SOURCE: Marriott

Suzhou China Hotels

May 20, 2010 10:27 ET

Marriott Opens Suzhou Marriott Hotel

Hotel Is the Only Marriott Hotel & Resort Brand Property in Suzhou

SUZHOU, JIANGSU PROVINCE, CHINA--(Marketwire - May 20, 2010) -  Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) announced today the grand opening of the Suzhou Marriott Hotel. The 302-room downtown Suzhou hotel is located at 1296 Ganjiang Road West. The property is owned by Suzhou New Development Investment Co, Ltd. and managed by Marriott International, Inc.

"We are thrilled to bring a Marriott Hotel & Resorts brand property to Suzhou," said Jerry Miao, general manager of the Suzhou Marriott Hotel. "Suzhou is an ancient city with a 2500 year history and it is unmatched for the fantastic features and classic Chinese lifestyle. This hotel's location, right in the heart of the downtown area, allows guests traveling for both business and leisure to discover and experience everything this city has to offer."

Conveniently located in downtown Suzhou, next to Suzhou National New & High-Tech Development Zone, guests of the hotel will enjoy easy access to highways, city attractions such as the classic gardens of Suzhou, the ancient city gates and Suzhou Museum. The hotel is 65km from Shanghai and 120km from Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

The Marriott Suzhou is a 50-story building -- part hotel, part International Office Building and part Executive Apartment. The guest rooms are located from 29th to 48th floors, and feature a stunning view of the bustling city below.

Ideal for business and social occasions, the hotel offers 1,580 square meters of flexible meeting space in Suzhou with seven different meeting rooms and two executive board rooms. All feature both wired and wireless high-speed internet access. A variety of other business services are available to meet the guest's needs.

For dining and entertainment, the hotel features the restaurant, Asia Bistro -- an open kitchen concept featuring 4 major open kitchens. The first open kitchen features Asian sections for local specialties. The second plays host to an authentic tandoor and grill for Indian, Malay, and Singaporean specialties. Another kitchen offers a cold counter for seafood, salads, and Japanese specialties. Finally, the last of the open kitchens features a dessert counter with oven for baked goods, ice cream and cake counters.

Additional options for Suzhou dining at the hotel include Man Ho Chinese Restaurant where, after guests enter the restaurant through the Tea Lounge, they will find a variety of teas served for tasting or relaxing with 88 seats in the main restaurant plus 5 private rooms for special events. Also, Alto Vino offers diners a chance to experience Italian country fare in a family friendly environment. The Lounge, located in the heart of the hotel, is ideal for small meetings, entertainment, a quick lunch, or a quiet coffee or glass of wine. Lastly, Java+, a grab and go coffee outlet as well as a five star bakery and pastry shop, offers international and local fare with emphasis on take away.

For more information or to make reservations, contact the Suzhou Marriott Hotel directly at (86 512) 8225 8888, or call the Marriott Worldwide Reservations Center at (800) 228 9290. Also for more information on the new property and for Suzhou hotel deals, visit www.marriott.com. Marriott Hotels & Resorts participates in the company's award-wining Marriott Rewards frequent guest program. Members earn their choice of points towards free vacations or frequent flyer mileage for dollars spent at more than 3,000 Marriott hotels worldwide.

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 3,200 lodging properties in the United States and 66 other countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, Horizons by Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Md., and had approximately 146,000 employees at 2008 year-end. It is ranked as the lodging industry's most admired company and one of the best companies to work for by FORTUNE®, and has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the 2007 Sustained Excellence Award and Partner of the Year since 2004. In fiscal year 2008, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of $13 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com.