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02/13/2015

Lone Star Luxury: JW Marriott Austin Opens its Doors

JW Marriott AustinJW Marriott’s First Austin Hotel Honors U.S. Armed Forces with First Check-In

AUSTIN, TEXAS, February 13, 2015– JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts opened its first property in Austin today, approximately two and a half years after the hotel first broke ground. The 34-story JW Marriott Austin is not only the largest hotel in Austin, but also the largest JW Marriott in North America and the second-largest JW Marriott in the world. The JW Marriott Austin employs approximately 800 associates, has achieved a LEED Silver certification and a two-star Austin Energy Green Building rating.

JW Marriott Austin photo credit Chris Bergin“Not only will this hotel change the meeting and convention landscape in Austin, but it will also serve as a huge addition to the city’s hospitality and dining scene,” said Scott Blalock, general manager of the JW Marriott Austin. “We are thrilled to bring the JW Marriott brand to Austin and to open our highly anticipated hotel and restaurants to visitors and Austinites alike.”

[photo credit: Chris Bergin]

The first guest to check in will be Major Walter Engle, who is based at Fort Hood. He has served in the Army for more than 18 years and been deployed eight times. The JW Marriott Austin donated a weekend stay at the hotel for his family, including his wife and three children, in appreciation for his service to the United States.

“Austin is a natural fit for the JW Marriott brand. As one of America's fastest-growing cities, Austin is home to a thriving culinary, music, and arts scene, completely aligned with our guests’ passions,” said Mitzi Gaskins, vice president and global brand manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts. "We are honored to host Major Walter Engle and his family as our first guests and look forward to offering them an unforgettable experience—right in the heart of this vibrant city."   

The hotel will boast a spectacular fifth-floor pool deck and bar, some of the largest guest rooms in the city with stellar views, a full-service Starbucks and more. A highly anticipated player in Austin’s burgeoning culinary scene, the hotel will also feature three restaurants— Osteria Pronto, Corner and Burger Bar.

Osteria Pronto is a regional Italian restaurant that is driven by a thoughtful approach to cooking from scratch and a sincere commitment to fresh, local ingredients. Osteria Pronto’s menu is designed to offer a twist on classic Italian dishes with simple, distinctive flavors such as burrata campagna, paglia e fieno and bistecca fiorentina. Corner is a lively dining destination that will feature Texas-inspired cuisine using fresh local ingredients and uniquely crafted Tequila cocktails. The menu features a selection of grilled meats and fish, a variety of local craft beers on tap, as well as several Texas wines and spirits.

For those seeking a quick indulgent bite, JW Marriott Austin’s Burger Bar on Congress, has a walk-up food truck-style window on Congress Ave. Burger Bar serves freshly ground flat-top burgers, french fries and shakes at lunchtime and the early evening.

The JW Marriott Austin has a distinct local feel. Key interior design elements were incorporated to celebrate the spirit of Austin and the state of Texas. Unique design features include large columns throughout the hotel and lobby built from Texas limestone; a topographical map of Austin illustrated in the lobby ceiling and floor; illuminated artwork behind the check-in area that resembles a magnified cactus graphic; and a large outline of the state of Texas etched into the bottom of the fifth-floor pool.  

The JW Marriott Austin is designed to host large conventions and meetings, with more than 112,000 square feet of event space, 42 meeting rooms and 1,012 guest rooms. More than 520,000 room nights have already been contracted through 2021, with the first guests arriving the day the hotel opens. Several large meetings and conventions have already chosen to host their events at the JW Marriott Austin. Some of the first groups include South by Southwest Festival, 4C Environmental Conference and Abila, among others.

“The new JW Marriott Austin has already enabled us to make advances in both the size and quality of groups that we are now able to attract with the additional inventory and 1,012-room convention-style hotel,” said Bob Lander, president and CEO of the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau. “While visitor attendance at marquee events and festivals definitely help our entire community, meetings and conventions travel remains the strongest economic backbone for our industry in terms of generating positive economic impact to the city.”

The hotel is located on the square block bounded by Second and Third Streets and Brazos Street and Congress Avenue in downtown Austin and is within walking distance to major attractions, including the Austin Convention Center, the Texas State Capitol, the Ann & Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail on Lady Bird Lake, and more. The hotel includes 1,012 guest rooms, three presidential suites, three hospitality suites and 24 executive suites. All guest rooms and suites will feature 48” HD LED Smart TVs, high-speed Internet access and Texas-inspired décor. Guests will also be able to access 24-hour room service, a state-of-the-art fitness center and the 24-hour full-service business center, among other amenities.

About JW Marriott Austin
Construction on the JW Marriott began in August 2012. The hotel is designed to host large conventions and meetings, with more than 112,000 square feet of event space, 42 meeting rooms and 1,012 guest rooms. The hotel will also achieve a LEED Silver certification and two-star Austin Energy Green Building rating. The 34-story hotel is the largest hotel in Austin, the largest JW Marriott in the United States and the second-largest JW Marriott in the world.  JWMarriottAustin.com, @JWMarriottATX and facebook.com/jwmarriottaustin

About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 70 JW Marriott hotels in 26 countries; by 2020 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.  

Media Contacts:
Jessica Berkin
JW Marriott Global Brand Public Relations
240-281-8309
Jessica.Berkin@marriott.com 

Lindsay Ketchum or Lia Pette
Elizabeth Christian Public Relations
lketchum@echristianpr.com or lpette@echristianpr.com
512-472-9599

02/10/2015

Marriott’s New Content Studio Partners with JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Brand; Debuts Short Film TWO BELLMEN With Worldwide Release March 10th

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World Premiere Event And Performance at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE March 10th

Los Angeles, CA, February 10, 2014 -- -- TWO BELLMEN, the first original short filmproduction from Marriott International, Inc.’s Content Studio,will have its world premiere on March 10th, 2015 with a global YouTube launch, as well as a gala screening and party at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE. The iconic JW Marriott property plays a starring role in the film

A collaboration between the Content Studio and renowned dance, parkour, extreme sports, martial arts, and music collective Substance Over Hype, TWO BELLMEN represents the boldest move yet by Marriott International to use narrative storytelling and entertainment to elevate its portfolio of brands – kicking off with the company’s distinctive and sophisticated JW Marriott brand, which currently consists of 69 luxury properties in 26 countries and is expected to reach more than 100 hotels in over 30 countries by 2019.

TWO BELLMEN was directed by Daniel “Malakai” Cabrera and written by Cabrera and Jade Raybin. Marriott’s Content Studio head David Beebe served as Executive Producer and Evan J. Cholfin of Stories International, Inc. produced. The film follows a competitive relationship between two exceptional bellmen that grows into a new friendship when the pair works together to thwart an attempted art heist. The hotel, the bellmen and JW Marriott’ signature service culture emerge as heroes.

The film is a comedic, genre-bending explosion of parkour, martial arts, dance and music action, and features the biggest stars from the hip hop and B-boy dance worlds, including leading Hollywood stuntmen William Spencer (SPIDER-MAN; SPIDER-MAN 2) and Caine Sinclair (NBC’s Grimm; How I met Your Mother) as The Bellmen. The cast also includes Henry Simmons (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.); Miles Brown aka Baby Boogaloo (ABC’s Black-ish); Sophina Brown (Shark; Numb3rs; The Good Wife); noted B-boy dancer Josue "Beastmode" Figueroa (Southland; STEP UP REVOLUTION); Josue Antonio (STEP UP series; The LXD); Taryn Southern (The Single Life); and So You Think You Can Dance hip hop legend, Stephen “tWitch” Boss (STEP UP films; So You Think You Can Dance; MAGIC MIKE XXL), as well as other amazing talents from Substance Over Hype. The music and dance world is also fully represented, with AMP Live, Scarub, and Fingazz all making appearances.

The film debuts on YouTube March 10th. It features a multiplatform, all-screens distribution strategy including digital, theater, in-room, online, Marriott.com, and Marriott’s 47 million Marriott Reward members. For more information, check out http://twobellmen.com.

Director Malakai of Substance over Hype explains, “Marriott helped fulfill our desire to build on a comedic hotel bellman routine we’d developed a while back. The JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A LIVE provided us both a context AND setting for that story. We created a role for the hotel that showcased all its beauty and amenities and combined it with all the stuff we do with dance, stunts and comedy. From there, it just flowed.”

David Beebe, Vice President, Creative and Content Marketing at Marriott International, adds, “TWO BELLMEN is ideally suited to build an emotional relationship between our consumers and the JW Marriott brand. With its brilliant cast and story, and the hotel playing a character, the film entertains consumers, draws them in visually, promises terrific, nonstop action and fun, and delivers content to develop community to drive commerce.”

TWO BELLMEN is a milestone—the most ambitious project yet undertaken by Marriott’s Content Studio—which Marriott announced in September 2014. The Studio is dedicated to publishing, distributing and sharing digital content across multiple platforms and on all screens. To further the company’s focus on next-generation travelers and to drive new business, the studio aims to own original content marketing and produce engaging content that builds worldwide communities of people passionate about travel that will drive commerce to the company’s hotels.

Two Bellmen Links and Social Media
Direct Video Link: http://youtu.be/O5OjesmcJVg

YouTube channel link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNs4ZSULeve-iGEFthwAfAQ

Dropbox link to hi-res images and press materials: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rdqhiisy7mx3k1p/AAAcq-nJQdY5WeFmnjRnQX30a?dl=0.

Two Bellmen Social Links
Facebook           
Twitter               
Instagram              
YouTube

About Substance Over Hype
Substance Over Hype® (SOH) is a “movement” that aims to inspire, combining movement and music to tell stories, create unrivaled media, and perform live. SOH content centers around the popular themes of dance, parkour, extreme sports, martial arts, and music. SOH productions contain the world’s top names from each movement category—referred to as “Kings & Queens”—who collectively boast over 20 million hits on their current YouTube™ videos.

About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 69 JW Marriott hotels in 26 countries; by 2020 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and #experiencejwm.

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 news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Contacts:      
John Wolf, Marriott International, Inc.
john.wolf@marriott.com 
o: 301-380-5718; m: 201-437-6975

Henry Eshelman, PMG 
heshelman@platformgrp.com  
o: 323.337.9042; m: 818.687.3664

02/06/2015

JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Changfeng Park Shines in West Shanghai

Shanghai Changfeng ParkProperty Rebranding Promises Elevated Luxury Guest Experience

Shanghai, China – February 6, 2015 – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts continues to expand its global, luxury collection with the brand new 501-room JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Changfeng Park. Located in Putuo District of the Shanghai city, the hotel will be the second JW Marriott in Shanghai and a world-class addition to its global portfolio of 70 luxury properties. It is poised to become the benchmark of luxury service in the burgeoning west Shanghai area.     

Originally branded as a Marriott Hotels property under a long-term management agreement with the New Development Group Co., LTD. the hotel has been recognized as the first international five-star establishment in Putuo. Given the hotel’s exceptional services, refined design, unique location and level of sophistication, Marriott International saw an opportunity to brand the property a JW Marriott to further elevate its already established luxury offerings and positioning.        

“Since opening in 2010, this gorgeous hotel has been instrumental in bringing sophisticated luxury services to west Shanghai. Its rebranding into JW Marriott will enable guests to experience the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. As second JW Marriott hotel in Shanghai and the tenth in China, the rebranding also speaks to the growing popularity of the JW Marriott brand in China,” said Henry Lee, Chief Operations Officer – Greater China of Marriott International.   

“Our hotel has always been a trend setter of luxury hotel services in west Shanghai. The new JW Marriott Changfeng Park will continue to provide guests with memorable experiences, now enriched with the intuitive service, artfully delivered experiences and well-being focus the JW Marriott brand is known for – both in China and around the world,” said Richard Saul, General Manager of JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Changfeng Park.

The JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Changfeng Park is located at the Changfeng Ecology Commercial District in west Shanghai, facing the picturesque Changfeng Park and Suzhou River. It is well positioned, neighboring the Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing and the internationally renowned National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC). The hotel is also adjacent to Changfeng Parkside Plaza, one of the largest shopping malls in west Shanghai.

The hotel is easily accessible, located just a 15-minute drive from the Hongqiao Integrated Transportation Hub, which houses the Hongqiao International Airport, Hongqiao Railway Station and Bus Station.

The property’s 501 spacious guestrooms boast scenic views of either the Changfeng Park or Suzhou Creek. Each guestroom features a full array of modern amenities such as a full-size executive writing desk, flat-screen TV, JW Marriott’s plush signature bedding and signature bath amenity line from partner Aromatherapy Associates.

The JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Changfeng Park has six world-class restaurants including the newly renovated Park Café, Sakitori and The Lobby Lounge, providing versatile and unique culinary experiences. Park Café is an enticing all-day dining restaurant that features healthy and delicious international cuisine.  Japanese restaurant Sakitori offers authentic fare prepared by Japanese native chefs while The Lobby Lounge brings classic high tea experience and a treat of stylish delicacies.  Upscale Chinese restaurant Pearl offers authentic Cantonese and local Shanghai cuisine while DÔME Steak and Wine brings quality steaks that will rival the best in town.  Finally Panorama Bar, located at the top floor, offers a wide selection of wines, whisky and cigars.

The hotel offers more than 1,500 square meters of multi-function event space featuring the state-of-the-art technologies and facilities. Venues include a 770-square meter Grand Ballroom and 13 individual function rooms equipped with wireless high-speed internet access and an LED wall. In addition, the hotel boasts a versatile area that can be turned into an assembly point for MICE guests, group check-in desk, or even a venue for coffee breaks and cocktail receptions, providing great flexibility for guests.

The hotel’s “Quan” Spa offers Asian, Mediterranean and western spa treatments.  Other facilities include an indoor swimming pool, as well as a health club with a comprehensive fitness center, sauna, Jacuzzi and steam bath facilities.

For more information or reservation, call JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Changfeng Park at (86 21) 2215 6666 or visit jwmarriottchangfeng.com.

Weibo: http://weibo.com/marriottchangfeng 

WeChat: marriottchangfeng

About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 70 JW Marriott hotels in 26 countries; by 2020 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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.

Media Contacts:
Peggy Cheng                                                                                                                                                                Marriott International - Asia Pacific Public Relations                     
+852 2192 6146
Peggy.cheng@marriott.com                                                                                                   

12/23/2014

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Expands Asia Presence With Four New Hotels in Six Months

Luxury Hotel Brand to Add Stunning Properties in Chongqing, Shenzhen Bao'an, Macau in Greater China and Mumbai in India

HONG KONG, December 23, 2014 – Marriott International’s world-class luxury hotel brand, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, plans to open three properties in Greater China and one hotel in India by summer 2015 bringing the brand’s Asia-Pacific portfolio to 28 hotels and resorts with 11 in China and seven in India. By 2020, the global brand portfolio is expected to encompass 105 properties worldwide, 45 of which will be located in the Asia-Pacific region.

The four latest additions will include:  

  • JW Marriott Hotel Chongqing, China
  • JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen Bao'an, China
  • JW Marriott Hotel Macau, China
  • JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai Sahar, India  

“The addition of these four amazing hotels only continues to strengthen JW Marriott’s already strong presence in Asia” said Simon Cooper, president and managing director of Marriott International Asia Pacific.  “We are embarking on an exciting time for the brand and region, and have plans to further expand the brand into new markets including Chengdu, Xian, Guangzhou and Dalian in China, Kolkata in India, Jakarta in Indonesia, and Phuket in Thailand."  

"Asia is one of the fastest growing and most important regions for JW Marriott.  Since opening the JW Marriott Hong Kong in 1989, we have been committed to building striking hotels that promise beautiful design and a memorable guest experience, delivering our signature intuitive service that speaks to this key area of the world," says Mitzi Gaskins, vice president & global brand manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts.  "We are a very global brand.  Currently 60 percent of our portfolio is located outside the U.S. and we are proud to say that by 2020, 45 of our anticipated 105 properties will be in Asia."

JW ChongqingJW Marriott Hotel Chongqing, China (December 2014)

Situated in Chongqing’s central downtown district, the JW Marriott Hotel Chongqing offers an exciting and convenient location in the vibrant heart of this important hub in Western China. The hotel boasts 454 luxurious guest rooms and suites, a choice of three different restaurants including a Chinese restaurant Man Ho known for its Sichuan and Cantonese cuisine, all-day-dining restaurant Qing Kitchen open from breakfast until dinner, and Flame, which features a bar, open-kitchen and performance stage. There is over 2,200 sqm of versatile event space equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology. Guests can enjoy relaxing in the indoor swimming pool and 24-hour gym, and indulge in pampering sessions at the spa, which encompasses natural elements in the comfort and privacy of an individual spa suite.

JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen Bao'an-JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen Bao'an, China (Q1 2015)

The 356-room hotel is ideally located in the centre of Shenzhen Bao'an District, a 15-minute drive from Shenzhen International Airport and Shenzhen Bay Port. Situated in a spectacular modern landmark building, the hotel boasts panoramic views of Qianhai Bay and the Pearl River Delta. An all-day dining restaurant with an outdoor terrace and a fine dining restaurant located on the top floor with stunning bay views, offer a myriad of culinary creations in a breath-taking setting. Guests can take advantage of the luxurious spa and fitness centre, along with indoor heated and outdoor swimming pools. An impressive eight multi-function venues offer 2,600sqm of meeting and banquet space, with a unique 1,758sqm Grand Ballroom featuring a light changing LED ceiling.

JW Mumbai SaharJW Marriott Hotel Mumbai Sahar, India (Q1 2015)

Located 1 km away from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Mumbai, the new hotel boasts 585 intimate rooms.  Guests can choose to dine at JW Café or at Italian specialty restaurant, Romano’s. With more than 56,000 sq.ft. of indoor and outdoor convention space, the property offers 11 well-appointed meeting rooms with state-of-the-art conferencing facilities. The 24 hour fitness centre includes a spa, sauna and pool while holistic Spa by JW offers a host of therapies based on four benefit states – Calm, Renew, Indulge and Invigorate.

JW Macau Galaxy Phase 2JW Marriott Hotel Macau, China (Q2 2015)

Situated within Macau’s new integrated resort Galaxy Macau™, the JW Marriott Hotel Macau is located in the heart of Cotai Macau, offering 1,015 rooms and suites styled with elegant and sophisticated decor. The hotel offers innovative culinary experiences including Man Ho, a contemporary and authentic Cantonese restaurant, all-day dining venue with international and regional cuisine Urban Kitchen, a laid-back pool bar and an exclusive lobby lounge. The hotel also features an outdoor swimming pool and latest technology fitness centre.  Younger guests can join in the fun at the world’s largest JW Kids Club. In addition, guests can take advantage of Galaxy Macau’s Grand Resort Deck with tropical gardens and Adventure River.  The hotel’s pillar-less Grand Ballroom and venue spaces are ideal settings for weddings and social events.

About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 69 JW Marriott hotels in 26 countries.  Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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 jessica.berkin@marriott.com or peggy.cheng@marriott.com

 

12/04/2014

Meetings Made Easier with Marriott's Global App

MSA-ESAKBethesda, MD – December 4, 2014 – Marriott International is now making global meeting planning easier than ever. An additional 75 hotels have enabled meeting management with Marriott’s Meeting Services App (MSA). Nearly 600 hotels now offer MSA, including select Autograph Collection Hotels, as well as properties in Europe and the Middle East. Properties in the Asia Pacific region are expected to offer MSA in the first quarter of 2015. Currently available in 20 different languages, MSA breaks down language barriers and makes it easy for event planners and hotel event staff to communicate in their native tongues while executing their meetings.

Marriott's Meeting Services App technology allows meeting planners to manage events without leaving their seats. The app lets you make and adjust real-time requests for coffee refills, room temperature changes, and almost anything else you might need without disruptions or delays. Customized for your event's meeting rooms and spaces, the app is sent to you by the host hotel three days before your event begins and is available for use on all web-enabled devices.

Meeting Services App is part of a branded suite of apps available at nearly 600 properties in four brands, including Marriott Hotels (Red Coat Direct), JW Marriott Hotels (JW Event Concierge), Renaissance Hotels (R.E.N. Meetings Expert) and select Autograph Collection hotels (Meeting Services App), and provides meeting planners with a familiar platform, yet distinct brand experience. In Q2, 2015 select Courtyard Hotels outside the United States will launch a branded version of MSA.

Click here for MSA brand videos.

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 news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com

Connect with sara.steffenauer@marriott.com
 

11/24/2014

JW Marriott to Open Unique Luxury Private Island Resort in Venice

JW-Marriott-Venice-roomBethesda, Md., November 2014 – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the distinctive sophisticated brand of Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR), plans to open its first Italian hotel in Venice and first resort in Europe in March 2015. The 266-room property, created in collaboration with award-winning Italian architect firm Matteo Thun & Partners, has an exceptional lagoon location on its own island, with stunning views of St Mark’s Square and La Serenissima. [Download images.]

JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa will combine the very best in contemporary hotel design with the heritage and elegance of its location, bringing the historic buildings and parklands of Isola delle Rose (Rose Island) back to life as a world-class urban resort.  The hotel buildings have been sensitively refurbished by Matteo Thun & Partners to incorporate sustainable, modern and elegant design within the historic building. Tranquil bedrooms and suites, some with private pools, are simply decorated with locally made bricks, glass and tiles to reflect the artisanal talent and styles of the region. 

"The opening of our first property in Italy marks a time of great growth and development for the JW Marriott brand," said Mitzi Gaskins, vice president and global brand manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts.  "The new JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa exemplifies the elegance and service that our guests have come to expect, incorporating modern design elements with authentic Venetian offerings to create a truly genuine experience in a culturally rich market."

With over 16 acres to explore, guests will experience unparalleled levels of privacy and space. Among the numerous gardens and outdoor areas are landscaped spots for quiet contemplation, as well as fruit arbours, olive groves and cultivated plots to provide fresh ingredients for the property’s diverse food and drink offerings, including four restaurants and five bars and a cooking school and wine academy. Restored outbuildings scattered around the island house a range of facilities including a picturesque function space in an old church and the spa.

In keeping with JW Marriott’s refined but informal ethos and personal service, the 1,750-metre spa, operated by GOCO Hospitality, is the largest in Venice,  offering both bespoke treatments and a range of classic spa rituals from product houses including !QMS Medicosmetics and Amala. It also has an indoor and outdoor aqua-tonic pool, a health club, eight treatment rooms, a hammam and luxury spa suite.

Additional hotel facilities will include a kid’s club and dedicated family pool, water sports such as canoeing and sailing, and a sensational rooftop pool offering dramatic views across the lagoon to St. Mark’s Square, which can be reached by private boat in just fifteen minutes.  Guests will also be able to try authentic Murano Glass and Venetian Mask making with weekly workshops led by local artisans. 

JW Marriott Venice is the brand’s sixth European hotel. Global openings planned include JW Marriott Cabo San Lucas Resort, Mexico; JW Marriott Austin, Texas; and JW Marriott Vancouver Place Stadium, British Columbia, Canada in 2015. Rooms at the JW Marriott Venice will start from €395 including breakfast. For more information, visit jwmarriott.com/vcejw.

All JW Marriott hotels and resorts participate in Marriott Rewards, Marriott International’s award-winning guest loyalty program, where guests can earn points at more than 4,000 hotels in over 70 countries.

About JW Marriott
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travellers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretence. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 68 JW Marriott hotels in 26 countries; by 2019 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 hotels in over 30 countries. Visit us online at jwmarriott.com and on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. 

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 jessica.berkin@marriott.com

11/10/2014

Warhol Pops Up in Miami

Andy Warhol - Happy Butterfly DayChristie's, JW Marriott, Present First-Ever Pop-Up Art Sale December 3-4 at the JW Marriott Marquis; Exhibit is Open to the Public and Free of Charge

Miami, November, 10, 2014 – Christie’s, JW Marriott® Hotels & Resorts, and JW Marriott Marquis Miami are pleased to announce a pop-up art sale at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami, which will be the first time original art will be available for purchase at a JW Marriott property. Download images.

Andy Warhol - Tattooed Woman Holding RoseThe unique selling event, which will be held December 3-4 on the hotel’s fifth floor, will coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach 2014.  The public is welcome to view the exhibit free-of-charge. The exhibition will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 3rd and Thursday, December 4th.  

The exhibit is part of Andy Warhol at Christie’s, a multi-year, multi-platform partnership with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.  A curated group of more than 20 paintings, photographs, prints, and works on paper, many of which have never been seen before and with price points ranging from $3,000 to $50,000, will be available for sale to the public and hotel guests. 

“This exhibition presents a unique opportunity for collectors to acquire original works by Andy Warhol that come directly from Warhol’s collection – he’s the only person who has owned it. Collectors have the added bonus that proceeds of the sales benefit The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ grant-making initiatives,” comments Amelia Manderscheid, Associate Vice President, Specialist, Warhol Private Sales.

Andy Warhol - La Plata DolphinAs with all sales in Andy Warhol at Christie’s—including live auctions, online-only auctions, and private sales — all works are drawn from the collection of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, with proceeds benefitting the Foundation’s grant-making programs.

[ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987)
Happy Butterfly Day, offset lithograph with hand-coloring on paper, Executed circa 1955.
Tattooed Woman Holding Rose, offset lithograph in orange, on green paper, with horizontal folds (as issued), the full sheet, 29 1/8 x 11 1/8in. (74 x 28.3 cm.), Executed circa 1955.
La Plata River Dolphin, silkscreen inks on colored paper collage, 12 x 18 in. (30.5 x 45.7 cm.), Executed in 1986]

db Bistro Moderne Miami, Chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant located within the JW Marriott Marquis Miami, will also pay homage to Warhol during the week with dishes and cocktails inspired by the artist’s works. Chef Boulud - who cooked for Warhol himself in the 1980s in NYC - Executive Chef Jason Pringle, and Pastry Chef Jerome Maure channel their creativity on the chefs’ canvas, the plate. Guests who visit the gallery may bring their ticket to db Bistro to redeem a complimentary Warhol-inspired cocktail from December 2-7. Cocktails include:

POP ART: red wine, coke, lime juice, served in a Campbell’s soup can; VELVET UNDERGROUND: gin, St. Germaine, banana, sparking wine, hibiscus; CANDY DARLING: white wine, ginger liqueur, soda, mint ice ball.

As the official hotel partner of Art Basel, Design Miami, Art Miami, and the Perez Art Museum, the JW Marriott Marquis Miami is immersed in the growing art scene already present in the city. Besides its more than $250,000 in sponsorships, and its support of other arts organizations such as the Miami International Symphony Orchestra, Florida Grand Opera, and others, the hotel and JW Marriott brand boast a strategic partnership with Christie’s, the world’s leading art auction house.  The partnership began during Art Basel 2010 when the hotel featured a popular exhibition of Post-War and Contemporary highlights, which included pieces from artists such as Andy Warhol, Antony Gormley, and Damien Hirst. The hotel also houses a museum-caliber art collection worth more than $1 million, called the Art of Reinvention.

“We are excited to partner with Christie’s Auction House for the fifth consecutive year during Art Basel. This unique art event celebrating the remarkable works of one of America's most important art showmen while supporting the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts will be a must see for Art Basel visitors and local art enthusiasts,” said Florencia Tabeni, General Manager, JW Marriott Marquis Miami.

The exhibit will be launched at an invitation-only lunch and panel discussion titled ‘Disruptors: Thinking Outside the Box’ on Tuesday, December 2nd.  Confirmed  panelists include Daniel Boulud, chef-owner of DB Bistro, Eric Chang, co-founder and designer for Hellman-Chang furniture, Matthew Von Ertfelda, vice president  Insight, Strategy + Innovation at Marriott International,  Amelia Manderscheid, Christie’s Andy Warhol expert, and Eric Shiner, Director, Andy Warhol Museum. MIAMI magazine is the official media partner and moderator for the panel.

For more information on Andy Warhol at Christie’s, please visit: http://www.christies.com/warhol

POP-UP SELLING EVENT
Admission is free and open to the public

JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS MIAMI 
255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, FL
Wednesday, December 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m
Thursday, December 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m

Notes to Editors:
Christie’s began a strategic partnership with JW Marriott, Marriott International’s world-class luxury hotel brand, during Art Basel Miami Beach 2010 with an exhibition of Post-War and Contemporary Art highlights from Christie’s upcoming London sale. The two brands have since replicated the model in Chicago, London, Mexico City, Denver, Shanghai, and more. The strategic partnership was developed as part of a global brand initiative to deliver a one-of-a-kind opportunity for guests to experience the worlds of art, auction, and beyond at JW Marriott hotels and resorts around the world. 

All Andy Warhol Artworks © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

About The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts was established in 1987.  In accordance with Andy Warhol’s will, its mission is the advancement of the visual arts.  The primary focus of the Foundation’s grant-making activity has been to support the creation, presentation, and documentation of contemporary visual arts, particularly work that is experimental, under-recognized, or challenging in nature. The program has been both pro-active in its approach to the field of cultural philanthropy and responsive to the changing needs of artists. A strong commitment to freedom of artistic expression continues to inform the Foundation’s support of organizations that fight censorship, protect artists’ rights, and defend their access to evolving technologies in the digital age.

Through cooperative exhibitions, loans. and permanent placement of work in museums nationwide, the Foundation has ensured that the many facets of Warhol’s complex oeuvre are both widely accessible and properly cared for. In helping to establish the comprehensive collection and study center of The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the Foundation paved the way for new Warhol scholarship and curatorial innovation. The Foundation’s sustained support and oversight of thoroughly researched, extensively illustrated catalogues raisonnés of Warhol’s entire artistic output continues to expand the possibilities for scholarship about his work.

The Foundation has also used its ownership of the copyrights to Warhol images and trademarks to his name and signature as an opportunity to craft creative and responsible licensing policies that are both friendly to scholars and artists wishing to use Warhol images for educational and creative purposes and profitable to the Foundation when the images are used for commercial purposes. Revenues from licensing agreements add significantly to those earned through the continued sale of work from the Foundation’s art collection, enabling the Foundation to build the endowment from which it makes cash grants to arts organizations around the country. Visit the Foundation’s website at www.warholfoundation.org.

About Christie’s 
Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction and private sales in 2013 that totalled £4.5 billion/ $7.1 billion, making it the highest annual total in Christie’s history. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's has since conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions through the centuries providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers around 450 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery. Private sales totalled £760.5 million ($1.19 billion) in 2013, an increase of 20% on the previous year.

Christie’s has a global presence with 53 offices in 32 countries and 12 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Mumbai. More recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in growth markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.

About JW Marriott Marquis Miami
The JW Marriott Marquis Miami is situated in Miami’s new Metropolitan Miami development. The first-to-market JW Marriott property boasts 313 guestrooms, inclusive of 56 suites, along with a broad array of amenities, including renowned chef-restaurateur, Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne.  Offering a diverse setting for business, meeting and pleasure travel pursuits, the 41-story hotel features three concierge levels; 80,000-square-feet of total function space including a 20,000 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom; and one of the most unique indoor sports, lifestyle and entertainment complexes of any hotel in the U.S. The 50,000-square-foot, two-story indoor facility includes a NBA-approved basketball arena, tennis court, Mariano Bartolome Golf School, virtual bowling alley, billiards, full-service enliven spa and salon and more. Owned and operated by Met 2 Hotels LLC, the JW Marriott Marquis Miami is located at 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL. For additional information and booking please visit www.jwmarriottmarquismiami.com.

About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts 
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 68 JW Marriott hotels in 26 countries; by 2019 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Images available on request 

PRESS CONTACTS:
Sara Fox | Christie’s |+1 212 636 2680 |
sfox@christies.com 

Jessica Berkin | JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts | 240 281 8309 | jessica.berkin@marriott.com

11/03/2014

JW Marriott Debuts First Resort in India, JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa

JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove & SpaLuxury Hospitality Brand Opens 115-Room Resort in The Heart Of The Himalayas

New Delhi, November 3, 2014 – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts continues to expand its luxury portfolio with the opening of its first resort in India, the JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa.The hotel is located in the hill station of Mussoorie, at the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges, also known as the Queen of the Hills. The hotel boasts a sophisticated elegant and chic style, amidst a surreal ambience of lush mountains and historic walnut plantations.

“JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove & Spa is a beautiful addition to our growing India portfolio and overall global presence,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President and Global Brand Manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts. “Each year, thousands of travelers pass through the picturesque hill station of Mussoorie to experience its temples, gardens, hiking trails and natural falls and we are thrilled to celebrate that rich history and culture with our guests.”

JW Marriott MussoorieThe hotel’s interior and exterior design was inspired by its natural surroundings – the stunning Himalayan Mountains. All guestrooms feature private balconies, inviting guests to enjoy stunning views of the surrounding hills and gardens and breathe the fresh mountain air from the privacy of their own room. The new 115-room luxury resort is located just 290 kilometers (approx. 180 miles) from New Delhi and 60 kilometers (approx.40 miles) from the nearest airport in Dehradun.

“The opening of the first JW Marriott resort in India is undoubtedly a milestone for the JW Marriott brand and Marriott International at large,” said Mr. Rajeev Menon, Area Vice President of South-Asia for Marriott International. “JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa reflects the sophistication, style and exceptional service, attributes that have grown synonymous with the JW Marriott brand worldwide.”

Guests will be invited to explore five specialty restaurants on property. All-day dining JW Cafe serves fresh local and international favorites from its lively open kitchen such as popular North Indian black lentil dish Kali Dal, lamb dish Nalli ki Nihari and the signature JW Burger and JW Club sandwich; Teppan is the contemporary, upscale restaurant serving Asian cuisine; Wisteria Deck is a cozy outdoor Italian trattoria serving wood fired pizzas, wines and sangria; Perch is a tea lounge offering some of the best single estate teas and coffees and Trout House Grill & Bar opens each evening to grill up the local catch of the day and offer a selection of exclusive cocktails including fresh fruit martini’s and frozen cocktails.

The resort also houses the Cedar Spa by L'Occitane, which features five lavish treatment rooms and an array of invigorating treatments inspired by the indigenous cedar trees of the region. Treatments include the Signature Cedarwood Body Massage, the repairing Shea Ultra Rich Softening Body Wrap and the Almond Silhouette Reshape to restore firmness. Salon by Warren Tricomi, a state-of-the-art fitness center will boast an indoor heated swimming pool to complete the well-being experience at the hotel.

The resort was specially designed with families in mind and features The Den – an entertainment center and kid’s club that spans over 12,000 square feet and includes a two-lane bowling alley, billiard and pool tables, gaming consoles, library, nap areas and a Market with fresh food and beverages. 

The hotel also holds one of the largest meeting spaces in the city with 3,300 total square feet across the Grand Orchard Ballroom, three break-out rooms and a spacious pre-function area. An on-site events team will ensure flawless coordination and execution, be it a lavish wedding or social event.

“The JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa, marks a major milestone for Mussoorie, one of the most stunning and serene parts of the Himalayas,” said Mr. Chandrashekhar Joshi, General Manager, JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa.  “Our hotel has the distinction of catering to the entire family with a plethora of entertainment, dining and relaxation amenities that showcase the best of local ingredients, all in the lap of international luxury.”

The JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa offers the tranquility of nature, perfectly blended with the warmth of luxury hospitality, and will be the brand’s sixth property in India. Currently there are five other JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts properties in India, which are located in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Pune and Bengaluru. 

About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 70 JW Marriott hotels in 26 countries; by 2019 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

 

About Marriott International
Marriott International is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties and 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, including: Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy Hotels, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Spring Hill Suites, Residence Inn, Towne Place Suites, Protea Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club timeshare brand.  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

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08/28/2014

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Brings Poise & Grace to Service Culture with The Joffrey Ballet

JW Marriott Hotels and Joffrey BalletGlobal Luxury Hotel Brand Incorporates Foundations of Dance into Associate Training Program. [video below]

Bethesda, Md., August 28, 2014 – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and The Joffrey Ballet are taking guest service to a new level with the launch of “Poise and Grace,” a series of inspirational video training tutorials led by Ashley Wheater, artistic director of The Joffrey Ballet.  As part of the luxury hotel brand’s commitment to service excellence, the program was developed to inspire associates to develop and bring natural confidence, poise and grace  to the guest experience. The training series includes exclusive content and tailored instruction that teaches associates how to incorporate the foundations of dance into everyday guest interaction. Download images.
 

“At JW Marriott, we look to identify associates that live the brand vision of orchestrating the exceptional, crafting luxurious experiences for guests that are inspired by their passions,” said Mitzi Gaskins, vice president and global brand manager of JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts.  “Poise and posture are globally recognized cultural cues that reflect the care and dedication our associates provide in every service interaction.”

JW Marriott Hotels and Joffrey Ballet - EngageFeaturing Wheater and JW Marriott associates, the videos focus on the importance of Warming Up, Proper Breathing, Flow of Movement and Connecting to the Audience while emphasizing the importance of both verbal and visual cues including posture, squaring one’s shoulders and two-handed delivery and engagement techniques.  Videos are typically shown during Daily Rehearsal – a team stand-up meeting where associates focus on JW Marriott’s unique service culture and discuss the business of the day.  Videos are inspirational and flexible, not prescriptive, and can occur one-on-one, in a group setting or even during a hotel-wide meeting.  Associates can also access content via a web-based app called Orchestr8, which allows hotels to share with one another how they have orchestrated exceptional guest experiences.  The new program will be deployed across all 68 JW Marriott properties in 26 countries by August 30.

JW Marriott worked with brand partner and Chicago Tribune’s Chicagoan of the Year Ashley Wheater to identify the four core behaviors that help dancers embody poise and grace.  Although hotel guests do not see the videos, they do experience the end result – confident, intuitive associates who make an impact, from strong first impressions to establishing a meaningful connection guests.

“We are proud to partner with JW Marriott on the Poise and Grace video training series,” said Wheater. “Ballet technique breeds discipline, self-confidence and a genuine interaction between people. Dancers epitomize poise and grace, and this program is a wonderful way to both celebrate our brand partnership and enhance the JW Marriott guest experience.”

JW Marriott Hotels and Joffrey BalletThe JW Marriott Chicago (151 W. Adams) served as the host hotel for the creation of the Poise and Grace videos due to its longstanding relationship with The Joffrey Ballet and its standing as #1 in guest satisfaction among JW Marriott properties in the last two of three years. Director of Sales & Marketing Steve Conklin at the JW Marriott Chicago explains how associates have embraced the program on property:

“When you think of poise and grace, the perfect metaphor is ballet. It’s an easy association for the team. The exercises, which include everything from practicing flow of movement through an obstacle course of tight spaces to noticing eye and heart placement when making a connection with the guest, have truly helped our associates to carry themselves with confidence and deliver a superior level of service to our guests.”  

About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 68 JW Marriott hotels in 26 countries; by 2019 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 40 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Connect with jessica.berkin@marriott.com

08/27/2014

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Brand Celebrates Opening of First Hotel in the Caribbean: The JW Marriott Santo Domingo

JW-Marriott-Santo-Domingo-exteriorSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic – August 27, 2014 - Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) continues to grow its world-class luxury JW Marriott hotel brand with the opening of the 150-room JW Marriott Santo Domingo. The grand opening celebration took place today in Santo Domingo and was graced with the presence of President Danilo Medina, Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier Garcia, along with the President of FVI-Fondo de Valores Inmobiliarios S.A.C.A, Mr. Luis Emilio Velutini and Mr. Craig Smith, President of the Caribbean and Latin America at Marriott. Download images.

The much anticipated hotel is located in the upscale Piantini financial district and located inside the luxurious Blue Mall which that features several fine dining restaurants and high end shops such as Cartier, Carolina Herrera and Louis Vuitton. 

“Santo Domingo remains one of the most vibrant countries for new development in the Caribbean," said Craig S. Smith, President of the Caribbean and Latin America at Marriott International. “We are thrilled to have partnered with Mr. Velutini on this project, and reveal our first world class JW Marriott luxury brand hotel to the Caribbean. This beautiful hotel brings the highest levels of accommodations and service to the Dominican Republic and is a great addition to the brand’s growing global portfolio.”

“The opening of this high luxury, sophisticated hotel marks an important milestone in the Dominican Republic’s tourism industry”, said Luis Emilio Velutini, President of FVI-Fondo de Valores Inmobiliarios S.A.C.A. “With the thriving economy in the country and the success of the high-end Blue Mall complex, we are confident that this unique and visually stunning hotel will become a landmark in Santo Domingo attracting travelers and groups from all over the world”.

JW-Santo-Marriott-Domingo-poolSure to be the city’s newest hotspot, the stunning VERTYGO 101 lounge, the Dominican Republic’s first “floating” restaurant and bar, features a glass floor terrace rising 101 feet above the bustling city street below and offers a full menu of crafted cocktails and innovative food items.

Along with VERTYGO 101, the JW Marriott Santo Domingo also houses the exclusive Winston Grill & Patio, a sophisticated fine dining restaurant overseen by the talented Chef Sergio Delfino that features Latin-American specialties with an Asian influence as well as an extensive international wine and cocktail menu.

The modern and sophisticated 150 rooms and suites will all include the highest speed wireless internet on the market, LCD TV’S, apple TV in every room, embedded TVs in the bathroom mirrors, alarm clocks with iPhone 5 and iPad docking station, Nespresso coffee machine and the signature JW Marriott brand Aromatherapy bathroom amenities. The presidential suite will feature some of the most high-end details in the Caribbean, including an $8,000 Kholer bath tub with light therapy, massage and hydrotherapy to reach the highest level of relaxation after a long day in Santo Domingo.

“Each JW Marriott delivers a warm, authentic, relaxed and elegant environment that is unique to the luxury segment, and we are thrilled to open our doors for business and receive guests to experience this incredible new hotel” said Nigel Cook, General Manager of the JW Marriott Santo Domingo. 

The stunning hotel also offers 9 event spaces, totaling over 2,938 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, including the 1,158 square foot ballroom. The excellent location along with the luxurious accommodations and outstanding service offered at the JW Marriott Santo Domingo is sure to make this hotel the number one choice to host social and business events in the city.

About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 68 JW Marriott hotels in 25 countries; by 2019 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties over 40 countries. Visit us online, jwmarriott.com, @jwmarriott and facebook.com/JWMarriott

Connect with Laura.Botelho@marriott.com