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BENIDORM, SPAIN-Two new hotels being developed adjacent a theme park in Benidorm, Spain, will be managed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. upon completion in early 2005.

Starwood said this week it and Xeresa Golf S.A. have signed a long-term management agreement for the 236-room Sheraton Real de Faula Hotel & Spa and the 224-room Westin Real de Faula Hotel & Spa, both of which are located adjacent to the Terra Mitica theme park along the Costa Blanca coast, near the city of Alicante. The hotels are part of a 395-acre, $98-million resort development to be known as Real de Faula. Construction on the resort began in 2001.

Starwood’s Europe, Africa and Middle East Division President Roeland Vos says Starwood already operates eight hotels in Spain and will soon open four others. Vos adds that the hotels “will position the resort at the top end of the local market and are well within the category of Spain’s most upscale regional resorts.”

The Costa Blanca is one of Europe’s oldest and most developed resort destinations due to its temperate year-round climate, beaches and myriad leisure facilities. Moreover, Starwood says recent developments such as the theme park and further infrastructure improvements are re-invigorating the destination as it positions itself for the 21st century.

Starwood says the construction of both hotels incorporates an ecological commitment including the use of renewable energies, optimal consumption of water, and recycling of sewage water for irrigation of the golf courses.

Also this month, Starwood announced the opening of the Westin Warsaw Hotel, a 361-room, 20-story international business hotel located in the heart of the business and financial center of Poland’s capitol. The hotel is owned by Hotel Atrium sp. z o.o and operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts under its Westin Hotels & Resorts brand.

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