American hotel and leisure company Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is set to open a new hotel in Nigeria, Four Points by Sheraton Ikot Ekpene, in 2015.

The new hotel, owned by the Akwa Ibom State Government, will be the tenth Starwood hotel in Nigeria and the second in the state of Akwa Ibom.

It will also be the first high-rise tower in Ikot Ekpene and the first purpose-built international hotel in the town.

"Currently, Starwood operates five hotels in Nigeria and also plans to launch five more hotels by 2017."

Starwood Hotels & Resorts president (Europe, Africa and Middle East) Michael Wale said: "Looking back to when we first opened Le Meridien Ibom in 2007, we saw an opportunity in a city with limited infrastructure; today the state of Akwa Ibom has been transformed and modernised with new highways and a local airport, while the hotel was recently selected as an SPG® Members’ Favourite."

The new hotel includes 146 guest rooms, an all-day dining restaurant, a lobby bar, 814m² of meeting and event space, a fitness centre and an outdoor pool.

The Four Points also provides its signature four comfort beds and free bottled water in the room, complimentary Wi-Fi in all public areas, breakfast and local beer.

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Currently, Starwood operates five hotels in Nigeria and also plans to launch five more hotels by 2017.

Starwood owns 200 Four Points hotels in more than 30 countries.