Starwood signs West hotels deal

US listed Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide this afternoon confirmed the widely tipped deal with West Properties to open W Manchester, an Ian Simpson-designed 160-room hotel, in 2010.

The hotel will be part of West's Origin development on Princess Street and will feature 7,000 sq ft of event space, spa, gym, shop and restaurant.

"This eye-catching new hotel will not only energise the city's landscape, but will also give our guests a stylish, new alternative in the chic, modern city of Manchester," said Michael Wale, senior vice president director operations, North West Europe, Starwood Hotels & Resorts. "W Manchester will offer escape, exclusivity and innovative design in the heart of the city's most sought-after neighbourhood, further expanding our fast-growing global portfolio."

Starwood's colourful statement to the New York Stock Exchange added: "W Manchester's whimsical public spaces will be complemented by the innovative design of the hotel's lavishly appointed guest rooms and suites, featuring custom-made furnishings, the W brand's signature "munchie boxes" stocked with exclusive amenities, and the highly acclaimed W bed, a luxurious ensemble featuring a feather-top mattress, 350 thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets and goose-down comforter."

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