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Courtyard by Marriott expands its UK portfolio with Oxford opening

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The first hotel to opening following the aim to expand portfolio in the UK to seven hotels will be Courtyard by Marriott Oxford South… 

Courtyard continues to grow its UK presence with the opening of Courtyard by Marriott Oxford South. Inviting the modern traveller to work and play, the hotel features the latest Courtyard by Marriott design to ensure a refreshing and productive hotel experience. Design company Urban Reef imagined the stunning, futuristic, exterior of the property, and the interior design showcases artwork and murals inspired by the county of Oxfordshire.

Owned by EQ Hotels, the hotel is located within easy reach of Oxford city centre and its historic and cultural attractions, Bicester Village shopping outlet, and premium science and business hub Milton Park.

“Courtyard by Marriott Oxford South is an excellent gateway to discover the unique attractions of this historic area,” said John Licence, Vice President Premium and Select Brands Europe at Marriott International. “Whether our guests are in Oxfordshire for business or pleasure, they are sure to enjoy an authentic local experience that inspires them to both work and play.”

The 170 welcoming guest rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi, 55-inch TVs with Chromecast technology, rainfall showers, comfortable Hypnos beds, and Nespresso machines. Guests can also unwind in the state-of-the-art fitness centre.

Luxury bedroom with white interiors and statement yellow cushion on bed

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The hotel’s signature all-day dining restaurant, The Oxen Bar & Grill, presents seasonal British-inspired and international cuisine in a relaxed setting with its open pizza kitchen, all-weather alfresco dining terrace, and urban lounge bar.

Courtyard Oxford South is the ideal venue for a memorable event or conference. Four spacious meeting rooms, with natural daylight and equipped with the latest technology, offer 185 square metres of versatile meeting and function space, with the largest area able to cater for 120 delegates.

The addition of Courtyard Oxford South brings the brand’s footprint in Europe to over 60 hotels. Further hotel openings are anticipated over the next couple of years in key growth markets including Germany, UK, and France, as well as new markets including Armenia, Iceland, and Finland.

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Dominvs Group - Marriott by Courtyard, Oxford

Dominvs Group secures planning permission for Courtyard by Marriott, Oxford

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Dominvs Group has secured planning permission from Oxford County Council for a new 140-room hotel scheme at Paradise Street in central Oxford, close to the site of Oxford Castle.

Dominvs will develop and operate the hotel under the Courtyard by Marriott brand. Offering high quality guest accommodation arranged over six storeys, the hotel will replace the existing Cooper Callas building, a disused industrial site. The scheme will include food and beverage facilities accessible by both hotel guests and the local community, while its stand-out feature will be a roof garden and terrace with views of Oxford Castle.

The site had been identified by Oxford City Council for re-development within the West End Area Action Plan, as part of which the old Westgate Shopping Centre is also being overhauled and is due to re-open later this year.

Oxford City Council welcomed the proposal from Dominvs, which responds to the high volume of local tourism and creates 70 new jobs in a variety of roles. The designs for the building mirror the brickwork and fenestration in the surrounding streets, and received approval from Historic England.

Dominvs Group is experienced in developing hotel sites at landmark locations that are sensitive to their historic surroundings. This will be the group’s second development alongside Marriott with work already underway on the conversion of the former Tower Bridge Magistrates Court into a luxury 200-bedroom hotel. The hotel will be part of Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s growing portfolio of one-of-a-kind independent hotels. Additionally, the group recently secured planning permission from the City of London Corporation to develop a hotel at Ludgate Hill, in the St Paul’s Cathedral conservation area.

Plans for Luton Airport hotel take flight

Plans for Luton Airport hotel take flight

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Redefine|BDL Hotels has announced that it will manage the upcoming Courtyard by Marriott London Luton Airport hotel undertaken by Polcom Developments. The hotel is expected to open early in 2018.

The new 250-bedroom modular build hotel will be situated just 10 minutes’ walk from Luton Airport’s departure lounge, and will boast thoughtfully designed guestrooms that promote comfort and productivity, plus a bar, bistro and gym.

Polcom Developments has already begun building the hotel rooms at its factory in Gdansk, Poland and, when ready, they’ll be transported to the hotel site ready for construction.

Plans for Luton Airport hotel take flightRBH – the UK’s leading independent hotel management company – which already counts Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh and the modular-build Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh West among its portfolio of properties, will manage the hotel once complete.

Ross Morrow, RBH’s Chief Development Officer, said: “Courtyard by Marriott London Luton Airport will be the second hotel in the RBH portfolio to be built using Polcom’s innovative modular construction. With the main components of the hotel being built in a factory setting, it minimises the time spent on-site and really speeds up completion of what is set to be a fantastic hotel.

“We’re delighted to be working again with Polcom Developments on the project, following a successful start to our partnership on Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh West.”

RBH’s portfolio includes private label and branded properties, including IHG, Hilton, Accor, Marriott, Best Western and Wyndham hotels.

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Chris Stewart & Tim Walton - SVP Marriott - Courtyard Edinburgh

Marriott SVP officially opens Courtyard Edinburgh

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A senior Marriott Vice President has travelled to Edinburgh to officially open a £30 million restoration project he initiated more than five years ago, remarking that Edinburgh is a world class destination for the international hotel business.

Tim Walton, Regional Vice President, Western Europe, International Development, opened city centre hotel, Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh, which with 240 rooms is one of the largest in the capital, on February 23.

The four star Courtyard Edinburgh also represents a flagship property for Marriott International given its prime location and sensitive renovation, merging heritage and contemporary style, which was completed by Edinburgh-based property development and investment company Chris Stewart Group.

Courtyard Edinburgh extends through three adjoining Georgian townhouses and into a new building connected by glassed walkways to the rear, offering a variety of views of Calton Hill, Edinburgh’s New Town and across the Firth of Forth.

The renovation cleverly mixes efficient building and design techniques with contemporary interiors and facilities include the all-day bar and restaurant, The Lantern Room, The Stevenson Room which is a boardroom for up to 16 people, designated media pods, a 24/7 market and a fitness centre. There is also free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel as well as Courtyard by Marriott’s signature GoBoard touch-screen technology to helps guests get the most out of their stay.

It is, however, the property’s links to the past that make Courtyard Edinburgh so distinct. The hotel’s Baxter’s Place address was once home to Robert Stevenson, the famous Scottish lighthouse engineer and the grandfather of ‘Treasure Island’ author Robert Louis Stevenson. References to its heritage, carefully presented with the help of the Stevenson family and the Northern Lighthouse board, appear in the public areas and in every room, through images, technical drawings and maps.

Tim Walton, commenting on the opening, said: “It’s with immense pleasure that we are officially opening Courtyard Edinburgh after an exciting five years in the making.

“Edinburgh is a world class destination for the international hotel business and is renowned for attracting tourists from across the globe. To bring the modern aesthetic of Courtyard by Marriott to such a fantastic location in the city is superb and I believe that the hotel will be welcomed by both locals and tourists alike.

“The Chris Stewart Group has played an instrumental role in the success of the hotel’s transformation, using its extensive experience in working with heritage-rich properties to create a modern development whilst giving a nod to former resident and lighthouse engineer, Robert Stevenson.

“We are now all looking forward to welcoming business travellers, tourists and locals to enjoy this fantastic hotel.”

The hotel is owned and was developed by Edinburgh-based real estate company Chris Stewart Group, which specialises in complex urban regeneration and heritage projects, and is managed and operated by RedefineBDL Hotels, the UK’s leading independent hotel management company.

Chris Stewart of Chris Stewart Group said: “The opening of Courtyard Edinburgh signals a very exciting time in Edinburgh, as the property sector here continues to attract inward investment. Partnering with the likes of Marriott gave us a great opportunity to continue our work with complex urban regeneration and redevelopment, and turn the former Georgian home of Robert Stevenson into a modern hotel in the centre of Edinburgh.

“Our ambition was to create a modern development which brought the area back to life. We believe we have achieved this and are extremely proud of our work here at Courtyard Edinburgh.”

Courtyard Brussels EU opens in the capital’s European Quarter

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Courtyard by Marriott continues to expand across Europe with the opening of Courtyard Brussels EU. Ideally located in the heart of the European Quarter near the vibrant city centre, the hotel offers convenient access to the Grand Place, Magritte Museum, European Commission and Brussels International Airport.

Inviting the modern traveller to work and play, the hotel features the latest Courtyard by Marriott design to ensure a refreshing and productive hotel experience.

180 guestrooms and suites are thoughtfully designed with comfort and convenience in mind. Elsewhere in the hotel, guests can sample Scandinavian cuisine in the Bistro GåRD – Nordic Kitchen, and enjoy the use of a 24-hour market providing refreshments and travel accessories. Other facilities include a fully-equipped fitness centre, and a business centre with three meeting rooms, including a flexible 72m2 venue. Complimentary high-speed WIFI is available throughout the hotel.

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Courtyard Brussels EU’s stylish and spacious lobby welcomes leisure and business travellers to meet, socialise, work or relax. Courtyard by Marriott’s unique GoBoard concept offers touchscreen technology to allow users to view the latest airport information and research popular tourist attractions.

This new opening marks the arrival of Courtyard by Marriott’s second hotel in the city, and increases Marriott International’s presence in Belgium to six properties.

Marriotts ground-breaking in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Ground broken on first Marriott properties in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

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Officials of New Castle Hotels & Resorts along with Southwest Properties of Halifax, Nova Scotia and JLK Global Fund International have broken ground on a 178-key Courtyard by Marriott/Residence Inn hotel in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

The dual-branded hotel will be the first Marriotts in the city.

The project is estimated for completion in Q3 2018 and will include a 106-room Courtyard by Marriott and 84-suite Residence Inn in the Dartmouth Crossing lifestyle centre and in close proximity to the Burnside Business Park, the largest eastern seaboard business park north of Boston or east of Montreal.

“The dual-brand configuration has been tremendously successful for us in other urban areas like downtown Syracuse, NY where land acquisition is costly,” said Gerry Chase, president and COO of New Castle. “I feel very confident that this project, with known and trusted development partners, and a proven product mix, will be completed in a timely fashion and ramp up quickly to serve the unmet needs of the Dartmouth business community.”

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“Dartmouth Crossing is rapidly expanding with iconic brands and is attracting business travellers working in the greater Halifax region,” noted Jim Spatz, chairman & CEO for Southwest Properties. “The hotel is well placed in an area that is becoming a primary shopping destination for Maritime Canada and an athletic hub for Halifax with the new four-pad ice arena and the existing Harbour East soccer and football fields. We believe in Dartmouth Crossing because of our great success with the hotel we built and opened with New Castle Hotels in 2009.”

New Castle and Southwest have partnered previously on the Residence Inn Moncton, New Brunswick, the Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton Halifax-Dartmouth in Nova Scotia and The Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews, New Brunswick.

“Today’s travelers have varying and specific needs, and over 35 years, we’ve found that the combination of an upscale select service hotel, coupled with an extended stay product is an ideal way to satisfy most guests,” said Chase. “The nearest Marriott hotels are across the bridge in Halifax, so I’m sure that these two hotels will be very well received, particularly by the points-conscious business traveler.”

Courtyard by Marriott welcomes first hotel in Glasgow

Courtyard by Marriott welcomes first hotel in Glasgow

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Marriott International has announced the addition of Courtyard Glasgow Airport to its portfolio in Scotland.

Courtyard Glasgow Airport underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment before joining Courtyard by Marriott, marking the brand’s debut in the city. Formerly Ramada Glasgow Airport Hotel, the hotel is conveniently situated on Glasgow Airport’s doorstep, and a 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre.

All 114 guestrooms have undergone an extensive renovation, in addition to the public areas, leisure facilities and restaurant and bar venue, The Bistro. Carrying the latest Courtyard by Marriott design, the new spaces offer business and leisure travellers a refreshing hotel experience with contemporary and efficient design to ensure convenience and productivity throughout the entire stay.

Courtyard by Marriott welcomes first hotel in Glasgow

The lobby has been redesigned into a flexible space to promote engagement with guests. The GoBoard, a unique Courtyard by Marriott concept, offers touchscreen technology to allow users to view the latest airport information and research popular tourist attractions. Guests can also enjoy the use of complimentary WIFI.

New features of the property include a fully-equipped fitness centre, as well as a business centre with three meeting rooms. In addition, the hotel’s 24-hour market provides refreshments and travel accessories. The hotel also plans to add a further 56 rooms by mid-2017 taking the total to 170.

The transformation follows a significant investment by owner Cairn Group.

Courtyard Glasgow Airport is one of two additions for Courtyard by Marriott in Scotland this year, with Courtyard Edinburgh anticipated to open in December 2016. Courtyard by Marriott has one existing outpost in Scotland; Courtyard Aberdeen Airport, which opened in 2013.

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Courtyard by Marriott, Cambodia

Courtyard by Marriott opening first property in Phnom Penh

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Marriott International has signed an agreement to operate its first property in Phnom Penh, Cambodia under the Courtyard by Marriott brand.

Marriott International is one of the largest lodging companies globally with more than 4,500 properties in 87 countries and territories and will become the world’s largest lodging company upon completing its merger later this year with Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

Courtyard by Marriott is the Upper Midscale offering in Marriott’s brand portforlio with more than 1,000 hotels in 46 countries.

The Phnom Penh property will have 189 rooms with one all-day dining, a dynamic lobby cafe and exciting sky bar. The project is currently under construction and is expected to open in 2017.

Courtyard by Marriott Seoul celebrates grand opening

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Marriott International has announced the grand opening of Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Namdaemun.

The new Courtyard boasts a refreshingly designed lobby area complete with complimentary Wi-Fi and media pods – perfect for conducting business or staying connected to family and friends while on the road.

The 409-room hotel features Courtyard by Marriott’s spacious and contemporarily designed guest rooms and suites. Courtyard’s overall design is modern, contemporary, and thoughtful. Every room is equipped with premium amenities including 49 inch LED televisions, Courtyard labeled bedding, high-speed internet access, and floor-to-ceiling glass walls through which guests can enjoy a scenic view of national treasure No.1 Namdaemun and N Seoul Tower.

The Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Namdaemun was constructed with nine environment-friendly products and as a result, holds a Green Building certificate.