TRAVEL AND LEISURE CLOSE-UP-20 March 2009-New Hotel Announced by Marriott in London
Marriott (NYSE:MAR) has signed a franchise agreement with Kew Green Hotels for the launch of a 218-room Courtyard by Marriott London Gatwick Airport.
GBP69 per night is the special introductory rate. Rooms are to be equipped with luxury bedding, modern bathrooms, ergonomically designed desks and chairs, high speed Wi-Fi internet access, coffee/tea maker, iron and ironing board, and a flat-screen television. Sofa, fresh coffee machine and plush robes are additional features for twenty-two junior suites.
Dining options to be offered are all-day casual dining and the Volare Restaurant, which features a Mediterranean inspired menu and a 24-hour 'Marketplace'. Also offered are a fitness centre, three meeting rooms with 1,200 square feet of meeting space, Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, and a business centre.
According to Jurgen Giesbert, executive vice-president for Marriott's United Kingdom, Middle East and Africa region, 'We are thrilled to take our Courtyard brand in a new direction in the United Kingdom and Europe, keeping the brand fresh and relevant to today's traveller. Business travellers today are looking for quality and innovation as well as service and style at a fair price. We are confident that this new contemporary Courtyard with its distinctive European flair will be a big hit with travellers from around the globe, offering value and consistency of product and service for which Courtyard is known.'