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CNL Hotels Completes $8 million Renovation
of The 310-room BWI Airport Marriott


BALTIMORE (June 23, 2005) – The 310-room BWI Airport Marriott just completed an $8 million renovation, which includes a total rooms redo and wireless high-speed Internet access throughout all guest rooms and public spaces.  The renovation began shortly after the purchase of the hotel by Orlando-based CNL Hotels and Resorts in August 2003.  The BWI Airport Marriott is located minutes from Baltimore-Washington International Airport in the center of the “BWI Gateway Community.”  With more than 14,000 square feet, the BWI Airport Marriott offers the largest meeting space between the Baltimore and Washington, DC Beltways.

Under the renovation, all the guest rooms have been upgraded with new carpeting, wall covering, window treatments and refreshed bathrooms with new granite countertops.  New ergonomic chairs provide a more comfortable workstation.  The new Marriott bedding package will arrive later this year, which features a feathered mattress topper, 300-thread-count sheets, a white sheeted duvet freshly laundered for each new guest, stylish euroshams, decorative bed scarf and decorative pillows.  Although all rooms feature wireless high-speed Internet access , a floor of hardwired rooms still exists to accommodate those groups who desire wired service. 

The most dramatic change is the complete renovation of the hotel’s four Hospitality Suites, which are particularly popular for small meetings under ten people and for small social gatherings.  Upgrades in the stylish suites include new furniture, LCD flat-screen TVs, enhanced lighting, and amenities.  The hotel also added four Executive King Suites, which are larger suites featuring a sofa and coffee table, perfect for small meetings or for the guest who simply needs more space to work.   The hotel still retains three Jacuzzi Suites, bringing the total number of suites to seven.

Due to its convenient location at BWI Airport, the hotel is a popular site for business meetings.  The renovation also focuses on meeting space enhancements such as new wall covering in breakout meeting spaces, as well as the replacement of all the HVAC units, which now allow for more moderate meeting room temperatures.  New air walls were also added to the 11,000 square-foot Grand Ballroom.  New tables adorn the foyer space and new banquet equipment enhances food and beverage presentation for events.

While the lobby received minor facelifts such as new carpeting and furniture, the hallmark change has been the addition of The Galley, which serves Starbucks Coffee, Krispy Kreme Donuts, “grab-and-go” food and sundry items.  It is the only location in the immediate airport vicinity serving Starbucks Coffee.  A new self-service Business Center was also installed and is easily accessed off the lobby.

To ease transportation to and from nearby BWI Airport, the hotel purchased four new airport shuttle buses and enhanced its free shuttle service for guests by adding additional shuttle runs, enabling the hotel to provide shuttle service every fifteen minutes.

Additional capital improvements include a new roof, resurfacing of the parking lot, as well as upgrades to the HVAC, life, safety, and elevator systems.  The Fitness Center also received a total facelift—including new flooring, wall covering, new and expanded equipment offerings and LCD flat-screen TVs.  The floor is a state-of-the-art shock absorbing fitness floor.

BWI Airport Marriott’s restaurants also will undergo a renovation with completion slated for early 2006.  The hotel’s sports bar Champions will receive new TVs while the fine dining restaurant, Moniker’s Grille, will be upgraded with new wall covering and carpeting, as well as new presentation ware on the buffet line to enhance the guest’s dining experience. 


Beth Berry
Director of Hotel Sales
BWI Airport Marriott

Also See: CNL Hospitality Properties, Inc. Acquires Two Hotels From Starwood Hotels & Resorts / Sept 2003
LTD Management Co. LLC Developing Two Hotels Side by Side at Baltimore Washington International Airport; A 203-room Sheraton and a 260-room Westin Hotel / April 2005

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