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01/31/2011

Marriott Opens Courtyard in Bridgetown, Barbados

New Design Features High Tech GoBoard®, Flexible Work and Social Spaces, and 24/7 Market

CTY barbadosCourtyard by Marriott is thrilled to introduce its new lobby and room design with the opening of the 118-room Courtyard by Marriott Bridgetown.  The opening marks the first Courtyard by Marriott hotel to open in Barbados and the second property to feature Courtyard by Marriott’s “Refreshing Business” makeover in the Caribbean.  Located at The Garrison Historic Area, Hastings, Christ Church, the hotel owned by Caribe Hospitality of Barbados Limited, will be managed by Marriott International, Inc.

Whether traveling for business or pleasure, the Courtyard Bridgetown offers guests convenient access to the city of Bridgetown, local attractions, restaurants and night life.  Rates at the hotel begin at $249.00 USD per night.

Courtyard by Marriott was the first lodging brand exclusively designed for business travel by business travelers.  Last year, the brand completely redefined its hotel lobby experience.  This Marriott International (NYSE:MAR) “power brand” is fast-tracking its lobby makeover.  The rest of the world is also getting a chance to experience the new lobby by visiting www.courtyard.com.

“From day one, Courtyard has prided itself as a brand that listens to what business travelers want from a hotel,” said Janis Milham, vice president, Global Brand Manager, Courtyard by Marriott.   “Guests want more control and choice with services and amenities that create a healthy balance between working and relaxing. We redefined the Courtyard lobby so it invites guests to get out of their rooms to work, socialize or for entertainment, whether traveling alone or with colleagues.” 

The open, bright and contemporary new Courtyard hotel lobby welcomes guests with vivid contrasting colors, including blue, green, orange and red.  The traditional front desk is replaced with separate welcome pedestals to create more personal and private interactions when guests check in.  This will allow staff to move about to show guests the lobby features and provide assistance.  Flexible seating options range from a communal table in the middle of the action, to more private media booths with high-definition televisions, to a more intimate, semi-enclosed lounge area.

A signature element of the new lobby is the exclusive GoBoard® technology, a 57-inch LCD touch screen packed with local information, maps, weather, and news, business and sports headlines.  Guests can navigate using the touch screen to find restaurants, local attractions and directions.

Guests can connect to free WiFi and there are ample electrical outlets throughout the lobby to power digital devices.  The enlarged business library features several complimentary computer terminals along with a free printer and separate computer stations dedicated to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status.

Dining has been completely redesigned with The Centro – Eat. Drink. Connect.; offering casual, flexible seating; easier access to food and higher quality, healthier menu options for breakfast; and light evening fare, including snacks, wine and beer so guests can unwind.  The MarketTM, a 24/7 shop for snacks, beverages and sundries, is always open for late-night cravings or the toothpaste you forgot to pack.

Green has been Courtyard’s signature color since Marriott launched the brand more than 25 years ago.  Now it is even greener with the introduction of a guest recycling program for the environment. Receptacles for paper, glass, plastic and metal will be conveniently located by side exits.

The 118 room hotel features The Centro restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, guest laundry and business center.  The hotel also offers 2700 square feet of meeting space to accommodate small meetings and private functions.

Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced.  Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ needs for choice and control.  With nearly 900 locations in 35 countries, Courtyard is Marriott’s largest brand.  All Courtyard by Marriott hotels participate in the award-winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay.  For more information about the new lobby and the latest brand news, visit www.courtyard.com/bgicy

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