Marriott International Announces Its First Hotel in Benin

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    Marriott International has recently announced that it has signed an agreement with SHRL-Benin SA to manage an upscale, 200-room, full-service Marriott Hotels & Resorts-branded hotel in Cotonou, Benin that is planned to open in 2013. It will be the third Marriott International-branded property in sub-Saharan Africa.Located on a prime beachfront site adjacent to Cotonou’s convention centre—close to the Presidential Palace in the diplomatic and government quarter of the city and within a five-minute drive from the international airport and sea port—the hotel will be attractive to international long-haul and regional business, government and conference travellers.

    The Cotonou Marriott will provide an array of services, connectivity and amenities to help business travellers achieve their goals. Its interiors will be stylish and modern, blending the latest in residential design, colour and real comfort and creating an environment that encourages work accomplishments, socializing with others and staying fit. Recreational amenities will include a private beach, outdoor swimming pool, a health & leisure club and tennis courts.

    For entertainment and dining, the hotel’s five restaurants and lounges will provide guests with a range of choices, each focusing on modern classics made with quality ingredients, featuring foundational cooking and updated presentations. Guests will able to choose among a casual, all-day dining experience, a specialty restaurant, a pool grille, a sports bar serving light snacks and a lobby lounge that will be part of a versatile, multi-purpose space that will serve as a social centre for guests and local residents to meet with friends and colleagues, relax or plug in the electronic devices any time, day or evening.

    Other amenities will include a special lounge available for airline crews; 800 square meters of flexible function space consisting of a 400-square meter ballroom that will be divisible into four sections and will feature natural light, a boardroom, and 360 meters of space consisting of a five individual, interconnecting rooms.

    Daniel Fountain / 07.09.2011

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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