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08/27/2015

The Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston is Autograph Collection’s Newest Gem in the Historic City and First Hotel in South Carolina

Grand Bohemian An Autograph CollectionBethesda, Md., August 27, 2015Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s curated portfolio of hotels recognized for celebrating individuality, is pleased to welcome the newest hotel from The Kessler Collection to its portfolio – Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston in South Carolina. This is the first South Carolina hotel for The Kessler Collection and for Autograph Collection Hotels. The Autograph Collection Hotels portfolio now includes 10 of The Kessler Collection’s 11 artistically inspired boutique hotels and restaurants. With 89 hotels worldwide and growing, Autograph Collection anticipates welcoming its 100th hotel by the end of 2015.

“This year Autograph Collection Hotels has significantly expanded its portfolio to include Triada Palm Springs, Cotton House Hotel in Barcelona, The Press Hotel in Portland, Maine, The Mayflower in Washington, D.C. and Kameha Grand Zurich, with a steady stream of other new hotels being added across the globe,”  said Julius Robinson, Vice President, Autograph Collection Hotels. “We are excited to add this latest Kessler property to Autograph Collection Hotels and appreciate their strong commitment to our brand. Autograph Collection Hotels is proud to have a total of 10 Kessler Collection properties in its global portfolio.”

Located in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District, the 50-room luxury boutique hotel incorporates diverse offerings including an on-site Grand Bohemian Gallery featuring rare, local and original artwork, a wine blending experience and tasting room with curated selections, specialty coffee shop with micro-roasted coffee, farm-to-table culinary offerings with a regional focus, as well as a rooftop restaurant and terrace providing unmatched views of historic Charleston. . In a city where no building can be taller than the church steeples, few establishments offer this caliber of view and superior location, just steps away from famed Kings St. in the historic district.

Coined as a Southern Renaissance-style hotel, Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston is bathed in French elements combined with classical European lines all with a modern bohemian twist. Guests are greeted in the lobby with 4-foot long fringe chandeliers, a custom backlit stone front desk and velvet drapery. Guest rooms, washed in lavender with splashes of shades of grey and chartreuse as the anchors, boast rich printed drapery, and leather chaise lounges. The bathrooms are appointed with marble vanities that stylishly contrast with custom glass sconces and Italian plank tiled floors.

The dining selection reflects Charleston’s low-country backdrop with a garden-inspired rooftop terrace, draped in crystal chandeliers, aquamarine watercolor sheers, and grey washed reclaimed wood. Featuring an assortment of handcrafted cocktails, coastal cuisine and open-air seating, the restaurant overlooks the historic district. Additionally, Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston offers a one-of-a-kind wine blending experience. During a 90-minute interactive experience, guests have the opportunity to make and take home their own customized wine blend and create a personalized label.

At the heart of each Kessler Collection hotel is a celebration of the artistic spirit. Surrounded by the cultural and creative inspiration of Charleston, the property is home to the largest art gallery in The Kessler Collection – Grand Bohemian Gallery, featuring local, regional and internationally recognized artists. At Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston, art flows throughout the hotel with exhibitions and artist receptions showcasing paintings, sculptures, art glass, ceramics and jewelry, all available for sale.

For the fourth year, Conde Nast Traveler has voted Charleston the No. 1 U.S. City, and No. 2 in the World, in addition to Travel + Leisure ranking Charleston the No. 1 City in the U.S. for the second consecutive year. Located at the corner of Wentworth and Meeting Streets, Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston is in the center of local landmarks, shopping and dining. A destination renowned for its historic charm and coastal lifestyle, Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston ushers in a new and highly valued experience. The property offers a sought-after Southern luxurious escape for visiting couples, families, weddings, friend getaways and more.

For further information on Autograph Collection Hotels, visit www.autographhotels.com

About Autograph Collection Hotels
Autograph Collection Hotels celebrates a collection of independent leaders in film, art, design and literature by curating one-of-a-kind travel experiences at 89 luxury lifestyle hotels found in the world’s most desirable destinations. Exactly like nothing else, each hotel has been hand selected for its distinction as an iconic landmark, for its remarkable design or for its best-in-class resort amenities. 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/ 
Instagram: www.instagram.com/AutographHotels

 

About The Kessler Collection
Capturing the classical and unconventional spirit of Bohemian cultures, The Kessler Collection's portfolio of passionately created and artistically inspired boutique hotels boast chic design, luxurious accommodations, enriching ambiance and intuitive service. Whether visiting properties in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, New Mexico, North Carolina or South Carolina, each hotel's exquisite art, music and cultural influences are deliberately approachable. Designed to inspire mystique and unforgettable experiences, Kessler guests are bathed in re-defined Bohemian luxury, from an 1888 historic hotel, a cutting edge downtown icon and Bavarian-inspired Castle, to an earthy Native American retreat, high design southern mansion and elite ski lodge. The Kessler Collection was the founding member of the Marriott Autograph Collection, introduced with seven Autograph Collection branded hotels. Each property is a bold original hotel carefully created with style and the individualist traveler in mind. For more information about The Kessler Collection and its properties, please visit www.kesslercollection.com or call 888.472.6312.

Contacts: 
Verona Carter
Verona.carter@marriott.com

Tammy Peters
tammy@ballantinespr.com 
310.454.3080

 

07/07/2015

Autograph Collection Hotels Welcomes Charming Baroque Property to the Collection

Aussenansicht Nacht 1Introducing Gewandhaus Dresden Following Its Extensive Refurbishment 

July 7, 2015 - Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s exclusive portfolio of hotels recognised for celebrating individuality, has announced that luxurious boutique property Gewandhaus Dresden has joined the collection and is the second Autograph Hotel in Germany alongside Hotel am Steinplatz, Berlin. 

Having reopened in April 2015 following an extensive refurbishment, Gewandhaus Dresden – located close to Dresden's celebrated Frauenkirche - has been transformed under the direction of well-known Düsseldorf architectural firm, STUDIO architects. Located in the heart of the baroque city center of Dresden, the hotel building is steeped in history, dating back to 1768, and formally an important centre for cloth making. The comprehensive restoration process has brought the 97-room property to a luxurious modern finish that also reflects the origins of the baroque edifice. 

The hotel’s contemporary designer furniture utilises select materials that play on the notion of modern versus historical, such as the burnished brass lamps and antique leather sofas. Gewandhaus Dresden offers guests an array of facilities including an indoor swimming pool complete with sauna, steam bath and fitness room, along with the spacious atrium and inner courtyard which acts as the centrepiece of the hotel - leading through to a reception hall, restaurant and cosy lobby bar.  Gewandhaus Dresden provides excellent meeting facilities, and sports activities such as hiking and chess are also offered on-site. 

Meatery restaurantThe Meatery Bar & Restaurant
is the hotel’s key dining establishment and serves up a delectable menu of high quality meats, including premium dry-aged beef from the restaurant’s own maturing chamber. In addition to premium steaks, the menu comprises fresh fish specialities from the grill along with homemade burgers. The luxurious cake shop, Kuchen Atelier, satisfies the cravings of even the sweetest tooth, offering a broad range of patisserie treats.  

Gewandhaus Dresden is in a prime location just a short stroll from the Opera House, and close to Asisi Panometer Dresden, Fürstenzug and Zwinger. The popular Town Hall Tower is just five minutes by car along with Dresden City Museum. 

For further information on Autograph Collection Hotels, visit www.autographhotels.com 

For further information on
Gewandhaus Dresden, visit www.gewandhaus-hotel.de 

About Autograph Collection Hotels
Autograph Collection Hotels celebrates a collection of independent leaders in film, art, design and literature by curating one-of-a-kind travel experiences at more than 80 luxury lifestyle hotels found in the world’s most desirable destinations. Exactly like nothing else, each hotel has been hand selected for its distinction as an iconic landmark, for its remarkable design or for its best-in-class resort amenities. 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/
Instagram:  www.instagram.com/AutographHotels 

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 global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,200 properties in 80 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, BVlgari®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels and Resorts®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Gaylord Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Courtyard®, Residence Inn®, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, TownePlace Suites®, Protea Hotels® and Moxy Hotels®. 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 50 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

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.  

06/19/2015

Autograph Collection Welcomes Swiss Boutique Design Hotel, The Hotel, To Its Exclusive Portfolio of Independent Properties

The Hotel, An Autograph CollectionDiscerning collection of independent hotels expands to include its second design property in Switzerland, located in the heart of Lucerne

18 June 2015: Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s exclusive portfolio of hotels recognised for celebrating individuality, is set to welcome a luxurious new boutique property to its collection on 8 July 2015. Located in a beautiful corner building established in 1907, The Hotel, which opened in 2000, is an urban design hotel with exceptional park views set in the heart of Lucerne.

Owner Urs Karli - a leading hotelier renowned for his innovative gastronomy concepts - is behind the vision of The Hotel, and worked with award-winning French architect Jean Nouvel to transform the building into a unique space for a modern hotel. Intimate and unpretentiously hip, The Hotel sits in a buzzing area, just a stone’s throw from the shores of Lake Lucerne.

Spread across seven floors, the hotel incorporates 30 studios and suites, each providing guests with an unforgettable experience, as a play of light and color produces individual effects in each room - all of which are different. The four penthouse suites all feature roof terraces, whilst the 10 garden and park loft suites come complete with patios. All rooms are fully air conditioned and equipped with modern amenities including Wi-Fi, minibar and Nespresso machine.

Completely conceived and designed by Nouvel, the interiors are an architectural marvel and bear Nouvel’s classic hallmark – the interplay of wood and steel. All of The Hotel’s vertical panels are made from wood, whilst the horizontal panels are made from stainless steel. The purposefully understated corridor leads guests into the rooms, each with large windows that open up breath-taking views of the city and the park adjacent to the hotel. Each room is unique, with different ceiling or wall projections depicting 30 film scenes from Nouvel’s own personal background, creating a cinematic experience for guests.

With the lobby as the focal meeting point, Urs Karli has created a cosmopolitan area for lounging and dining. Bam Bou is Lucerne’s most stylish restaurant and displays unique design details, offering simplicity, comfort and innovation. The menu fuses Asian with French cuisine, drawing upon French tradition and techniques, and combining them with Asian spices. The Lounge Bar provides a further space within which guests can relax, offering a diverse range of cocktails and live DJ at weekends. The Lounge Bar is known for being one of Lucerne’s coolest nightlife spots.

John Licence, brand leader for Autograph Collection Hotels in Europe, commented: “We are delighted to welcome our second design hotel from Switzerland into the Collection. The Hotel was the first boutique design hotel to enter this market, and is known for being part hotel, part contemporary art installation. It’s this unique attribute that makes it perfect for joining Autograph Collection Hotels.”

He continued, “The portfolio is growing rapidly within Europe, and we have no doubt that guests of The Hotel in Lucerne will have an unforgettable experience, as they do at all of our Autograph Collection properties.”

Autograph Collection Hotels offers 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. 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 brand anticipates welcoming its 100th hotel by the end of 2015. Room rates start from CHF 345.00 (approx. £239)on a room only basis.

For further information on Autograph Collection, visit www.autographhotels.com
For further information on The Hotel, visit www.the-hotel.ch

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/
Instagram:              www.instagram.com/AutographHotels

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,200 properties in 80 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, BVlgari®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels and Resorts®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Gaylord Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Courtyard®, Residence Inn®, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, TownePlace Suites®, Protea Hotels® and Moxy Hotels®. 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 50 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.

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.

Contact:    
Dara Toulch
dara@ballantinespr.com

 

05/26/2015

Read All About It: Autograph Collection Hotels Welcomes The Press Hotel, Portland, Maine

The Press Hotel, An Autograph CollectionNew lifestyle boutique hotel, new restaurant open in historic former Portland Press Herald newspaper building

Bethesda, Md., May 26, 2015Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s exclusive portfolio of hotels recognized for celebrating individuality, is pleased to welcome The Press Hotel, the first lifestyle boutique hotel in the city, giving the coastal culinary destination its newest restaurant, UNION. Driven by the vision and passion of local developer Jim Brady, The Press Hotel aims to capture the essence of Portland by inviting guests to get the insider experience through the Maine artisans, craftsmen and local culinary talent featured throughout the 110-room property. The hotel’s history and rich heritage in the Portland community makes it an ideal fit for Autograph Collection Hotels, a brand of one-of-a-kind hotels that celebrates individuality and independence. The Press Hotel brings the Collection to 82 hotels worldwide, and the brand anticipants welcoming its 100th hotel by the end of 2015.

“This year Autograph Collection Hotels has significantly expanded to include Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in Hawaii, Triada Palm Springs, Cotton House Hotel in Barcelona, and Kameha Grand Zurich, and we are excited to add The Press Hotel to our collection. The Press Hotel, with its rich history and original character complements Autograph Collection Hotels’ Exactly Like Nothing Else mantra,” said Julius Robinson, Vice President, Autograph Collection.

Autograph Collection Hotels’ commitment to be “exactly like nothing else” extends into the brand’s new Individualists video series, spotlighting individualist tastemakers who are inspiring and creative pioneers in the fields of film, television, art, design and literature. Autograph Collection Hotels’ partnership with Variety for The Variety Studio: Actors on Actors celebrates individuality and the personal enrichment that comes from travel. Autograph Collection Hotels’ tastemakers are selected for reflecting the same originality and independent spirit found at every Autograph Collection Hotel. Watch the sizzle reel HERE.

The newly added Press Hotel, located at the corner of Exchange and Congress streets in the Old Port neighborhood, is aptly inspired from its origins in the historic Portland Press Herald building. The hotel’s dedication to celebrating the city’s local authors, arts and culinary community is evident throughout: local painters, sculptors, textile makers and woodworkers were commissioned for the boutique property. Setting the tone for guests’ first-impression on arrival is a striking “letterpress art wall” at reception. In the main lobby, the signature piece is a stunning two-story installation of antique typewriters conceptualized and executed by students at the Maine College of Art (MECA). Additionally, the hotel features an art gallery comprising works by Maine artists, open to the public and providing moments of quiet repose or cocktail sipping.

The hotel’s 110 thoughtfully appointed guest rooms include a Penthouse Suite with exclusive rooftop access and 360-degree views of the city. Four private function rooms are available for groups and special events. High-profile interior design firm Stonehill & Taylor is responsible for The Press Hotel design along with local Architect of Record, Archetype. Referencing the building’s history, Stonehill & Taylor worked closely with the Portland Press Herald editors on selecting content from the newspaper’s pages that is weaved into various aspects of the design, including the remarkable custom hotel corridor wallpaper comprised of enlarged newspaper headlines. The carpet is playfully scattered with typewriter letter keys.

Each guestroom is inspired by a 1920s writer’s office, including a vintage-styled journalist desk and clever newsroom references. Bathrooms feature a reeded glass door similar to those in historical newspaper offices. Wood floors with herringbone area rugs, throws by Brahm’s Mount and bedding by Cuddledown (local Maine-based companies) give a residential feel. Prints by Portland-area artists decorate the guestrooms, including a woven wall tapestry by renowned local artist Angela Adams. Playful branding touches will be found throughout the hotel such as  “Hot off the Press” French-pressed coffee, typewriter-key-styled bar coasters and “Beat-reporter” note pads. Guests will find thought-provoking authors’ quotes at unexpected turns—from in-room safes to meeting spaces to the lobby bar.

Enhancing the already pulsating and booming Portland dining scene, The Press Hotel is home to the 65-seat restaurant UNION. Executive Chef and Portland native Josh Berry created a menu that takes a fresh look at classic dishes using contemporary preparations and regional ingredients. Diners will find the diverse dishes approachable, sophisticated and, most importantly, relevant to the vibrant Portland food scene. The name UNION represents the relationship with the community – the local farmers, fishermen, brewers and craftsmen that create the uniquely Portland experience. The restaurant design by Big Time Design Studios complements the hotel, and is intended as a centralized spot for locals—a place to converse, socialize, and share news. As the kitchen is traditionally a gathering place for family and friends, the restaurant’s design celebrates social interaction with a residential vibe.

General Manager Michael Strejcek stated, “If you want to know what Portland’s creative and independent spirit feels like, The Press Hotel is the place to stay, dine or meet.  From top to bottom our goal is to deliver a thoughtful guest experience that is authentic to the city, and will surprise and entertain both Portland residents and visitors. UNION restaurant is the perfect match for our hotel, a social hub that will literally give guests a taste of Portland.”

The lobby bar, fittingly named The Inkwell, will feature handcrafted vintage cocktails and small bites in the evenings prepared by culinary team at UNION. The 24-seat indoor Inkwell lounge area will also have seasonal outdoor seating.

The Press Hotel will partner with like-minded Portland institutions such as the Portland Museum of Art, MECA (Maine College of Art), The Telling Room, the Portland Public Library and the many events taking place at Merrill Auditorium just across the street. These partners will offer guests exclusive insider access to some of the city’s most unique entertainment, art programs, creative community gatherings and trade workshops through collaborations and a lecture series at the hotel itself.

The Press Hotel is part of Autograph CollectionHotels and managed by Trust Hospitality. Rates start at $299/night.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.autographhotels.com or call 800-971-2000.

About Autograph Collection Hotels
Autograph Collection Hotels celebrates a collection of independent leaders in film, art, design and literature by curating one-of-a-kind travel experiences at over 80 luxury lifestyle hotels found in the world’s most desirable destinations. Exactly like nothing else, each hotel has been hand selected for its distinction as an iconic landmark, for its remarkable design or for its best-in-class resort amenities. 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/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/AutographHotels

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

About Trust Hospitality
Trust Hospitality is an award-winning premier hotel owner and operator. With more than 25 years of experience, Trust has more than 30 projects in operation or development worldwide. Headquartered in Miami, Florida with offices in New York, Panama, Salvador and Lisbon. For more information, please visit www.TrustHospitality.com.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,200 properties in 80 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, BVlgari®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels and Resorts®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Gaylord Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Courtyard®, Residence Inn®, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, TownePlace Suites®, Protea Hotels® and Moxy Hotels®. 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 50 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 hotels that Marriott International, Inc. expects to add to the Autograph Collection in the future 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 additions 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 verona.carter@marriott.com

05/13/2015

Autograph Collection Hotels Celebrates The Art Of Storytelling With The Launch of Its Individualists Campaign

Polariods of IndividualistsPartnership with “The Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” Launches Individualists Campaign Celebrating the Independent Spirit Found at All Autograph Collection Hotels

One-on-One Conversations with Kerry Washington & Jimmy Kimmel, Matt LeBlanc & Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Jeffrey Tambor and Many More

Jimmy Kimmel and Kerry WashingtonBethesda, Md., May 13, 2015 – Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s distinctive portfolio of independently-rich, one-of-a-kind hotels, announces its partnership with The Variety Studio: Actors on Actors and the launch of its Individualists video content series, spotlighting tastemakers who are inspiring individualists and creative pioneers in their fields of film, television, art, design and literature.

 

Michael Kelly and Jamie DornanAutograph Collection Hotels’ tastemakers have been selected for reflecting the same originality and independent spirit found at every Autograph Collection Hotel. The Individualists videocontent series is the brand’s first initiative that tells every hotel’s unique story by celebrating and collaborating with the world’s best-known storytellers in film, television, art, photography, literature and design.

Taraji P HensonAutograph Collection Hotels’ partnership with Variety and its Actors on Actors interview series marks the first phase of a series of initiatives to celebrate individuality and the personal enrichment that comes from travel. Variety’s longstanding Actors on Actors editorial print feature is brought to life via on-air vignettes featuring top performers in their field in one-on-one conversations with each other, discussing their craft, films, inspiration through travel and mutual respect for each other’s work.

Mindy KalingAutograph Collection Hotels launches the first of its series of episodes with this exclusively shared content and sizzle video featuring Kerry Washington discussing the travel experience that helped prepare her for a pioneering career in acting with Jimmy Kimmel. Watch the sizzle reel HERE.

Variety.com will run 16 conversations from of The Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Presented by Autograph Collection Hotels starting June 1, 2015 and PBS SoCal stations will televise two episodes of The Variety Studio: Actors on Actorsduring the month of June.

Additional featured conversations include: Julianna Margulies & Clive Owen, Julia Louis Dreyfus & Jeffrey Tambor, Queen Latifah & Taraji P. Henson, Liev Schreiber & Maggie Gyllenhaal and many more.

"We are thrilled to launch Autograph Collection Hotels’ Individualists campaign with Variety and their Actors on Actors series,” said Amanda Altree, Senior Director of Marketing for Autograph Collection Hotels. “This partnership is the first of many initiatives celebrating individuality and the life-changing experiences that shape a person’s unique narrative. Our collaboration with The Variety Studio captures very personal, one-of-a-kind moments from the most celebrated storytellers in television and film.”

“This Variety Studio has delivered an incredibly talented group and a dynamic assortment of pairings that inspired extraordinary conversations.” Variety Publisher Michelle Sobrino-Stearns says. “We are thrilled to have Autograph Collection Hotels as our title partner, as their Individualists campaign represents the intersection of culture, creativity and leisure. As the journal of record for the entertainment industry, Variety couldn't be more pleased to take part in its launch alongside Autograph Collection Hotels."

As the title partner of the upcoming Variety Studio: Actors on Actors, Autograph Collection Hotels showcases the distinctively diverse styles and designs of its hotels with activations throughout the Variety Studio. This includes an Autograph Collection Hotels green-room lounge and interview studio and an Actors on Actors Polaroid wall where tastemakers showcase their individuality through a signed, classic polaroid. All can be seen in the coming weeks HERE.

The Individualists campaign, launched in celebration of Autograph Collection Hotels’ fifth-year anniversary, will further elevate the brand and its growing portfolio of over 80 hotels worldwide.

"With Autograph Collection Hotels’ proven track record of success and growth, the time is ripe to take the brand to the next level. Our Individualists campaign further defines the brand by association with creative innovators in the film, art, design and literary industries,” said Julius Robinson, Vice President, Autograph Collection Hotels. “By the end of 2015 we anticipate welcoming our 100th hotel to the Collection, and already this year we’ve added Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in Hawaii, Triada Palm Springs, Cotton House Barcelona, Kameha Grand Zurich and The Press Hotel in Portland, Maine. Like the rest of our portfolio of independently owned hotels, these latest additions are one-of–a-kind properties and true to the brand’s mantra of being ‘exactly like nothing else.’”

For further information on Autograph Collection Hotels, visit www.autographhotels.com

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

About Autograph Collection Hotels
Autograph Collection Hotels celebrates a collection of independent leaders in film, art, design and literature by curating one-of-a-kind travel experiences at more than 80 luxury lifestyle hotels found in the world’s most desirable destinations. Exactly like nothing else, each hotel has been hand selected for its distinction as an iconic landmark, for its remarkable design or for its best-in-class resort amenities. 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/ 
Instagram:  www.instagram.com/AutographHotels

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 4,200 properties in 80 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 19 brands, including: Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Delta Hotels, 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 50 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.

About Variety
Variety and Variety.com provide the industry with the world’s most comprehensive coverage of motion pictures, television and the digital space. With respected and experienced news reporters in Los Angeles, New York and around the world, Variety marries its historic coverage of the entertainment business with a recently revamped website and weekly print magazine offering readers the in-depth news coverage needed to remain competitive in the ever-changing entertainment industry. The Variety Group – Variety, Variety.com, Variety Insight, LA 411, NY 411 – is owned by Variety Media, LLC, a division of Penske Media Corporation. Follow Variety on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Contacts:       
Verona Carter               
verona.carter@marriott.com

Dara Toulch
dara@ballantinespr.com    

05/07/2015

Autograph Collection Hotels Welcomes The Iconic Mayflower Hotel In Washington, D.C., to Its Distinctive Portfolio of Independent Hotels

The Mayflower Hotel

Bethesda, MD, USA – MAY 6, 2015 – Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s distinctive portfolio of independently-rich, one-of-a-kind hotels, welcomes today the newly renovated Washington, D.C., landmark, The Mayflower Hotel. This new addition brings the Collection to 82 hotels worldwide.

The Mayflower Hotel lobbyOnce a part of Renaissance Hotels within the Marriott International family of lifestyle brands, The Mayflower Hotel now joins Autograph Collection Hotels, a group of strikingly independent hotels that are each ‘exactly like nothing else’. From The Algonquin

Hotel Times Square to the Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas and beyond, each Autograph Collection Hotel maintains its own individual style, flair and history, offering guests the rich experience of an independent hotel stay while still supplying all the benefits of Marriott Rewards®, the brand’s award-winning guest loyalty program.

The Mayflower Hotel, listed in the National Register of Historic places, opened in 1925 and has since hosted D.C.’s power scene and iconic figures, filling the hotel with a quintessentially capital spirit – and with a signature appeal as iconic as the hotel itself. It is one of the District of Columbia’s most revered hotels, a place filled with old-world elegance and steeped in the history of America’s capital.

In conjunction with the hotel’s rebranding as part of Autograph Collection Hotels, The Mayflower completed its final phase of a top-to-bottom renovation, with all 583 rooms and 74 suites undergoing a stylish makeover. The $20 million rooms project, spearheaded by The Gettys Group design firm, maintained the 10-story hotel’s historic pedigree while updating its look, presenting a sophisticated blend of elegance, grace, and contemporary taste and outfitting each guest room with the latest amenities.

“We are excited to welcome The Mayflower Hotel to the Collection, as we near our 100th hotel, which we expect to reach later this year. The Mayflower's rich history, iconic reputation, and independent spirit in the local Washington, D.C. community make it an obvious choice for Autograph Collection Hotels. The new transformation pays homage to the hotel’s past while dressing it up in grand style and remaining current. Like the rest of our portfolio of independently owned hotels, this latest addition is one-of–a-kind and true to the brand’s mantra of being ‘exactly like nothing else,” explains Julius Robinson, Vice President, Autograph Collection Hotels.

The distinctive new room designs and finishes take inspiration from the hotel’s regal past while emphasizing its present day relevance and vitality. Throughout its 90-year history, The Mayflower Hotel has always been known for its sense of style and sophistication. That beautiful elegance remains in place, with a crisp palette of warm grays complemented with furnishings of refined wood, stone, glass and jewel-toned upholstery, giving each room a residential feel that features sleek modern finishes and movable seating areas, easily customized for the purpose of the guest’s stay.

A playful addition to the décor is the exclusive signature wall, a vinyl re-creation of the hotel’s guest book displayed on the wall behind the bed, complete with artistic versions of signatures of famous guests including President John F. Kennedy, Amelia Earhart, Winston Churchill, Sophia Loren and J. Edgar Hoover.

Additional featured artwork includes a collection of prints paying homage to the hotel’s time-honored tradition of cameo silhouettes – albeit with a modern flourish. The rooms also feature classic vintage-inspired black-and-white basketweave marble bathroom floors accented with woodtone washstand-style vanity, contrasted with a warm black-on-plum paisley-inspired wall vinyl.

Moving into the 21st Century also means that The Mayflower now offers increased bandwidth for enhanced high-speed Internet access, as well as “smart thermostats” run with a chip embedded in the guest’s key card, which communicates with the air-conditioning unit when the room is occupied in order to adjust temperatures accordingly.

From its commanding post on Connecticut Avenue, The Mayflower places guests perfectly in the city center – The National Mall, business district and fashionable Georgetown in easy striking distance. Nearby are the Shaw, Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom neighborhoods, and the U Street Corridor with their many shops, restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries, and music venues.

About Autograph Collection
Autograph Collection Hotels celebrates a collection of independent leaders in film, art, design and literature by curating one-of-a-kind travel experiences at more than 75 luxury lifestyle hotels found in the world’s most desirable destinations. Exactly like nothing else, each hotel has been hand selected for its distinction as an iconic landmark, for its remarkable design or for its best-in-class resort amenities. 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/ 
Instagram:  www.instagram.com/AutographHotels

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) Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,200 properties in 80 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, BVlgari®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels and Resorts®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Gaylord Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Courtyard®, Residence Inn®, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, TownePlace Suites®, Protea Hotels® and Moxy Hotels®. 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 80 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 Autograph Collection hotels and Marriott’s luxury and lifestyle portfolio, and the amount of anticipated investment by owners and franchisees, are “forward looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws, not historical facts, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth; and other risk factors identified in Marriott International, Inc.'s most recent annual report on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by our statements. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise

Contacts: 
Verona Carter   
verona.carter@marriott.com 

Tammy Peters 
tammy@ballantinespr.com 

04/08/2015

Autograph Collection Hotels Continues to Grow in Central America With the Opening of the Sortis Hotel, Spa & Casino in Panama City

Autograph Soris84th Property to Join Exclusive Portfolio of Independent Hotels.

Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s (NASDAQ: MAR) exclusive portfolio of independent hotels, announced today the addition of the new and stunning 391-room Sortis Hotel, Spa & Casino in Panama City, Panama. This marks the second hotel for Autograph Collection Hotels in Central America following the 2014 addition of Hotel Punta Islita in Costa Rica. 

Autograph Soris guestroomThe Sortis Hotel, Spa & Casino combines a striking, ultra-modern architecture with hand selected high-end amenities and vibrant experiences for travelers and Panamanians alike. Each of the 391 rooms and suites feature luxury bedding, sofa beds, aromatherapy amenities, Nespresso coffee machines, 46” Full HD LED Samsung TV and the fastest performing WiFi in the city.

“Panama remains one of the most vibrant countries for new development in all of Latin America," said Kevin Schwab, Area Vice President for Mexico and Central America at Marriott International. “We are thrilled to reveal our first addition to Autograph Collection Hotels in Central America. This beautiful hotel brings the highest levels of accommodations and service to Panama and is a great addition to the Collection’s growing global portfolio.”

“Autograph Collection Hotels celebrates its fifth-year anniversary this year with a growing portfolio of over 80 hotels worldwide, and we are thrilled to welcome Sortis Hotel, Spa & Casino,” said Julius Robinson, Vice President, Autograph Collection. “Through championing independence and welcoming extraordinary hotel experiences that are one-of–a-kind and true to the brand’s mantra of being ‘exactly like nothing else’, Autograph Collection remains one of the fastest growing independent hotel collections in the industry.”

Owned and operated by Hartin Trading S.A., this stunning new hotel includes 10 dining options from the ultra-chic, fine dining Manabi restaurant and rum bar to the bustling Score sports bar serving Panamanian and Asian favorites.

Enjoy a resort-like pool at Sortis watching blue skies and city views by day, and feel the beat change as the sun sets.

The Sortis Hotel, Spa & Casino is home to the largest and most modern Casino in Panama City with an exclusive VIP Player’s Club. The property also contains a private shopping area with 30 stores at the Mezzanine floor as well as exclusive gastronomy venues and a Play Center.

The hotel’s luxurious 38 thousand square foot luxurious spa offers a full menu of indulging signature facials, holistic body treatments and a full service salon that brings indulgence to the next level, luminously tiled baths, sauna/steam room, tropical showers, vitality pool and relaxation room.

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
Autograph Collection Hotels celebrates a collection of independent leaders in film, art, design and literature by curating one-of-a-kind travel experiences at more than 75 luxury lifestyle hotels found in the world’s most desirable destinations. Exactly like nothing else, each hotel has been hand selected for its distinction as an iconic landmark, for its remarkable design or for its best-in-class resort amenities. 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/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/AutographHotels

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.

Contact:  
Laura Botelho
Marriott International  
(954) 684-5321   
 laura.botelho@marriott.com

03/20/2015

Autograph Collection Hotels Welcomes Kameha Grand Zurich, Switzerland’s Hottest New Hotel Opening

Kameha Grand ZurichDesigned by world-renowned Dutch designer and art director, Marcel Wanders, Kameha Grand Zurich is Autograph Collection’s first property in Switzerland

Bethesda, Md., March 20, 2015 – Autograph Collection, Marriott International’s distinctive portfolio of one-of-a-kind independent hotels, is proud to announce the launch of Kameha Grand Zurich. Set in the heart of one of Europe’s most stylish cities, the distinctively designed 245-room hotel showcases a sophisticated fusion of architecture, unique structure, mixed materials and color that is undeniably signature to Marcel Wanders. Download images.

Kameha Grand Zurich 1The innovative techniques and playful elements of Wanders’ design concept for the hotel pay homage to Swiss culture. Eleven individually-themed suites include an extravagant Poker Face Suite fitted with roulette tables and Kameha poker cards and a luxurious Serenity Suite appointed with yoga and wellness accessories to foster a sense of tranquility and wellbeing.

 “We are thrilled to welcome Kameha Grand Zurich as one of the first newly constructed hotels to join the Autograph Collection, and to launch our presence in Switzerland,” said Julius Robinson, Vice President, Autograph Collection. “Autograph Collection is growing rapidly in the lifestyle hospitality sector, and we believe that Kameha Grand Zurich truly embodies the philosophy of our collection by showcasing creative design and a playful personality that is exactly like nothing else.”

Kameha Grand Zurich 2In addition to the beautifully designed bedrooms and suites, Kameha Grand Zurich features two gourmet restaurants. L’Unico specializes in authentic Italian cuisine, while Yu Nijyo showcases generations of precision and Japanese culinary skill with sushi masters preparing quality dishes that can be tailored to suite guest preferences.

Puregold Bar takes its name from the Gold palettes adorning the walls and is a stunning location for daytime meetings and evening cocktails. In the Cigar Lounge, guests can enjoy a selection of Dominican and Cuban cigars, and the Arabian-themed Shisha Lounge features a comprehensive range of Arabic Shisha and tobacco.

The Kameha Spa offers a menu of treatments and therapies in a peaceful sanctuary setting, with facilities including saunas, a steam room and relaxation beds in both the spa lounge and on the rooftop terrace. Signature treatments are themed after the mountains surrounding the city including an indulgent Mountain Herb Full Body Experience that includes a foot scrub and bath, full body massage with mountain herb oil, and a warm sheet body wrap to encourage the absorption of the treatment’s mountain elixir.

Minutes from Zurich International Airport and Zurich Central Station, the hotel has six business suites for business meetings, conferences and celebrations. Conference facilities hold up to 960 people, and feature eight banqueting rooms and The Dome, an architecturally remarkable event area that stretches over 7,500 square feet.

Kameha Grand Zurich is surrounded by the Glattpark, which features forests, meadows and ponds covering more than 30 acres, Kameha jogging trails, beach volleyball, basketball, and the “Kameha Lake”, Zurich’s largest freshwater lake

For further information on Autograph Collection, visit www.autographhotels.com 
For further information on Kameha Grand Zurich, see www.kamehagrandzuerich.com

About Autograph Collection
Autograph Collection Hotels celebrate individuality by curating one-of-a-kind travel experiences at more than 75 luxury lifestyle hotels found in the world’s most desirable destinations. Exactly like nothing else, each hotel has been hand selected for its distinction as an iconic landmark, its remarkable design or for its best-in-class resort amenities. 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/ 
Instagram: www.instagram.com/AutographHotels  

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 tammy@ballantinespr.com  

03/18/2015

Autograph Collection Adds French Riviera Icon, Boscolo Exedra Nice, to Portfolio of Unique Hotels

Boscolo Exedra Nice exteriorMarch 19, 2015: Autograph Collection today adds a third French property to its collection of 24 strikingly independent hotels in Europe, the Boscolo Exedra Nice.  The hotel, originally designed by renowned architect Charles Dalmas, is situated on the Riviera and has been fully restored, replicating the beauty of its former glory years in 1913 and the iconic Belle Époque style of the time. Download images.

Boscolo Exedra Nice roomThe recent renovations have been crafted by internationally renowned architects and designers; among them Maurizio Papiri, Massimo Iosa Ghini, Sergio Minorello and Simone Micheli. The lobby is steeped in old-world grandeur and contemporary style with marble columns and hints of sweeping glass that echo early 20th century style. The theme throughout is neutral, with pastel hues in white and cream inspiring a serene and tranquil atmosphere.

The 112 rooms include a Presidential Suite, an Executive Suite and a Boscolo Duplex Suite along with six Junior Suites looking out over the lively Boulevard Victor Hugo. All rooms feature a combination of marble and pale parquet flooring, gilding details, furnishings draped in crisp white linens and fragrant fresh flowers. Designed to offer guests a spacious sojourn in the city, some rooms even feature modular systems that allow the room space to increase to surface areas of up to 130m2.

Located within the hotel, La Pescheria is a celebrated restaurant and quintessential meeting point led by its Italian head chef Giuseppe Mandaradoni.  The restaurant aims to attract diners from Nice and beyond with its legendary “catch of the day” menu. Specialities are made with the freshest local produce and served in a free-flow space with a low-key ambience. International chefs demonstrate their skills on independent cooking stations dotted around the room, and the restaurant operates themed evenings. For laid-back lunchtime fare, Bar Genesi dishes up Italian delicacies out on a terrazza tucked away in the foliage in front of the Boulevard.

For those seeking respite from the heat of the city, Boscolo Exedra Nice has just the ticket with 500m2 of exclusive wellness space designed by Simone Micheli. The sleek, modern area features a fitness room, a wet area with a sauna, a Turkish bath and Vichy showers and a team room all set around an indoor swimming pool. At its centre, a feature tree sculpture delivers powerful waterjets from its branches, offering guests a unique and invigorating in-pool massage experience.  Within the high-tech treatment rooms, expert therapists perform a variety of face and body treatments with high quality products such as Algotherm marine cosmetics.

Business travellers will find an elegant conference centre with 140m2 of flexible, sunlit space with soaring ceilings and all necessary amenities. Accommodating up to 150 people, the expansive space - with private rooms, suites - offers personal service and exquisite catering options. In addition, both the indoor space and alfresco terrace are available for a variety of events and functions, including weddings, cocktail parties and gala dinners. 

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.

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 further information on Autograph Collection, visit www.autographhotels.com 
For further information on Boscolo Exedra Nice, visit www.nice.boscolohotels.com 

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/ 
Instagram:  www.instagram.com/AutographHotels 

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. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

Contact:
Olivia Donnan
olivia.donnan@marriott.com 
+44 20 7012 7199  

03/11/2015

Autograph Collection Announces the Opening of The Press Hotel in Portland, Maine

The Press Hotel An Autograph Collection 1Portland’s first boutique hotel is scheduled to open in May 2015 as part of Autograph Collection’s exclusive portfolio of independently owned hotels

Located in the historic Portland Press Herald newspaper building, the hotel will be home to James Beard Award-winning chefs Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier and their new restaurant, M.C. UNION

Bethesda, Md., March 11, 2015 – Autograph Collection, Marriott International’s exclusive portfolio of hotels recognized for celebrating individuality, will welcome a new boutique property to its collection. The Press Hotel, located in Portland, Maine, is housed in the historic Portland Press Herald newspaper building and will be Portland’s first lifestyle, boutique hotel when it is scheduled to open in May 2015.   

The Press Hotel an Autograph CollectionDriven by the vision and passion of local developer Jim Brady, The Press Hotel will capture the essence of Portland by getting under the city’s cultural skin and showcasing Maine artisans, craftsmen and local culinary talent. A front-desk “letterpress art wall” sculpture will welcome guests in the main lobby. There will also be a “Mainer” art gallery, open to the public, for moments of quiet repose or cocktail sipping. The gallery’s signature piece will be a stunning installation made from antique typewriters. The hotel will also celebrate the city’s local authors and arts community, and has commissioned all of the artwork for the hotel to local painters, textile makers and wood-workers.

“We are excited to welcome The Press Hotel to Autograph Collection, which was selected for its bold originality, rich character and uncommon details,” said Julius Robinson, Vice President, Autograph Collection. “Autograph Collection is known for delivering extraordinary hotel experiences that are Exactly Like Nothing Else, and we believe that The Press Hotel will deliver on this promise.”

Located at the corner of Exchange and Congress Streets in the Old Port neighborhood, the hotel’s brand identity and ethos stem from its location in the historic Portland Press Herald building. Referencing the building’s history, architecture group Stonehill & Taylor, responsible for the hotel’s design, worked closely with Portland Press Herald editors to select content from the newspaper’s pages to incorporate into various aspects of the design.

The hotel’s 110 thoughtfully appointed guestrooms include a Penthouse Suite with exclusive rooftop access and 360-degree views of the city; four private function rooms will also be available for groups and special events. The guestroom design is inspired by a 1920s writer’s office including a vintage-style journalist desk and playful newsroom references throughout. Each bathroom will feature a reeded glass door similar to those in historic newspaper offices. Wood floors with herringbone area rugs give a residential feel and prints by Portland-area artists will decorate the walls. A woven wall tapestry by renowned local artist Angela Adams has been designed exclusively for the hotel.

In line with Autograph Collection’s overall specialized consumer offerings, guests of The Press Hotel can expect surprising and playful touches like customizable ‘do not disturb’ signs, “Hot off the Press” French-pressed coffee, and typewriter-key shaped coasters. Thought-provoking author’s quotes will also be delightful discoveries at unexpected turns – from closet walls and in-room safes, to meeting spaces and the lobby bar.

Aiming to enhance the already vibrant and booming Portland dining scene, The Press Hotel will be home to the 65-seat restaurant M.C. UNION, by highly acclaimed James Beard Award-winning chefs Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier. The two 26-year Maine restaurant veterans, widely regarded as the originators of farm-to-table sustainable cuisine before it was mainstream, will stay true to their passion for the classics. Menu details will be available later this spring and will feature creative takes on recognizable ‘Americana’ favorites from coast to coast, that will highlight the chefs’ California and Maine backgrounds. The lobby bar, The Inkwell, will feature handcrafted vintage cocktails.

The Press Hotel will partner with Portland institutions including MECA (Maine College of Art), The Telling Room, the Portland Public Library and The Salt Institute to offer guests exclusive insider access to some of the city’s most unique entertainment, art programs, creative community gatherings and trade workshops through partnerships and a lecture series at the hotel itself.

The Press Hotel is the 79th property to be added to Autograph Collection’s portfolio of worldwide hotels. The Collection’s vision is to offer an evolving group of passionately independent hotels, ranging from a 15-room boutique hunting lodge in the mountains of Colorado to a 19th century neoclassical palace in 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, Autograph Collection’s portfolio has proven to be a highly successful venture because of its discerning selection process, the unique travel experiences offered by its hotels and the Collection’s membership benefits.

The Press Hotel is a member of the Autograph Collection and managed by Trust Hospitality.

Room rates will start from $299 per night. 

For further information on Autograph Collection, visit www.autographhotels.com 
For further information on The Press Hotel, visit www.thepresshotel.com

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/ 
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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.

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.

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