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Marriott International Debuts Three City Center Hotels
and Three Brands in Doha, Qatar

Renaissance Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott, Marriott Executive Apartments
and Saray Spa Offer New Accommodations in Qatar

October 04, 2011
- Marriott International, Inc. today announced the opening of the three-hotel Doha City Center complex, including the 257-room Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel, 204-room Courtyard by Marriott Doha City Center and 123-unit Marriott Executive Apartments Doha City Center. The opening marks the debut of the three brands in Qatar and is an exciting addition to the Doha City Center Mall complex which features over 340 shops and attractions.

All three hotels are located in two modern 48-story towers, ideally located in West Bay across from Qatar Financial Centre, on the doorstep of the new business district of Doha and 15 minutes from Doha International Airport. Although each hotel has its own look and feel, they share floors 1-7 featuring three expansive and elegant lobbies, nine restaurants and bars, 1200 square meters of meeting space, a world-class Vitality Zone health club and Marriott’s signature Saray Spa featuring traditional Middle Eastern treatments and products.

“The opening of the three hotels is a major step forward in reinforcing Doha’s futuristic vision and surging tourism potential in Qatar,” said Ed Fuller, president and managing director, Marriott International. “These three new hotels give us six properties in the country, which is fast becoming a key business and leisure destination in the Middle East.”

“Not only do we offer close to 600 rooms and three very distinct lodging experiences under one roof, but our nine unique food and beverage options and health and fitness facilities create what we are marketing as the “West End” of the spectacular Doha City Center Mall,” said Oliver Kahf, general manager of the three-hotel complex. “Taken together, the lodging, shopping and entertainment complex is quickly becoming a tourism hub in Doha.

Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel

The 257-room Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel is spread across 19 levels and ideally situated for business and group travelers. The hotel stands out with its colourful fabrics, unique pattern, innovative designs and the local touch showcased through artworks featuring Qatar architecture and images from Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani’s collection of cultural and historical art. The Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel is equipped with the finest fittings and innovative technology, boasting 17 meeting rooms spread over 1,200 square meters (12,917 square feet). Embracing various local elements – from design to cuisine – the hotel provides visitors with a unique environment as well as comforts in forms of luxurious bedding, a Club Lounge, rooftop pool, Business Centre, high-speed internet and exclusive amenities.

Courtyard by Marriott Doha City Center

The 204-room Courtyard by Marriott Doha City Center spreads across 12 levels and combines comfort and functionality. Guestrooms offer a smart and flexible design that is ideal for both work and relaxation. Elements such as a spacious work desk, high-speed internet, and laptop size safe assures the business traveler optimum efficiency, while flat screen television, deluxe bedding and mini-bar are perfect for unwinding. Throughout the hotel, from the rooms to the public areas, Courtyard delivers on its promise to provide guests a variety of options that they need to achieve greatness on the road. The hotel offers access to all 17 meeting rooms of the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel.

Marriott Executive Apartments, Doha City Center
The Marriott Executive Apartments offers the ideal corporate housing solution and the perfect combination of upscale apartment-style living and premier hotel service. Spread over 21 top floors, each of the 123 well-appointed apartments has a panoramic view of the city or the Arabian Gulf. The fully-furnished, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments are equipped with spacious gourmet kitchens, executive work areas and state-of-the-art appliances. At the Marriott Executive Apartments Doha City Center, residents can relax at the residents’ club – towering 44 floors above the city with a lap pool, Jacuzzi, and magnificent views of the city skyline. There is also a fitness and lounge area that can be booked for private events, exclusive to the residents of the apartments.

Saray Spa
The Saray Spa encompasses the rich customs that stem back to the caravan serai of the Silk Road. Embracing Arabic design elements and offering time-tested remedies, the spa consists of treatments and services that, combined, provide guests with an authentic and holistic experience. Paying homage to the best of Arabic healing rituals, Saray offers a unique variety of services including traditional Hammam bathing rituals, Silk Road massage and Arabic coffee awakener.

All three hotels participate in Marriott Rewards, the guest reward program that allows over 30 million members to earn points or airline miles for each dollar spent during each stay.

Marriott International currently manages six hotels in Qatar, including the three just opened. Its first hotel in the country was the 362-room Doha Marriott Hotel opened in 1999, followed by the 374-room The Ritz-Carlton Doha, opened in 2001, and the 174-room Sharq Village & Spa (managed by The Ritz-Carlton) opened in 2007.

Renaissance Hotels is an upscale brand with more than 150 properties in 34 countries that speaks to passionate travelers in search of authentic local discoveries when traveling for business or leisure. Renaissance Hotels has recently welcomed several new "gems" to its global collection – the historic  5-star St Pancras Renaissance in London, the exotic Renaissance Sanya Resort and Spa in burgeoning China, the urban boutique Renaissance Atlanta Midtown and the sexy Renaissance Sao Paulo. These hotels join a rich portfolio defined by distinctive and well-known icons such as the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C., the Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort & Spa, and the Renaissance Paris Vendome Hotel. To make reservations and for more information visit www.renaissancehotels.com. Follow Renaissance on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RenaissanceHotels, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RenHotels, and via the RLife blog at www.therenaissancelife.com.

Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced.  Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ needs for choice and control. With more than 900 locations in 35 countries, Courtyard is Marriott International’s largest brand.
For more information For more information go to www.courtyard.com.

Marriott Executive Apartments provides upscale serviced apartment accommodations for guests on extended stays of 30 days or longer outside the United States. Offering studios to three-bedroom apartments, they combine comfort of residential living and services of a Marriott hotel, all designed to help long-term guests live, connect and explore. Each property is influenced by local design elements and features state-of-the-art facilities and technology. For more information and booking, visit www.marriottexecutiveapartments.com.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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