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Le Méridien Returns to Southern California with the Debut of Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica

July 29, 2013 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. today announced the return of Le Méridien® Hotels to Southern California with the opening of Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica, debuting this fall.

Owned by Pebblebrook Hotel Trust and managed by Viceroy Hotel Group, the transformation will follow a renovation of the Sheraton Delfina Santa Monica Hotel.

Located in the heart of Santa Monica, Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica is ideally situated amongst the shops, cafes and galleries of the area and walking distance to the Pacific beaches and iconic Santa Monica Pier.

“We are proud to partner with Pebblebrook and Viceroy Hotel Group to reintroduce Le Méridien to Southern California through the re-branding of this iconic Santa Monica property,” said Allison Reid, Senior Vice President of North America Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “With a transformed brand positioning and strong performance numbers, Le Méridien is poised for expansive growth as we continue to see increased interest among owners, especially around conversions.”

Conceived by world renowned and award-winning Seattle-based hospitality interior design firm Dawson Design Associates, Inc., Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica will undergo transformation of the hotel’s 310 guestrooms, public spaces and 10,000 square feet of premium meeting space, perfect for business functions and social events. The hotel will also boast dramatic views of California’s southern coastline and offer a full-service restaurant and bar, outdoor pool and grill and fitness center.

“Over the past seven years, Starwood has made significant investments in developing Le Méridien as a contemporary lifestyle brand with a truly distinct point of view,” said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien and Westin. “Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica will be uniquely positioned to bring the destination to life through cuisine, the arts and local culture.

Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica will feature the signature Le Méridien Hub™ experience, which re-interprets the traditional lobby into a social gathering place for creative people to converse, debate, and exchange, further building on the brand’s award-winning arrival experience and curated coffee culture. Le Méridien arrival consists of four elements: large-scale artwork in high impact areas to reset the mind and stimulate dialogue and curiosity; the sensory experience, illustrated through Le Méridien signature scent, sound and use of light, creating a unique and distinctive atmosphere; UNLOCK ART™ program, featuring LM100 ™ artist designed key card collections that not only offer access to the guestroom but also to Le Méridien brand affiliated contemporary cultural centers in the city; and a 24-hour curated soundtrack.

“We are thrilled to re-introduce the Sheraton Delfina under the Le Méridien brand,” said Bill Walshe, CEO of Viceroy Hotel Group. “Viceroy’s commitment to impeccable service and innovative culinary experience will undoubtedly help to transform the guest experience for Le Meridien’s creative travellers.”

Viceroy Hotel Group embodies the essence of style and service and caters to guests seeking high-end service, elegance and glamour. Founded on the principles of quality and creativity, the Viceroy team is committed to redefining the traditional concept of luxury hospitality through inspiring design presence, impeccable service, innovative culinary experiences and holistic wellness programs that boast an unparalleled experience for every guest.

The Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica is located at 530 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405. For additional information, please visit http://www.sheratondelfina.com.

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