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Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center opens

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced the opening of Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center.Located less than a quarter mile from Miami International Airport, the former Wyndham hotel owned by Thayer Lodging Group has undergone extensive upgrades prior to opening as a Sheraton.

The addition of Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center is part of the Sheraton brand’s strategic expansion plan that will add approximately 50 new hotels and more than 20,000 rooms to the Sheraton portfolio over the next three years.

"We are thrilled to grow our presence in Florida with the opening of Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, where business and leisure guests will enjoy resort amenities, as well as convenient proximity to the airport and Miami’s leading attractions," said Hoyt Harper, Senior Vice President, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts. "This hotel will exemplify the new look and feel of Sheraton following the brand’s recently completed $6 billion brand-wide revitalization, including $400 million in signature brand initiatives designed to create community and make it easy to stay connected."

Boasting panoramic city and water views, Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center is nestled on the banks of the Miami River, just four miles from downtown Miami. The hotel features 405 guest rooms, including 50 rooms that offer the PURE Air system, 20,000 square feet of state-of-the-art, IACC (International Association of Conference Centers) appointed Executive Meeting Center, the first full-service EMC in south Florida. In addition, guests enjoy PURE Air circulated throughout the Executive Meeting Center to further enhance the meeting experience. Additional facilities include a health club, outdoor pool and bar, full-service restaurant, Club floor and complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle service. Miami’s Melreese Golf Course is located adjacent to the property, offering 18-holes of championship golf.

Following further renovations, the reconfigured lobby will soon feature the brand’s signature "Link@Sheraton experienced with Microsoft" – the brand’s signature social hub where connections, whether face-to-face or webcam-to-webcam take place.

"This new Sheraton in Miami is representative of the brand’s strategic growth in key markets across the United States not only through new-builds, but also through conversion opportunities," said Paul Sacco, Senior Vice President of North America Development. "The Sheraton brand’s comprehensive revitalization has significantly improved guest satisfaction and loyalty, which in turn has greatly increased the brand’s appeal among owners and developers. As a result, Sheraton is leading Starwood’s market share growth."

Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center is close to South Beach shops, nightclubs and restaurants, vibrant downtown Miami, exclusive Coral Gables and several shopping malls. Guests will enjoy easy access to top area attractions such as Gulfstream Race Track, Miami Seaquarium, Metro Zoo, Dolphin Mall and American Airlines Arena. Also nearby are several prominent business parks and the offices of numerous multinational companies.

A top choice for prestigious corporate conventions and meetings of all sizes, Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center features 20,000 square feet of versatile meeting space including 20 conference rooms, a 4,000-square foot ballroom, and comprehensive meeting services.

"Starwood has done an excellent job enhancing the Sheraton brand. We are delighted to fly the Sheraton flag at Miami’s leading business hotel, following an extensive investment in our property to meet the brand’s new standards," said Carroll Warfield, Managing Director of Operations and Asset Management, Thayer Lodging Group. "We look forward to turning on the power of Starwood and reaching even more travelers through the innovative and award-winning Starwood Preferred Guest program."

Stylish and comfortable, the guest rooms and suites are equipped with an oversized work desk, custom-designed ergonomic chair, high-speed Internet, LCD flat panel television, iPod home docking station and the all-white Sheraton Sweet Sleeper(R) bed. The hotel’s fully equipped fitness facility features the brand’s revolutionary new health and fitness program, Sheraton Fitness, Programmed by Core Performance, designed exclusively for Sheraton guests through its partner Core Performance.

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