JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Pearl Hospitality Opens JW Marriott Houston Downtown
Nov 19 14
JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Pearl Hospitality officially opened the 328-room JW Marriott Houston Downtown. Located on 806 Main Street, the hotel is housed in the historic, 104-year-old Samuel F. Carter Building and is the JW Marriott brand's first adaptive reuse project in Texas and its second property in Houston. To celebrate the iconic opening, JW Marriott worked with celebrity event planner and brand partner Colin Cowie to create an interactive grand opening celebration filled with live performance art, memorable culinary experiences and headline entertainment so guests can see, touch and taste their way through the new property. The exclusive party will take place the evening of November 19. Artfully designed by Gensler, the hotel is inspired by Houston's rich heritage and modern attitude. It beautifully incorporates the building's original design elements, including the hot-riveted steel beams, into sleek, welcoming spaces. The luxurious guest rooms, exquisitely crafted cuisine, the first Spa by JW worldwide, a curated art collection and its central location on Main Street, make JW Marriott Houston Downtown the new heart of downtown Houston's hospitality. Interior spaces, conceptualized by Wilson and Associates and MBCM Incorporated, are a dynamic fusion of old and new, past and present. Eighteen original works of art by Texan, national and international artists, including the iconic 13-foot griffin sculpture and the first augmented sculpture by URBANSCREEN in North America, are displayed throughout the hotel, paying homage to Houston's thriving arts community. JW Marriott Houston Downtown offers 328 luxurious rooms including executive and presidential suites, long-term apartment suites and four wellness-inspired spa suites. Each guestroom has a 55-inch LCD TV, an iPod station, Nespresso coffee machine, wireless internet and touch screen room controls. Rooms are also equipped with iPads featuring, multi-lingual iRiS app, which will allow guests to access and book all facilities and services offered at JW Marriott Houston Downtown including dining, spa, room service, concierge and valet services, travel information and more. In a city recognized for its thriving culinary scene, JW Marriott Houston Downtown's Main Kitchen is set to become a new dining destination. The restaurant offers an uncomplicated yet elegant menu inspired by the unique melting pot of Houston's culinary cultures. Award-winning chefs Erin Smith and Sharon Gofreed develop globally inspired, seasonal menus based on locally sourced ingredients. The 806 Bar & Lounge connects to Main Kitchen for a seamless dining experience. Guests can enjoy delectable small bites, classic and contemporary cocktails, craft beers and carefully selected domestic and South American wines. JW Marriott Houston Downtown redefines the concept of a hotel event venue with its gallery-inspired meeting spaces. The eclectic curated art collection displayed throughout more than 16,000 square feet of event space features works by local and national artists, adding sophistication to any event. Flexibly designed and beautifully decorated spaces can be combined or separated depending on event needs to accommodate all types of gatherings, from society galas to business meetings, making every event personal and distinctively special. JW Marriott Houston Downtown is the first hotel worldwide to feature Spa by JW, a new spa concept by the JW Marriott brand developed in collaboration with JW Marriott brand partner and spa industry leader Aromatherapy Associates. Created to re-imagine the spa experience, Spa by JW offers guests an intuitive experience that is luxurious yet purposeful with treatments and products designed to address four core benefit states: Calm, Indulge, Invigorate and Renew. Services vary from a selection of 12 to 25 minute express treatments for guests on the go to 60- to 90-minute full-service spa services.
Marriott Internatinal Plans to Open the First Courtyard by Marriott Brand Hotel in Guatemala City
Nov 13 14
Marriott Internatinal announced plans to open the first Courtyard by Marriott brand hotel in the Guatemala City. The hotel project was signed with Grupo Azur. The 147-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel, scheduled to open in 2016, will be located in the middle of Guatemala City’s Zona 10, also known as Zona Viva, an area known for leisure and business travel. The hotel will feature the brand’s refreshing business lobby, lobby bar, a casual dining restaurant, flexible meeting space and recreational facilities including a gym. Additionally, it will include the brand’s new modern guestroom design.
Marcato Urges Intercontinental Hotels To Consider Merger With Rival
Nov 11 14
Marcato Capital Management, LLC said that Intercontinental Hotels Group plc (LSE:IHG) should consider a possible merger with one of six rivals: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (NYSE:HOT), Marriott International, Inc. (NasdaqGS:MAR), Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HLT), Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC, Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) and Accor S.A. (ENXTPA:AC). Marcato said, "Each of these companies would be a fit for IHG by broadening its geographic footprint in the most desirable hospitality markets, expanding chain scale diversification, increasing asset-light earnings, realizing cost savings, improving system fund benefits, and lowering cost of capital." Richard "Mick" McGuire, the founder of Marcato, says in an open letter to shareholders of Intercontinental Hotels that he built up its stake in the business over concerns that the board was not giving due consideration to the strategic alternatives available in the current industry and M&A environment. Marcato said that an all-stock combination with another major hotel operator could deliver a premium upwards of 100% over Intercontinental’s current share price, creating a divserified hotel management company.