The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), announced today the opening of Twelve at Hengshan, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Shanghai. This newly built hotel joins the legendary Astor Hotel in Tianjin, The Royal Begonia in Sanya and The Hongta Hotel in Shanghai as The Luxury Collection brand continues to grow its footprint in China. In the last year alone, the brand made its debut in key destinations throughout Asia Pacific with hotel openings in Chennai, India; the Blue Mountains, Australia; and Jakarta, Indonesia. “The opening of Twelve at Hengshan marks the latest milestone for The Luxury Collection as we continue our journey to open a record number of hotels and resorts in Asia Pacific in 2012,” said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts and W Worldwide. “We are thrilled to debut this chic urban oasis in the heart of China’s most cosmopolitan city,” continued Qian Jin, President for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Greater China. “As the newest member of The Luxury Collection brand, residential-style Twelve at Hengshan is an inspiring addition for well-travelled global explorers seeking unique and enriching experiences.” Situated in one of the most historic and fashionable areas of Shanghai on the renowned tree-lined Hengshan Road, Twelve at Hengshan is a residential-style urban retreat poised to become an iconic building within the city, with its striking contemporary architecture contrasting the neighborhood’s traditional charms. The 171-room hotel reflects the creative collaboration among some of the world’s leading architects and designers. Distinctive interiors by New York-based famed hospitality design duo Yabu Pushelberg perfect an “East meets West, Past meets Present” concept of bespoke Chinese and contemporary furnishings, hand-painted Oriental screens, silk lanterns and Oriental latticework. Italian architect Mario Botta, whose celebrated structures include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, created the contemporary courtyard as well as hotel’s façade, which is dressed in more than 20,000 natural terracotta tiles.