Westin Hotels & Resorts has opened a new flagship hotel in Midtown Manhattan, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced this month. The hotel, The Westin New York Grand Central, occupies the former home of the New York Helmsley Hotel, which has been updated courtesy of a $75 million renovation.For a recap of the week's top stories, check out MeetingNews Minute:
"We have greatly anticipated the opening of The Westin New York Grand Central as it marks a new era for this historic hotel and its neighborhood," said Brian Povinelli, global brand leader, Westin Hotels & Resorts. "Our new landmark property will become a hub for both business and leisure travelers due to its prime location and the draw of the signature Westin experience, designed to provide our guests a bit of well-being in the center of bustling New York City."
Located near Grand Central Terminal and the United Nations, The Westin New York Grand Central is New York's second Westin hotel. Its redesigned interior includes 774 guest rooms, more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space — including four new breakout rooms and an expanded 4,100 square-foot ballroom — and a 3,000-square-foot fitness studio, not to mention a forthcoming onsite restaurant and bar.
"This is a great day for Westin Hotels and Starwood — some of the biggest names in our city's growing hospitality industry," New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. "Even when New York City was struggling to recover from the last national recession, Starwood was very bullish about our future. Their investments here have turned out to be smart ones, because a record number of tourists are flocking to New York City, and now this renovation gives them one more reason to visit."