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11/18/2014

The Artisan DC Hotel, Bogota: Colombia’s First Hotel to Join the Autograph Collection

AK BogotaBogota, Colombia, November 18, 2014 - Located in heart of Bogota’s financial district and walking distance to the city's best shopping and dining, the newly built 64-room Artisan DC Hotel is thrilled to announce its official affiliation with the Autograph Collection. The Artisan DC Hotel is the first to become a part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection in Colombia, and the second in Latin America after the Hotel & Spa do Vinho located in the southern wine country of Brazil.  

The Autograph Collection, a portfolio of upscale, independent hotels and resorts, each with a distinctive personality, takes an innovative approach to selecting hotels with distinct personalities that promise guests a unique experience. Hotels in the Autograph Collection can fall into the categories of boutique arts, iconic historic, boutique chic, luxury redefined or retreat.

“We are very excited about The Artisan DC Hotel’s affiliation with the Autograph Collection,” said Juan Carlos Galindo, President of OXO Hotels, operator of the Artisan DC Hotel. “We take pride in providing our guests with the authentic, cultural and unique Bogota experience. Through our partnership with the Autograph Collection, we can offer our guests even more –– including Marriott Rewards points for stays and an affiliation with other similar independent hotels throughout the world.”

“The Artisan DC Hotel a truly unique experience in the heart of Bogota,” said Craig S. Smith, President, and Caribbean & Latin America at Marriott International. “We are excited to welcome the hotel to the Autograph Collection, which delivers the power of our world-class sales engines while maintaining the property’s unique identity in the center of one of Latin America’s most important cities.”

As part of the Autograph Collection, the hotel will be featured on Marriott.com and affiliated with the award winning Marriott Rewards program, where guests can earn points at more than 4,100 hotels in 79 countries and territories. As a member of the Autograph Collection, The Artisan DC Hotel taps into Marriott’s industry-leading global reservations system, and powerful consumer outreach through its leading technology and sales and marketing platforms which have helped build Marriott into one of the world’s leading hotel operators.

“Having the Artisan DC Hotel join Autograph Collection is a key achievement for the brand and we are delighted to welcome the property into our growing global portfolio,” Said Julius Robinson, Vice President of Autograph Collection Hotels. “Artisan DC Hotel is a leading example of the unique essence of Autograph Collection- Exactly Like Nothing Else.”

The beautifully designed Artisan DC Hotel is the ultimate urban boutique hotel, offering a unique, tailored experience for every guest that walks through the door. The hotel is comprised of two buildings, each one with a distinctive style; one designed with warm and vibrant colors and the other designed with a more serene and calming palette. The entire hotel is rich in textures and eclectic details including exposed brick walls throughout the property.

Under the careful watch of the talented Chef Adam Bustos, the hotel’s featured restaurant, OSAKI, offers a modern Asian inspired menu served up in an impressive “internal” patio dining space. 

To celebrate the opening, the hotel is offering an introductory rate of USD$210 per night. 

Autograph Collection is an ensemble of high-personality and boldly independent hotels, each carefully selected for its distinctiveness, style and synchronicity with your unique travel interests.  Together, the entire Autograph Collection takes the guesswork out of finding exceptional, distinctive non-chain hotels that are original as who you are and provides you with all the rewards and benefits of a world-class loyalty program. More information is available at www.AutographCollectionHotels.com.

Connect with Laura.botelho@marriott.com, 1 (954) 684-5321 

10/21/2014

Autograph Collection Welcomes Atlantis, Paradise Island, Now Bookable on Marriott.com and Accessible to Marriott Rewards Members

Atlantis Paradise IslandBethesda, Md., October 21, 2014 – Atlantis, Paradise Island, the newest Autograph Collection Hotel,  Marriott International’s portfolio of distinctive  independent hotels, is officially available to book through Marriott.com.  Marriott Rewards members may now earn and redeem points while staying at Atlantis, Paradise Island when reservations are made directly on one of the following websites: Marriott.com, Autographhotels.com and MarriottRewards.com.   

Marriott Rewards members can earn and redeem points for new reservations made beginning October 16, 2014. The Collection’s first - resort in the Bahamas will benefit from Marriott’s global sales and reservations organization in addition to the 45-million member Marriott Rewards loyalty program and Marriott.com, which generates more than $9.6 billion in gross room bookings annually. 

Atlantis, Paradise Island is the largest hotel in the portfolio, built around a 141-acre waterscape comprised of fresh and saltwater lagoons, pools and natural habitats.  The resort is a unique, ocean-themed destination offering a variety of guest accommodations, 40 restaurants, bars and lounges to satisfy any palate, the largest and most exciting casino in The Bahamas, extensive meeting facilities, and a marina capable of handling yachts of any size. Atlantis, Paradise Island rises magically from the turquoise lagoons and blue Atlantic of The Bahamas, and is known worldwide as a resort destination that has truly redefined entertainment and gaming in the tropics.

“This is a significant milestone for both Marriott International and Autograph Collection” said Tina Edmundson, Global Officer, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Marriott International. “We are excited to partner with one of the world’s most iconic resorts to offer our guests a further extended global resort portfolio in which members of the Marriott Rewards loyalty program can benefit.”

“Our partnership with the Autograph Collection is arguably the single most significant tourism stimulus for The Bahamas in this decade.  Our strategic and beneficial partnership will increase visitation of Marriott Rewards members to the country, opening a broader channel for international guests to visit Atlantis,” said George Markantonis, president and managing director of Brookfield Hospitality and Atlantis, Paradise Island.

The addition of Atlantis, Paradise Island is the latest example of Marriott’s strategy to aggressively grow its lifestyle portfolio and inspire many of the world’s premier properties to partner with Autograph Collection.  Across all its brands in 2013, Marriott International opened nearly 26,000 new rooms, signed a record 387 projects with 67,000 rooms, and at year end had more than 195,000 rooms under development across five continents. Fueling this success is Marriott’s extensive portfolio of 18 brands, the broadest in the lodging industry. Nearly 25 percent of the company’s overall development pipeline is in the luxury and lifestyle category, with plans to add more than 200 hotels over the next several years reflecting more than $15 billion of investment by owners and franchisees. 

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 Atlantis, Paradise Island resort, The Bahamas
Atlantis, Paradise Island is a unique, ocean-themed destination located on Paradise Island, The Bahamas, and features a variety of accommodations, all built around a 141-acre waterscape comprised of over 20 million gallons of fresh and saltwater lagoons, pools and habitats.  Home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the world, there are over 50,000 marine animals in lagoons and displays, including The Dig, a maze of underwater corridors and passageways providing a journey through ancient Atlantis.  Atlantis is home to Aquaventure, a non-stop water experience consisting of thrilling water slides, a mile-long river ride with high intensity rapids and wave surges, and never-before-seen special effects.  Dolphin Cay, the resort’s interaction and education center, was created with the goal of enlightening visitors about the wonders of these remarkable ocean inhabitants. 

The Cove Atlantis, a 600-room resort, features oversized rooms with a step down living space, spectacular designs by acclaimed interior architects Jeffrey Beers and David Rockwell, unprecedented services and amenities, private all-adult and family pools, lavish cabanas and breathtaking views of the ocean.  Atlantis is also known as THE culinary destination in The Caribbean with a collection of restaurants from world-renowned chefs including Nobu Matsuhisa, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Bobby Flay and Todd English.  The resort boasts an impressive collection of luxury boutiques and shops, casino, and the largest conference center, meeting and convention facilities in The Caribbean.

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 Marriott.com/Atlantis, 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 4,000 properties, 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.

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a global alternative asset manager with over $175 billion in assets under management. The company has over a 100-year history of owning and operating assets with a focus on property, renewable power, infrastructure and private equity. It has a range of public and private investment products and services, which leverage its expertise and experience and provide Brookfield with a competitive advantage in the markets where it operates. Brookfield is co-listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the symbol BAM and BAM.A, respectively, and on NYSE Euronext under the symbol BAMA. For more information, please visit our website at www.brookfield.com.

Connect with verona.carter@marriott.com 

10/01/2014

Autograph Collection to Welcome Eleven New Travel Experiences 'Exactly Like Nothing Else' by Year End

Abassador Hotel CollectionBethesda, Md., Oct. 1, 2014 – The Autograph Collection, an exclusive ensemble of independent hotels, announced today that it expects to add eleven new hotels to its growing portfolio by year-end.  Each of the exciting additions has been thoughtfully selected for its unique individual personality and amenities. The new travel experiences will include the world famous Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas, Triada Palm Springs (Palm Springs, CA), Metropolitan at the 9 Cleveland (OH), four hotels from The Ambassador Collection including locations in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Kansas City, Missouri; Wichita, Kansas; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and four Washington state based hotels who form part of The Davenport Hotel Collection. Download images.

“We are delighted to welcome these extraordinary experiences into our growing portfolio,” said Julius Robinson, vice president of the Autograph Collection. “Being able to partner with hotels who offer travelers an experience that is firmly grounded in the independent essence of Autograph Collection is important to us as we continue to grow around the world.”

Since its initial launch in 2010, the portfolio has proven to be a highly successful due to its discerning selection process and unique ability to create memories through enriching travel experiences. Exactly like nothing else, the inspiration behind Autograph Collection is to create an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent four and five star hotels. The evolving group of passionately independent hotel experiences range from a 15-room boutique hunting lodge in the mountains of Colorado to a 19th century neoclassical palace in the majestic city of Prague. 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.

This season, the Autograph Collection proudly welcomes the following experiences to the portfolio:

Atlantis Paradise IslandAtlantis, Paradise Island - Bahamas
Atlantis is a unique, ocean-themed destination offering a variety of guest accommodations; 40 restaurants, bars and lounges to satisfy any palate; the largest and most exciting casino in The Bahamas; extensive meeting facilities; and a marina capable of handling yachts of any size, all built around a 141-acre waterscape comprised of fresh and saltwater lagoons, pools and habitats. Atlantis rises magically from the turquoise lagoons and blue Atlantic of The Bahamas, and is known worldwide as a resort destination that has truly redefined entertainment and gaming in the tropics. Atlantis marks the collection’s first member resort in The Bahamas and will be the largest hotel in the portfolio.

Metropolitan at the 9 Cleveland - Ohio
The former AmeriTrust tower and historic Cleveland Trust Rotunda have been transformed into The 9’s complex, which now houses the new Metropolitan Hotel and concierge living apartments for local residents. The Metropolitan Hotel is located inside The 9 and features 156 boldly designed rooms and suites. Adega, the hotel’s restaurant features a15-foot wine vault, chef’s table and the largest outdoor dining patio in the city. During the week, The 9’s historic bank vaults are used as unique meeting rooms. Located in the basement of the rotunda, there are four historic bank vaults. Inside the extremely large, circular steel-and-glass doors, there are safety deposit rooms that formally belonged to famous Clevelanders. The historic underground vault space has been transformed into the probation-era cocktail bar, Vault, where locals and guests can enjoy a one-of-a-kind cocktail experience. Completely separated from Vault, there is an exclusive speakeasy where travelers can visit by exclusive invitation only. Guests looking for a drink with a view can visit Azure, 150 feet above the street and the largest rooftop bar and sundeck in the city.

Triada Palm Springs - California
Triada Palm Springs is an elegant Spanish hacienda featuring 56 unique guest rooms in the prestigious Movie Colony of Downtown Palm Springs. Offering majestic views of the San Jacinto Mountains, guests will be inspired mind, body and soul. With the meaning, “three interrelated parts” in Spanish, Triada is designed to reflect three distinct wings of the hotel where every corner reveals a new discovery, every pathway becomes an exploration and every detail provides a new source of inspiration.

The Ambassador Collection - Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas
The Ambassador Hotel Collection is known for its extensive restoration of historic buildings to their original grandeur while at the same time creating upscale luxury boutique hotel experiences. This season, four Ambassador Collection hotels will join the collection — in Kansas City, Mo., Wichita, Kan., Tulsa, Okla and Oklahoma City, Okla. Each of the acclaimed hotels represents a balance of historic splendor and modern comfort. The Ambassador Hotel Collection appeals to discerning travelers who seek the very best in contemporary sophistication, refined hospitality and a splash of historic elegance.

The Davenport Hotel Collection – Washington State
The Davenport Hotel Collection includes the landmark Davenport Hotel which features architecture and history dating back to 1914, and a reputation as the region’s grandest hotel. The nearby Davenport Tower Hotel and Hotel Lusso help round out the new additions to the portfolio, representing an elegant union of new and historic hotels located right in the heart of downtown Spokane, Washington. With a fourth location set to open in 2015 the Grand Hotel Spokane, located and connected to the Spokane Convention Center, the Davenport Hotel Collection represents a broad spectrum of hotel experiences ranging from classic to contemporary, historic to modern.

To book a stay at the above hotels please visit Autograph Collection’s award winning website, 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.

NOTE: The statements about the future addition of hotels to Autograph Collection are “forward looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws, not historical facts, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth; and other risk factors identified in Marriott International, Inc.'s most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q/A; 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
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 4,000 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 statements about the future addition of hotels to Autograph Collection are “forward looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws, not historical facts, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth; and other risk factors identified in Marriott International, Inc.'s most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q/A; 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.

Connect with verona.carter@marriott.com; emma@jpublicrelations.com

 

The Autograph Collection Names Julius Robinson Vice President

Julius-RobinsonBethesda, Md., Oct. 1, 2014  Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announced today the appointment of Julius Robinson to vice president for the Autograph Collection, the company’s exclusive portfolio of independent hotels. In his role, Julius’s leadership will drive, define and execute global strategy for Autograph Collection. He will also play an integral role in the future development and global growth of the portfolio around the world. Download images.

Exactly like nothing else, the vision behind Autograph Collection was to create an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent four and five star hotels. Each hotel experience is hand selected for its bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. The more than 60 passionately independent hotels are filtered through the lens of five distinct categories of travel experiences including: Boutique Arts, Iconic Historic, Boutique Chic, Luxury Redefined, and Retreat.

Julius comes to Autograph Collection as a seasoned hotelier with vast knowledge of revenue management, sales, business development and operations.  He brings more than twenty years of experience in the hospitality industry and will serve as an advocate for the independent hotel owner and manager within the company’s luxury and lifestyle brand division.  Most recently, Julius served as vice president of the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, a position which he held for over three years. In addition to his leadership in the company’s brand organization, he has held senior executive roles in global sales and operations.

“Julius’s experience will be a key asset to championing the independent spirit of Autograph Collection and his skill set will be instrumental in the continued growth and success of the portfolio,” said Tina Edmundson, global brand officer for luxury and lifestyle brands for Marriott International.

Autograph Collection is part the Marriott International global portfolio of 18 distinct brands. Launched in January of 2010 as a unique business venture, the Collection currently includes more than 60 extraordinary hotel experiences in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and South America. Due to strong interest from the owner/franchisee community, further expansion is planned for the Middle East/Africa and Central America. It is expected that Autograph Collection will reach 70 hotels by the end of this year and is widely regarded as one of the most successful brand launches in the history of the lodging industry in terms of growth.

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 4,000 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.

Connect with catherine.leitner@marriott.com

09/09/2014

Autograph Collection to Add Stunning New Locations in Switzerland & Spain

The Cotton House, Barcelona, Autograph CollectionMarriott International’s exclusive portfolio of independent hotels continues growth in world class destinations.

London, United Kingdom, September 9, 2014 –
Marriott International, Inc (NASDAQ:MAR) today announced plans to expand its Autograph Collection portfolio in Europe with exciting new additions in Zurich, Switzerland and Barcelona, Spain. Opening next year, the one-of-a-kind hotels will represent the debut of the exclusive portfolio of independent hotels in each city.

“We are delighted to announce these exciting new additions to our growing Autograph Collection portfolio in Europe,” said John Licence, brand leader for Autograph Collection in Europe.  “Autograph Collection is known for creating authentic experiences that are centered in rich personality and the spirit of independence. We feel that these new locations in Barcelona and Zurich, with their prolific cultural heritage and sense of European sophistication, are a perfect fit for the collection.”

 Kameha Grand Zurich, Autograph CollectionWhen opened in spring 2015, the new 245-room Kameha Grand Zurich will represent the first Autograph Collection hotel to open in Switzerland.  Featuring stunning architecture and world class interior design by acclaimed Dutch designer Marcel Wanders, the hotel will be operated by Kameha Grand Glattpark Betriebsgeselleschaft mbH. The hotel is widely recognized for its eleven “themed” suites exclusively designed for the hotel by Wanders, including a “Poker Face” suite with roulette and poker tables and a “Serenity” suite featuring special lighting and select yoga and wellness accessories.  John Licence added, “With its creative design and playful personality, Kameha Grand Zurich truly captures the spirit of Autograph Collection.”

The hotel boasts three unique options for dining: Restaurant L’Unico featuring fresh homemade pasta and Italian specialties prepared in an open show-kitchen; fine dining Japanese restaurant Yu Nijo; and the Puregold Bar. As a fun twist, the hotel features its own shisha lounge, offering a robust line of full-flavored Arabic shisha and tobacco. The hotel offers a wide selection of meeting and special event space, including eight distinct rooms in various sizes. The highlight of the meeting space is the Kameha Dome, a unique 700 square meter space, perfect for larger gatherings. Widely known for its world-class shopping, dining and entertainment, Zurich has become increasingly well recognized as an international art destination, offering more than 100 art galleries, making the city among the top ten gallery cities in the art trade.  

Also set to open in the spring of 2015, The Cotton House, Barcelona, will be located in an iconic 19th century building in the heart of the city center formerly known as the headquarters of the Association of Cotton Manufacturers.

The 83-room boutique hotel will feature unique public spaces including several unique lounge areas, a rooftop pool and terrace, as well as a lush garden terrace area for dining and drinks. A large number of rooms feature balconies to take in the view and recharge after exploring the city. Interior design for the hotel is being crafted by the renowned Lázaro Rosa Violán studio. The design will be inspired by the decorative arts of the building’s original architecture while ensuring a luxury experience for the guests.

The concept of the Cotton House will be to deliver exquisite guest experiences in a cool colonial style with the spirit of Barcelona in its heart. 

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

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

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

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 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.

Connect with catherine.leitner@marriott.com

06/19/2014

Premier David Alward Heralds Grand Re-opening and 125th Anniversary of Algonquin Resort

Algonquin Hotel ribbon cuttingSaint Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada - June 19, 2014 - New Brunswick Premier, David Alward joined officials with New Castle Hotels & Resorts, Southwest Properties and Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) to commemorate the grand re-opening of the Algonquin Resort.

Now celebrating its 125th anniversary, the Algonquin first opened in June, 1889 and became the nation's first Autograph Collection hotel, Marriott International’s exclusive portfolio of independent hotels, when it opened in March following an 18-month “rafters to registration” renovation. Southwest Properties and New Castle team purchased the hotel from the provincial government in 2012 with the intent of restoring the national treasure.

“For more than a century the iconic Algonquin Hotel has anchored New Brunswick’s tourism landscape and brought a very vibrant part of this province’s heritage to life," said Premier David Alward.  "I join with the members of the community and business sector of this region who are so pleased to begin the next chapter of this historic property’s story here in Saint Andrews, where visitors from around the world will continue to enjoy New Brunswick’s attractions and hospitality.”

"Throughout the renovation process, we were very cognizant of the fact that we had been entrusted with a piece of New Brunswick's history," said Jim Spatz, chairman and CEO of Southwest Properties. "We set out to preserve the authenticity of this cherished hotel and simultaneously elevate it to meet modern expectations for a luxury resort."  

The Algonquin's guest rooms and public spaces were completely reimagined by Toronto designer, Robynne Moncur of Moncur Design.  The hotel's décor reflects, its Victorian origins, with a gracious, living room-style lobby that invites lingering around the two-sided fireplace. 

Originally developed as a summer resort, The Algonquin now a year-round destination.  Guests staying for business or pleasure throughout the year will enjoy radiant heat flooring in the guest rooms and the hotel's brand new indoor pool including a three-story waterslide and fitness center.

The recently re-opened Spa at the Algonquin, now an Aveda Concept spa, has been expanded to include a salon and offer guests a variety of honey-based treatments harvested from the resort's own hives.

"When the Algonquin first opened, it catered to visitors who were looking for an escape from their day-to-day lives; a respite from the heat of the city in the clean fresh air of the Canadian Maritimes," said David Buffam, CEO of New Castle Hotels & Resorts.  "Today's travelers also are looking for more than a place to sleep.  They want to experience something different, something they won't find at home.  Every detail of the Algonquin reflects the people and the passions of the Charlotte Coastal Region, giving guests an experience exactly like no other.”

“We are thrilled to officially welcome the Algonquin Resort to Autograph Collection,” said Jim Kaufmann, president of North American Lodging for Marriott International, Inc. “Our exclusive portfolio of independent hotels is recognized around the world for offering travelers extraordinary experiences. This grand hotel is the true embodiment of the independent spirit for which Autograph Collection is known.”

The grand opening festivities were highlighted by a flash mob of local performers and citizens under the artistic direction of Ron Kelly Spurles, artistic producer of New Brunswick's Festival by the Marsh.  The theatric showcase represented more than a century of luxurious vacation experiences highlighting the resort's 125 years.  Jowi Taylor, on Voyager, the guitar designed to symbolize a united Canada, joined the celebration with his Six-String Nation presentation.

"Our opening ceremonies showcase the history of the hotel, but also reflect the deep connection we have to the community of St. Andrews," added Tim Ostrem, general manager.  "Everyone involved in the production is a member of our community, and many volunteered their time and talent to make sure we had a launch that was worthy of this grand dame.  It is no exaggeration to say that everyone in this town is, in some way, connected to our hotel and from the outset we have done our utmost to incorporate the area in everything we do."    

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

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

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

About Southwest Properties

Southwest Properties is one of Atlantic Canada's leading developers, with more than 1,250 quality apartments and condominiums in Halifax, Nova Scotia and a substantial property portfolio in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.  New, mixed-use projects planned for Halifax include: Maple at 1583 Hollis Street, the Cunard Block on the Halifax waterfront and a sustainable community on the 63-acre Motherhouse property.  Southwest is the majority shareholder of Premiere Executive Suites, Canada's largest provider of corporate extended stay accommodations.  The company's portfolio also contains hotel properties in partnership with New Castle Hotels & Resorts and 620 condominium units in Southern Florida, in partnership with Armco Properties.  www.souwest.ca

About Autograph Collection

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

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

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

Connect with catherine.leitner@marriott.com

 

06/02/2014

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

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

New York, New York - June 2, 2014 – Marriott International, (NASDAQ: MAR) today announced plans to significantly grow its global portfolio of luxury and lifestyle brands.  Accounting for nearly 25 percent of the company’s system-wide pipeline, Marriott expects to add more than 200 luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years, reflecting over $15 billion of investment by the company’s owners and franchisees.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NOTE: This press release contains “forward looking statements" within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws, including statements about the number, locations and opening dates for new hotels, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events and expectations are not historical facts.  We caution you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth and other risk factors identified in Marriott International, Inc.'s most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by our statements. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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

Connect with catherine.leitner@marriott.com.

03/20/2014

Landmark Algonquin Resort Welcomes First Guest Following Expansive Renovation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connect with catherline.leitner@marriott.com

 

02/03/2014

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

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

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

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

Pier One Sydney Harbor – Sydney, Australia

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

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

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

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

Pier South Resort – San Diego, California

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

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

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

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

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

Hotel Chicago – Chicago, Illinois

 

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

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

 

About Autograph Collection

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

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

About Marriott International

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

Connect with catherine.leitner@marriott.com

 

01/06/2014

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

Hotel-am-Steinplatz-Exterior

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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