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:
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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.
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