EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND--(Marketwire - Mar 5, 2013) - Bringing the top names in golf to Muirfield, The Open Championship, more affectionately referred to as The British Open, will draw thousands to the coastal sand dunes overlooking the Firth of Forth July 14-21. Hotels in Edinburgh are among the many service providers preparing for the buzz of activity that will take place as golfers compete for the coveted Claret Jug.
Expecting 170,000 spectators to witness the contest in which Ernie Els will attempt to again claim the Golf Champion Trophy and become the sixth golfer to protect the title at the same venue, guest rooms and hotel suites in Edinburgh will be brimming with golf enthusiasts. Els claimed the honour in 2002, the last time this prestigious event was held at Muirfield, after a dramatic four-man play-off. The South African's effort to attain the historic double, should he be successful, will put him among an elite group of championship golfers, joining Tiger Woods, Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus, Walter Hagen and James Braid as the only players since the turn of the 20th century to successively win The Open Championship at the same location.
Golf enthusiasts seeking stylish accommodations and easy access to Muirfield will find the full-service luxuries of the newly renovated Edinburgh Marriott Hotel ideal for participating in this spectacular event. As one of the premier hotels near Edinburgh Airport, guests will find themselves just five minutes from EDI and a short 40-minute drive from Muirfield. Boasting an urban setting and featuring over 300 parking spaces, the well-appointed guest rooms and spacious hotel suites are complimented by an attentive staff and a host of on-site amenities. Local bus service to Muirfield and other attractions in and around Edinburgh are also provided for the convenience of guests.
Offering two on-site dining options, this stylish Marriott provides guests with tantalizing breakfast, lunch and dinner menus from the Source Grill Restaurant and Chat's Cafe Bar. Quick bites, specialty drinks and fine cocktails are also available at Chats, making it a perfect place for golf enthusiasts to share the excitement of the tournament with family, friends and fellow golfers.
About the Edinburgh Marriott Hotel
The Edinburgh Marriott Hotel welcomes guests with stylish four-star accommodations and full-service amenities ideal for creating a memorable Scottish adventure. From the welcoming comforts of its stylish new lobby and relaxing recreational facilities to charming comforts of personal guest rooms and expansive suites, the Edinburgh Marriott is fully equipped to ensure a remarkable stay whether travelling for business or leisure. In addition to executive level accommodations, a full service business centre and nearly 7,000 square feet of flexible event space, the hotel's pristine venues are fully supported by dedicated event managers and a talented catering team that combine to make the hotel an ideal choice for business conferences, corporate meetings and professional events.