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Sunday, 26 July 2009

The Westin Auckland Lighter Quay Is New Zealand’s Best City Hotel



It’s official. The Westin Auckland Lighter Quay is New Zealand’s best city hotel.

The Westin has taken out honours in the 2009 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards being voted the top New Zealand city hotel in the Australian, New Zealand and South Pacific region and ranked 4th overall.

Travel + Leisure readers select their favourite hotels around the world judging them on the quality of their rooms and facilities, location, service, restaurants and food, and value.

‘We are extremely proud of this achievement,” says General Manager Marcus Reinders. “It certainly reflects our commitment to giving our guests a truly Westin experience in New Zealand, which is all about making them feel better than when they arrived.

“To be recognised by Travel + Leisure, which is a true authority in its field – with the largest and most affluent audience of any travel magazine – is a real thrill.”

This accolade confirms The Westin’s status as one of the regions premier hotels. The Westin was also recently named in the Top 100 World’s Best Hotels in the Expedia Insiders List.

Award Methodology
Travel + Leisure and Harris Interactive, an independent research firm, developed a questionnaire that was available to Travel + Leisure readers at tlworldsbest.com from January 15, 2009 to March 29, 2009. In the February and March 2009 issues of Travel + Leisure, readers were invited to participate. A select group of readers also received invitations via e-mail. Respondents were screened by Travel + Leisure and responses from any identified travel-industry professionals were eliminated from the final tally by Harris Interactive.
The scores are indexed averages of responses concerning applicable characteristics. For hotels those characteristics are: rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food, value. Optional: for business, for families.

A long-standing authority in its field, Travel + Leisure has the largest, most affluent audience of any travel magazine.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts
With a portfolio of more than 150 properties around the world, Westin Hotels & Resorts is in the midst of the most robust growth period in the brand’s 77-year history. Westin Hotels is the fastest growing upper-upscale brand in the world with plans to expand to more than 250 hotels in the next five years. Westin Hotels & Resorts is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT). Starwood Hotels is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 850 properties in more than 95 countries and 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood® Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, Sheraton®, Westin®, Four Points® by Sheraton, W®, Le Méridien® and the recently announced AloftSM and ElementSM Hotels. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.

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