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The 118-room Courtyard Waterloo St. Jacobs to Open in Waterloo, Ontario
in the Former Best Western Plus St. Jacobs Country Inn

Owned by St. Jacobs Country Inn Inc. and
to be Managed by Palm Holdings


Waterloo, Ontario – September 24, 2012 – Courtyard by Marriott is rolling out its innovative lobby and room design in Waterloo, Ontario. 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 Thursday, October 4, 2012 the 118-room Courtyard Waterloo St. Jacobs 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 50 Benjamin Road East, the former Best Western Plus St. Jacobs Country Inn will operate as a Marriott franchise owned by St. Jacobs Country Inn Inc. and managed by Palm Holdings. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, the Courtyard Waterloo St. Jacobs offers guests convenient access to the business district, the village of St. Jacobs, numerous technology parks and universities. The hotel is an hour and half drive from Toronto and 22 kilometers from the Waterloo Region International Airport, which provides daily non-stop flights to Ottawa, Calgary and Chicago.

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 three-story hotel features a fitness center, guest laundry facility and offers 1,300 square feet of meeting space to accommodate functions of up to 80 people.

For more information or reservations, contact the Courtyard Waterloo St. Jacobs hotel directly at 519-884-9295, call the Courtyard toll-free number at 800-321-2211 or visit www.marriott.com/ykfcy.

About Courtyard by Marriott
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.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for 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.


Contact:

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

Davor Dikmic
General Manager
Courtyard Waterloo St. Jacobs
519-884-9295



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