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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/ 
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.

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.

Contacts:   
Verona Carter
verona.carter@marriott.com

Tammy Peters
tammy@ballantinespr.com  

Marriott International’s Autograph Collection Debuts First Hotel in the Middle East Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa

Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Autograph CollectionDUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – March 11, 2015 – Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, a distinct five-star beachfront resort located in Dubai has joined the Autograph Collection, Marriott International’s exclusive global portfolio of independently owned hotels.

The new partnership will elevate the Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa’s iconic status throughout the region by participating in Autograph’s global sales and marketing channels, the award-winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program and the company’s management and franchise expertise.  

Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels, with each destination thoughtfully selected for its bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. With this partnership, Autograph Collection is also able to leverage the expertise of a successful local brand with a strong heritage to further expand its footprint across the region.

“We are incredibly proud to be adding the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa to our unique portfolio of independent hotels across the globe. Autograph Collection is known for creating authentic experiences at hotels that have rich personalities and a spirit of independence. The combination of distinct leisure and culinary experiences and an iconic location in Dubai provides guests and travelers with a truly unique travel experience that fits perfectly with Autograph collection.” said Julius Robinson, Vice President, Autograph Collection. 

The hotel also welcomes a new Consultant General Manager, Rick Zeolla who will lead the beachfront property with more than 25 years of hospitality experience and welcome guests looking for a bespoke travel experience. 

“It is a great honour to be a part of the first Autograph Collection property in the region, set in a distinct beach-front location and in one of Dubai’s most sought after neighbourhoods. This is a a very exciting time not just for me, but for everyone who has been part of the Habtoor Grand family for so many years, as we evolve and offer an even better luxury hospitality experience for our valued guests,” said Rick Zeolla, Consultant General Manager of the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort.

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

Habtoor Beach Grand Resort and Spa – Autograph Collection social media pages
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/habtoorgrandresortandspa?fref=ts
Instagram : http://www.instagram.com/habtoorgrand

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

About Al Habtoor Group
The Al Habtoor Group is a UAE-based conglomerate, Founded by UAE businessman and philanthropist Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor. The Group is active in key sectors of the UAE economy including hotels, automotive, real estate, education and publishing.

Contacts:
Verona Carter
Verona.carter@marriott.com                                                                                                                      

Deema Kingsmill-Moore
Deema.kingsmill-moore@marriott.com

Triada Palm Springs Completes Multimillion-Dollar Renovation – Joins Autograph Collection

Triada Palm SpringsDiscerning collection of independent hotels welcomes historic Hollywood hotel

Bethesda, Md., March 11, 2015 –Autograph Collection, Marriott International’s distinctive portfolio of high personality, one-of-a-kind independent hotels, is delighted to announce the next addition to its desirable Collection, Triada Palm Springs.

An iconic property rich with local and Hollywood history, Triada Palm Springs was originally designed in 1939 in the style of a traditional Spanish hacienda. Today, Triada is “exactly like nothing else” following an extensive multimillion-dollar renovation. The newly launched Triada Palm Springs offers an elevated experience for guests in 2015, whilst still honoring the original inspiration for the building – which is located in the heart of the prestigious Movie Colony neighborhood of Palm Springs.

With 56 unique guestrooms and three distinct wings, Triada offers majestic views of the San Jacinto Mountains. Each of the ‘three interrelated parts’ (‘triada’, in Spanish) takes influence from contemporary Spanish artists including Miro, Picasso and Dali.  A color scheme ranging from mente (cobalt blue) which is associated with the mind, corazon (burnt orange) associated with the heart, and alma (teal) associated with the soul, means that guests will feel inspired by all areas of the resort, whichever way they turn.

Long known as a retreat for the Hollywood elite as much as an artisan enclave, the black & white memories of yesterday’s Palm Springs are colored today by celebrities and internationally renowned designers and artists.  Today’s Palm Springs is a sparkling cross-section of architecture and design industry aficionados, music festival enthusiasts, Hollywood stars and casual travelers drawn to the desert oasis destination exactly like nothing else.

Accommodations
Each of the 56 guestrooms has been artfully designed to inspire the mind, heart and soul.  No two rooms are exactly alike in any of the hotel’s three distinct wings, and many come with fully appointed kitchens.

The elaborate casita features an open kitchen with stainless steel furnishings and features a dining room, living room, bedroom and granite bathroom. Most rooms feature private outside sitting areas and balconies with breath-taking views over the San Jacinto Mountains.

Guests can enjoy the use of complimentary WIFI and a 42” TV and docking station in the haven of their own room. The comfort provided by the 300 thread-count linens and plush robes is enhanced by additional features including a Keurig coffee maker, private honor bar and dedicated room service.

A Storied Past
Located in the chic Movie Colony district of downtown Palm Springs and nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains, the property first opened over eight decades ago as a private residence.  In the 1940s it became The Ambassador Hotel before converting to Alan Ladd’s Spanish Inn during the 1970’s.  Over the years, the hotel attracted Hollywood greats and notables like Tyrone Power, Lana Turner, Jimmy Durante, Esther Williams, Elizabeth Taylor and Howard Hughes. 

Venture capitalist David Margolius took ownership of the property in 1928 as a private residence and eventually added a courtyard building in 1939 after witnessing the growth of Palm Springs as a resort destination. The two buildings were designed in an eclectic Spanish Colonial Revival style to reflect the romanticized notions of California’s Spanish/Mexican past.  In 1948 the property was named The Ambassador Hotel and quickly began attracting Hollywood’s biggest and brightest.

In 1972 the hotel was sold to talent agent and widow of film actor Alan Ladd, Sue Carol Ladd, who renamed the hotel, “Alan Ladd’s Spanish Inn,” the name under which it operated until her death in 1982 when it then became simply known as “The Spanish Inn.”

Pacifica Host Hotels bought Triada in 2012 and began working on its reinvention -- honoring the foundation of its 1930’s Spanish hacienda architecture, while keeping current with the needs of 21st century travelers.

Iluminara Restaurant and culinary experience
The intimate Iluminara Restaurant and Lobby Lounge deliver classically chic Palm Springs dining with seasonally inspired California Cuisine created by locally recognized Executive Chef Tom Hogan. 

Seasonal poolside seating, complete with majestic mountain views, is available or guests can relax with room service in their beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites.

“Autograph Collection’s spirit of independence is incredibly well exemplified by the Palm Springs destination as well as the unique history of Triada itself,” said Autograph Collection Vice President Julius Robinson. “From the private residence of a venture capitalist, to when it became Alan Ladd’s Spanish Inn with a bevy of fabulous and famous clientele, to today’s incarnation, this is truly a one-of-a-kind destination. With the Autograph Collection and Pacifica Host Hotels partnership, the future is again bright for this property.”

The addition of Triada to Autograph Collection showcases Marriott International’s dedication to growing its lifestyle portfolio and partnering with some of the world’s most elegant properties. 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.

For further information on Autograph Collection, see www.autographhotels.com
For further information on Triada Palm Springs, see www.triadapalmsprings.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, 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.

Connect with verona.carter@marriott.com

01/23/2015

Autograph Collection Says 'Welkom' to Hotel van Oranje

Hotel Van Oranje, An Autograph Collection 2Dutch Coast Seaside Property Joins Global Portfolio of Independent Hotels

Media London, January 23, 2015: Autograph Collection has added a new Netherlands-based hotel to its portfolio: Hotel van Oranje in Noordwijk. The hotel complements Autograph Collection’s continually growing portfolio of upscale and independent hotels as the collection expands across Europe and beyond. 

As the first hotel in the Benelux to form a partnership with Marriott International’s Autograph Collection, Hotel van Oranje enjoys a prime location on the Dutch coast. Situated just steps from Amsterdam’s beaches and the lively Noordwijk shopping boulevard, Hotel van Oranje has been recently refurbished with newly modernised rooms. The five restaurants, three bars and an onsite beach club have al fresco terraces looking out to sea across the promenade.

Hotel van Oranje’s General Director Jaap Liethof noted, "We’re delighted that our membership with Autograph Collection Hotels allows us to expand our international visibility and recognises the fact that we enjoy a high-class reputation worldwide."

Hotel Van Oranje, An Autograph Collection 1Spanning over five storeys, 174 guestrooms including six suites are dressed with Dutch furniture, colourful textiles and quirky design features. In-room amenities include complimentary wireless Internet and mini-bars, with a number of guestrooms offering views out to sea through panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows.

With a strong focus on wellbeing, the hotel offers 1500m2 of dedicated wellness facilities, including an expansive tropical wave pool, sauna facilities and a state-of-the-art beauty centre. For those looking to combine activities with wellness, there are a variety of outdoor options within easy access of the hotel, such as kite surfing, horseback riding, hiking, biking, golf and Vespa rentals.

Hotel Van Oranje, An Autograph CollectionFive hotel restaurants give guests the opportunity to vary their dining, from traditional fare at Restaurant DUTCH! to seafood specials at the Grand Café ‘t Elfde Gebod and the Steakhouse De Harmonie, which boasts the best spareribs in town. In-house bars include Imperial Bar and The Bentley Bar, with a cosy fireplace and a sunlit terrace fronting the boulevard. Conveniently situated by the indoor pool, the Sports bar gives parents the chance to enjoy live football and tennis while watching over their children. For the ultimate Dutch seaside experience, Beachclub O invites guests to recline with a cocktail and watch kite surfers take to the waves.

Hotel van Oranje is also well suited to business travellers, taking the title for the biggest conference centre on the Dutch coast with just under 3000m2 of dedicated meeting spaces and 39 multifunctional conference rooms. Hotel van Oranje partakes in Marriott Rewards, an award winning programme with over 45 million members worldwide.

Autograph Collection features 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.

Other Autograph Collection hotels include the prestigious St. Ermin's Hotel in London, Powerscourt hotel near Dublin, Boscolo hotels in Rome, Milan and Budapest, Prince Sakura Tower in Tokyo and the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas.

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 Hotel van Oranje, visit www.hotelvanoranje.nl

 

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’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.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

Contacts:
Verona Carter           
786 470 3434  ǀ  U.S.                                    
Verona.Carter@Marriott.com                   

Sophie Coughlan
44 20 7017 1808
Marriott@contagiousagency.com

 

 

01/21/2015

Autograph Collection Expands to Hawaii with Addition of Iconic Beach Resort on Kohala Coast

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Fire PitMauna Kea Beach Hotel To Join Discerning Collection Of Independent Hotels; Celebrates 50th Anniversary

 Bethesda, Md.,  January 21, 2015 – A landmark of luxury on Hawaii Island, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, joins the exclusive portfolio of Autograph Collection hotels as the group’s first Hawaiian property and the 75th in its global portfolio.  Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was founded by venture capitalist and passionate conservationist Laurance S. Rockefeller as the first resort built on the raw and stunning Kohala Coast, and the hotel still boasts an extensive collection of Asian and Pacific Rim art today.

The striking mid-century modern style that earned the resort a place in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) top 150 “America’s Favorite Architecture” list is newly refreshed throughout, returning all 252 guest rooms and suites in two buildings to original condition.  Designed to blend into the natural environment, the resort boasts corridor-less floors that appear to float over an ocean-facing atrium, complete with suspended airways rising throughout, with each guest room overlooking the natural white sand of Kauna‘oa Beach – rated the best beach in the Hawaiian Islands by top travel authorities.

With a timeless tradition of aloha, the beachfront Mauna Kea Beach Hotel welcomes guests to be inspired by the past, embraced by the moment, enchanted by warm tropical days and exciting possibilities ahead.

The addition of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel to Autograph Collection furthers Marriott International’s dedication to growing its lifestyle portfolio and partnering with some of the world’s most unique properties. 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.

Accommodations
Mauna-Kea-Beach-Hotel-Room-BeachfrontBelieving that less is indeed more, everywhere possible three rooms have been re-mastered to become two, allowing each of the 252 newly refreshed guest rooms to feature a spacious floor plan. Today nearly one-third of the guestrooms feature a full-length bath inclusive of spacious ante-room with separate vanity areas fronting the personal spa. Inside, the soaking tub and rain-shower are bathed in natural light.

The new, contemporary furnishings boast crisp, clean lines, cloud white and bold sunset colors, along with the unchanged wow of wonderful views from the wide lānai, all supported by hi-tech bells and whistles such as large flat screen TVs, media hubs, bedside iPod dock with clock radios, updated bedding, and L'Occitane amenities, to produce a luxury guestroom experience that is both ultra-high quality and ultimately comfortable.

Dining
With a delicious mix of steadfast tradition and new attitude, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel restaurants are designed with a creative combination of cultured international cuisine and fresh, local Kohala Coast ingredients prepared with "lokomaika‘i" (sharing with kindness from within).

Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar: This ocean view, open-air restaurant features a lavish breakfast buffet or a la carte selections. Sunday Brunch is a cherished island tradition with spectacular choices and a relaxing setting. In the evening the exhibition kitchen showcases Kohala Regional Cuisine. A state-of-the-art Enomatic wine system dispenses 48 wines by the glass. Nightly music by Karl Kasberg on keyboard and Manta Ray viewing in the ocean waters just below adds to the dining experience.

Hau Tree: Quench your thirst beachside with a tropical drink, refreshing smoothie, Froth or signature Mauna Kea “Fredrico” cocktail. Traditional favorites include Caesar salad, freshly made sandwiches and burgers straight from the grill.

Number 3: Thirsty golfers seeking a mid-round oasis or anyone hungry for a satisfying lunch will love the tasty menu of our golf clubhouse restaurant "Number 3.” Enjoy grass-fed burgers or a classic Crab Louis in a relaxed, casual atmosphere along with cold beer on tap, signature Mauna Kea cocktails or frosty fruit smoothies.

Kauna`oa Bar & Grill: Good food, good drink, nightly entertainment and unparalleled views of the bay make this the perfect destination for a fun, casual evening with friends and family.

Mauna Kea Lu`au: Celebrate a traditional Hawaiian Lu’au with music, dance, legendary elegance and style. Hawaiian dishes include Waipio Valley Poi, Poke, Lomi Lomi Salmon and Pipikaula (smoked beef).

Clambake at the beach: A Saturday night tradition, our Clambake features Hawaii Island’s finest seafood buffet outdoors, under the stars.

Programming
Mauna Kea curators had nearly a half-century head start on what has since become The Pacific Century. Imagine their findings back then as they combed Asia and Oceania for art.By design, Mauna Kea is far more gracious, more open beach house than museum. The collection of better than 1,600 pieces roams freely – a surprise around the corner, a what's that at the end of the hall or a Hawaiian quilt of a thousand meticulous stitches mounted just outside your door. It does a soul good to stroll among the genuine.Art tours are offered weekly to inform guests and locals of the resort’s renowned collection and the resort’s “Artist in Residence” program furthers the commitment by attracting local artists to the property each week to activate and share tips with guests.

For children, Mauna Kea Resort offers Hawaiian cultural activities six days per week. Activities include hula lessons, lei making, ukulele lessons and more. One hour per day is dedicated as “keiki hour” for children and includes conch shell blowing, tide pool exploration and lauhala bracelet weaving. A full or half-day children’s program is available upon request and by advanced reservation.

Events
With 252 updated guestrooms and unique meeting spaces for executive retreats to the Big Island or an energetic incentive group vacation, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel offers even the busiest of meeting planners a little beach time. From traditional to exotic, Mauna Kea Resort offers twelve different spaces for meetings from intimate indoor conference rooms to idyllic outdoor locations such as mature tropical gardens and a canopy of trees create natural outdoor theaters, which are enriched by soft trade winds and golden sunsets. In addition, three of the dining options feature amazing ocean views alongside Hawaii-inspired cuisine with international flair.

Golf
Since 1964, the award-winning Mauna Kea Golf Course has led the way in standards of course beauty and design, solidifying its place in Hawaii's history as one of the most scenic and favored golf courses for its signature par-2-over-the-ocean third hole. Avid golfers and guests of Mauna Kea Resort continue to enjoy this Robert Trent Jones, Sr.'s golf course and its recent restoration and beautification by Rees Jones. Guests can take advantage of the golf course's superior amenities including world-class practice facilities that feature a driving range and putting green with epic views of the Kohala Coast’s rolling waves.

Julius Robinson, Vice President and Global Brand Leader for Autograph Collection, commented: “We are excited to debut such a versatile hotel on the Kohala Coast. The resort’s eclectic design and storied past is complemented by its range of attractive amenities and I’m confident that travelers will enjoy the incredible experience that Autograph Collection has become known for delivering.”

For further information on Autograph Collection, see www.autographhotels.com

 For further information on Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, see http://timelessmaunakee.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’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 25 percent of the company’s system-wide pipeline, Marriott expects to add more than 200 luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years, reflecting over $15 billion of investment by the company’s owners and franchisees.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging global company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 47 million members.  For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com

Contacts:
Verona Carter  
verona.carter@marriott.com

Lauren Clifford Knudsen 
lauren@jpublicrelations.com

 

01/08/2015

Autograph Collection Showcases Architectural Splendour With Launch of New Historical Hotel in the Heart of Barcelona

Hotel Cotton House BarcelonaHotel Cotton House Barcelona scheduled to open February 23, 2015 joining Autograph Collection’s exclusive portfolio of independent hotels

London, U.K., January 8, 2015: Autograph Collection - Marriott International’s exclusive portfolio of hotels recognised for celebrating individuality - is set to welcome a new historical, boutique property to its Collection. Hotel Cotton House Barcelona, located in a prime position on Barcelona's Gran Vía, is housed in an iconic 19th century building - formerly the headquarters of the Association of Cotton Manufacturers. Download images.

Cotton House BarcelonaSince its construction in the late 1800s, the 'House of Cotton' has been a significant Barcelona landmark; after an extensive restoration and refurbishment, the building has become a sophisticated hotel embodying the essence of this historic building. Guests will love the experience of staying in an authentic residence in the heart of the Ensanche district, an icon of 19th-century Catalan bourgeoisie and the perfect starting point for exploring the fascinating city of Barcelona. 

Staying true to the hotel’s historical essence, world-renowned designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán was commissioned to design the hotel in a contemporary and sophisticated manner. With 83 luxurious bedrooms including seven spacious suites, the boutique hotel welcomes guests through a beautiful covered hall of mirrors, leading them into the magnificent octagonal hall with two sweeping staircases.

The former public areas of the building, open to all guests, now house an elegant library, a restaurant and cocktail bar, a light-filled conservatory and a 300 m2 terrace with lush vegetation. A striking rooftop pool occupies the sixth floor.

Guests to Hotel Cotton House Barcelona will benefit from an experienced concierge team who will offer the most exquisite service in the city, combining the personal touch and authenticity of an independent hotel with the confidence of an Autograph Collection experience. The concierge will be based in one of the hotel’s many unique areas, the Gossypium (‘cotton’ in Latin).

John Licence, brand leader for Autograph Collection in Europe, commented: “Barcelona is a hugely popular destination for both leisure and business travellers, and we are really excited to debut such a unique hotel in the heart of Catalonia. The rich heritage of the building is complemented by the exquisite new design, and we have no doubt that travellers will have an incredible experience that Autograph Collection has become known for delivering.”

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.

Room rates start from €200 per night.

For further information on Autograph Collection, visit
www.autographhotels.com
For further information on Cotton House Barcelona, visit www.hotelcottonhouse.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 lodging global company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties, and more than 690,000 rooms in 78 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands.  Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics.  The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 45 million members.  For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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:
Verona Carter
Verona.carter@marriott.com

Sophie Coughlan
Marriott@contagiousagency.com / +44 20 7017 1808

 

12/17/2014

Autograph Collection Announces Exciting Debut in the Republic of Azerbaijan

Park ChaletIntroducing Four Luxury Properties to its Portfolio 

Marriott International’s exclusive collection of independent hotels continues rapid growth in world class destinations 

London, Unitied Kingdom, December 17, 2014 - Marriott International, Inc (NASDAQ:MAR) Autograph Collection, an exclusive portfolio of hotels recognised for championing independence, is delighted to announce its entry into Azerbaijan, welcoming two luxurious hotels from the Shahdag Mountain Resort into the collection this December, 2014. Two further hotels located in the enigmatic capital of Baku will join the collection in June, 2015.

Pik Palace Shahdag, Park Chalet Shahdag, Boulevard Hotel Baku and Intourist Hotel Baku epitomise Autograph Collection’s dedication to strikingly independent hotels found in remarkable destinations.

John Licence, brand leader for Autograph Collection in Europe, commented: “We are thrilled to be entering a destination as exciting as Azerbaijan; a destination that has seen outstanding developments to its tourism infrastructure in recent years.” He continued: “Autograph Collection is known for creating authentic experiences for travellers that are nothing less than unique, nothing short of exceptional – which is why Azerbaijan and the four properties are the perfect fit for the brand.”

Welcoming multiple hotels from a destination that’s pioneering an emerging tourism market is symbolic of what Autograph Collection represents: a bold originality and a uniquely innovative approach to the hospitality industry. 

Pik Palace Shahdag (December 2014)
Autograph Collection is proud to introduce the stunning 167-room property, Pik Palace Shahdag. Nestled amid the majestic mountains of the Shahdag Mountain Resort, Pik Palace is just a short drive from Gusar, which has been known since ancient times as one of the important gateways of Azerbaijan - and a historical interlink between Europe, Russia,  the Middle East and Central Asia.

Designed by ReardonSmith Architects and inspired by the magnificent beauty of the mountains, Pik Palace Shahdag offers the ultimate recreational experience complete with panoramic views and exceptional service. Each of the property’s spacious bedrooms and suites features a king-size bed and gorgeous marble bathroom, with an oversized bathtub and walk-in shower. Additionally, each room offers floor-to-ceiling windows with a French balcony, taking advantage of the breathtaking backdrop.

Pik Palace hotel’s restaurants, bars and lounges provide a variety of unique settings for an enjoyable dining experience in the mountains, including the Chocolat patisserie and Alpina Brasserie & Wine Bar. Guests looking for ultimate indulgence need look no further than The Club Fitness & Spa, which offers a range of aromatherapy treatments and rejuvenating spa rituals.

Park Chalet Shahdag (December, 2014)
Redefining the mountain retreat, Park Chalet Shahdag brings to Autograph Collection the first Alpine-style luxury property in the Shahdag Mountain Resort. The 164-room hotel is located 230 kilometers north from Baku, the elegant capital city of Azerbaijan.

Park Chalet is modeled on European Alpine architecture, with additional stylistic influences from Aspen ski lodge developments in the USA. The hotel offers beautifully appointed country-style guest rooms and suites, featuring washed oak paneling and the perfect mix of rustic yet luxurious furnishings.

Being one of Shahdag Mountain Resort’s premier gourmet destinations, Park Chalet serves up delectable menus at Aspen Grill – the striking rooftop restaurant & lounge bar - along with warming hot beverages at the Mocca Café. The steam rooms and sauna are perfectly poised for guests to unwind in, after soaking up the beautiful mountain vistas.

Boulevard Hotel Baku (June, 2015) 
Named after the eponymous seafront walking promenade and set right at the Baku Bay towards the east of the city center, Boulevard Hotel offers 818 charming rooms.

Located in the heart of Baku White City district, along one of the main routes connecting the city centre with Heydar Aliyev International Airport, this hotel is set to provide fantastic conference facilities, with the largest space on offer in Azerbaijan.

Boulevard Hotel features three restaurants, an executive lounge, and a magnificent 1,300 square metre ballroom – which provides natural daylight and unobstructed views over the Caspian Sea. The conference centre features six multi-functional meeting rooms all equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment. Boulevard Hotel’s wellness centre and gymnasium will ensure that guest can relax after a stimulating conference.

Intourist Hotel Baku (June, 2015)
Located in the heart of Baku city and overlooking the waterfront boulevard, known as the National Park, this boutique hotel offers 150 alluring guest rooms and suites. With close proximity to major attractions, the hotel offers superb connections throughout the city.

Intourist Hotel Baku revives an 80-year-old legacy, while bringing in the best of modern hospitality experience with its elegant rooms and suites and unique dining facilities.

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. 

Information on the most recent additions and their signature experiences is showcased on Autograph Collection’s website, please visit
www.autographhotels.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. 

About Absheron Hotel Group:
ABSHERON Hotel Group is a young hotel management and development company in Azerbaijan; through establishing a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts, it aims to become a strategic hospitality industry player with a medium-term aspiration of taking a leading position in the national and regional markets.

The foundation of ABSHERON Hotel Group has been inspired by a remarkable development of tourism infrastructure in the Republic of Azerbaijan in the recent years and reflects the long-term vision of the economic and social development of the country. The hotel portfolio will stretch across various hotel categories from mid-scale life-style to luxury hotels and other hospitality entities both in and outside of Baku.

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 lodging global company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties, and more than 690,000 rooms in 78 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands.  Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics.  The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 45 million members.  For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Note: 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