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Grove Street Partners Opens the 403-room
Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway

Robert Woolridge the Opening General Manager


Hotel on Track to Become One of Atlanta’s Greenest Hotel

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USA  AUGUST 4, 2010 - Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) celebrated today the opening of the 403-room Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway, a newly constructed hotel adjacent to the Georgia International Convention Center and connected to Atlanta’s Hartsfield -Jackson International Airport. Contemporary in feel and filled with natural light and vibrant colors, the hotel’s facilities for business and relaxation represent the latest design and innovation of Marriott Hotels & Resorts. The Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway is on track to earn LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification silver from the U.S. Green Building Council. The hotel will be operated under a management agreement with Grove Street Partners.

“We are so proud to introduce this state-of-the-art hotel to the Atlanta market as a shining example of our iconic Marriott Hotels brand,” said Erika Alexander, area vice president, Marriott International. “Having had a major presence in the community for over 45 years, we recognize Atlanta as one of the most dynamic cities in the United States. This new Marriott hotel reflects the future of this vibrant community.”

Robert Woolridge is the General Manager for the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway. During his 24 years with Marriott, Robert has held positions as Area General Manager for the Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center, Area General Manager for the Atlanta Marriott Century Center, Area General Manager for the Atlanta Marriott Midtown Suites, Resident Manager of the 1,400 room Philadelphia Marriott, Director of Operations at the Philadelphia Airport Marriott, Director of Finance/Resident Manager at the Long Island Marriott, and Controller at the Park Ridge Marriott. He is also very active in local and national community organizations. Positions include the immediate past Chairman of The Georgia Hospitality and Lodging Association, Board of Directors for the American Hotel and Lodging Association, Board of Directors for the Perimeter Community Improvement District and immediate past Chair of the Dekalb Convention and Visitor Bureau.

Robert is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and holds a degree in Accounting & Finance. He has been recognized several times for his high level of contribution including Outstanding Associate Satisfaction, Profit Flow through Champion, Outstanding Food & Beverage Performance, Outstanding Performance Excellence, Most Improved Room Operations and Best Overall Finance Department. Robert is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity

Robert and his wife Sophia have two beautiful daughters Gabrielle and Danielle.

Just two minutes from the airport via the ATL SkyTrain and part of the vibrant Atlanta Gateway complex, this eco and tech savvy meeting destination features more than 21,000 square feet of flexible meeting space which includes the 12,000 square ft Gateway Ballroom, the largest hotel ballroom in the Airport area.  The hotel is connected by a covered walkway to the adjacent Georgia International Convention Center. Together, both venues provide 321,000 square feet of meeting space. The Gateway Marriott hotel  is also equipped with a GoThere Virtual MeetingsSM studio, in partnership with AT&T TelePresence Solution, using Cisco TelePresence™ technology making it the only hotel in Atlanta to provide this virtual meeting technology. 

The hotel is uniquely designed for the achiever who makes the most out of every opportunity – whether traveling for business or pleasure. The stylish hotel lobby is a social hub showcasing a Media Zone with complimentary Wi-Fi to work alone, catch up with clients, friends or co-workers. Relaxing spaces provide the ideal place to dine or to enjoy the day-to-night bar which transitions from coffee and pastries in the morning to cocktails and appetizers in the evening.  The  menu  design allows guests to order food based on how quickly they need it – in 5, 10 or 20 minutes!

Following are some of the hotel’s outstanding amenities:

  • 403-sound proof guest rooms including 18 suites are designed for relaxing work and restful sleep, all equipped with high definition LCD televisions, Plug-In panel, wired and wireless DS3 fast internet, swivel desks, iHome docking station, refrigerators, laptop safes, individual reading lights on the headboards and Marriott’s signature bedding 
  • Champions Restaurant serving a classic American menu as well as regional favorites like shrimp and grits, smokey joe barbeque and signature organic beverages, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Champions offers free Wi Fi and numerous high definition televisions. .
  • Concierge level and concierge lounge located on the top floor overlooking the beautifully landscaped Gateway complex and the  ATL SkyTrain  is designed for optimum relaxation and work, .
  • 24-hour spacious fitness center overlooking the SkyTrain and adjacent indoor swimming pool offers an abundance of natural light and features more than 20 state- of- the-art Life Fitness strength and cardio equipment
  • The self –service Business center open 24 hours a day is equipped with work stations, copier and fax.
  • Hertz Rental Car Desk for easy pick-up and return

For introductory rates and specials, including the Get Connected package, visit the hotel website at

The Atlanta Marriott Gateway will apply for LEED Silver status upon opening. For more information on the hotel’s green elements, visit 

Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International’s iconic business brand and flagship, inspires your best performance during travel and helps you work, relax and recharge in your own way, at nearly 500 hotels in 60 countries. Marriott Hotels support and inspire guests each and every time with real comfort, warmth and genuine care delivered through associates and experiences that help working, relaxing and connecting with others happen – so they can seize the day and prepare for the next.  Marriott believes that tomorrow is a new opportunity to do something great.  All 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.  For more information visit


Catherine Leitner 
Marriott International, Inc.

Also See: Atlanta's Largest Hotel, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Finishes $138 Million Transformation / March 2008

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