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The 120-suite Property is Owned by an Affiliate of Norwich Partners and Managed by True North Hotel Group, Inc

Boston, MA - June 25, 2013 - A new 120-suite Residence Inn by Marriott opened this week in downtown Boston's Seaport District, breathing new life into a six-story classical revival-style 1900s building once likely used for sugar and molasses warehousing.

Located at 370 Congress Street, the Residence Inn Boston Downtown/Seaport will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by an affiliate of Norwich Partners and managed by True North Hotel Group, Inc. Group One Partners, Inc., of Boston served as architect and designer.   

Originally developed in 1901 by the Boston Wharf Company as the Stillings Building, the repurposed Residence Inn Boston Downtown/Seaport is walking distance from Boston's Financial District, the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), Seaport World Trade Center, Boston Children's Museum, Bank of America Pavilion, the Federal Courthouse, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market Colonnade.

Guests can access the "T" (Boston's MBTA, or Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) silver line right behind the hotel, at Courthouse Station. The hotel is less than five minutes from Logan International Airport. Rates vary depending on length of stay.

"This stunning Residence Inn in downtown Boston's Seaport District is a great showcase that combines distinctive history and urban vibrancy," said Diane Mayer, vice president and global brand manager, Residence Inn. "Suites, masterfully designed to provide spacious and flexible living and working solutions, offer guests a seamless blend of modern style and functionality that allows them to settle in and thrive for a day, week, month or more."  

General Manager Steven Brooks said, "The Boston Downtown/Seaport Residence Inn is 'hip' and history, all rolled into one, and will surely be a lodging magnet for business and leisure travelers who want to experience the connection between Boston's rich history and its energetic vibe."     

About Residence Inn Boston Downtown/Seaport

The new Residence Inn Boston Downtown/Seaport features brick-walled studio and one-bedroom suites with two flat-screen TVs and 12-foot ceilings. Custom wall wrap photography spotlights local landmarks. Each suite also has a fully-equipped kitchen with a coffeemaker, microwave oven and residential-sized appliances. Guests looking for a revitalizing sleep experience will enjoy the hotel's plush mattresses and crisp linens, while guests focused on being productive will value their suite's large, well-lit work desk, ergonomic chair and complimentary high-speed Internet/wireless access. 

The Residence Inn Boston Downtown/Seaport's complimentary breakfast offers a variety of great options, including specially made featured items. Guests can start their day off right with healthy food choices and, with a convenient to-go offering, can make sure they do not miss the most important meal of the day. A full-service lounge in the atrium lobby serves as a vibrant gathering place when the workday ends, and guests are treated to a complimentary social hour three times a week. A 500-square foot meeting room with atrium view can be configured to accommodate a full range of business and social events. 

Extending the feeling of comfortable living and working on the road, the Residence Inn Boston Downtown/Seaport  also features complimentary Wi-Fi, a 24-hour onsite food and beverage market, dry cleaning services, a fully equipped fitness room with exterior windows, and a business center. 

Architectural and design elements

  • The new Residence Inn Boston Downtown/Seaport integrates dynamic modern décor with the building's distinctive architectural detail:

  • A large central interior atrium (now extension to the lobby), topped by a massive hipped roof monitor glass skylight, rises six stories and provides natural light to all floors.
  • Atrium walls feature original glazed white brick and new aluminum windows to match the original steel windows.
  • Light steel-framed bridges traverse the atrium, connecting the east and west sides of each floor and adding to the industrial character.
  • The exterior is noted for its granite trim and brick corbelling, precast and metal façade elements, and expansive windows that distinguish the building from others built at the same time. 
  • Inside, 120 urban suites, with 12-foot ceilings and brick exterior walls, integrate dynamic modern décor with artistic reminders of the area's rich manufacturing legacy.

About Residence Inn by Marriott

With more than 600 properties in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Central America, Residence Inn by Marriott is a leader in the extended-stay lodging segment. Designed for long stays, the brand offers spacious suites with separate living and sleeping areas. Fully functional kitchens, grocery delivery, 24-hour markets and complimentary breakfast help guests maintain a healthy balance while on the road. Complimentary Wi-Fi allows guests to stay connected to the home and office, while health and fitness options and inviting lobby spaces provide comfortable places to work and relax. 

Residence Inn participates in the company's 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 or reservations, contact the Residence Inn Boston Downtown/Seaport directly at 857-250-2044, call the Residence Inn toll-free number at 800-331-3131 or visit www.residenceinn.com. For travel tips, the latest on the brand or to connect with other travelers, "like" Residence Inn on Facebook: www.facebook.com/residenceinn.

Contact: www.residenceinn.com

857-250-2044 or 800-331-3131

About Norwich Partners

Norwich Partners is the parent company of multiple Managed Funds, joint ventures and stand-alone hotels totaling over $400 million in value. Closely held by the three founding members who have been friends and business partners for many years, Norwich Partners has a longstanding legacy of quality relationships with investors, lenders, consultants and franchise companies. The Company currently owns seven hotels and is in various stages of constructing five more. 

Contact: www.norwichpartners.com

About True North Hotel Group

True North Hotel Group (www.truenorthhotels.com), headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., and owned by The Wiens Family Trusts and Richard Merkel, is an established leader in hotel management and development. True North has 22 extended stay and select-service hotels currently open, plus seven more under construction or in the pipeline. True North's core value of superior service, both in its hotels and out in its communities, has played a significant role in the company's winning the Marriott Partnership Circle Award - the top accolade presented to Marriott International, Inc., owners and management companies - four times: in 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2012.

Contact: www.truenorthhotels.com

About Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,800 properties in 74 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Contact: Nina Herrera-Davila, Marriott International or Dee Dee Dochen, DDD Marketing Communications

nina.herrera-davila@marriott.com or ddd@dddmc.com / 301-380-2691 or 713-432-7575

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