PRE- and POST-CONFERENCE VISITS to Starwood Hotels
Milan: Westin Palace, Sheraton Diana Majestic, Le Méridien Gallia
Venice: Hotel Danieli, Hotel Gritti Palace, Westin Europa & Regina
Rome: Westin Excelsior, St. Regis Grand, Hotel Eden Le Méridien,
Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center

Florence: Westin Excelsior, The Grand Hotel
Sardinia:Hotel Cala di Volpe, Cervo Hotel - Costa Smeralda Resort, Hotel Pitrizza, Hotel Romazzino

St. Julians: Westin Dragonara, Le Méridien St. Julians Hotel and Resort

Split: Le Méridien Lay

Buongiorno from Starwood Italy and Central Mediterranean!

Starwood is excited to be a sponsor of the 2008 Travel Classics Writers Conference. The Starwood Italy and Central Mediterranean region includes five luxury brands: St Regis, The Luxury Collection, Le Mériden, Westin and the Sheraton.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Italy & Central Mediterranean---numbering more than 40 properties in Rome, Milan, Turin, Venice, Asolo, Florence, Rimini, Malta, Sardinia and Croatia---are recognized internationally as some of Europe's most historically significant luxury hotels, many of which now offer new enhancements, programs and packages to the American business and leisure travelers.

We're delighted to offer pre- and post-conference stays to Travel Classics Italy 2008 attendees and guest editors upon request to the cities and properties below. To arrange your visits, contact:

Sara Migliore
Public Relations Manager, Italy & Central Mediterranean
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Piazza della Repubblica 20, 20124 Milan, Italy
Tel: +39 02 63363641
Cell: +39 335 7756847
Fax: +39 02 63363600


The Westin Palace

The Westin Palace overlooks Piazza della Repubblica with renewed splendour, thanks to recent important investments, that enhanced both the quality and the variety of services, taking more care of the business requirements as well as the comfort of its guests.

Located inside the Westin Palace, the "Casanova" is a renowned restaurant even for the non-guests who have long flocked to this intimate setting, refined, elegant and famous for its essentially Mediterranean cuisine.
Sheraton Diana Majestic

A few steps away from the famous Montenapoleone Street and the elegant central shopping centre, since 1908 the hotel Sheraton Diana Majestic, completely renovated in 1998, ninety years after its original opening, has always been a hotel of great tradition, one of the cities top hotels for a clientele tied to the world of art, culture and fashion. The hclub> diana Bar is one of the cities trendsetting bars and meeting places.

Today the Hotel Sheraton Diana Majestic celebrates traditional atmosphere and architecture, central location and a welcoming spirit.
Le Méridien Gallia

Le Méridien Gallia in Milan has been one of the most prestigious hotels in Italy ever since its official opening on 29th February 1932. With 237 bedrooms and suites, all luxuriously decorated in pastel shades with period furniture, it is Milan's ideal place to host business meetings, press conferences or congresses, but also a place where to spend a holiday in Lombardy's regional capital in an elegantly refined and traditional atmosphere.

Hotel Danieli

Hotel Danieli, one of Europe's oldest hotels, consists of three connecting buildings, including the fine 14th century Venetian Gothic palace. Perfectly located in the city center and a few steps from San Marco Square and its Basilica as well as legendary sites such as the Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs, Hotel Danieli is a bewitching setting for everyone's Venetian experience.

A three phases redecoration project has recently started to restore the rich art and architectural elements of the three palaces, while incorporating new-state-of-the-art technology, facilities and comfort. During all the three phases, the hotel remains open. The renovation will include the only and first spa in the heart of the city center with an indoor swimming pool.
Hotel Gritti Palace

Hotel Gritti Palace is located right on the Grand Canal. Its location, facing the grandiose church of Santa Maria della Salute, makes it particularly enchanting: from the terrace directly on the Grand Canal, at water level, guests can enjoy an incomparable view of Venice. With its 82 rooms and 9 suites it offers superb lodging, and provides special courtesies, in an elegant, refined setting.
Westin Europa & Regina

The Westin Europa & Regina, a luxurious five stars hotel, is in a position of absolute privilege, facing the final stretch of the Grand Canal. The Westin Europa & Regina offers its guests 148 double rooms, 20 singles and 17 suites, many of these with a splendid view directly on the Grand Canal and terraces. All the rooms have been endowed with the Westin Heavenly Bed and Heavenly Showers. "La Cusina", a truly unusual restaurant with its open kitchen, unique in Venice and one of the few in Italy, is one of the most interesting restaurants in the city, as much for its ambience as for its high level of gastronomic excellence.

Westin Excelsior

Since 1906, The Westin Excelsior, Rome has hosted celebrities, statesmen and artists visiting the Eternal City. The hotel, which was named to Condé Nast Traveler's 2006 Gold List, enjoys a prime location in the celebrated Via Veneto district and is known for outstanding service in an exceptional setting. Dine on Roman favorites at Restaurant Doney, enjoy a personalized workout with our trainer in the health club, or indulge in a shiatsu massage in our spa.
St. Regis Grand

With the marble columns, frescoed ceilings and oriental carpets, a thousand lights discretely shine through antique Murano glass chandeliers, which characterize the public areas of the St. Regis Grand reassuring guests and visitors that the charm and style of those beautiful early periods has not disappeared.

In the guestrooms and suites, personalized with a unique hand-painted fresco reproducing evocative views of ancient Rome, it is typical to find walls decorated with period paintings, beds are acquired from presidential residences with silk and brocade bedspreads, boiseries, combined with the latest technological facilities such as computer, fax, printers, ISDN lines, video conference services and high speed internet access in all rooms and WiFi in the public areas.
Hotel Eden - Le Méridien

Set in the heart of the Eternal City of Rome, Hotel Eden allows guests to discover the cultural allure of Rome. The nearby attractions--Via Veneto, the Spanish Steps, and Via Condotti--are just a short walk from the hotel's doorstep, and the hotel itself overlooks the seven historic hills of Rome. Hotel Eden provides the perfect cultural ambiance to immerse oneself in the sights, tastes, and sounds of this enchanting city.

Hotel Eden's amenities include superb meeting facilities in the hub of Rome's business district, a fitness centre, and spa services. Serving epicurean Italian cuisine, the rooftop La Terrazza dell' Eden offers a connoisseur's wine list and one of the most renowned panoramas in the world.

Whether a private visit to the celebrated Sistine Chapel, tickets to a rousing game of rugby or soccer, or travel through famed historical sites by horse-drawn carriage, the hotel's concierge is ready to help guests discover all that the Eternal City has to offer.
Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center

In the heart of Rome's business center, the Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center is a great choice when visiting the capital city. Awarded Best Business Hotel in Italy by Condé Nast Traveler in 2007, the hotel, surrounded by the lush greenery of the EUR district, is strategically located between the timeless glories of the historical city center and Fiumicino/Leonardo Da Vinci Airport.

A full-scale renovation has made the hotel the region's premier business and convention venue, with 24 special state of-the-art rooms featuring the latest in technology so that your events will run as smoothly as possible.

640 guest rooms and suites, the Club Lounge, and exclusive services make you feel comfortable and relaxed. Stay connected and informed with a free newspaper every morning. Drift to sleep in your Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed every night, and stay fit in the Sheraton Fitness Center, together with the outdoor pool, tennis court, squash courts and jogging track. You don't just stay here. You belong here.

Westin Excelsior Florence

The Westin Excelsior Florence dominates the beautiful Piazza Ognissanti, overlooking the Arno River, just a few steps from the central fashion district of Florence. Renovation and change has been the hallmark of this beautiful property during the years, in its attempt to fulfill every requirement of its guest. Frescoes, coffered ceilings and polychrome marbles perfectly match with the high standards of the service and a comfort without equal.

The most modern technical innovations make this hotel the ideal place for business travelers. Multimedia TV high speed internet access and WiFi in the public areas, together with a Westin Workout Room and a Fitness Area, underline the attention for important details. All the meeting rooms are equipped with state of the art technology.

ORVM bar provides an informal yet elegant feeling, with black-and-white marble floors, wooden tables and leather-covered walls and chairs. ORVM restaurant features the ultimate in contemporary Mediterranean cuisine thanks to the ability of Executive Chef Giuseppe Dalla Rosa who uses aromas and seasonal ingredients for light and balanced dishes.
The Grand Hotel

This Luxury Collection hotel looks out over the splendid Piazza Ognissanti, facing the Arno. From its central location the Grand Hotel proposes to its guests the refined elegance of its rooms and suites, the richness of halls and lounges and the magnificence of a legendary atmosphere rich of history according to the Florence Renaissance Style.

The ground floor lounge bar InCanto offers the ideal place to relax and has a very attractive terrace. Elegant dining in the InCanto restaurant, with bold contemporary design, whilst the InCantinetta wine cellar provides a charming setting for the most special occasion.

Also, many improvements have been carried out in recent years, among them a brand new fitness area and butler service on request. All rooms are supplied with a Quadriga Genesis digital television entertainment System and high speed internet connections, and WiFi technology is offered in all public areas.

Hotel Cala di Volpe

Refined understated, always in vogue, a sumptuous trace of luxury in the Mediterranean's paradise. Hotel Cala di Volpe is still considered the symbol of Costa Smeralda. Designed in 1963 by the Architect Jacques Couelle it was built like an ancient village in one of the most beautiful bays of the Costa Smeralda.

Hotel Cala di Volpe's pool is known as the biggest sea-water pool of Europe, its barbecue and restaurant, some of the most attractive places to taste international and Mediterranean recipes. The Hotel Cala di Volpe offers a total of 125 guestrooms in perfect Sardinian style. An exclusive two floors Presidential Suite with private pool on the terrace offers a wide range of recreational facilities and an exclusive wine cellar.
The Cervo Hotel, Costa Smeralda Resort

The ideal refuge for those who wish to stay in the centre of Porto Cervo, the Cervo Hotel is a luxury resort designed in 1963 by the Italian Architect Luigi Vietti as an integral part of the village itself only a glance away from the most renowned designer shops and boutiques.

All the 101 guestrooms are designed in perfect Sardinian style, private terrace overlooking the harbor, swimming pool or the beautiful landscape. 4 new and exclusive suites have been created equipped with the latest technologies, Jacuzzi and hammam corner.

The hotel features a Tennis Club: an oasis of fitness which includes an outdoor and a heated indoor pool, five tennis courts, a gymnasium as well as a Health Club for total well-being.
Hotel Pitrizza

Hotel Pitrizza is an ideal destination for travelers who want to enjoy quiet and privacy in close contact with nature in one of the world's most romantic setting. The hotel offers a total of 55 rooms. A Sardinian influence prevails: native woods, granite and Cerasarda tiles. A group of villas is set amid rocks and flowers, overlooking the Bay. Particularly attractive are the suites "Casa di Sopra", "La Roccia" and "Villa Corbezzolo": these three jewels provide a panoramic position and private pool, one of them with private beach.
Hotel Romazzino

Overlooking the emerald green sea, the Hotel Romazzino is surrounded by lawns and flowering gardens leading gently to a long candid private beach.

Designed in 1965 by the Italian architect Michele Busiri Vici, the hotel recalls a typical Mediterranean village with its brilliant white exteriors, flowing lines and arched windows. All of the 94 guest rooms are decorated in the Mediterranean style and have private terraces.

With the sea so near, marine sports are obviously the most popular from swimming and windsurfing to sailing, fishing and scuba diving. In addition, Hotel Romazzino provides a fully-equipped "Toy Club" for kids: a dedicated staff and an area with toys, entertainment and pool, and a kids' private beach.
* Malta is offering roundtrip airfare from Rome and Milan in addition to hotel.

Westin Dragonara
With just a couple of hours flight from all major European cities, you can discover 7000 years of history yet live passionately in the present. You'll span the millennia with an astonishing array of things to discover. And wherever you go, the Islands' scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop. The colours are striking, honey-coloured stone against the deepest of Mediterranean blues.

The Westin Dragonara Resort, in the exclusive enclave of St. Julian's, is positioned on its own peninsula of 74,000 square metres and is an oasis of luxury, comfort and tranquillity just steps away from the shops, restaurants and main entertainment venues.
Le Méridien St. Julians Hotel & Spa

Set upon the edge of the seafront, Le Méridien St. Julians Hotel & Spa overlooks the shimmering Balluta Bay. 276 comfortable guest rooms and suites offer balconies boasting striking views of the azure sky arched over sparkling waters. Lotus Spa and Health features amenities for total relaxation: steam rooms, sauna, Jacuzzi, and a soothing heated pool.

The Standard and Deluxe rooms have a stylish and contemporary décor, warm colours, comfortable furniture and soft furnishings, spacious bathrooms with separate showers and separate WC. Rooms are available with either one king bed or two single beds. Views vary from seaview, terraced country fields to valley views or inland. All rooms have either a balcony or terrace. Interconnecting rooms, non-smoking rooms and rooms for the physically challenged are also available on request. A number of rooms can also accommodate a rollaway bed on request.
* Croatia is offering roundtrip airfare from Rome and Milan in addition to hotel.

Le Méridien Lav

Located in Podstrana, eight kilometers south of Split, Croatia, Le Méridien Lav, Split's beautiful setting features 800 meters of beach frontage, gardens landscaped by award-winning designer Jim Nicolay, and fantastic sea views overlooking the city and the surrounding islands.

The 381 guest rooms and suites, spread across four interlinked buildings, are the largest guest rooms on the Dalmatian coast. Designed by acclaimed Italian designer Lorenzo Bellini, all interiors have a warm, inviting ambiance. A combination of eight restaurants and bars in the hotel and set along the Marina Promenade allow guests to experience a variety of cuisines. At 2,900 square meters, the hotel's conference and banqueting facilities are the largest on the Adriatic Sea, featuring eight meeting rooms. Designed by Christophe Herbert of Principal Concepts, the hotel's casino features 140 slot machines, eight gaming tables, a Salon Privé, and a sports bar. The adjoining nightclub offers live entertainment.

Recreational venues and activities include the Tennis Academy, with four championship courts, and the Water Sports Centre, which offers scuba diving, waterskiing, sailing, rock climbing, abseiling, archery, and the Penguin Club for young guests.
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