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Historic 125-room Union Station Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee Managed by
Turnberry Hotel Group to Join Marriott's Autograph Collection in January 2012

November 16, 2011
- Autograph Collection, one of Marriott International’s newest business ventures, announced today that Union Station Hotel, located in Nashville, Tennessee, will join the Collection in January 2012. The Union Station Hotel is a restored 19th-Century railroad station, replete with historic Southern charm, offering 125 recently renovated luxurious guest rooms including 12 deluxe suites that are spacious and opulently decorated with original Victorian touches.

The Union Station Hotel is the first hotel in Tennessee to be incorporated into Autograph Collection. It also becomes the 27th property to join the rapidly expanding list of independent hotels that cater to the interests of discerning travelers through their inimitability, style and unique offerings.

“The Union Station Hotel embodies everything an Autograph Collection hotel is known for:  creating exclusive and unique experiences that satisfy individualistic travelers’ diverse needs,” said Kip Vreeland, vice present for Autograph collection. “Due to the hotel’s distinctiveness, we are happy to announce this historic landmark’s integration into our portfolio at the start of 2012, and we are certain that guests will be equally as excited about our newest addition.”<>

Before becoming a historic hotel in the center of Nashville, it was the location of the L&N Railroad’s iconic train station, an important cornerstone in America’s economy that officially opened on October 9, 1900. The station closed in the late 1970s and remained vacant for many years.  In 1986, it was converted to a hotel.  In 2005, real estate developers Turnberry Associates and Corner Partnership LLC had the vision to reclaim and restore the iconic landmark with an $11-million dollar renovation that was completed in 2007.   Since the hotel was created based on the railroad station's original design, no two rooms or suites are exactly the same, lending to a unique guest experience. With its heavy-stone Richardsonian-Romanesque design and architecture, the Union Station Hotel continues to be an important part of American history that allows guests to connect to the sophistication of the past while enjoying luxurious, modern day accommodations.

“The Union Station Hotel is a wonderful property with a tremendous amount of heart and charm,” said C. Scott Rohm, president of Turnberry Hotel Group, Union Station’s hotel management company. ”We selected the Autograph Collection to expose this historic gem to an even larger audience.”

Located near all the popular bars and clubs in downtown Nashville, the Union Station Hotel is also close to various museums and historic sites. Dining options include Nashville’s newest premier restaurant, Prime 108, which delivers a dining experience as unique as the elegant surroundings.  It will be available for booking on www.autographcollectionhotels.com in January 2012.

Due to the hotel’s historical richness, the Union Station Hotel is a member of the Historic Hotels of America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation dedicated to the preservation of America’s culture.

Launched in 2010, the Autograph Collection is a group of exceptional independent hotels, each hand-selected for their originality, character and uncommon details. To date, Autograph Collection portfolio includes more 26 properties in the United States, Europe, and the British Virgin Islands, with projections to double by the end of 2012.

About Autograph Collection
Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent luxury hotels. Each destination has been selected for its bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is a unique array of properties that is nothing less than completely eclectic, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit www.autographcollectionhotels.com.

About Turnberry Hotel Group
A division of South Florida-based Turnberry Associates, Turnberry Hotel Group provides world-class asset and hotel management for luxury, full- and select-service hotels.  Adhering to long-held Turnberry standards of excellence, Turnberry Hotel Group properties are renowned for their quality, personalized services, inviting amenities, exceptional guest relations and unparalleled attention to detail.  The Turnberry Hotel Group portfolio includes Turnberry Isle Miami in Aventura, Fla., Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Union Station Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., Hilton Nashville Downtown, Sheraton Orlando Downtown, Marriott Downtown Orlando, Residence Inn by Marriott and Courtyard by Marriott in Aventura, Fla., and Hampton Inn in Hallandale Beach, Fla.  For more information please visit  www.turnberry.com.

About Corner Partnership
A Nashville based real estate partnership whose portfolio investments and developments include the Hilton Nashville Downtown, Union Station Hotel, the Adelicia, and Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville-Nashville.

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