Hotel Development 04/23/2015 – Washington

AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor Opens its Doors to Guests

The eight-story AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor features 192 guest rooms and six suites, 3,700-square-feet of meeting space and a fitness center. Additional amenities include free Wi-Fi, and signature spaces including AC Kitchen, AC Library and AC Lounge. The hotel is designed to attract millennials who want a sophisticated experience with style, inspired social spaces and technology.

BAR WITH A TWIST
At AC Hotel, beverages come first.  The AC Lounge features all-knowing bartenders who act as a go-to source for exploring the local area.  Guests can experience classic drinks, like its signature Gintonic, along with small plates at the AC Lounge.  The lounge delivers to its guests’ handcrafted cocktails, wine on tap, and local craft beers in a can.

EUROPEAN-INSPIRED FOOD SCENE
The food scene found at AC Hotel stems from its Spanish roots, offering tapas in the evening at AC Lounge and a European-inspired breakfast at AC Kitchen.  Guests enjoy freshly baked croissants flown in from France, hand sliced prosciutto from a Berkel artisan slicer, an assortment of cheeses, sweet and savory tarts, and freshly brewed hot and iced coffee.

ART SCENE
AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor was designed purposefully and has incorporated the linear design of the harbor into its art.  Upon entering the eight-story hotel, guests will find a rope wall inspired by boats docked on the Potomac River, as well as modern nautical accents throughout.  Outside in National Harbor lies a growing public art scene of both international and local artists.  Special highlights include the iconic “The Awakening” statue by J. Steward Johnson, Jr. and “The Beckoning” by Albert Paley.

MILLENNIAL-DRIVEN EXPERIENCE
Looking to engage the millennial traveler, AC Hotels by Marriott incorporates a design-focus approach.  Guests will find open-concept closets and integrated work desk and luggage benches in all rooms. Complimentary WiFi, ample USB and power ports and smart TVs that can stream on-demand content is a much appreciated, added bonus.

A PART OF THE COMMUNITY
AC Hotel adds to the roster of new investments in the growing destination of National Harbor. With its opening, it has created nearly 50 new jobs with more than half of the positions filled by associates living in Prince George’s County, Maryland.   Operated under a long-term management agreement by Marriott International, the hotel is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties.

To learn more about AC Hotels by Marriott or to book an experience at AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor, visit www.marriott.com/ac-hotels/travel.mi.

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AC Hotels by Marriott is a lifestyle brand within the Marriott International global portfolio of 19 brands. AC Hotels currently offers a portfolio of more than 75 hotels throughout Spain, Italy, Portugal and France.  The brand’s first U.S. hotel debuted in New Orleans in November 2014.  Growth plans for the brand include the opening of its next North American locations in Kansas City’s stylish Westport neighborhood and in the heart of Miami Beach early this year and additional growth in Latin America and Europe.  We expect more than 50 AC hotels to open within the next three years throughout the U.S. and Latin America.

Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brands portfolio currently includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott and Moxy Hotels. Accounting for approximately 25 percent of the company’s system-wide pipeline, Marriott expects to add more than 200 luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years, reflecting over $15 billion of investment by the company’s owners and franchisees.

Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 16 brands and 3,800 + properties worldwide. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at over 3,800 Marriott International hotels around the world and at Marriott Rewards’ exclusive luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton®.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. By making rewards modern and easy, Marriott Rewards continues to be a leader in the industry. Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” seven years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” It was also named “Best Frequent Stay Bonus Program” by Global Traveler and ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction in the JD Power inaugural Hotel Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction 2014 Report. In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report, About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel, Businessweek, Fortune and Travel + Leisure magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, please visit MarriottRewards.com or call 1-800-450-4442.

NOTE: The statements about the expected future growth of AC Hotels by Marriott and Marriott’s luxury and lifestyle portfolio, and the amount of anticipated investment by owners and franchisees, are “forward looking statements” within the meaning of federal securities laws, not historical facts, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth; and other risk factors identified in Marriott International, Inc.’s most recent annual report on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by our statements. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP) is a real estate investment trust for federal income tax purposes, specializing in group-oriented, destination hotel assets in urban and resort markets. The Company’s owned assets include a network of four upscale, meetings-focused resorts totaling 7,795 rooms that are managed by lodging operator Marriott International, Inc. under the Gaylord Hotels brand. Other owned assets managed by Marriott International, Inc. include Gaylord Springs Golf Links, the Wildhorse Saloon, the General Jackson Showboat, The Inn at Opryland, a 303-room overflow hotel adjacent to Gaylord Opryland and AC Hotel Washington, D.C. at National Harbor, a 192-room hotel near Gaylord National. The Company also owns and operates media and entertainment assets, including the Grand Ole Opry, the legendary weekly showcase of country music’s finest performers for nearly 90 years; the Ryman Auditorium, the storied former home of the Grand Ole Opry located in downtown Nashville; and 650 AM WSM, the Opry’s radio home.

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