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03/10/2015

European Design and Style Come to Historic Westport in Kansas City

AC-Hotels-by-Marriott-logoMarriott International and Noble Investment Group
Open New AC Hotel by Marriott

Bethesda, Md., March 10, 2015  – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) and Noble Investment Group debut the first AC Hotels Marriott property in Kansas City’s Westport District.   It is also the second AC Hotels by Marriott branded property to open in the U.S. Located in the heart of Westport, the region’s oldest established community and popular shopping and entertainment destination, the 123-room lifestyle hotel embodies a sleek European look and feel coupled with unique local design elements.

“We are excited to bring our newest lifestyle brand to this dynamic neighborhood of Kansas City,” said Toni Stoeckl, Vice President of Marriott International, Lifestyle Brands. “At AC Hotels by Marriott, we aim to celebrate the beauty of design and craftsmanship, steeped in Spanish roots and with a European soul. AC Kansas City Westport showcases our commitment to creating these meaningful experiences through every element of the hotel.”

AC Hotels by Marriott is a highly acclaimed urban lifestyle hotel brand that currently offers a portfolio of more than 72 hotels throughout Spain, Italy, Portugal, France and the United States. Originally founded in 1998 by renowned Spanish hotelier Antonio Catalan, it quickly became one of the most established hotel brands in Spain. Following its success in Europe, a joint venture was formed with Marriott International in 2011 launching AC Hotels by Marriott. AC Hotels was created for the design conscious traveler with an urban spirit looking for a cosmopolitan hotel experience. The brand boasts a fresh, stylish, urban design while creating a tailor-made guest experience, to make guests feel like they’re a part of their chosen destination. Premium touches balanced with comfortable service, each hotel is accessible to travelers looking to experience their destination in a stylish and easy way.

Guestrooms and suites at AC Hotel Kansas City Westport feature clean and sophisticated design elements, plush seating furnishings and multifunctional workspaces.

The AC Kitchen, open for breakfast daily, serves a fresh European influenced breakfast, and the AC Lounge features signature cocktails, regional beers, draft wines and small plates.

The AC Library, a collaborative space with a communal table, boasts individual reading areas and a carefully curated selection of books, magazines and guides to all that Kansas City has to offer.

High-tech amenities include mobile check-in, "media salons" with Bluetooth technology and USB charging stations, and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

Other amenities include 1,000 square feet of flexible, high-tech meeting/function space; a 24-hour, fully equipped business center and fitness center; and complimentary shuttle within a three-mile radius.

To learn more about AC Hotels by Marriott or to book an experience at AC Kansas City Westport, visit AC Hotel Kansas City Westport or call +1.816.931.0001. 

Noble Investment Group was founded in 1993, and specializes in making value-added, opportunistic investments in the lodging and hospitality real estate sector. Through its private equity real estate funds, Noble has made more than $3 billion of investments throughout the United States in primarily select service and extended stay hotels which are affiliated with premium brands by Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, Intercontinental and Starwood. For additional information, please visit www.nobleinvestment.com.

AC Hotels by Marriott is a lifestyle brand within Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle portfolio of brands. AC Hotels currently offers more than 75 hotels throughout Spain, Italy, Portugal and France, along with New Orleans. Growth plans for the brand include the opening of its next North American locations Washington, D.C. and in the heart of Miami Beach early this year, as well as more than 50 additional hotels set 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 International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading global lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including: Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy Hotels, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Protea Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club. Marriott has more than 361,000 people working worldwide at managed or franchised properties and corporate offices. Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 49 million members. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Connect with verona.carter@marriott.com or scarlett.ainsworth@nobleinvestment.com 

02/06/2015

AC Hotels by Marriott to Debut in the Capital Region this March

AC Hotel Washington, DCEuropean-influenced lifestyle hotel to open in heart of National Harbor

National Harbor, Md., February 6, 2015 – Renovations are well underway for the debut of Marriott International, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:MAR) third AC Hotels branded property in the United States. The AC Hotel Washington, D.C. at National Harbor  brings the European lifestyle brand to the heart of the region’s fastest growing destination and is set to open in March 2015. It will also be the first AC Hotel in the Northeast.

AC Hotel Washington, DC breakfast areaThe 192-room property is designed with millennials in mind who want a sophisticated experience with style, inspired social spaces and technology. Drawing from the runways and fashion houses of Milan, the AC Hotels brand features simple, clean and crisp lines, with a distinctly modern feel.

“AC Hotels brand boasts a modern, European look and feel with Spanish roots that will complement the culturally diverse and international flavor of Washington, D.C.,” said Toni Stoeckl, VP Lifestyle Brands. “We believe in creating meaningful experiences for our quality-driven guests through every element of our hotel and are guided by the philosophy that everything should have a ‘why.’”

AC Hotel Washington, DC barAt AC Hotels, premium touches are balanced with comfortable service. A signature element of the hotel includes its innovative beverage and food program within its AC Lounge. A twist on the traditional hotel bar, the experience will include craft beers, on-tap wines, handcrafted cocktails and a selection of small ‘tapas-style’ plates served by city-savvy bartenders. These beverage experts will connect AC patrons to the pulse of D.C. with their insider tips and recommendations on the local area, acting as both a mixologist and innovative spin on a concierge.

The 8-story hotel will include outdoor terraces with dramatic views of the Potomac River; the AC Kitchen serving a European-influenced daily breakfast including sweet and savory tarts, freshly baked croissants and a selection of artisan cured meats and cheeses; and the AC Library offering a quiet area for guests to use while still being connected. Additional amenities include a fitness center, 3,700-square-feet of meeting space and complimentary Wi-Fi.

AC Hotel Washington, D.C. at National Harbor is one of more than 50 lifestyle hotels expected to open across the U.S. in the next few years. The brand’s first hotel debuted in New Orleans in November 2014. 

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

AC Hotels by Marriott is a lifestyle brand within the Marriott International global portfolio of 18 brands. AC Hotels currently offers a portfolio of more than 75 hotels throughout Spain, Italy, Portugal and France, along with New Orleans. Growth plans for the brand include the opening of its next North American locations in Kansas City’s stylish Westport neighborhood, Washington, D.C. and in the heart of Miami Beach early this year, as well as more than 50 additional hotels set 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 International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging global company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including: Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy Hotels, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Protea Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club timeshare brand.  Approximately 330,000 people work at Marriott managed and franchised hotels around the globe.  Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 47 million members.  For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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 quarterly 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.

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02/05/2015

AC Hotels by Marriott Opens New Hotel in Paris - Conveniently Located in Grounds of Paris-Le Bourget Airport

AC Paris Le BourgetFebruary 5, 2015 - AC Hotels by Marriott welcomed the new AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget to its France portfolio on 2 February 2015. The new hotel follows major global expansion of the brand, aimed at the lifestyle oriented business traveller, with the opening of the first AC by Marriott property in the U.S. - the AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon - and recent openings in Istanbul and Valencia.

AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget opened in the grounds of Paris-Le Bourget airport and is particularly convenient for business travellers in need of easy airport access; Charles de Gaulle Airport is just 15 minutes away. The hotel makes an ideal base for those attending conferences and events at the adjacent Le Bourget Exhibition Park or the nearby Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre. For leisure travellers, AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget is well-situated for those looking to spend a weekend in Paris.

“Groupe Segur is proud to open the AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget Airport in partnership with Marriott International.  We are confident that this impressive building will contribute to the continued development of Paris and its local districts." commented Ms. Dain, Groupe Ségur, owner and developer of AC Le Bourget.

AC Paris Le Bourget guestroomThe 4-star hotel will comprise of 122 rooms and suites with sleek contemporary design, modern interiors and clean lines. Combining urban style and comfort, the AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget will retain the authentic French charm, timeless European elegance and excellent service synonymous with the AC Hotels brand. All guestrooms will feature premium bedding, fully equipped bathrooms with AC amenities, high-speed internet access, a spacious desk, a refrigerator and air-conditioning, in addition to personalised service to ensure a pleasant and restful stay.

Whether looking for a quick snack or a romantic dinner, L’envol restaurant serves contemporary French food and wine with a mix of casual and formal dining areas, whilst those on-the-go can make use of the Market, open 24 hours a day. Room service is also available from 6.30am to 10pm for those keen to retire to the comfort of their room. Atmosph’air, the hotel’s stylish rooftop bar and terrace, offers sweeping panoramic views from the Bourget Airport runways over the Paris skyline and out towards the Eiffel Tower and the Sacré-Cœur Cathedral.

For those seeking respite from a long business meeting, a spacious fitness centre is open to guests 24 hours a day, while an indoor pool and steam room is available for use from 7am to 10pm. 

“We are excited to welcome guests to AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget in this multicultural and vibrant city. With its convenient location and extensive facilities, the hotel meets the needs of both business and leisure travellers to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay.” said Doris Schaefgen, General Manager of AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget Airport.

AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget joins the AC Paris Porte Maillot, which opened as AC Hotel’s first Parisian property in June 2014. Further AC properties in France include the AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes-Juan les Pins and AC Hotel Nice. AC Hotels by Marriott participates in the Marriott Rewards members programme, used by over 45 millions members worldwide.

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 nearly 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.  Across Marriott’s entire portfolio of brands, the company expects to surpass one million rooms open or in development by the end of 2015.

For further details on AC by Marriott Hotels, please visit http://www.marriott.com/ac-hotels/travel

About AC Hotels by Marriott
Originally founded in 1998 by renowned Spanish hotelier Antonio Catalan, AC Hotels is one of the most well-known hotel brands in Spain.  Following its success in Europe, a joint venture was formed with Marriott International in 2011 establishing AC Hotels by Marriott within the company’s global portfolio.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  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.  

About Groupe Ségur
This family run business operates in partnership with 40 companies in several business sectors spanning real estate, hospitality and business aviation. Its subsidiary, Jet Services, took control of a number of companies located at airports including Paris-Le Bourget, Lyon-Bron and Toulouse-Blagnac between 2009 and 2011.

Groupe Ségur has other projects in the grounds of Paris-Le Bourget, including a large aircraft hangar and an upscale home terminal.

Connect with Hannah.Cadwallader@marriott.com

01/15/2015

AC Hotels Brings European Style and Inspired Local Experiences to the Heart of Miami Beach with the Anticipated April 2015 Debut of AC Hotel Miami Beach

AC Hotel Miami Beach

MIAMI, January 15, 2015 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announced today the expected April 2015 opening of AC Hotel Miami Beach on the 2900 block of Collins Avenue, the area that has been grabbing headlines as the trendiest destination in the city. The property, developed in partnership with Miami’s Robert Finvarb Companies, will be AC Hotels’ first property in South Florida following the lifestyle brand’s debut in New Orleans and its growing portfolio of over 50 hotels expected to open in the next few years.

The 150-room AC Hotel Miami Beach will bring elegant yet unpretentious style, innovative Beverage & Food programming and locally inspired experiences to guests and locals.

“Mid Beach offers the perfect blend of culture, architecture and nightlife that embodies the urban soul of the AC Hotels brand,” said Toni Stoeckl, VP Lifestyle Brands of Marriott International, Inc. “We will create meaningful experiences for guests to connect with this exciting City through distinctive local partnerships with prominent personalities.”

The design-led hotel, inspired by the fashion houses of Milan, blends European style and simple lines to create a comfortable atmosphere for guests. Miami-based Kobi Karp Architecture will bring the vision to life, providing an energetic vibe in the hotel while still encouraging exploration of the city beyond four walls. Guests can expect public spaces outfitted with furnishings and décor in a neutral tone color palette featuring warm greys and charcoals with thoughtfully selected modern artifacts and treasures.

Additionally, AC Hotel Miami Beach’s distinctive B&F program will offer an approachable twist on the traditional hotel bar. The AC Lounge (pictured right) experience will be influenced by the idea of “draft and craft” where guests can work during the day and unwind in the evening with craft beers, wines and cocktails complemented with a selection of small ‘tapas-style’ plates inspired by the brand’s Spanish roots. The AC Culturalist will share insider tips and recommendations to help guests “Feel the City” like a local. A destination for hobnobbing, the vibrant rooftop pool scene with ocean views will complete the experience.

Stoeckl added, “Guests can also expect the brand’s signature open-concept areas with plenty of communal spaces with fully enabled technology solutions to work, connect, explore and socialize.”

The seven story-hotel will include the AC Kitchen, inspired by the European home, which will be open daily for breakfast offering sweet and savory tarts, freshly baked croissants and a selection of artisan cured meats and cheeses. The AC Library will provide a quiet area for guests to use while still being connected. Additional amenities include a fitness center and 270 sq. ft. of meeting space. On-site parking, complimentary Wi-Fi, a rooftop pool (pictured left) and beach access round out the hotels offerings.

To learn more about AC Hotels by Marriott or to book your inspired experience at AC Hotel Miami Beach, please visit http://www.marriott.com/ac-hotels/travel.mi.

AC Hotels by Marriott is a lifestyle brand within the Marriott International global portfolio of 18 brands. AC Hotels currently offers a portfolio of more than 75 hotels throughout Spain, Italy, Portugal and France, along with New Orleans. Growth plans for the brand include the opening of its next North American locations in Kansas City's stylish Westport neighborhood, Washington D.C. and in the heart of Miami Beach early next year, as well as more than 50 additional hotels set 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 International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging global company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including: Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy Hotels, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Protea Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club timeshare brand.  Approximately 330,000 people work at Marriott managed and franchised hotels around the globe.  Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 47 million members.  For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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 quarterly 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.

Contacts:
Verona Carter
Verona.carter@marriott.com

Maite Velez-Couto
maite.velez-couto@rbbpr.com
305-448-1923

01/07/2015

AC Hotels by Marriott Welcomes Its First Danish Hotel - A Magnificent Sky-High Design Feat in Copenhagen

 

AC Bella SkyJanuary 7, 2015 – AC Hotels by Marriott, a lifestyle brand belonging to Marriott International, announced today its debut in Denmark, welcoming the impressive 812-room Bella Sky Hotel to the portfolio as the AC Hotel Bella Sky Copenhagen on December 15, 2014.  The news follows major global expansion of the brand, aimed at the lifestyle oriented business traveller, with the opening of the first AC by Marriott property in the U.S. - the AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon - and recent openings in Istanbul and Valencia.

Located just ten minutes by metro from Copenhagen city centre, the AC Hotel Bella Sky Copenhagen impresses with its dramatic modern architecture and interiors; a fusion of sharp angled glass design with modern Scandinavian furnishings and style. This distinctly urban style is synonymous with the AC Hotels by Marriott brand and is aimed at both business and leisure travellers seeking a contemporary urban experience with a strong sense of place.  Original furniture by brands such as Finn Juhl, Arne Jacobsen, Moroso, Hay, Erik Jørgensen and GUBI is featured throughout the hotel, alongside modern patterns and textures with a layered colour palette of blues representing the changing colours of the sky throughout the day. 

AC Bella Sky roomSpacious guestrooms, ranging from standard rooms to suites, are flooded with natural light through floor-to-ceiling windows offering awe inspiring views of the skyline beyond.   All technology needs are covered with free Wi-Fi provided throughout the hotel, including the guest rooms, and videos on demand can be viewed on large flat screen TVs whilst lounging on sumptuous king size beds or the stylish, modern sofas and chairs. 

For those seeking further relaxation, the impressive aqua spa offers a rejuvenating water-inspired journey from hot and cold pools, rain showers, steam baths and ice fountains followed by heat beds that encourage blood circulation and wellness.  It is the ultimate escape after a long business trip or a day of sightseeing.

A number of dining experiences with unique settings are offered throughout the hotel including the Balcony Restaurant serving Nordic Classics and Grills or for those keen to soak up the panoramic views and awe-inspiring sky line, the Sky Bar serves cocktails and Nordic tapas.   The lobby bar is the perfect place to meet friends, catch up on business or just relax; serving small plates and snacks.  

Meetings and events are expertly catered for throughout the extensive conference area, comprising 48 meeting rooms featuring the latest IT and AV equipment.  The hotel also has direct access to Bella Center, Scandinavia’s largest conference centre, which can accommodate up to 30,000 delegates.  There is a free shuttle service to and from the airport and the hotel also benefits from its own metro stop.

AC Hotel Bella Sky Copenhagen will be operated by BC Hospitality Group under a franchise agreement and will participate in Marriott Rewards, the company’s award-winning frequent traveller programme, offering exclusive membership privileges across 16 brands, 3,800 destinations and 74 countries.  

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 nearly 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.

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

About AC Hotels by Marriott
Originally founded in 1998 by renowned Spanish hotelier Antonio Catalan, AC Hotels is one of the most well-known hotel brands in Spain.  Following its success in Europe, a joint venture was formed with Marriott International in 2011 establishing AC Hotels by Marriott within the company’s global portfolio.

About Marriott International
Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: 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  hannah.cadwallader@marriott.com                                                                                                 

 

12/08/2014

AC by Marriott Imports European Sophistication to North America

AC Hotel New Orleans BourbonBoutique hotel brand celebrates U.S. debut in historic Cotton Exchange building in New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana - December 8, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announced today the opening of the AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon, celebrating the official entrée of AC Hotels by Marriott into North America.  Originally founded in 1998 by renowned Spanish hotelier Antonio Catalan, AC Hotels is one of the most well-known hotel brands in Spain. Following its success in Europe, a joint venture was formed with Marriott International in 2011 establishing AC Hotels by Marriott as a lifestyle brand within the company’s global portfolio.

Speaking at an event in New Orleans today, Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, Inc. commented, “With the continued rise of the millennial traveler we saw an opportunity to import this highly successful European brand from overseas with the hope of introducing a more experiential and design led, upper moderate tier lifestyle brand to the U.S. “We are proud to partner with NewcrestImage as we debut the first AC Hotel by Marriott here in vibrant city of New Orleans.”

Opened in November, the new AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon rests on Carondelet Street on the cusp of the French Quarter in the city’s historic cotton exchange building. The iconic building is a National Historic Landmark which first opened in 1871 as a centralized forum for the trade of cotton. Gracious and chic, many of the 220 hotel rooms offer stunning views of the city.  The hotel will operate under a franchise agreement with NewcrestImage, a Texas-based hotel development, construction and management company.

A celebration taking place this evening at the hotel will feature music and entertainment by New Orleans own Jon Batiste, Rebirth Brass Band - part of the city’s vibrant musical culture since 1983 and Myles Hendrik, one of the most sought after DJ’s in the country. Dinner Lab, a membership based social dining experiment uniting undiscovered chefs with adventurous diners looking for something different from the conventional restaurant experience, and celebrated New Orleans Chef, Octavio Ycaza, will curate the menu. 

“We’re honored to add an exciting new chapter to the proud history of this building as it becomes the country’s first AC Hotels by Marriott location,” said Mehul Patel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NewcrestImage.  “Our company, in partnership with Marriott International, is all about making a difference for our guests and for the communities where we do business.”

AC Hotels by Marriott is the antidote to this modern age of multi-tasking and overstimulation with its purposeful European design, which edits away the superfluous in order to create moments of pause for travelers.

AC Hotel Bourbon loungeEach new AC Hotels location will feature signature amenities and culinary elements including the AC Lounge experience, the AC Library and the AC Kitchen. 

The AC Lounge experience is inspired by the idea of “draft and craft,” a place within the hotel where guests can work during the day and relax after hours with a perfectly made cocktail and thoughtfully curated menu of small bites ordered right from the bartender. The AC Lounge will also offer wines on tap and craft beers unique to the area.  The AC Library provides a quiet space to linger and be inspired.

Open uniquely for breakfast, the AC Kitchen is grounded in the idea of a European home, welcoming guests with buttery croissants and breakfast delights including an artisan slicer allows for guests to experience a taste of Europe each morning with Iberico inspired artisanal Prosciutto Americain. The kitchen will also feature AC Hotels by Marriott signature Iced Coffee.

Along with New Orleans, AC Hotels by Marriott currently offers a portfolio of more than 75 hotels throughout Spain, Italy, Portugal and France. 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 next year, as well as more than 50 additional hotels set to open within the next three years throughout the U.S. and Latin America.

AC Hotels by Marriott is a lifestyle brand within the Marriott International global portfolio of 18 brands. The company’s current luxury and lifestyle portfolio totals more than 450 hotels across seven brands, each offering its own unique personality and distinctive guest experience.  Accounting for nearly 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.

To find out more about AC Hotels by Marriott, please visit http://www.marriott.com/ac-hotels/travel.mi.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging global company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including: Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy Hotels, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Protea Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club timeshare brand.  Approximately 330,000 people work at Marriott managed and franchised hotels around the globe.  Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 47 million members.  For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Note on forward-looking statements: The numbers of AC Hotels by Marriott and luxury and lifestyle portfolio hotels that Marriott International, Inc. expects will open in future years and the anticipated owner and franchisee investment in those hotels are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of federal securities laws, and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms, competitive conditions in the lodging industry, relationships with hotel owners and franchisees, the availability of capital to finance hotel growth, and other applicable “Risk Factors” that Marriott International, Inc. discloses in its most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q, any of which could cause actual openings or investment spending to differ materially from that expressed in or implied by our statements. We make these forward-looking statements as of the date of this press release, and undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. 

Connect with catherine.leitner@marriott.com

11/17/2014

AC Hotels by Marriott Opens in Spain and Turkey, Under Construction in Israel

London, UK – November 17, 2014 – Marriott International Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) continues to expand its AC Hotels by Marriott brand, with three new properties in Valencia, Spain; Istanbul, Turkey; and Tel Aviv, Israel, bringing the total to 80 opened or signed hotels in Europe.  The new additions exemplify the brand’s urban aesthetic with modern interiors and clean, crisp lines.

AC HOTEL COLON VALENCIA  BARAC Hotel Colón Valencia, Spain
The 91-room AC Hotel Colón Valencia, Spain, has opened as the brand’s second property in the city and sixtieth in Spain.  Run under a management contract with AC Hotel La Carolina SL, the hotel is located in the commercial and financial district, surrounded by bars and restaurants, and a short distance from the bullring, medieval centre and the Carmen quarter, a lively tourist area.

The hotel boasts an AC Lounge & Bistro restaurant, three meeting rooms, Fitness Centre, business centre and a terrace.  There are excellent public transport links to the airport, industrial suburbs and port, and the hotel is within walking distance of North Valencia rail station and just ten minutes by car from the Palacio de Congressos and fifteen minutes from the beach.

AC Istanbul Macka guestroomAC Hotel Istanbul Maçka, Turkey
AC Hotels by Marriott made its debut in Turkey with the opening of the 98-room AC Hotel Istanbul Maçka, operated under a franchise agreement with Tans Turizm ve Otelcilik A.S.  In the upmarket Akaretler residential neighbourhood, one kilometre from Taksim Square, the property is located on the European side of the city, close to Maçka Park and the Istanbul Congress Centre, making it well placed for both leisure and corporate guests.

Facilities include an AC Lounge & Bistro restaurant, three meeting rooms, Fitness Centre, sauna and two treatment rooms; and The Market, which is open 24/7 and sells drinks, snacks and sundries such as toothpaste.

A AC Herzliya exteriorC Hotel Herzliya, Israel
Still under construction and projected to open in January 2016, the AC Hotel Herzliya is in the central business district of Herzliya, a short drive from Tel Aviv, and adjacent to the Herzliya Business Park, which is home to multinational organisations such as Siemens and Microsoft. The property is also just metres away from Herzliya Marina and the beach.

Facilities include an AC Lounge with a sea view, Bistro restaurant, separate bar, lobby with library wall and 23m ceilings, outdoor pool and pool bar overlooking the beach, plus two meeting rooms (largest room, 250 people cabaret style).

The unique design concept created by Dana Oberson architects draws inspiration from the hotel’s location in Herzliya – a city that combines an urban business centre with marina and beach life. A combination of beige and blue, terrazzo and concrete flooring, iron, brass and wood elements create an urban marina atmosphere in the public spaces that continues through to the guest rooms.  Interesting, hand-picked ornaments and furniture enrich the design and create a warm and eclectic feel throughout the hotel. 

AC Hotels by Marriott participates in Marriott Rewards, an award-winning guest loyalty programme with more than 45 million members.

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

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06/26/2014

JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central Arrives in the Chinese Capital

Hotel Exterior 酒店外观JW Marriott Reinforces Asian Growth with 22nd Hotel Opening  

Beijing, China – June 26, 2014 – Beijing will welcome its second JW Marriott hotel in Xicheng District with the unveiling of JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central overlooking the historical capital city. The new flagship hotel, which is scheduled to open on 26 June 2014, enjoys a prime location in Xuanwumen, the ancient heart of Beijing, within walking distance of the capital’s most iconic sites, including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Xidan Commercial Centre, plus several metro lines.

“We are delighted to introduce the seventh JW Marriot hotel in China, and are grateful for the wonderful cooperation of our owning company, Yuecai Holdings (Beijing) Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Guangdong Finance Investment (Holding) Co. Ltd. The JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central is the second JW Marriott property in Beijing, and represents a further evolution of the rich service philosophy and extensive facilities that our premium JW Marriott brand is renowned for globally.” said Simon Cooper, President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific for Marriott International.

The new JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central offers 412 guestrooms starting at a spacious 46 sqm with a sleek contemporary design and high-tech facilities. Sixty suites include 18 Residence Suites equipped with kitchens and 12 Sky Garden Suites with an open-air balcony and magnificent city views. Every guest enjoys around-the-clock ‘At Your Service’ care, providing the highest levels of personalized service for an extraordinary stay.

Three restaurants and one lounge serve up a variety of local and international gourmet experiences. Featuring modern minimalist decor with touches of rustic dark wood and traditional Chinese elements, Man Ho takes an innovative approach to traditional Cantonese cuisine using seasonal organic ingredients. Casual Italian restaurant Casalingo serves contemporary Italian cuisine in a bright Mediterranean-style ambience with an atmospheric wine bar.

All-day dining venue JW Kitchen features open kitchens cooking up global cuisines from breakfast to dinner. The hotel’s Lobby Lounge is the perfect place to meet with friends or colleagues and enjoy the selection of fine refreshments.

JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central is an ideal venue to impress, with nearly 2,500 sqm of state-of-the-art banquet and conference venues. The entire fifth level is a dedicated events floor with abundant natural light and city views. The 800 sqm pillar-free Grand Ballroom features 6.7-metre-high ceilings, a 30 sqm HD LED screen and projector, and is divisible into three sections. It also has an impressive entrance foyer covering 604 sqm.

The 300 sqm Living Room is a residential-style venue comprising multifunctional meeting rooms, dining areas and an open kitchen, enabling groups to seamlessly accommodate work and play. There are also nine classic function rooms. All areas are equipped with high-speed Internet access and latest audio-visual technology. Most rooms also have large windows with city views.

A luxurious health club on the top floor features a 24-hour high-tech gym, whirlpool, steam and sauna, plus a spectacular glass-roof swimming pool at the very top of the hotel.

“We are very excited to open the second JW Marriott hotel in Beijing. With our superb location and contemporary facilities, JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central really is the ultimate destination for both executive retreats and leisure travelers to ‘Live Like A Local’ in the Chinese capital,” says Mr. GP Yeow, General Manager of JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central.

During the opening period from 26 June to 31 August 2014, guests can book the Opening Package priced at RMB950 + 15% service charge per room per night, with the option of paying just RMB1 for one person and RMB135 for the second guest to enjoy their stay with breakfast included.

About JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central
JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central enjoys a prime location in Xuanwumen, the ancient heart of Beijing, within walking distance of the capital’s most iconic sites, including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Xidan Commercial Centre, plus several metro lines. The hotel offers 412 spacious guestrooms and suites, including 18 Residence Suites equipped with kitchens, and 12 Sky Garden Suites with balconies. Three restaurants and one lounge serve up a variety of local and international gourmet experiences in spectacular settings. A dedicated events floor covers nearly 2,500 sqm of state-of-the-art venues, including an 800 sqm Grand Ballroom with a 30 sqm HD LED screen, 300 sqm residential-style Living Room and nine function rooms. Health and wellness facilities include a 24-hour fitness center, indoor rooftop swimming pool, sauna and steam room.

 

About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 64 JW Marriott hotels in 25 countries; by 2016 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 90 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, jwmarriott.com, @jwmarriott and facebook.com/JWMarriott

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06/02/2014

Marriott International Accelerates Growth in Luxury & Lifestyle Hotels With Plans to Add 200 Hotels Over the Next Three Years

JW-Marriott-VeniceRapid Global Expansion Strategy Leads the Industry.

New York, New York - June 2, 2014 – Marriott International, (NASDAQ: MAR) today announced plans to significantly grow its global portfolio of luxury and lifestyle brands.  Accounting for nearly 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.

 “The luxury and lifestyle category is stronger than ever and we see demand continuing to rise worldwide,” said Arne Sorenson, president and CEO.  “Next generation travelers are poised to comprise more than 60 percent of our business over the next four years, and already represent a broad spectrum of diverse cultures and lifestyles that view travel as an important way to enrich their lives.  Our approach to the luxury and lifestyle segment embraces this trend and is shaping our development strategy.”

“The company’s current luxury and lifestyle portfolio totals 449 hotels across eight brands, each offering its own unique personality and distinctive guest experience.   We have put the power of Marriott behind the growth of iconic brands such as The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, as well as newer brands including EDITION, Autograph Collection and AC Hotels by Marriott. At the same time, the company continues to introduce new brands such as Moxy Hotels, and continues to evolve its Renaissance Hotels brand globally. We are delighted with the success of these tremendous brands, part of our aggressive strategy to lead in the luxury and lifestyle category.”

Also today as part of this segment-wide strategy, Marriott International officially launched its new campaign, #LoveTravels, a multicultural campaign that conveys the company’s commitment to make everyone feel comfortable being who they are, everywhere they travel. The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Renaissance Hotels are all participating in the ground breaking campaign which features visually powerful images shot by acclaimed photographer Braden Summers that will be displayed as building wraps at five hotels in Washington, D.C., a series of print ads in LGBT media, an online portrait gallery and display ads in cities throughout the U.S.

The breadth of the company’s luxury and lifestyle portfolio is largely represented by the following brands globally:

The Ritz-Carlton opened six properties in 2013, including hotels in Chengdu and Tianjin in China; Aruba; Herzliya, Israel; Almaty, Kazakhstan and Bangalore, India. Most recently, The Ritz-Carlton opened its first hotel in the U.S. since 2010 with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage in Palm Springs, California.  Growth plans call for 15 additional hotels between now and by year-end 2016 including in Nanjing, China; Rabat, Morocco; Cairo, Egypt; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Los Cabos, Mexico; Tunis, Tunisia; Haikou, China; Panama City, Panama; Bali, Indonesia and Macao.

Through an acclaimed partnership with legendary hotelier Ian Schrager, EDITION hotels are stunning microcosms of the world’s top cities. EDITION combines the best in service, food, beverage and entertainment which Ian Schrager is known for with the global reach and operational expertise of Marriott International. Following the highly successful debut of The London EDITION last September, the brand is on target to open in Miami Beach this fall and will debut in New York City’s landmark Clock Tower building in the spring of 2015. Future hotels are also planned for Abu Dhabi (2015), Gurgaon, India (2015), Sanya, China (2015), Bangkok (2016) and West Hollywood (2017), as well as the recently announced Times Square EDITION in New York City (2017).

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts will debut in Italy in early 2015 on the private island of Sacca Sessola, a short boat ride from the stunning city of Venice. In addition, the brand is on schedule to open 23 new hotels in the next two years, growing from 64 to 87 hotels in 29 countries by the end of 2016. Centered in the idea of well-being, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts offers a collection of partnerships with leading luxury brands in nutrition, culinary, art, culture, and wellness as part of the brand’s commitment to delivering a deeper and more meaningful luxury guest experience at each of its hotels worldwide.

Autograph Collection continues to grow rapidly having reached its 60th hotel milestone in less than three years. Exactly like nothing else and the fastest brand launch in the history of the industry, the unique collection allows independent hotels the opportunity to tap into Marriott International’s powerful sales and marketing platforms including Marriott.com and the award winning Marriott Rewards guest loyalty program. With twenty hotels expected to join this year, the portfolio is an evolving group of passionately independent hotel experiences ranging from iconic properties such as The Algonquin Hotel in New York City to the luxurious 15 room Kessler Canyon hunting lodge in the mountains of Colorado.

Renaissance Denver Downtown City CenterMaking its debut in world class destinations including Santiago, Chile and the south of France, Renaissance Hotels is on track to open nine hotels in 2014. With five hotels launched thus far and four additional locations on schedule to open, the portfolio plans to celebrate more than 160 hotels in 37 countries by year-end.  Renaissance Hotels is designed around making business travel fun again and helping its guests to discover unexpected surprises with every stay, whether it’s listening to live music in the lobbies, taking in a pop-up art exhibit or simply enjoying handcrafted cocktails and locally inspired foods.  It is a sophisticated hotel brand whose mission is to encourage today’s modern business traveler to Live Life to DiscoverSM and make every business trip an opportunity to experience a new story that can be shared.

AC Hotels by Marriott, a brand concept launched in Europe in 2011 as a joint venture with Spanish hotelier Antonio Catalan, plans to open its first hotel in the U.S. this fall at the Cotton Exchange Building in New Orleans, quickly followed by locations in Kansas City and Miami in early 2015. AC Hotels by Marriott currently offers a portfolio of more than 72 hotels in Spain, Italy, Portugal and France. Inspired by the runways and fashion houses of Milan, the brand features simple, clean and crisp lines, marrying sophisticated European style with approachable design for a distinctly urban feel. A sleek and modern approach to design combined with unique elements which embody the character of each destination; growth plans for the brand include more than 30 hotels set to open within the next three years throughout the U.S. and Latin America.

Developed following extensive research and created with the next generation traveler in mind, Moxy Hotels expects to debut in Europe this September at Milan’s Malpensa Airport in Italy. A fresh and innovative lifestyle hotel brand combining stylish design and approachable service at a reasonable price, Moxy Hotels is one of the newest and most exciting brands within the category. The brand is set to open additional locations in key cities throughout Europe by the end of 2016 including Munich, Berlin, and Frankfurt in Germany; Oslo, Norway; London, United Kingdom and Aberdeen, Scotland. Early growth estimates predict the brand could reach 150 hotels within the next ten years.   

*Marriott International’s total luxury and lifestyle portfolio currently includes 449 hotels representing The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company (89), Bulgari Hotels (3), EDITION (2), JW Marriott Hotels (64), Autograph Collection (60), Renaissance (157), AC Hotels by Marriott (72), and Protea Fire & Ice Hotels (2). The category will officially expand to nine brands following the debut of Moxy Hotels in Milan this fall.

NOTE: This press release contains “forward looking statements" within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws, including statements about the number, locations and opening dates for new hotels, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events and expectations are not historical facts.  We caution you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance 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 quarterly 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.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties, and more than 690,000 rooms in 77 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  For more than 80 years, the company has been committed to guest satisfaction.  Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics.  The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 45 million members.  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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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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