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03/20/2014

Landmark Algonquin Resort Welcomes First Guest Following Expansive Renovation

General Manager Tim OstremSignature of Atlantic Canadian Hospitality.
Becomes First Autograph Collection Hotel in Canada.

Shelton, Conn., USA/ Halifax, N.S./Saint Andrews N.B., Canada - March 20, 2014 - Officials with New Castle Hotels and Resorts, Southwest Properties and Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR)  unveiled the greatly anticipated renovation to New Brunswick's landmark Algonquin Resort.  The iconic resort is the nation's first Autograph Collection hotel, Marriott International’s exclusive portfolio of independent hotels. The Southwest/New Castle team purchased the hotel from the provincial government in 2012 to undertake the "rafters to registration" refurbishment.

The Algonquin exterior opening day“To those of us who hail from this part of the country, the Algonquin is more than just a hotel, it is part of our heritage, our history," said Jim Spatz, chairman and CEO of Southwest Properties.  "It's where generations of Canadians have come to make memories with family and friends, and we took that responsibility very seriously as we set out to restore this treasure to its rightful place among our nation's very best.  The challenge was to preserve the authenticity of the historic hotel while simultaneously meeting modern building standards, as well as guest expectations for luxurious accommodations. Guests will judge for themselves, but I dare say they'll be impressed."

“We are thrilled to welcome The Algonquin into our exceptional portfolio of independent hotels," said Manlio Marescotti, vice president for Marriott International, speaking at the event.  "With its remarkable sense of place, this extraordinary hotel represents an ideal opportunity to introduce the Autograph Collection to Canada.”

The vision behind the Autograph Collection is to offer an evolving group of passionately independent hotel experiences ranging from a 15-room boutique hunting lodge in the mountains of Colorado to a 19th century neoclassical palace in the majestic city of Prague.  Exactly like nothing else, each hotel is thoughtfully chosen for its quality, originality, bold character and capacity to offer today’s modern traveler a range of unique experiences suited to their individual sense of style and adventure. While still relatively new, the distinct portfolio has proven to be a highly successful venture due to its discerning selection process and unique ability to create memories through enriching travel experiences.

The Algonquin braxton's dining roomThe Algonquin's guest rooms and public spaces were completely reimagined by Toronto designer, Robynne Moncur of Moncur Design.  The hotel's décor reflects, without recreating, its Victorian origins, with a gracious, living room-style lobby that invites lingering around the two-sided fireplace.  The lounge and newly-inspired Braxton's restaurant now open to an outdoor patio that allows guests the chance to take in the spectacular nightly sunsets.   

With the renovation, the Algonquin is now more welcoming to year round visitors.  Guest baths now feature radiant heat flooring to increase guest comfort in the winter and the hotel's brand new Natatorium includes a three-story waterslide and fitness center. The luxurious spa has been expanded to include a salon.

“The Algonquin served visitors for more than a century, and with this renovation, it's legacy going forward is assured,"  said Trevor Holder, New Brunswick’s culture, tourism and healthy living minister. “Our beloved landmark is in excellent hands as it pursues the next chapter in its far-reaching history." 

“This has been a tremendous undertaking on the part of so many; the Province, hundreds of crafts and tradespeople, the town of St. Andrews, and of course the new owners, and the results are spectacular," said Curtis Malloch, MLA, Charlotte-Campobello. 

"Over the years, we've developed a passion for Canada's most original hotels and the history they represent," said David Buffam, New Castle's CEO who rescued the shuttered Nova Scotian in 1995 and repositioned it as the country's first Westin franchise.  Shortly thereafter, the Province of Nova Scotia engaged New Castle to operate its three owned historic resorts, the Keltic Lodge, The Pines in Digby and the Liscombe Lodge. "Projects such as these are the pride of a developer's portfolio. Having the opportunity to set the course for the Algonquin's next century of service is truly an extraordinary mission for everyone involved." 

“The Algonquin's management team is led by one of the most creative hoteliers I've ever met," said Gerry Chase, president and chief operating officer of New Castle.  “During the pre-opening phase, Tim Ostrem and his team earned a reputation for putting their distinctive signature on special events and day-to-day operations that guests will appreciate as authentic and truly engaging.   They've incorporated the Charlotte Coastal Region into every aspect of this resort, from the food that's served to the activities and programming that are planned.  Every detail of a guest's stay has been imagined through a regional lens to create an experience that is as unique as this hotel and the community around it." 

The 233-room Algonquin Resort overlooks the picturesque Passamaquoddy Bay from St. Andrews-by-the Sea, New Brunswick, Canada.  Each guest room and suite was carefully renovated to reflect The Algonquin’s original Victorian style.   Modern conveniences and amenities include luxurious pillow-top mattresses, plush bathrobes, MP3 players, 32-inch flat screen televisions, in-room coffee and complimentary, in-room movies and WiFi. The 17 suites provide a separate, private seating area, and select guestrooms and suites feature a spacious balcony or patio. 

The resort features two restaurants, Braxton's Restaurant and Bar and the Clubhouse, as well as in-room and anyplace dining, 19,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, a lounge with outdoor patio, fire pits with loaner guitars, an indoor pool and waterslide, outdoor pool and hot tub.  Now in its second century of service, the Algonquin also is home to the award-winning seaside Algonquin Golf Course, opening in April.  Ranked among Canada's top 100 courses and adjacent to the Bay of Fundy, the Algonquin Golf Course is home to two of the top ten golf tees in Canada.   

For reservations or additional information, please visit www.algonquinresort.com.

About Southwest Properties
Southwest Properties owns and operates more than 1,250 quality apartments and condominiums in metro Halifax and is a majority shareholder of Premiere Executive Suites, Canada’s only coast-to-coast provider of corporate extended stay accommodations. The company’s portfolio also contains hotel properties in partnership with New Castle Hotels & Resorts and 620 condominium units in Southern Florida.

Southwest is the developer of several dynamic, mixed-use projects that are planned within urban Halifax, including: 1583 Hollis Street, the Cunard Block and the Motherhouse Lands. For more information, please visit www.southwestproperties.ca

About Autograph Collection
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, 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, or explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AutographCollection
Twitter:    www.twitter.com/Autograph
Tumblr:    http://autographcollectionhotels.tumblr.com/

About New Castle Hotels & Resorts
The Algonquin Resort is operated by Shelton Conn. based New Castle Hotels & Resorts, a leading manager, owner and developer with 29 hotels and resorts and nearly 5,000 rooms under contract or in development.  New Castle’s growing portfolio of hotels spans the Atlantic seaboard from Newfoundland to Florida including 10 states and three Canadian provinces.  The privately-held company was established by CEO, David Buffam in 1980 and consistently ranks among the top hotel management and development companies in North America, serving the United States and Canada.  New Castle is a preferred operator for diverse brands within the Marriott, Hilton and Starwood families. For additional information, please go to www.newcastlehotels.com.

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02/03/2014

From Sydney to San Diego - Autograph Collection Set to Debut in Three New World-Class Destinations

Pier OneBethesda, Md., February 3, 2014– The Autograph Collection, an exclusive portfolio of hotels recognized for championing independence, is thrilled to announce its debut in three of the world’s most exciting destinations.  This season, Autograph Collection proudly welcomes Pier One Sydney Harbour in Sydney, Australia, the ocean front Pier South Resort in San Diego, California, and the Hotel Chicago (formerly the Hotel Sax) in Chicago, Illinois. Nearing 60 hotels worldwide, these three new extraordinary hotel experiences represent Autograph Collection’s entrée into each locale.

The fastest hotel brand launch in the industry and a unique business venture for Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR), the vision behind the Autograph Collection is to offer an evolving group of passionately independent hotel experiences ranging from a 15-room boutique hunting lodge in the mountains of Colorado to a 19th century neoclassical palace in the majestic city of Prague.  Exactly like nothing else, each hotel is thoughtfully chosen for its quality, originality, bold character and capacity to offer today’s modern traveler a range of unique experiences suited to their individual sense of style and adventure. While still relatively new, the distinct portfolio has proven to be a highly successful venture due to its discerning selection process and unique ability to create memories through enriching travel experiences.

Detailed information on the most recent additions and their signature experiences is showcased in its own unique way on Autograph Collection’s award winning web site, www.autographhotels.com.

Pier One Sydney Harbor – Sydney, Australia

Representing Autograph Collection’s debut in Australia, Pier One Sydney Harbour offers an exclusive waterfront experience in the heart of one of the world’s most glamorous destinations. Nestled alongside the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge with panoramic views, the hotel offers easy access to the historic heart of the Central Business District, The Rocks and the city’s most desirable tourist destinations including Circular Quay, the Sydney Opera House, Martin Place and the glamorous Castlereagh Street shopping strip. Featuring 189 guest rooms including 18 suites, a selection of rooms within the hotel include your choice of magnificent views of Sydney Harbour, Sydney Bridge and the world famous Opera House.

Located alongside the harbor, the hotel’s Front Restaurant & Bar offers alfresco dining on the Pier complemented by a modern Australian menu and extensive wine list. As an added element, with the hotel’s prime waterside location, guests can arrive in style by water taxi or by yacht via the hotel’s private pontoon which provides direct water access to nearby attractions including the Opera House, Manly and Darling Harbour.

The hotel offers a stunning harbourside back drop for meetings and special events, including eight meeting rooms all floor to ceiling windows showcasing water views.

To celebrate its inauguration into Autograph Collection and for a limited time, the hotel is offering guests who stay two nights or more a complimentary upgrade to a water view suite with breakfast for two and double Marriott Rewards points.

Pier South Resort – San Diego, California

Autograph Collection is thrilled to announce the opening of its first resort in Southern California, the beachfront boutique Pier South Resort in San Diego. With 78 suite-style accommodations, a new coastal tavern and quintessential California ambience, this intimate boutique hotel provides the ultimate four-star coastal escape, just steps from the sand and 20 minutes from downtown San Diego’s vibrant Gaslamp District.  Pier South Resort rests just south of Coronado on California’s southernmost beach, home to legendary surf break Boca Rio. Virtually all of the hotel’s suite-style accommodations offer 180-degree Pacific Ocean views, immersing guests in the spirit of California.

The resort is also home to San Diego’s most highly-anticipated destination, SEA180º. This contemporary coastal tavern is led by Cohn Restaurant Group, one of the most in-demand names in the San Diego culinary scene and operators of some of the city’s hottest restaurants. The boldly-hued indoor space features Philippe Beltran-designed décor, sky-high glass windows, a large restaurant patio and a rooftop space with 360-degree views that is poised to be the most sought-after event venue in San Diego. 

In addition to exceptional dining, amenities and spacious accommodations, Pier South Resort will also feature a full service spa by Dames Day Spa.

The hotel’s design swirls modern style with classic elements of the Southern California beach lifestyle, for a sophisticated laid back experience free from dated nautical themes. Each of its 620-square-foot suites showcases clean design, refined textures and seamless technology, plus custom appointments and textiles, floor-to-ceiling windows, separate living areas, private balconies and dramatic ocean views.

As a LEED Silver-Certified property, Pier South Resort will utilize water conservation technologies and harness the California sun for solar cooling and heating. The property is also a major advocate for beach conservation and nearby wildlife sanctuaries, and also offers guided hikes for guests.

Hotel Chicago – Chicago, Illinois

 

Formerly the Hotel Sax and representing Autograph Collection’s debut in Chicago, Hotel Chicago pays homage to the very best of the “Windy City.” The hotel’s artistic décor and eclectic surroundings provide a perfect backdrop for its setting in the city’s downtown River North area.  Guests can step right outside the hotel door to experience Chicago’s very best restaurants, entertainment and nightlife including the legendary House of Blues.  Activities unique to its prime River North location also include kayaking in the Chicago River, architectural boat tours, and world-class shopping on the Magnificent Mile.

To celebrate its inauguration into Autograph Collection and for a limited time, the hotel is offering guests double Marriott Rewards points for stays from February 5 – May 31. For meeting planners, the hotel will offer 7,000 Marriott Rewards Planner Points for meetings and special events booked between February 5 and May 31 for all events held in 2014.

 

About Autograph Collection

The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, 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, or explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit:

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/AutographCollection
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/Autograph
Tumblr:  http://autographcollectionhotels.tumblr.com/

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 [email protected]

 

01/06/2014

Tsars, Goats and Champagne - Berlin's Historic Hotel am Steinplatz Welcomes Guests Once Again

Hotel-am-Steinplatz-Exterior

Berlin, Germany – January 7, 2014 – The historic HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ today celebrated its opening following an extensive restoration, representing the first Autograph Collection hotel to open in Germany. Originally designed by August Endell, architect of Berlin's celebrated Hackesche Höfe complex, HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ has captivated passers-by since its completion. With its striking olive-green facade, arched windows reminiscent of Moorish architecture and extraordinary stucco features, the building is a local landmark in the elegant residential area around Charlottenburg's Savigny-Platz.

“Meeting the requirements of a distinguished and modern luxury hotel in a landmark building was an exciting challenge. We worked closely with art historians and architectural preservationists during the project,” explains the architect in charge, Claudia Dressler. “And it was also enormously valuable to have the hotel founder’s daughter, now over 90 years of age, The building first opened as a luxury hotel in 1913 and soon took its place in Berlin's cultural timeline. Following the October Revolution, many Russian aristocrats and intellectuals occupied the stately suites, while the hotel became a meeting point for prominent Berliners and travelers such as Vladimir Nabokov and Zarah Leander. During the Second World War, it was business as usual at the hotel, albeit in an improvised fashion – complete with tomato patches on the roof and a herd of goats in the courtyard.

1950 saw the opening of the voguish basement bar, when Steinplatz became a rendezvous and private stage for artists, actors and intellectuals. Literary greats such as Heinrich Böll and Günter Grass, as well as film stars like Brigitte Bardot and Romy Schneider were regular guests.

Throughout its 84 individually designed guestrooms, one Junior Suite and two Spa Suites, the hotel boasts exceptional interior design: a contemporary interpretation of 1920s flair, with a particular focus on natural materials. RESTAURANT AM STEINPLATZ sources the finest regional products to create classic Berlin dishes conceived by Michelin-starred chef, Stefan Hartmann, while offering a fresh interpretation of German cuisine. This philosophy is also reflected in BAR AM STEINPLATZ, which offers classic cocktails, as well as its own unique recipes using spirits produced in Berlin. On the top floor is SPA AM STEINPLATZ, offering spectacular views over the city's rooftops.

WEST BERLIN’S RENAISSANCE
The re-opening of HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ comes as a milestone in West Berlin's current renaissance. After years of hype over East Berlin districts, the focus is gradually changing direction. A stroll around the neighborhood, for example, will take you past the new home of the C/O Gallery for contemporary photography in Hardenberg-Strasse. You will brush shoulders with lifestyle journalists in Giro Coffee Bar and pass students from the University of the Arts on their way to their ateliers.

Located within a short distance of the Deutsche Oper, Tiergarten park, and KaDeWe, “The Department Store of the West”, HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ is both a living witness to a fascinating past, as well as a modern icon in the metropolis of Berlin.

Introduced in 2010, the vision behind the Autograph Collection is to offer an evolving group of passionately independent hotel experiences ranging from a 15-room boutique hunting lodge in the mountains of Colorado to a 19th century neoclassical palace in the majestic city of Prague.  Exactly like nothing else, each hotel is thoughtfully chosen for its quality, originality, bold character and capacity to offer today’s modern traveler a range of unique experiences suited to their individual sense of style and adventure. While still relatively new, the distinct portfolio has proven to be a highly successful venture due to its discerning selection process and unique ability to create memories through enriching travel experiences.

ABOUT AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, 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, or explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit:

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/AutographCollection
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/Autograph
Tumblr:  http://autographcollectionhotels.tumblr.com/

PRESS CONTACT WAALD CREATIVE GROUP:
Sarah Weinknecht, [email protected], mobile +49 176 3151 6977 Kathrin Braun, [email protected], mobile +49 170 479 0535

12/02/2013

Boscolo Hotels and Autograph Collection Introduce Two New Extraordinary Travel Experiences in Italy

Luxury Hotels in Rome and Milan Join Exclusive Portfolio of Independent Hotels.

London, United Kingdom, December 2, 2013 - Boscolo Hotels and the exclusive portfolio of independent hotels, the Autograph Collection, announced today the news that twoadditional luxury Boscolo Hotels in Italy will join its ensemble this fall. The Boscolo Milano will be the first to join the collection, followed by the Boscolo Exedra Roma in early December. Boscolo began its partnership with Autograph Collection in 2011 with the inauguration of its first hotels in the portfolio in four of Europe’s most exciting cities, including the Boscolo Palace in Rome, Boscolo Venezia in Venice, Boscolo Prague in the Czech Republic and the Boscolo Budapest in Hungary.

Exactly like nothing else, each Autograph Collection hotel is thoughtfully chosen for its quality, originality, bold character and capacity to offer today’s modern traveler a range of unique experiences suited to their individual sense of style and adventure

Boscolo MilanoBOSCOLO MILANO
Boscolo Milano is a distinctive, contemporary, iconic hotel, full of Italian style and perfectly situated in the heart of the famous fashion shopping district, ‘Quadrilatero della Moda.’

Innovative in its design, the hotel expresses the creative spirit of Milan and the lifestyle of the city. The Boscolo Milano provides a memorable reference point for visitors and local residents alike. The beautiful rooftop terrace provides magnificent views of the illuminated Duomo spires making it the perfect place to end the day with an aperitif in the bar or a candlelight dinner in the a la carte restaurant.

The redesign of this historic building from the twenties is by the famous architect Italo Rota.  It harmonizes an eclectic mix of avant-garde design in an atmosphere of unconventional elegance. The unique, fascinating style of the hotel is expressed in the public areas and in the 154 guest rooms and suites.  The hotel also features one of the largest hotel spas in Milan with 600 m² of luxury relaxation.

BOSCOLO EXEDRA ROMABOSCOLO EXEDRA ROMA
One of the most elegant places to stay in Rome, the Boscolo Exedra is a magnificent five star luxury hotel of classic design created through the tasteful and meticulous restoration of a late XIX-century palace. A unique design feature of the hotel is an area with a plate glass floor where you can view illuminated excavations of ancient Roman baths underneath the property.

Perfectly situated, the hotel offers 238 spacious guest rooms, including a number of rooms offering panoramic views of the Piazza Della Repubblica. The hotel also features two restaurants offering the finest in Italian cuisine and a superb summer terrace.

The spa offers a range to massage treatments and an outdoor swimming pool with amazing panoramic views overlooking the Eternal city. For meetings and special events the hotel features facilities for small and medium size gatherings.

About Boscolo Hotels
Founded by the family Boscolo in Venice in 1978, Boscolo is a small independent Italian group of luxury hotels. Each hotel is considered like a precious jewel with its own unique character and style. The hotels are located in some of the most appealing European cities including Rome, Milan, Venice, Nice, Budapest and Prague. For more information on Boscolo please visit www.boscolohotels.com, or explore our social media channels.

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/boscolo.hotels
Youtube:    www.youtube.com/BoscoloHotels 
Pinterest:    www.pinterest.com/boscolohotels

About Autograph Collection Hotels
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information and reservations please visit www.autographhotels.com, or explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit.

Facebook:   www.facebook.com/AutographCollection
Twitter:      www.twitter.com/Autograph 
Tumblr:       http:/autographcollectionhotels.tumblr.com/

Contacts:

BOSCOLO HOTELS               
Laura Conti                                                                                         
[email protected]       

AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION                 
Catherine Leitner 
[email protected]

                                                               

11/07/2013

Autograph Collection Celebrates 50th Hotel Milestone − Raises the Bar on Sustainablity With Inauguration of Hotel Punta Islita in Costa Rica

PoolEdgeIsletLuxury Retreat Joins Exclusive Portfolio of Independent Hotels.

The Autograph Collection, Marriott International’s (NASDAQ: MAR) exclusive portfolio of independent hotels announced today the addition of its 50th location with the inauguration of Hotel Punta Islita in Costa Rica. The milestone is significant one for Autograph Collection, having reached 50 hotels in 13 countries in less than three years. In keeping with the inspiration of Autograph Collection to offer extraordinary travel experiences and Marriott International’s global commitment to sustainability, Hotel Punta Islita holds the highest certification rating in sustainable tourism from the Costa Rican Tourism Board, among numerous other ecological accolades, making it a leader in environmental hospitality in the region.

Representing the first hotel to join Autograph Collection in Central America, Hotel Punta Islita rests on 85 picturesque acres along the Nicoya Peninsula in the southwestern part of Guanacaste province. Recently named one of Travel & Leisure magazine’s Top 100 Hotels in 2013, the unique design of the hotel affords each of its 57 guest room stunning views of the Pacific coast line. 

Speaking at an exclusive media event held today in New York City, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, Arne Sorenson, said, “To reach 50 hotels in less than three years is a testament to the vibrancy and success of Autograph Collection as an innovative business venture.” He continued, “Through championing independence and welcoming extraordinary hotel experiences like Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph remains one of the fastest growing independent hotel collections in the industry.”

Owned and operated by Grupo Islita, the secluded sanctuary specializes in sustainable tourism and programs involving guests on items including reforestation, animal protection and water conservation, Support for local arts and education are signature elements of the Hotel Punta Islita experience, and the hotel’s Villafranca-Zurcher Foundation (Fundacion VZ) has championed ground breaking programs including the Islita Contemporary Art Museum and the Islita Creative Center. With a passionate dedication to help alleviate poverty and reverse environmental degradation in the region, local residents comprise more than 85% of the hotel’s staff, resulting in a deep and heartfelt connection to the local community.

Introduced in 2010, the vision behind the Autograph Collection is to offer an evolving group of passionately independent hotel experiences ranging from a 15-room boutique hunting lodge in the mountains of Colorado to a 19th century neoclassical palace in the majestic city of Prague.  Exactly like nothing else, each hotel is thoughtfully chosen for its quality, originality, bold character and capacity to offer today’s modern traveler a range of unique experiences suited to their individual sense of style and adventure. While still relatively new, the distinct portfolio has proven to be a highly successful venture due to its discerning selection process and unique ability to create memories through enriching travel experiences.

Hotel Punta Islita is one Costa Rica’s most awarded, off the beaten path destinations, catering to sophisticated travelers who value authenticity, uniqueness and connection to the local community. Amenities include a nine-hole executive golf course, two swimming pools, Spa, a secluded beach front with beach club, two restaurants, and small group meeting space. The hotel also has a private landing strip for small commuter aircraft, with commercial flights operating from San José on a regular schedule throughout the year.

About Autograph Collection
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, 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, or explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit:

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/AutographCollection
Twitter:   www.twitter.com/Autograph
Tumblr:   http://autographcollectionhotels.tumblr.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 Grupo Islita
Grupo Islita is a leading Costa Rican hotel development and management company.  Its signature commitment to sustainable luxury fosters travel experiences that highlight cultural authenticity, unique details, and intense immersion in nature.  Grupo Islita's extraordinary properties showcase Costa Rica's planet-friendly, people-positive essence.  For more information about Grupo Islita, please visit www.grupoislita.com.

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10/01/2013

Autograph Collection Welcomes Majestic Powerscourt Hotel

Powerscourt-Hotel exteriorExclusive Portfolio of Passionately Independent Hotels Announces First Hotel in Ireland

COUNTY WICKLOW, IRELAND – The Autograph Collection (www.autographhotels.com), Marriott International’s (NYSE: MAR) exclusive portfolio of upscale, independent hotels, announced today the debut of the Powerscourt  Hotel in County Wicklow, Ireland, representing the first Autograph Collection hotel in Ireland. Earlier this year, Autograph Collection announced its continued growth in Europe with the inauguration of the St. Ermin’s Hotel and Threadneedles in the heart of London, and The Glasshouse in Edinburgh, Scotland. The five star Powerscourt Hotel will expand the collection of independent lifestyle hotels to include nearly 50 exceptional travel experiences in the United States, Asia, Europe, Caribbean, and South America.

The iconic Powerscourt Hotel is set near the village of Enniskerry, only 25 minutes from Dublin City centre and 35 minutes from Dublin airport, amidst one of the most scenic and historic estates in Ireland. The elegant retreat showcases Palladian-style architecture and offers guests a host of luxurious amenities including a 20-metre Swarovski crystal-lit indoor pool. Additionally, the hotel features two championship level golf courses and a 30,000-square foot luxury spa by ESPA. With an emphasis on local excellence and seasonality, the new Sika Restaurant at Powerscourt Hotel offers the best of Irish contemporary cooking against a spectacular backdrop of Wicklow's hills and mountains.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for the Autograph Collection in Europe, and a significant event for us in Ireland,” said Amy McPherson, president and managing director for Marriott International in Europe. “Our European portfolio of Autograph Collection hotels offer travelers an enviable range of artistic, culinary and cultural adventures and this magnificent hotel is a hugely powerful addition. “

The vision behind the Autograph Collection is to offer an evolving group of passionately independent hotels that fall under distinct categories of travel experience including Culinary Delight, Artistic Getaway, Historic Exploration, or Sporting Adventure. Each hotel is thoughtfully chosen for its quality, originality, bold character and capacity to offer guests a range of unique and unexpected experiences suited to their individual sense of style and adventure. This unique global portfolio has proven to be a highly successful venture due to its discerning process to select only the most exceptional hotels and enriching travel experiences.

The Powerscourt Hotel is owned by Brehon Capital Partners and Midwest Holding and managed by Interstate Hotels & Resorts, a leading U.S. based global hotel management company. Chief Executive Officer Jim Abrahamson is eager to support the iconic hotel, stating, “Interstate’s qualified bench strength, best-of-world systems and dedicated teams promise a memorable experience for every guest.”

To celebrate the inauguration of Powerscourt Hotel into the Autograph Collection, the hotel is offering an introductory limited offer for guests who wish to book Powerscourt Hotel in advance.   Beginning 1st October, the hotel will offer very special mid week Advance Purchase rate to for the Autumn and Winter.  All details of this can be found on the new hotels website; www.powerscourthotel.com

All Autograph Collection hotels participate in Marriott Rewards, Marriott International’s award-winning guest loyalty program, where guests can earn points at more than 3,200 hotels in 68 countries. In addition to their placement on Marriott.com, each property is showcased in its own unique way on the Collection’s award winning standalone site, www.autographhotels.com.

Autograph Collection hotels can be found in an increasing number of key travel destinations around the world including The Algonquin and The Carlton hotels in New York, The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, the Boscolo Budapest Hotel, the newly opened The Stones Hotel - Legian in Indonesia, The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa in Colorado, and the AC Baqueira Ski Resort in Spain.

About Autograph Collection
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Each destination has been selected for its quality, 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, or explore our social media channels to learn more about the independent spirit:

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/AutographCollection
Twitter:   www.twitter.com/Autograph
Tumblr:   http://autographcollectionhotels.tumblr.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.

Connect with [email protected]

09/16/2013

Marriott International Continues Global Growth of Autograph Collection with the Signing of The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Tower Tokyo The Prince Sakura TowerTower Tokyo The Prince Sakura Tower becomes collection’s second hotel in Asia.

HONG KONG, – Marriott International and Prince Hotels, Inc, of Japan announced that The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo will become Japan’s first Autograph Collection hotel - a portfolio of independent hotels, with the re-opening of the newly renovated hotel on September 14, 2013.

Sakura Ribbon CuttingSakura Ribbon Cutting (l to r) - Ryu Kosaka, A.N.D. Creative Director; Takashi Goto, Seibu Holdings Inc., President and Chief Executive Officer; Masanori Kobayaski, Prince Hotels, Inc., President; Simon Cooper, Marriott International president and managing director, Asia.


Exactly like nothing else, the Autograph Collection is an upscale portfolio of hand-selected independent hotels each offering its own unique travel experience. Experiences fall within diverse categories including Urban Excitement, Indulgent Escape, Culinary Delight, Artistic Getaway, Historic Exploration and more. Each hotel is thoughtfully chosen based on quality, character and individuality.

Speaking at the signing ceremony in Tokyo, Simon Cooper, Marriott International’s president and managing director in Asia, said: “Today we celebrate the inauguration of The Prince Sakura Tower into Autograph Collection, marking the first Autograph property to open in Japan and only the second Collection hotel to open in Asia. The vision and inspiration behind Autograph Collection was to create an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels and this hotel certainly meets those criteria with its wonderful new design and inspiring gardens.

“I want to personally thank everyone involved with creating this wonderful hotel for their passion and commitment to providing an exceptional hotel experience which is sure to add enormous value to Autograph Collection here and around the world. Tokyo is one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the world, and we could not be more proud to introduce Autograph Collection to this great city with the conversion of The Prince Sakura Tower – and the timing could not be better with this great city having just won the 2020 Olympic bid.”

Tower Tokyo The Prince Sakura Tower guestroomOriginally opened in 1998, the 288-room Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo has gone through an extensive refurbishment and renovation under the direction of interior designer Ryu Kosaka of Aoyama Nomura Design, whose work is highly acclaimed both in Japan and overseas. All of the hotel’s rooms, lobby area, restaurants, and other areas were designed to convey a modern sense of harmony, blending the spaces with the seasonal landscapes of hotel’s Japanese garden.

The hotel has at its heart the concept of ‘Japanese style hospitality at the center of the city’ and is centrally located just a 3-minute walk from Tokyo’s Shinagawa station. The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo also boasts a spacious Japanese garden of approximately 2 hectares (5 acres) where guests can enjoy the ever-changing natural beauty of the garden from season to season – and especially during the cherry blossom season as the hotel’s grounds are blessed with more than 200 cherry blossom trees which showcase the amazing sakura blossoms - reflected in the hotel’s name.

The Prince Sakura Tower Autograph Collection with its newly enhanced facilities is expected to host an increased number of international travelers, and this will further be supported by in the future with government tourism promotion, the economic growth of countries in the region, and the implementation of a robust MICE strategy by Prince Hotels.

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,800 properties in 72 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 web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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09/10/2013

Autograph Collection Expands Portfolio with Debut of New Travel Experiences This Fall

Autograph Collection - The Lexington New York CityThird New York City Hotel Joins Along with New Offerings in Florida and North Carolina

BETHESDA, MD - The Autograph Collection, an exclusive portfolio of passionately independent hotels, continues to grow with the inauguration of four new distinct travel experiences this Fall.  Nearing its 50th hotel milestone, the collection proudly introduces its third hotel in New York City, The Lexington New York City, the luxurious Siena Hotel in North Carolina and the boutique Castle Hotel in Florida. Most recently Autograph Collection made entrée into the United Kingdom with the induction of the majestic St. Ermin’s Hotel in London.

Exactly like nothing else, the Autograph Collection is an upscale portfolio of hand selected independent hotels each offering its own unique identity. Autograph Collection hotels fall within diverse categories of travel experience including Urban Excitement, Indulgent Escape, Culinary Delight, Artistic Getaway, Historic Exploration and more. Each hotel is thoughtfully chosen based on quality, character and individuality.

Detailed information on the below additions and their signature experiences is showcased in its own unique way on Autograph Collection’s award winning web site, www.autographhotels.com.

The Lexington, New York, NY

After a multi-million dollar renovation aimed to restore the property’s former jazz age glamour, The Lexington New York City features 725 stylish guest rooms and suites designed to cater to the luxury business and leisure traveler. An icon of the jazz era, the hotel presents a new design style that blends the property’s legacy with a modern expression of classic New York.

Located in the heart of Manhattan’s midtown district, The Lexington New York City originally opened in 1929 at the height of New York’s hotel boom. It has played host to some of the country’s most notable personalities and exclusive groups; the hotel was also home to American icons Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe, who lived in a suite on the 18th floor – currently being relaunched as the Centerfield Suite.

The newly renovated Lexington New York City welcomes guests through an elegantly draped entrance and into a grand two-story lobby. The reception desk, crafted in bronze and black lacquer, guards a pronounced feature wall that hosts a three-dimensional sculpture by Alba Clemente, a stand-out piece in The Lexington New York City’s art collection commissioned by industry insider and former confidante of Andy Warhol, Paige Powell. The Mixing Room, the hotel’s new jazz-inspired bar and lounge concept radiates from the main lobby, along with a library area that presents a place for gathering.

The Lexington New York City offers a range of food and beverage options including gourmet Chinese eatery, S. Dynasty; a lobby level Starbucks; and the hotel’s longtime dining destination, Raffles, an American-style bistro with a jazz flare, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

To celebrate its inauguration into Autograph Collection, the hotel is offering 2500 Marriott Rewards Bonus Points for stays through the end of October and Triple Marriott Rewards Rewarding Events points for events hosted at the hotel through the end of 2013.


The Siena Hotel, Chapel Hill, NC

Inspired by the beauty of Italy, The Siena Hotel, located in beautiful Chapel Hill North Carolina, adds its distinctive European character to the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC area. A AAA Four Diamond hotel and restaurant recipient since 1987, travelers that step through the doors of this elegant Tuscan villa  discover a luxurious décor with hand-selected European antiques, Italian marble floors and majestic columns, against a backdrop of rich colors and fabrics.

With an intimate seventy-nine rooms, each room is designed to have the feel of a world-class luxury boutique hotel. Every room is individually appointed with its own décor including elaborate gilded mirrors and artwork from European artists with classic style.

The Siena Hotel has a relaxing and versatile dining scene from casual al fresco, interactive bar/lounge and a formal dining room. The Siena Hotel’s restaurant, Il Palio is named after a festival in Siena, Italy where the neighborhoods come together in celebration and competition twice a year. In a similar spirit of celebration, Il Palio at The Siena Hotel is the place where neighbors and friends come to enjoy Italian inspired cuisine and celebrate their special occasions. Consistently awarded Four Diamonds by AAA and acclaimed by Condé Nast, Il Palio offers the finest Italian cuisine by Executive Chef Adam Rose and his staff, along with choices of some 400 wonderful wines. The restaurant prides itself on delivering a local farm to fork menu which changes frequently flowing with the wonderful artisan producers and farmers offerings.  Surrounded by the rich colors and fabrics of an Italian villa with contemporary European touches, the atmosphere in Il Palio takes diners to another place and time.


Castle Hotel, Orlando, FL

Located in the heart of Orlando and officially joining Autograph Collection this October, an enriching experience awaits at the Castle Hotel. Leisure guests, business travelers, and those seeking a distinctive venue for a wedding or social event will find a sophisticated and contemporary retreat perfectly located on International Drive. The AAA Four-Diamond Castle Hotel immerses guests in art, music, cuisine and culture within its Bavarian-inspired walls, providing an oasis to travelers with uncommon taste.

Evoking an air of creativity and artistry, the Castle Hotel offers elegant accommodations and amenities, inspired meeting space, gourmet cuisine, intuitive service, and captivating views of Central Florida’s signature attractions and nightly fireworks displays.
 
Part of the Kessler Collection and now, Autograph Collection, the Castle Hotel is curated to inspire its guests in one of the most exciting and vibrant cities for tourism in the United States.


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Exactly like nothing else, the Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Each destination has been hand selected for its quality, 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 or via social media on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr.

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07/17/2013

JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance®, Marriott Resorts® and Gaylord Hotels® Celebrate Endless Summer

Package Includes Room Upgrade & Up to $100 Nightly Credit For Those Who Book by Sept. 25 and Stay July 28 – Oct. 31

Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & SpaJW Marriott, Autograph Collection Hotels, Renaissance, Marriott  Resorts and Gaylord Hotels are turning up the heat on savings with the Endless Summer package. Valid through Sept. 25, travelers can choose from participating resorts throughout the country and receive a room upgrade and up to $100 resort credit per night for stays from July 28 – Oct. 31, 2013.

The resort credit can be applied to a variety of amenities including dining, spa services, golf tee times and on-property retail stores. The Endless Summer package is available at the following participating properties throughout the U.S.:

Florida:
JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes• Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa
• Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
• Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina
• JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes®
• Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort
• Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa
• Orlando World Center Marriott 
• Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa
Renaissance Orlando at Sea World Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®
• The Renaissance Vinoy® Resort & Golf Club
• Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa
• Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
• Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
• Turnberry Isle Miami, Autograph Collection

California:
Vail Mountain Marriott Resort• Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa
• JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
• JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live
• Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa

Southwest:
• JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
• JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
• JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & SpaJW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa
• JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
• Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa

Hawaii:
• JW Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina Resort & Spa
• Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
• Kauai Marriott Resort
• Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
• Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

South:
• Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott
• Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
• The Inn at Opryland, A Gaylord Hotel
• Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
• JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

Northeast:
• Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

For reservations, visit www.EndlessSummerSpecial.com and enter the promotional code ZX0.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:
Offer valid for stays between July 28 – October 31, 2013 at participating JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection®, Renaissance®, Marriott Hotels & Resorts® and Gaylord Hotels®.  Reservation must be made by September 25, 2013.   Minimum stay may be required. Upon checkout the credit will be applied to folio.  Resort credit is not applicable to room rate but can be used on spa, golf, dining and resort shop.  Please check with resort for list of applicable amenities. Room upgrade is based on availability and not guaranteed. Limited number of rooms are available for this promotion. Tax is additional. Offer does not apply to groups of 10 or more rooms. Offer cannot be combined with any other promotions. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. Rates are per room, per night and based on availability at the time of reservations.

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 60 JW Marriott hotels in 24 countries; by 2015 the portfolio is expected to encompass 79 properties in 28 countries. Visit us online, jwmarriott.com, @jwmarriott and facebook.com/JWMarriott

With 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 60 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com. To join the ongoing Marriott conversation, like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/Marriott) and follow us on Twitter (Twitter.com/Marriott, @Marriott).

Renaissance Hotels is an upscale brand with more than 145 properties in 32 countries that speaks to passionate travelers in search of authentic local discoveries when traveling for business or leisure. Renaissance Hotels has recently welcomed several new "gems" to its global collection – the boutique Renaissance Malmo hotel in Sweden, the historic Stanford Court hotel in San Francisco, the exotic Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino in the Dutch Caribbean, the opulent Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel and the modern Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel.  These hotels join a rich portfolio defined by distinctive and well-known icons such as the La Concha Renaissance San Juan, Renaissance New York Hotel 57 and Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe. All Renaissance hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay.  To make reservations and for more information visit www.renaissancehotels.com.  Follow Renaissance on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RenaissanceHotels, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RenHotels, and via the RLife blog at www.therenaissancelife.com.   

The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Each destination has been selected for its quality, 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

Gaylord Hotels is a collection of hotels and upscale resorts that afford endless opportunities for leisure travelers and conventioneers. The brand’s hallmark—“everything in one place”—provides guests with diverse dining options, quality spa and fitness center services, top-notch entertainment, on-site shopping and endless activities. Gaylord Hotels is a pioneer in the hotel and convention industry with properties in the nation’s most desirable destinations. Gaylord Hotels properties include Gaylord Opryland® in Nashville, Tenn.; Gaylord Palms® in Kissimmee, Fla. (near Orlando); Gaylord Texan® in Grapevine, Texas (near Dallas); Gaylord National® in National Harbor, Md. (near Washington, D.C.); and The Inn at Opryland® in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, please visit http://www.GaylordHotels.com.

06/11/2013

Autograph Collection Joins With Jim Beam To Create Small Batch Bourbon Signature Cocktail Guide

Autograph Collection and Jim BeamCocktails Inspired By Uniquely Independent Travel Experiences

Autograph Collection, (www.autographhotels.com) an exclusive portfolio of independent hotels announced today the creation of a limited edition cocktail book featuring a selection of small batch bourbon based drinks inspired by Autograph Collection hotel experiences.  The Autograph Collection Hotels Signature Cocktail Guide will be available at every Autograph Collection hotel and select cocktails will also be available at each location.

As part of the cocktail book, select Autograph Collection hotels hand selected a Jim Beam® small batch bourbon that represents each hotel’s unique personality and created a cocktail inspired by its signature attributes. Ranging from the Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront in Georgia to the Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina in the British Virgin Islands, the Autograph Collection Hotels Signature Cocktail Guide contains twelve cocktails to take travelers on a personal journey of taste.

Autograph Collection and Jim Beam DrinkThe vision behind the Autograph Collection is to offer an evolving group of passionately independent hotels that fall under distinct categories of travel experience including Culinary Delight, Artistic Getaway, Historic Exploration, or Sporting Adventure. Exactly like nothing else, each hotel is thoughtfully chosen for its quality, originality, bold character and capacity to offer guests a range of unique and unexpected experiences suited to their individual sense of style and adventure.

Try the Thirsty Commodus made with Jim Beam® Bourbon at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando, inspired by the Italian marble sculpture in the hotel’s bar depicting the Roman Emperor Lucius Aurelis Commodus. Experience the cultural flavors of the Big Easy at The Saint Hotel with The Saint Classic, a variation on the famous New Orleans version of the Old Fashioned cocktail. Tap into mixology history at The Hotel Minneapolis with the Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon based Classic Whiskey Sour, inspired by life in the Midwest.

The exclusive guide features libations inspired by twelve independent  experiences, including:

• The Algonquin Hotel Times Square
• Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront
• Casa Monica Hotel
• The Glenn Hotel
• Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando
• Hotel Duval
• Turnberry Isle Miami
• Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina
• The Hotel Minneapolis
• Hotel Blackhawk
• The Saint Hotel
• Union Station Hotel

You can learn more about the guide and find out exactly what your own personal signature says about you by visiting the Autograph Collection Facebook page, www.facebook.com/autographcollection.

About Autograph Collection
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Each destination has been selected for its quality, 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
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