high-tech corridor, Chantilly is just minutes from the Dulles Expo Center, three miles from Washington Dulles International Airport and 24 miles from Washington D.C., providing easy access to the city's businesses and leisure attractions.

'The Westin and Element brands will provide two of the most refreshing options for travelers to Chantilly, Virginia, energizing travelers with their unique perspectives on the travel experience,' said Sue Brush, senior vice president, Westin Hotels & Resorts. 'Westin Chantilly will invigorate guests, leaving them more refreshed than when they arrived, while Element Chantilly Westfields will undoubtedly be the area's most appealing extended stay hotel, allowing guests to truly thrive while on the road.'

Westin Chantilly

The 211-room Westin Chantilly will rejuvenate travelers, helping them feel their best in mind, body and spirit with the help of Westin's signature services and amenities. Guestrooms at The Westin Chantilly will be equipped with the brand's renowned Heavenly Bed(R) and Heavenly Bath(R) and 32-inch flat panel LCD televisions.

Upon arrival to the hotel, guests will be greeted with the Westin signature sensory welcome – an array of refreshing products including a white tea scent, mood music, plush towels and elixir designed to undo the stresses of travel. In the evenings, guests will be invited to UnwindSM: A Westin Evening Ritual, encouraging guests to socialize, reflect and rejuvenate while enjoying a cocktail and snacks each night in the hotel lobby.

Element Chantilly Westfields

Inspired by Westin Hotels & Resorts and offering a fresh perspective on the extended stay experience through smart design, modern style and natural touches, the Element Chantilly Westfields will re-define the extended-stay segment by giving guests a place to thrive while on the road.

The smart design and clever use of space in the Element Chantilly's 123 private space – guestrooms – will be aimed at encouraging guest productivity while facilitating relaxation. The hotel's open, modular flow will blend together each part of the guestroom to create a residential feel. Each private space will feature multi-purpose, modular furniture, an entertainment center with a swiveling flat-screen television and a large desk with open shelving and custom-designed closets. Guests will also appreciate the Westin renowned Heavenly Bed(R), a fully equipped kitchen and sleek, contemporary bathroom with oversized spa shower.

The Element Chantilly Westfields will also feature 1,000 square feet of meeting space, an integrated technology center, a state-of-the-art fitness center and café seating where complimentary breakfast will be served daily. The Element breakfast offering is designed to meet the busy lifestyle of today's business traveler, as well the relaxed approach of a leisure guest. It will include signature hot breakfast sandwiches, morning smoothies and a great cup of coffee. Intuitive staff will provide guests the personalized attention they need and the space they desire to live a complete and balanced life while at the hotel.

It is the notion of essential space, whether public or private, that will inspire the Element Chantilly Westfields to create surroundings perfectly suited to the guest that inspire rejuvenation and allow them the space to thrive while on the road.