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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

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Recognised As “Best Upscale Hotel Brand” At Business Travel Awards 2015 In London

The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company LLCLONDON, UK - January 20, 2015: The annual Business Travel Awards took place in London last night and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company was recognised as “Best Upscale Hotel Brand”.


Organised by Buying Business Travel magazine, over 1,300 people attended the glittering event at The Grosvenor House Hotel for awards in 22 categories.

These highly-valued awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of the travel industry's leading businesses, teams and individuals who performed outstandingly in their field over the last 12 months. An independent panel of judges, made up primarily of respected senior business travel buyers, reviewed and marked each entry to identify those worthy of winning.

The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company LLC“We are delighted to receive this award from UK based Travel professionals who send their well-travelled clients to hotels all around the world and are honoured that they have chosen to recognise The Ritz-Carlton as the Best Upscale hotel brand” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

 

The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company LLCThe Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company continues to expand its global portfolio with five hotels opened over the last eighteen months in business destinations such as Almaty, Herzliya and Tianjin introducing the luxury brand to travellers in new markets. The company currently operates 87 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 87 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean.  More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com, and for the latest company updates, visit news.ritzcarlton.com.  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR).

Contact:
Rosemary Trigg    
Tel + 44 207 0127323   + 44 7557 804936
Email: rosemary.trigg@ritzcarlton.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

 

01/07/2015

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brands portfolio currently includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott and Moxy Hotels. Accounting for nearly 25 percent of the company’s system-wide pipeline, Marriott expects to add more than 200 luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years, reflecting over $15 billion of investment by the company’s owners and franchisees.

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

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

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

Connect with  hannah.cadwallader@marriott.com                                                                                                 

 

12/17/2014

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

12/16/2014

London Marriott Hotel Park Lane Set to Raise the Bar for Mayfair Hotels

Long Marriott Hotel Park LaneLONDON - December 16, 2014 - London Marriott Hotel Park Lane is set to complete an extensive renovation in June 2015 as part of the repositioning of the hotel to represent the best of Marriott in London and to be the hotel of choice in Mayfair. 

Housed within a Grade II listed property, London Marriott Hotel Park Lane will epitomise Mayfair elegance, with views over Hyde Park, opulent guestroom accommodation and luxurious public areas befitting of the prestigious address.

The interiors of London Marriott Hotel Park Lane are currently undergoing a complete transformation. RPW Design is responsible for the plans that extend to all 152 bedrooms, the introduction of five new suites and a redesign of the lobby, Executive Lounge and meeting rooms.

Nicolas Kipper, the newly appointed General Manager, comments: “We aim to compete with the best hotels in London with an exclusive and unique Marriott offering. The new design, an increased suite count, an elevated service and an enhanced in-room offering, will make us even more appealing to the luxury market.”

The new layout of rooms will include entrance lobbies and will be decorated in soft shades of white, dove grey and lavender. Materials such as leather, silk, solid wood and bookmatched marble are to be used throughout.

RPW Design’s Managing Director Jan Wilson said: “Our designs aim to bring out the English Heritage of the Francis Verity designed historic building extending its intimate feel and residential character into the hotel’s interior. Elegantly designed rooms and public spaces will have all the facilities expected in a leading luxury hotel.”

Impeccable attention to detail of the hotel’s interior will be matched with quintessentially British touches. A collection of British artwork features throughout the hotel and Royal Warrant holder suppliers include Edward Goodyear handpicked wild flowers and Floris bathroom amenities.

The guest experience will be elevated with the introduction of a signature arrival and bespoke personal service. Cutting edge technology will be offered with Apple products throughout, bluetooth LCD screen TVs and mobile check-in.

The transformation of the interiors follows the opening of Lanes of London restaurant at the hotel in January 2014.  The Club offers a serene retreat complete with steam room, state-of-the-art gym equipment and the only pool on Park Lane. Plans for renovations of The Club are set to be announced.

Prices will start from £399 inc. VAT

London Marriott Hotel Park Lane, 140 Park Lane, Mayfair W1K 7AA

LondonMarriottParkLane.co.uk; +44 (0)20 7493 7000

About London Marriott Hotel Park Lane
Set in Mayfair on the prestigious Park Lane, just minutes away from London's famous shopping streets and restaurants, with newly designed interiors London Marriott Hotel Park Lane will represent the best of Marriott in London. Set to be the hotel of choice in Mayfair, London Marriott Hotel Park Lane will offer opulent guestroom accommodation with a residential feel, in the form of 152 rooms and suites, with views over Hyde Park and Marble Arch. Guests in the suites enjoy complimentary access to the Executive Lounge. Lanes of London restaurant and bar offers a celebration of British classics and international flavours in a welcoming environment, with a private entrance making it a destination in its own right.  The Club is a serene retreat complete with the only pool on Park Lane and state-of-the-art gym equipment. Three meeting rooms with natural daylight make up 120sqm of dedicated conferencing space on one level.

About RPW Design
Established in 1988, RPW Design is one of the world’s leading hospitality interior design practices specialising in the creation of stunningly individual interiors. While varied in context, function and budget, all their projects are characterised by a coherence and an elegance that results from a fully collaborative design process. RPW Design’s portfolio of experience includes The Royal Suite at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, London; The Infinity Suite at The Langham Hotel, London and Hotel Okura, Amsterdam.

For further press information or images please contact:
Anita Gryson, Clare Gillespie and Calum Donoghue at LUCHFORD APM
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7631 1000; Firstname.surname@luchfordapm.com

12/01/2014

Residence Inn by Marriott Arrives in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Residence Inn by MarriottLondon, UK – December 1, 2014 – Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) continues to expand in Eastern Europe with the opening of its first hotel in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the 75-suite Residence Inn Sarajevo.  The hotel, operated by an affiliate of U.S.-based Interstate Hotels & Resorts, is the first internationally-branded hotel in the country and fills a gap in the extended stay market with spacious suites and studios that enable guests to thrive on long stays.

Residence Inn by Marriott Ideal for stays of five nights or more, the Residence Inn Sarajevo comprises 62 studios and 13 suites, each with a fully-equipped kitchen and separate areas for eating, working and relaxing.  The well-designed rooms promote productivity with large, well-lit work desks, ergonomic chairs and complimentary high-speed Internet.  A welcoming and restorative feel is created throughout with warm, earthy colours and light wood fixtures and fittings.  Natural light floods the rooms through floor to ceiling windows and each suite has its own private terrace.     

Designed to meet the needs of extended-stay guests, the inviting public spaces feature flexible seating for working or relaxing and a 24-hour Market selling drinks, snacks and meals.  Additional facilities at the Residence Inn Sarajevo include free grocery delivery, airport pick up and drop off (at additional charge) and a fitness centre with sauna. 

Ideally located just twenty minutes from the airport and near the old city, the Residence Inn Sarajevo provides convenient access to the city’s historical and cultural attractions as well as restaurants, cafes and shops.  An attractive year-round destination, Sarajevo is known for its variety of summer festivals and skiing throughout the winter months.

About Residence Inn
With more than 650 properties in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Central America, Residence Inn by Marriott is a leader in the extended-stay lodging segment. Designed for long stays, the brand offers spacious suites with separate living and sleeping areas. Fully functional kitchens, grocery delivery, 24-hour markets and complimentary breakfast help guests maintain a healthy balance while on the road. Complimentary Wi-Fi allows guests to stay connected to the home and office, while health and fitness options and inviting lobby spaces provide comfortable places to work and relax.  

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

CONTACT:    
Helen Taylor
Marriott International                                 
+44 (0)20 7012 7199                                      
helen.taylor@marriott.com                              

11/17/2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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09/16/2014

Marriott's Signature Brand Continues Expansion in Latin America With Plans For First Hotel in Ecuador

Entrada Plaza El PradoQuito, Ecuador – September 16, 2014: Marriott International’s (NASDAQ: MAR) signature brand, Marriott Hotels, announced plans to open the 202-room Marriott Hotel in Guayaquil in 2016, The Guayaquil Marriott will be the company’s third property in Ecuador and is being developed by Hotecapsa, overseen by Mr. Angel P. Sanchez. Mr. Sanchez is a major local developer in Guayaquil who also opened the famous Sanchez Aguilar Theatre, The Plaza Buena Vista Mall and the Plaza del Prado Mall.

Situated in the heart of Los Arcos, Samborondon, the Marriott Guayaquil Hotel will be located in one of city’s most desirable areas within walking distance to Guayaquil’s best shopping, dining and entertainment.  

“We are very excited about our new partnership with Marriott and the opportunity to establish the Marriott Hotels brand’s footprint in Ecuador.  With the success of the two existing Marriott International properties in Ecuador and the Marriott brand across Latin America and around the world, we are confident that this hotel will be highly successful and play a large role in the continued emergence of the country,” Mr. Angel P. Sanchez, president of Hotecapsa, owner of hotel.

"This is a very exciting time for Marriott in Latin America – we recently announced our goal to double our portfolio in the Caribbean and Latin America by 2017 and are thrilled to now be expanding our portfolio in Ecuador with our new partners,” said Craig S. Smith, President of the Caribbean and Latin America, Marriott International. "With this project, not only are we bringing more hotel rooms to the Ecuadorian market, but doing so in a vibrant city like Guayaquil which is experiencing a large growth in business and leisure tourism." 

“We are confident that this beautiful hotel will be highly successful and open the doors for more development opportunities in the surrounding markets in South America, as well as play a large role in the continued emergence of Ecuador,” said Laurent de Kousemaeker, Chief Development Officer, Caribbean and Latin America, Marriott International.

In addition to 202 guest rooms and suites, the hotel will feature a three-meal-a-day restaurant bar & lounge, a rooftop bar, a concierge lounge,   a marketplace, business center, ample meeting space, and state of the art recreational facilities include a swimming pool and a fitness center. 

Marriott International is currently represented in Ecuador with the 257-room JW Marriott Quito and the 135-room Courtyard by Marriott Guayaquil.

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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:

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