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Marriott Opens 134-suite Residence Inn Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio
Owned by Western & Southern Financial Group
and Managed by Winegardner and Hammons


Bethesda, Maryland – March 30, 2011 – Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR; www.marriott.com ) opened the 134-suite Residence Inn by Marriott in Cincinnati, Ohio, today.  Located in the historic Phelps Apartment Building at 506 East Fourth Street, the Residence Inn Cincinnati Downtown will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by Western & Southern Financial Group and managed by Winegardner and Hammons, Inc.

Located downtown, within walking distance to Great American Ballpark and 14 miles from the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport, the Residence Inn Cincinnati Downtown, developed by Eagle Realty Group, a member of Western & Southern, offers its guests convenient access to the Taft Museum, Newport on the Levee/Aquarium and Fountain Square, and is in the heart of the business district with many Fortune 500 headquarters.

“We are pleased to introduce Residence Inn hotels in the Cincinnati Downtown area,” said Katie Tyson, vice president for Residence Inn.  “This new hotel was designed to be a home away from home and provides a residential atmosphere and spacious accommodations for guest comfort.”

Residence Inns are designed as all suite hotels that offer studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites. Designed for stays of five nights or more, each suite has a fully-equipped kitchen with coffee maker, microwave oven, full-sized appliances and free high-speed Internet access.  The hotel offers daily housekeeping, complimentary grocery shopping services and same-day dry cleaning.

A complimentary hot breakfast buffet is available each morning in the lobby area and the hotel features Bar 506, which will offer hand-crafted cocktails, premium wines, small plates and seasonal veranda seating.  Other hotel facilities and services include an exercise room a social room, 1,157 square feet of total meeting space, a courtyard with fire pit, The Market a 24/7 food and beverage pantry, weeknight social hour and business center.

Residence Inn by Marriott is a moderately priced extended stay brand that helps guests to thrive on long stays.  Spacious suites with full kitchens offer the comforts of the modern home, while associates provide intuitive service with a human touch. With nearly 600 properties in North and Central America and the Caribbean, Residence Inn is Marriott’s second largest lodging brand, with another 154 hotels on the way, including a new Residence Inn prototype customized for the European market -- the Residence Inn by Marriott Munich Orleansstrasse – opening in 2011.

For more information or reservations, call the Residence Inn Cincinnati Downtown hotel directly at 513-651-1234, the Residence Inn toll-free number at 800-331-3131, a travel agent or visit the Web site at www.residenceinncincinnatidowntown.com

Click here for Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) company information.

About Eagle Realty Group

Eagle Realty Group offers a comprehensive range of services covering three core real estate areas. Investment Management offers asset management and investment advisory services. The company’s expertise in real estate development and management are documented by an array of successful ventures ranging from hotels to shopping centers to low-income housing to senior housing and office buildings. In addition, Eagle Realty Group’s Multi-Family Property Management Division serves apartment communities and Eagle’s Commercial Property Management Division provides property management services. The organization oversees investment portfolios consisting of over 32 million square feet of all types of real estate located across the United States and valued in excess of $2.7 billion. www.eaglerealtygroup.com

About Western & Southern Financial Group
Western & Southern Financial Group is a Cincinnati-based diversified family of financial services companies with assets owned, managed and under our care in excess of $51 billion as of Dec. 31, 2010. A Fortune 500 company, Western & Southern has received Standard & Poor’s AA+ Very Strong rating (one of the eight strongest life insurance groups in the world), A.M. Best’s A+ Superior rating, Fitch’s AA Very Strong rating and Moody’s Aa3 Excellent rating, all with a Stable outlook. Its heritage dates back to 1888 with the founding of The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company. For more information, visit www.westernsouthern.com.

About Winegardner & Hammons, Inc.
Winegardner & Hammons, Inc. (WHI) has more than 50 years as a full-service hotel management company with a reputation for progressive and successful hospitality management. The WHI owned/managed portfolio includes resorts, all-suite, extended-stay, full service and conference center hotels in many diverse markets across the United States.  WHI currently manages over 25 hotels in the United States and is affiliated with most major hotel brands.  WHI is an 11-time recipient of Marriott International’s Partnership Circle Award. For more information on WHI, visit www.whihotels.com.
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Contact:

Jackie Berra
Marriott International
301-380-6756
jackie.berra@marriott.com

Cindy Swift
National Director Business Development
Winegardner & Hammons, Inc.
513-794-2419


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