Starwood Hotels earmarks $20 million for property upgrades

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Officials at Starwood Hotels & Resorts, based here, said the company will spend upward of $20 million to renovate several of its properties in northern and central New Jersey.

A rundown of the work projects follows:

  • At the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel in East Rutherford, $3 million is being spent to renovate the property and reposition it as the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel and Conference Center.
  • Renovations, which are slated to be finished by mid-February, include converting the executive office and banquet room space to a conference center, with nine meeting rooms offering more than 4,300 square feet of space.

    The new facility will have the seal of approval from the International Association of Conference Centers. When the work is completed, the property will offer more than 26,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space.

    The renovation project also will include redesigning the lobby as well as the Terrace restaurant and providing space that can be used for private parties.

  • A $5 million face-lift has begun at the Sheraton Edison Hotel and is scheduled to be completed in April.
  • The program includes completely overhauling the property's 274 guest rooms, corridors, banquet and meeting rooms and other public areas.

    A 3,000-square-foot junior ballroom will be added to the hotel, and the existing 8,000 square feet of meeting space will be upgraded.

  • At the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel, $11 million will be spent on upgrading public areas and guest rooms.
  • Renovations also will include the construction of a 5,000-square-foot ballroom and the conversion of 20 guest rooms to small meeting or break-out rooms.

    When work is done, the hotel will offer 370 guest rooms and a second concierge floor.

    The property also launched a kosher sales division and opened a Glatt kosher kitchen. The new sales division will create and market special events such as bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings and programs for holidays such as Rosh Hashana and Passover.

    Flood relief

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Bound Brook, N.J., residents victimized by Hurricane Floyd in September will receive help from three New Jersey Starwood Hotels & Resorts properties.

    The Sheraton Meadowlands, the Sheraton Parsippany and the Sheraton Edison have launched Turning the Tide -- Sheraton Aids Bound Brook.

    The properties will donate household items and furnishings that are being replaced during work projects at the hotels.

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