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06/03/2013

Marriott International Imports its European AC Hotels by Marriott Brand into the Americas

AC Hotel Recoletos (Madrid)Design-focused AC Hotels by Marriott Brings a Distinctly Urban Esthetic to Travel Consumers.

Bethesda, Md., – June 3, 2013 – Today at the NYU International Hospitality Investment Conference in New York, Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) is announcing it will import its popular design-focused AC Hotels by Marriott brand into the US and the rest of the Americas. The brand inspired by the runways and fashion houses of Milan, features simple, clean and crisp lines, marrying sophisticated European style with approachable design for a distinctly urban feel. Each hotel reflects the uniqueness and character of its location.   

AC Hotel Nice (France)AC Hotels by Marriott was launched in 2011 as a joint venture between Marriott International and Spanish group AC Hotels, which was founded in 1998 by Antonio Catalán. Today, AC Hotels by Marriott has a portfolio of 79 hotels in Spain, Italy, Portugal and France, encompassing nearly 9,000 rooms.

AC Lounge at AC Hotel Nice (France)“By importing AC Hotels by Marriott into the US, we believe we can increase Marriott’s overall market share among younger business travelers who make three or more business trips a year, representing a total market size of $31 - $35 billion,” said Brian King, global brand officer, Marriott Endorsed Brands. “We have identified an industry void among consumers who are connected, communal and curious with an urban spirit and desire a design-focused hotel brand that is widely distributed.”
 
AC Hotels by Marriott has extremely high brand recognition in Spain and is among the 50 best valued brands within that market. There are currently five AC Hotels by Marriott in the company’s global development pipeline, and there is strong interest among owners in developing the brand in the North and South America.

AC - Biblioteca La Finca Alta“Marriott has a strong track record for developing and growing brands,” said Tony Capuano, executive vice president and chief development officer, Marriott Global Development. “Our experienced owners and franchisees are highly enthusiastic about the growth potential of this unique, design-focused brand for new construction, conversions and adaptive re-use opportunities.”

AC Hotels by Marriott, which will sit in the upper moderate lodging tier, will add to the company’s emerging supply of lifestyle brands that includes the recently announced moderately priced MOXY HOTELS in Europe.  AC Hotels by Marriott feature lobbies containing a curated collection of inviting furnishings, modern patterns and textures that feel museum-like with a layered tone-on-tone color palette of warm greys and soft charcoal accents that carries through to the guest rooms. Within the lobby, guests can enjoy the AC Lounge, serving small plates, cocktails, and a wide selection of wines and craft beers. Guests can retreat to work or relax in the library with its wide tables that serves as the business center as well. The library also offers locally relevant reading and artifacts. WiFi throughout every AC Hotels by Marriott property will be free. Guests and non-guests will be able to book spaces to work in the lobbies using Marriott’s Workspace on Demand powered by Liquidspace. AC Hotels by Marriott will offer guests a full breakfast buffet.

For more information on AC Hotels by Marriott, visit http://www.marriott.com/ac-hotels/travel.mi.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,800 properties in 74 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.
 
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04/08/2013

AC Hotels by Marriott Continues European Expansion with New Hotels in Nice & Barcelona

AC Hotel - NiceLondon - Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) has continued the expansion of its joint venture with AC Hotels with the opening of two new properties – the AC Hotel Nice on the French Riviera and the AC Hotel Sant Cugat in Catalonia, Barcelona.  The two new hotels will be welcome additions to the AC Hotels by Marriott brand, which launched in 2011 and now offers over 80 hotels across Europe.

After an extensive renovation, the AC Hotel Nice opened on 1 April 2013. The 143-room downtown hotel overlooks the Mediterranean Sea just steps from Promenade des Anglais.  Standout hotel features include a panoramic terrace with heated swimming pool and a relaxing hotel Zen garden.

In addition to 22 suites, the hotel has three conference and banqueting rooms, accommodating up to 100 guests.  The Acropolis Congress Centre is only a short distance away making it ideally appointed accommodation for business as well as leisure travellers.

The AC Hotel Nice is the second AC Hotel by Marriott hotel to open in France joining the AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes-Juan Les Pins, which opened last summer.  Another French property, AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot, was announced in September 2012 and is set to open in early 2014.

AC Hotel Sant CugatThe newly opened AC Hotel Sant Cugat is conveniently located in the business area of Sant Joan. The hotel has 152-rooms and several function rooms for meetings and events.  The hotel’s AC Lounge is an attractive, multi-purpose space open 24 hours where guests can relax with free wi-fi.

The affluent suburb of Sant Cugat del Valles is abundant with beauty and heritage and has convenient connections to central Barcelona.  Local attractions include the Benedictine monastery of Sant Cugat and the medieval castle Castell de Canals.

“We are delighted to be developing the presence of AC Hotels by Marriott in France and across Europe with these two exciting new openings in such current locations,” said Amy McPherson, president and managing director for Marriott International in Europe.  “Nice and Sant Cugat del Valles are popular destinations for both business and leisure travellers and fit perfectly with the brand’s associated modern comfort and urban style.”

The new hotels join over 80 existing AC Hotels by Marriott throughout France, Spain, Italy and Portugal.  AC Hotels by Marriott is part of Marriott Rewards, one of the world’s largest hospitality loyalty programmes with over 37 million members.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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09/14/2012

Marriott International to Open 14th Hotel in Paris with Signing of AC Hotel by Marriott

AC Hotel LogoAC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot Opens in 2014.
 
Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) today announced the signing of its first AC Hotel by Marriott in Paris, the 166-room AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot.  The hotel will be operated under a franchise agreement with SHEPI SNC. The AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot will represent Marriott International’s 14th hotel in the capital city and its third AC Hotel by Marriott in France.

The joint venture and co-brand, AC Hotels by Marriott, was launched last year, adding over 80 existing AC Hotels throughout Spain, Italy and Portugal to the Marriott global portfolio.  In line with ambitious growth plans for the brand, AC Hotels by Marriott opened their first hotel in France earlier this year, the AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes Juan Les Pins and recently announced the signing of the AC Hotel Nice, due to open in early 2013.

“We are thrilled with the AC Hotels by Marriott development momentum in France and the signing of this fantastic new hotel in Paris,” said Amy McPherson, president and managing director for Marriott International in Europe.  “The AC Hotels by Marriott brand already has a strong holding in Spain, Italy and Portugal, and we have been actively seeking opportunities to expand into France where we see the brand’s urban lifestyle feel fitting perfectly.  Ever popular with both business and leisure travellers, and one of the most visited capitals in the world, Paris is a robust market where we see continued development opportunity for this exciting brand.”

The AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot will be ideally located to the west of central Paris in the well-known district of Porte Maillot, overlooking the Boulevard Périphérique, with excellent transport links to the city’s centre and world-class tourist attractions, including the Champs Elysées just a few metro stops away.  Considered the gateway to the major business district of La Défense, Porte Maillot is home to the Palais des Congrès, one of the city’s largest and best-equipped congress venues.

The AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot will exude the modern comfort and urban style associated with the AC Hotels by Marriott brand.  Blending quality, comfort, design and technology, the hotel will boast a fitness centre, stylish guestrooms and signature AC Lounge and Bar offering complimentary Wi-Fi and zones to relax, work or unwind.  The hotel’s prime location, just in front of the Palais des Congrès, delivers a host of restaurants and bars to be enjoyed just a short stroll away.

AC Hotels by Marriott is part of Marriott Rewards, one of the world’s largest hospitality loyalty programmes with 37 million members.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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09/05/2012

The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa Joins Autograph Collection Denver Landmark is 35th Hotel to Join Marriott International’s Growing Portfolio of Independent Hotels

Brown Palace ExteriorAutograph Collection announced today that Denver’s most iconic luxury hotel, The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, has joined its exclusive portfolio of independently owned and operated properties. In conjunction with its 120th anniversary this month, The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa is the 35th property to be added to Autograph Collection’s growing roster of hotels. Open for business every day since its inception in 1892, The Brown Palace joins the company of some of the world’s most exceptional properties including Turnberry Isle Miami in Miami, Florida, The Algonquin Hotel in New York, New York, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada, and The Saint Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. The hotel will continue to be operated by Quorum Hotels & Resorts, which has been involved with The Brown Palace since 1987.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of the distinguished Autograph Collection,” said Marcel Pitton, Managing Director of The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa. “By tapping into the powerful distribution channels of Marriott International, while allowing The Brown Palace to continue to trade upon its iconic name and history, we believe that the Autograph Collection affiliation positions the Brown Palace perfectly for future success.”

Autograph Collection, an exclusive collection of upper upscale and luxury hotels within Marriott International’s global portfolio, is comprised of independent hotels with distinct personalities in major cities and desired destinations worldwide. A natural fit for the iconic Brown Palace, Autograph Collection celebrates innovative hotels that offer the variety of one-of-a-kind, authentic experiences that many guests are seeking when they travel.

Brown Palace Entrance“We are delighted to celebrate The Brown Palace joining Autograph Collection as the Collection’s 35th hotel,” said Noah Silverman, Chief Development Officer, North America Full Service Hotels for Marriott International.  “This iconic landmark is a tremendous addition for Autograph Collection and is perfectly aligned with our expansion strategy to enlist unique properties across the globe to our rapidly growing portfolio.”

Each Autograph Collection hotel possesses its own distinct identity and appeals to discerning travelers who are looking for a creative experience that only an independent hotel can deliver. Joining Autograph Collection allows The Brown Palace to further showcase its renowned legacy and extraordinary personality. Through the partnership, the hotel will gain access to Marriott International’s global sales and marketing channels, including the award winning Marriott Rewards loyalty program.

Managed by Quorum Hotels and Resorts, The Brown Palace has received numerous honors and accolades over the years, including being named a Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond property. Together, the Quorum leadership and Autograph Collection affiliation will highlight The Brown Palace’s individuality while offering guests the benefits and scale of the Marriott International system and revenue platforms.

“Being a part of Autograph Collection provides a great opportunity for The Brown Palace to maintain our unique identity and share our history with an expanded network of dedicated travelers looking for extraordinary experiences,” said Tony Farris, Chairman/CEO and Principal of Quorum Hotels and Resorts.

To celebrate The Brown Palace joining Autograph Collection, the hotel is awarding 1,000 Marriott Rewards Bonus Points for guests booking reservations between September 12th and December 5th 2012. Visit http://www.brownpalace.com/Specials-Packages/ for more details. Certain restrictions apply.

About The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa
The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa is a Forbes Four Star, AAA Four Diamond luxury landmark located in the heart of downtown Denver. It is a charter member of National Trust Historic Hotels of America and is managed by Quorum Hotels and Resorts, a full service management company headquartered in Dallas. For more information visit www.brownpalace.com.
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About Autograph Collection
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Each destination has been selected for its bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit www.autographhotels.com

About Marriott International
Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

About Quorum Hotels and Resorts
Quorum Hotels & Resorts is a leading independent provider of customized hospitality management solutions. Founded in 1987, the company has demonstrated its expertise and superior customer service focus in hotel management to more than 165 full service hotels (including 44 that were REO), representing in excess of 52,000 rooms. These core areas of expertise – including hotel management, asset management, advisory services, and hotelrecovery services – have enabled the company to become industry knowledge leaders, particularlywithin the realm of hotel workouts. For more details or to speak with one of our experienced team members about any of our value added services, call (972) 458-7265 or visit www.quorumhotels.com.

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08/14/2012

Marriott International Opens First AC Hotel by Marriott in France

AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes-Juan Les PinsAC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes-Juan Les Pins Adds to Marriott’s Expanding Presence on France’s Famed Cote d’Azur.

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) celebrates continued growth in the south of France with the opening of its first AC Hotel by Marriott in the country, the first new AC Hotel by Marriott to open since the launch of the joint venture and co-brand last year.  The former Hotel Ambassadeur, located in the heart of Juan-les-Pins, has been re-branded an AC Hotel by Marriott hotel, following ambitious growth plans for the brand announced last year. 

As Marriott continues to grow its presence on France’s glamourous Cote d’ Azur, the 221-room AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes-Juan Les Pins joins the JW Marriott Hotel Cannes, which re-opened following a stunning renovation earlier this year, the Riviera Marriott Hotel La Porte de Monaco, and the AC Hotel Nice, which will open in early 2013.

“We are thrilled to affirm our growing presence in this stunning region of France,” said Amy McPherson, president and managing director for Marriott International in Europe.   “The AC Hotels by Marriott brand already has a strong holding in Spain, Italy and Portugal, but we have been actively seeking opportunities to expand into France where we see the brand’s urban lifestyle feel fitting perfectly. We could not be more excited about the opening of this first AC Hotel by Marriott in France as we continue to expand the brand across Europe.”

Following renovation, the AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes-Juan Les Pins exudes the modern comfort and urban style associated with the AC Hotels by Marriott brand.  Blending quality, comfort, design and technology, the hotel features fresh new designs to its reception and lobby, including a signature AC Lounge with zones to relax, work or unwind.  The hotel’s 221 guestrooms and suites boast smart, contemporary furnishings, natural driftwood floors and a warm and sophisticated color palette.

In addition to its twenty flexible meeting rooms that can accommodate up to two hundred people, the hotel is a stone’s throw from a new convention centre opening in 2013 offering a host of facilities including exhibition and lecture space for 500 delegates.

Located in a lush and tranquil setting, the AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes-Juan Les Pins offers both indoor and outdoor pools, a pool-side grill and is located a short 200 meter walk from the hotel’s idyllic private sandy beach.  Provençal cuisine with a unique twist can be sampled at the AC Ambassadeur Restaurant where fresh, natural ingredients are transformed into memorable culinary experiences.

AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes-Juan Les Pins ExteriorJuan Les Pins, a small seaside resort nestled on the Mediterranean Sea between Nice and Cannes, is a popular holiday destination with the international jet-set, boasting incredible beaches, boating and nightlife. The “pins” refer to the umbrella pine trees known for widely inhabiting the destination.  Near to the hotel is the famous La Pinede Gould, world renowned for hosting the annual “Jazz A Juan” International Jazz Festival held every July.

The AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes -Juan Les Pins joins over 80 existing AC Hotels by Marriott throughout Spain, Italy and Portugal. 

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

08/07/2012

What’s Your Travel Type?

Marriott Rewards Facebook PageMarriott Rewards Facebook Game “What’s Your Travel Type?" Offers Chance to Win a Tailored Dream Vacation.

Are you an Urban Explorer, Luxury Lover, or a Weekend Wanderer?  Discover your unique travel type with Marriott Rewards by playing the “What’s Your Travel Type? game.” The game will run from now through August 31, 2012. Gain a fun insight into your travel personality along with a chance to enter and win one of six dream vacations designed specifically for the type of trip you love.

To play the game, visit Facebook.com/MarriottRewards and “Like” the page.  Then choose your favorite option from pairs of activities to discover your travel personality and easily share it with friends.  Each travel personality has a Marriott brand that embodies your travel type and you can enter to win that dream vacation. You can play the game once a day, every day for the month, and you can also vary your answers to enter the drawings for multiple travel types.

“What’s Your Travel Type?” is part of a new Marriott Rewards campaign that showcases the vast breadth of brands in which Marriott Rewards members can earn and redeem points at over 3,600 locations worldwide.  

Prizes include:
Family Traveler – A family reunion, complete with ten rooms for 4-days/3-nights at a Residence Inn by Marriott® located in the U.S.; a $300 gift card to purchase food; $3,000 in spending money; 10 Snapfish® photo books and a $500 gas card.

Weekend Wanderer – Multiple weekend getaways, with five 3-day/2-night weekend stays at any Courtyard by Marriott® located in the U.S. or Canada; breakfast for two at The Bistro; $2,500 in spending money; a $500 gas card

The Luxury Lover -  The ultimate pampering escape, with a 6-day/5-night stay at any JW Marriott® worldwide for the winner and a guest, 500,000 Marriott Rewards points to convert to airline miles; $2,500 in spending money; daily spa treatments; private consultation with a nutrition and fitness expert.

The Individualist from Autograph Collection® Hotels – A one-of-a-kind experience, featuring a 6-day/5-night stay at the El Monte Sagrado, Taos, New Mexico for the winner and a guest;  500,000 Marriott Rewards points to convert to airline miles; $2,500 spending money; customized food, spa and art experience.

The Discoverer – A chance to embrace local living in one of the world’s great cities, with a combined  8-day/7-night stay at two Renaissance® Hotels in one of the following locations:  Europe (Barcelona & Paris), Caribbean (Puerto Rico & Miami) or U.S. (New Orleans & Chicago) for the winner and guest; 500,000 Marriott Rewards points to be converted to airline miles; $3,000 spending money; personalized Discovery Experience curated by local Renaissance Navigators.

The Urban Explorer from AC Hotels by Marriott – The opportunity to bounce between exciting international destinations, with a 5-day/4-night stay in Madrid for the winner and guest; 3-days/2-nights in Toledo, Spain for the winner and guest; two round-trip train passes from Madrid to Toledo; 500,000 Marriott Rewards points to convert to airline miles; two tickets to the Thyssen Museum; dinner for two at Madrid’s historic Santo Mauro Hotel; $2,500 in spending money.

Facebook users do not have to be members of Marriott Rewards to play.  For the sweepstakes terms & conditions, go to http://www.facebook.com/marriottrewards.

Marriott Rewards has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at more than 3,600 Marriott International hotels around the world.  Participating brands include JW Marriott, EDITION, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott, Towneplace Suites by Marriott and Marriott Vacation Club.  Members can earn and redeem points at exclusive luxury hotel partner, The Ritz-Carlton.  Points can also be redeemed for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals and more. 

Marriott Rewards won the Freddie Award for Best Hotel Loyalty Program in the Americas five years running and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award.  It has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines.

For information about Marriott Rewards, guests can call 1-800-450-4442 or log onto MarriottRewards.com.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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01/26/2012

AC Hotels By Marriott Announce First Hotel in France

Brand Poised To Expand Across Europe and Latin America

AC Hotel LogoMarriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) today announced plans to open the first new hotel to join the AC Hotels by Marriott portfolio since the launch of the joint venture and new co-brand last year. Joining over 80 existing AC Hotels by Marriott throughout Spain, Italy and Portugal, the 143-room Elysee Palace Hotel in Nice will be rebranded AC Hotel Nice following an extensive renovation. The hotel is expected to open in early 2013 under a management agreement with SNC Hoche Promotion. 

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12/16/2011

Make a Resolution to Get Away

Save 20 Percent on Marriott's European Winter Weekend Breaks

Breadsall Priory, a Marriott Hotel & Country ClubAs the New Year approaches, Marriott International is celebrating by offering great seasonal deals for stays at a wide range of its European hotels between January and April, with its great value winter sale. Guests can save 20 percent off weekend breaks throughout the winter period, making early 2012 the perfect time to get away.

Participating brands include JW Marriott, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels, Autograph Collection, Courtyard by Marriott, AC Hotels by Marriott and Residence Inn.

To take advantage of this great offer, for stays at participating hotels between 6 January and 15 April 2012, rooms must be booked between 1 January 2012 and 6 February 2012. With more than 260 hotels across Europe to choose from, what better reason for a great winter weekend away? Sample rates include:

UK - The Peak District, from £112/€134 for a bed & breakfast overnight stay
A stately residence dating back to the 13th century with beamed farmhouse style rooms, Breadsall Priory, a Marriott Hotel & Country Club is only a 35 minute drive from Chatsworth House and Alton Towers. Set within 300 acres of idyllic landscape, guests can enjoy the award-winning Priory Restaurant with an ancient wine cellar, tee-off at one of its two golf courses, take a dip in its indoor heated swimming pool and rejuvenate at the newly refurbished spa.

Germany – Berlin, from £117/€139 for a bed & breakfast overnight stay
Berlin Marriott Hotel Catwalk BarIdeally located within the city centre on the Potsdamer Platz, the newly refurbished Berlin Marriott Hotel is in close proximity to the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Cathedral and the Berlin Wall Museum – making it the ideal base to explore the city. Cocktail lovers will also delight at its Catwalk Bar – Germany’s first fashion bar. Designed by renowned German fashion designer, Michael Michalsky, the Catwalk Bar has fast become one of the hottest new hangouts for the city’s fashionistas.

Spain – Toledo, from £74/€88 for a bed & breakfast overnight stay
AC Hotel Ciudad de ToledoSituated in a UNESCO world heritage 80 kilometres south of Madrid and with panoramic views of the city, the AC Hotel Ciudad de Toledo is the perfect setting for a traditional Spanish retreat. Designed in keeping with the architectural style of the historic Valle de Toledo, the hotel is a five-minute walk from the historical city centre. Its El Balcón de Toledo restaurant serves a mouth-watering range of dishes from La Manchega region.

For further information or to make a reservation, please visit www.marriott.co.uk.

Terms & Conditions

  • All rates are subject to VAT applicable in their market, please check individual hotels for more information 
  • Offer valid for Stay for Breakfast room rate and tax only
  • Limited number of rooms may be available at time of booking and offer is subject to availability 
  • Stay and breakfast is included for children under 12 years, stay is included for children aged between 12 and 16  years, applicable when sharing with adults subject to suitable rooms 
  • Day of week and length of stay availability may vary based on location.  
  • Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or voucher.

The 20% discount applies to Stay for Breakfast room rate. Must quote promotional code C9E to receive the promotional rate. Promotional rates are valid for weekend stays, Thursday through Sunday for reservations booked between January 1, 2012 and February 12, 2012, for stays from January 6, 2012 to April 15, 2012 at participating JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection®, Renaissance® Hotels, AC by Marriott, Marriott® Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott®, Residence Inn in Europe. 

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  
 
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11/08/2011

AC Hotels by Marriott Joins Marriott Rewards®

AC Hotel LoungeMarriott Rewards Members Can Now Earn & Redeem Points at More Than 80 Additional Hotels in Europe

Beginning today, AC Hotels by Marriott becomes the newest participating brand in Marriott Rewards, Marriott International’s award-winning guest loyalty program.  With the addition of more than 80 AC Hotels by Marriott, Marriott Rewards members now have greatly expanded choice when traveling throughout Spain, Portugal and Italy.  

“Our members have long desired more travel opportunities in Europe.  The more than 80 AC Hotels by Marriott locations now provide our members with one of the largest portfolios of hotels in the region as well as over 3,500 locations around the globe,” said Ed French, senior vice president, Marriott Rewards. “We look forward to welcoming Marriott Rewards members at AC Hotels by Marriott and giving them experiences that only membership can provide.”

AC Hotels by Marriott was launched earlier this year through a joint venture between Marriott International and Spanish group, AC Hotels.  Marriott Rewards currently offers a vast array of choices among its 13 distinct brands, which range from luxury to moderately-priced options.  

To celebrate the launch, new customers who sign up for Marriott Rewards while staying at any AC Hotel by Marriott by January 31, 2012 will be automatically registered for an exclusive promotion.   These new members can earn a free night stay at one of thousands of category 1-4 hotels worldwide by completing just one additional stay at any Marriott Rewards participating hotel.*   All AC Hotels by Marriott are also offering 15% off room rates through 8 January 2012 for reservations booked and paid seven to 14 days in advance (varies by hotel). For more information and bookings, please visit www.marriott.com and use promotional code ADV.

Members can earn and redeem points and receive Elite night credit and Elite member benefits when staying at AC Hotels by Marriott.  When staying at AC Hotels by Marriott all Elite members receive priority late check-out and Marriott Rewards point bonuses on base points earned.  In addition, Gold Elite members receive complimentary internet access, room type guarantee and room upgrade based on availability at check-in.  Platinum Elite members receive all of the benefits mentioned as well as the choice of an arrival gift of 250 bonus Marriott Rewards points or food and beverage option and 48-hour guaranteed availability.

AC Hotels by Marriott reflect the modern urban lifestyle with hotels featuring a unique blend of quality, comfort, design and technology. All AC Hotels by Marriott welcome guests with their signature AC Lounge, offering complimentary Wi-Fi in public spaces and providing a great place to relax, work or unwind with a drink or snack. Guestrooms in AC Hotels by Marriott feature a contemporary look and feel with crisp white bedding, gleaming wood floors, modern bathrooms and free mini-bar.

Marriott Rewards is free to join.  The program has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at over 3,500 Marriott International hotels around the world.  Members may also choose to earn airline miles or redeem points for miles with more than 30 airline mileage programs.  In addition to hotels and frequent flyer miles, members can also redeem points for merchandise, cruises, car rentals and more. 

Marriott Rewards won the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award and 2009 Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program,” and has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines.

For information about Marriott Rewards, guests can call 1-800-450-4442 in the U.S. or 44 (0) 20 7584 5500 Europe or visit MarriottRewards.com.

*A “stay” is defined as consecutive nights spent in the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity.

Free Night Stay E-Certificate is valid for hotels in categories 1-4. For participating category 1-4 locations, log on to MarriottRewards.com. The E-Certificate must be redeemed within 6 months from date of issue. E-Certificates may not be transferred, extended beyond the expiration date, or re-credited for points.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Connect with laurie.goldstein@marriott.com

09/14/2011

The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Offers New Dining and Meeting Space

Fahrenheit 004 In response to greater guest demand, The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C. is making changes to its current design.  Fahrenheit restaurant is undergoing a transformation into permanent banquet rental space and when it reopens on November 1, 2011, will be newly coined as Fahrenheit Ballroom.  The hotel’s bar and lounge, currently called Degrees Bar & Lounge, will re-open as a three meal restaurant and bar called Degrees Bistro.

“Over the past year we have seen a significant increase in demand for rental of Fahrenheit restaurant for corporate and social events,” said General Manager Grant Dipman.  “This acclamation confirms the success of Fahrenheit in the group and social catering market and has prompted us to seize a great opportunity to increase group room nights and improve our food and beverage revenue.  This makes good business sense and allows us to provide our guests with greater flexibility along with positioning our hotel to achieve long term financial success.”

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the hotel’s new restaurant, Degrees Bistro, will feature a traditional French bistro menu with an innovative cocktail and wine list created by the hotel’s Executive Chef Quang Duong and seasoned bar team.  Since February 2007 Chef Quang has served as the hotel’s executive chef with oversight of the restaurant, banquet and in-room dining operations and he will continue to oversee these three outlets.  Chef Quang’s new menu will include locally inspired items such as a Maryland Chesapeake Blue Crab Cake Sandwich and Chesapeake Striped Bass, along with French Bistro classics like Roasted Chicken Grand Mere, French Onion Soup with Gruyere Cheese and Steak Frites with Béarnaise Sauce. 

The new restaurant design will complement the current industrial chic style with classic bistro tables and banquette seating for 46 guests along with the bar and lounge seating for up to 20 guests.  Degrees Bistro will be the epitome of what discerning diners desire in an upscale, casual restaurant: simple, yet sophisticated food coupled with an effortless wine and beverage program, delivered by friendly, professional wait staff in a relaxed setting.  Diners can unwind in the simple, yet modern comfort of this neighborhood eatery while enjoying a savory lunch or dinner at the hip bar or in one of the stylish banquettes located throughout the dynamic environment.

There will be no changes to the hotel’s Lobby Lounge located in the main lobby.  The peaceful refuge reminiscent of a large familial living room with plush couches and a homey ambiance will continue to provide a sense of community in the heart of the hip, historic Georgetown neighborhood.  Guests can order from the Lobby Lounge menu with bar snacks, cocktails and wine, or they may order a full lunch or dinner entrée from Degrees Bistro. 

As banquet space, Fahrenheit Ballroom will be able to accommodate meetings for up to 75 guests, and receptions and dinners for up to 120 guests.  Long considered one of Washington, D.C.’s most unique spaces, the oversized loft-like room features exposed steel beams and original red brick walls reminiscent of the hotel’s history as a turn-of-the-century brick factory structure that later served as an incinerator.  From private board sessions to product launches, company-wide celebrations, weddings, and other social catering events, Fahrenheit Ballroom and its team of dedicated meetings and catering professionals will continue to ensure the highest level of guest service and that all events are memorably excellent. 

For more information about The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C., please visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Georgetown/

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