Time Will Stand Still for One Lucky Couple: The Westin St. Francis Launches Nationwide Search for Couples Who Met "Under The Clock"

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The Westin St. Francis, renowned for its historic elegance and old world grandeur, is celebrating the centennial anniversary of their Great Magneta Grandfather Clock by launching a nationwide search for a special couple who met "under the clock." Over the past century, the refrain "meet me under the clock" has become a cherished rallying cry for generations of guests and San Franciscans alike, and the clock has served as the official gathering place for families, friends, lovers and international adventurers.

We are thrilled to be celebrating the significance of its 100 year anniversary by honoring a special couple whose romance was sparked under the clock.

    "So many people have such fond memories of the clock at The Westin St. Francis," says General Manager Jon Kimball. "We are thrilled to be celebrating the significance of its 100 year anniversary by honoring a special couple whose romance was sparked under the clock."

Couples who have met "under the clock" are encouraged to share their story by submitting a brief essay (no more than 350 words) and a photo of themselves to The Westin St. Francis by October 31, 2007. The winning couple, chosen by a panel of judges on November 5, will be awarded with a public vow renewal ceremony under the clock on November 15, followed by a lavish reception in a signature suite complete with a champagne toast, gourmet hors d'oeuvres, "clocktails" and a wedding cake created by Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Francios Houdre. The winning couple will also receive a complimentary three-night stay in a honeymoon suite at The Westin St. Francis, airfare to San Francisco (if needed), spa treatments for two, and breakfast and dinner for two in the historic Oak Room. For contest details and an application, visit http://www.meetmeattheclock.com.

Built in 1856, the Great Magneta Clock made an arduous steamer trip from Europe around Cape Horn in 1907, and was officially dedicated to The Westin St. Francis on November 30, 1907. This Viennese timepiece was the first master clock introduced to the West, and was installed in its place of honor in the grand lobby of The Westin St. Francis following the hotel's recovery from The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.

Opened more than a century ago on March 21, 1904, The Westin St. Francis still today maintains its preeminence as San Francisco's center of social, theatrical and business life. Renowned for luxury accommodations and excellent service, The Westin St. Francis continues to preserve its rich history and elegance while enhancing the guest experience with fresh, innovative concepts. The only hotel located on San Francisco's famous Union Square, The Westin St. Francis is just steps from The City's best shopping, dining, theatres and art galleries. For reservations and more information, please call (415) 397-7000, toll free (800) 917-7458 or visit http://www.westinstfrancis.com.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 890 properties in more than 100 countries and 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood(R) Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis(R), The Luxury Collection(R), W(R), Westin(R), Le Meridien(R), Sheraton(R), Four Points(R) by Sheraton, Aloft(SM), and Element(SM). Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit http://www.starwoodhotels.com.

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