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The 134-room Courtyard Sarasota University Park to Open
in University Park, Florida

The Former Comfort Suites is Owned and Managed
by Buffalo Lodging Associates


University Park, Florida – August 29, 2012 – Courtyard by Marriott is rolling out its innovative lobby and room design in University Park, Florida. This is the first Courtyard in the area featuring the Refreshing Business lobby environment, where guests can enjoy an open and flexible space. Along with media pods, Wi-Fi and a variety of seating zones, the redefined space is ideal for everything from pop-up meetings to social gatherings.

Scheduled to open on Saturday, September 1, 2012 the 134-room Courtyard Sarasota University Park also offers a refreshing and stylish room design that helps guests stay connected, productive and comfortable. Thoughtfully planned, each room features plush bedding, a functional work space, spacious bathrooms, a separate seating area and complimentary in-room high-speed Internet.

Located at 8305 Tourist Center Drive, the former Comfort Suites will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned and managed by Buffalo Lodging Associates, LLC. Located within walking distance to The Shoppes at University Center, six miles from the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and 15 minutes from downtown Sarasota, the hotel offers guests convenient access to Nathan Benderson Aquatic Park, Lakewood Ranch and Premier Sports Complex.

Courtyard by Marriott understands business travelers, and, through extensive research, the brand continues to evolve to meet guests’ changing needs. Combining innovative technology with style and comfort, the adaptable lobby space offers options so guests can make the most of their time on the road.

“From day one, Courtyard has prided itself as a brand that listens to what business travelers want from a hotel,” said Janis Milham, vice president and global brand manager, Courtyard by Marriott. “Guests want more control and choice with services and amenities that create a healthy balance between working and relaxing. The Courtyard lobby invites guests to get out of their rooms to work, socialize or be entertained, whether traveling alone or with colleagues.”

The open, bright and contemporary Courtyard hotel lobby welcomes guests with vivid contrasting colors, including blue, green, orange and red. The traditional front desk is replaced with separate welcome pedestals to create more personal and private interactions when guests check in and allow staff to show guests the lobby features and provide assistance. Flexible seating options range from a communal table in the middle of the action, to more private media booths with high-definition televisions, to a more intimate, semi-enclosed lounge area.

Dining has also been completely redesigned with The Bistro – Eat. Drink. Connect.®, offering casual, flexible seating; easier access to food and higher quality, healthier menu options for breakfast; and light evening fare, including snacks, cocktails, wine and beer so guests can unwind. Coffee lovers can also enjoy freshly brewed Starbucks coffee. The MarketTM, a 24/7 shop for snacks, beverages and sundries, is always open for late-night cravings or the toothpaste guests may have forgotten to pack.

A key component of the Courtyard lobby is the newly enhanced GoBoard® 4.0, which presents local information, maps, weather, and headline news on a 55-inch LCD touch screen. Designed with today’s busy traveler in mind, the award-winning GoBoard® features mobile integration, enabling guests to send directions from the GoBoard® directly to their smart phones. Guests can also touch the screen for immediate access to detailed flight information for local airports, popular entertainment and local event information, as well as walking directions.

Throughout the hotel, guests can connect to free Wi-Fi, and there are ample electrical outlets in the lobby to power digital devices. The business library features several complimentary computer terminals, along with a free printer and separate computer stations dedicated solely to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status.

Green has been Courtyard’s signature color since Marriott launched the brand 25 years ago. Now it is even greener with the introduction of a guest recycling program for the environment. Receptacles for paper, glass, plastic and metal are conveniently located by side exits.

The four-story hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, sundeck, fitness center, guest laundry, business center, and offers 900 square feet of meeting space to accommodate functions of up to 80 people.

For more information or reservations, contact the Courtyard Sarasota University Park hotel directly at 941-360-2626, call the Courtyard toll-free number at 800-321-2211 or visit www.marriott.com/srqbt.

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 38 countries and territories, Courtyard by Marriott hotels participate in the award-winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, go to www.courtyard.com.

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

About Buffalo Lodging Associates

Buffalo Lodging Associates, in partnership with Benderson Development Company, LLC, owns and operates hotels throughout the Eastern United States and Ontario, Canada. A fully integrated hotel development and management organization, Buffalo Lodging provides operations, marketing, accounting, architectural, construction and MIS services for its own account as well as providing third-party management for outside owners and investors. The company is equipped to develop, construct and manage properties, and is constantly seeking new opportunities throughout the country. For more information about Buffalo Lodging Associates’ management services or group of award-winning hotels, please visit www.buffalolodging.com.


Contact:

Nina Herrera-Davila
Marriott International
(301) 380-2691
nina.herrera-davila@marriott.com

Jan Stanek
General Manager
(941) 360-2626
jan.stanek@marriott.com


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