Westin named first five-star for Birmingham

Birmingham has secured its first five-star property – a Westin, which will be the brand’s first property in England. Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announced a partnership with developer Ballymore Properties, to build the 198-room Westin Birmingham, due to open in early 2010. The luxury hotel will be part of a 93,000sqm mixed-use development, Snowhill, in the city centre. Offices, shops, luxury apartments, and a 44-storey residential tower will also be part of the development. Some 1,050sqm of meeting and convention space, including a 370m2 ballroom and four meeting rooms, will be on offer at the hotel, which will also have a business centre, spa, gym, two restaurants and bar. Starwood senior vice president (north west Europe) Michael Wale said Birmingham was the best location for England’s first Westin property. “It has become one of the UK’s key cities for corporate, meetings and incentive business and there is strong demand for a brand like Westin to establish a presence in the destination,” he said.

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