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L.A. Westin Century Plaza undergoes facelift

LOS ANGELES - A facelift for a West Los Angeles Hotel will produce two refurbished hotels by the end of the year, including The St. Regis.

Currently named The Westin Century Plaza Tower hotel, the tower will become The St. Regis and the plaza will retain the Westin name. The project is a joint venture between White Plains, New York-based Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Los Angeles-based Pivotal Century Plaza Hotel LLC, which acquired The Westin Century Plaza Tower in February 1999.

Since the two hotels are side-by-side, guests will have the opportunity to take advantage of each hotel's facilities, such as restaurants and spas, says Mark Ricci, public relations coordinator for The Luxury Collection of Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Scheduled for completion in fall 2000, The St. Regis will have 297 guest rooms with views of either the Hollywood Hills or the ocean. Each room will have DVD and CD players, surround sound, high-speed Internet access, a fax/copier/printer machine, and a cordless dual-line telephone. Guests will be able to control most of the equipment in the room - including the drapes - with a bedside remote control.

Other improvements will include a new entrance and lobby, an expanded swimming pool area with sun decks and private cabanas, and a full-service spa. The adjoining Westin Century Plaza renovation is scheduled for completion near the end of this year. The hotel will feature renovated meeting rooms, a remodeled entrance and lobby, a new restaurant, a 30,000 sq. ft. day spa, and landscaped gardens and grounds.

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