News for the Hospitality Executive
Bethesda, Md. – June 6, 2011– Courtyard by Marriott is rolling out its new lobby and room design in Washington, Pennsylvania. This is the first Courtyard in the area featuring the “refreshing business” makeover. For its contributions in making the environment a healthier place by reducing waste, conserving energy and water, the hotel is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designed and is the first hotel in the Washington area to earn this recognition. The 124-room Courtyard Washington Meadow Lands is scheduled to open on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Located at 1800 Tanger Boulevard, the hotel will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned and managed by Concord Hospitality Enterprises of Raleigh, NC (www.concordhotels.com).
Located 10 minutes from downtown Washington and 26 miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport, the hotel offers guests convenient access to the Tanger Outlets, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino and Washington & Jefferson College.
Courtyard by Marriott was the first lodging brand exclusively designed for business travel by business travelers. And now it has completely redefined the hotel lobby experience. This Marriott International (NYSE:MAR) “power brand” is fast-tracking its lobby makeover. The rest of the world is also getting a chance to experience the new lobby by visiting www.courtyard.com.
“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, 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. We redefined the Courtyard lobby so it invites guests to get out of their rooms to work, socialize or for entertainment, whether traveling alone or with colleagues.”
The open, bright and contemporary new 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. This will allow staff to move about 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.
A signature element of the new lobby is the exclusive GoBoard® technology, a 57-inch LCD touch screen packed with local information, maps, weather, and news, business and sports headlines. Guests can navigate using the touch screen to find restaurants, local attractions and directions.
Guests can connect to free WiFi and there are ample electrical outlets throughout the lobby to power digital devices. The enlarged business library features several complimentary computer terminals along with a free printer and separate computer stations dedicated to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status.
Dining has 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, wine and beer so guests can unwind.
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 will be conveniently located by side exits.
The five-story hotel features The Bistro restaurant serving breakfast, dinner and proudly brews StarbucksÒ coffee, an indoor swimming pool with whirlpool spa, fitness center, guest laundry and business center. The hotel also offers 900 square feet of total meeting space and The MarketTM, a 24/7 shop for snacks, beverages and sundries.
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 nearly 900 locations in 34 countries, Courtyard is Marriott’s largest brand.
All 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 about the new lobby and the latest brand news, visit www.courtyard.com, the Courtyard Connections blog, the brand’s Facebook page, Courtyard’s Twitter feed.
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