Marriot International opens Europe’s largest Residence Inn in London

Marriott International, Inc. has said that it has opened its new Residence Inn by Marriott London Kensington, the largest property in the brand’s European portfolio.

The opening of Residence Inn by Marriott London Kensington is the brand’s seventh property in Europe, with further expansion including the brand’s entry into new markets such as France due to the opening of Residence Inn Toulouse-Blagnac.

Residence Inn by Marriott London Kensington provides one- and two-bedroom suites with separate living, working and sleeping areas designed for longer stays. Each of the seven suite categories has fully-functional kitchens besides the complimentary Wi-Fi, smart TVs, USB plug points and work space. Complimentary breakfast is served seven days a week, while the Grab’n Go market and Fitness Centre are both open 24/7. There is also a grocery delivery service available.

Located on Warwick Road in Earls Court, the new hotel features 319 suites, many with private terraces. The hotel’s eighth floor terrace will be available to hire as an events space. Suites at the Residence Inn by Marriott London Kensington are available from £90 plus tax.

‘Residence Inn by Marriott London Kensington has been one of our most highly-anticipated launches in Europe; not only is it the largest Residence Inn in Europe, but it is the third largest in the world, and a flagship property for the brand,’ said John Licence, Vice President Premium and Select Brands Europe at Marriott International. ‘London is a key market for extended-stay travel and we are delighted to launch the city’s second Residence Inn following last year’s opening of Residence Inn by Marriott London Bridge.’

John Wagner, co-founder of Cycas Hospitality, said: ‘We know that guest expectations and travelling styles have evolved in recent years, creating a growing demand for centrally-located properties that bridge the gap between hotels and home. Opening London’s biggest aparthotel will therefore allow us to widen the accommodation options available to business travellers whilst also putting the capital’s most popular cultural attractions within easy reach of our long-stay leisure guests.’

Kensington Olympia Exhibition Centre and the city’s key cultural attractions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, Science Museum, Royal Albert Hall, and the Natural History museum are within walking distance from the hotel. Guests also have access to transport links across London and to Heathrow Airport.

Marriott International Offers New Luxury Hotels in Thailand

Marriott International, a US-based hotel company, is opening three new properties in Thailand in 2012.

The new properties, Rayong Marriott Resort and Spa, The Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit, and the Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok – Sukhumvit Thonglor, will all open in 2012.

Craig Smith, the company chief operating officer for Asia, said, ‘We are delighted to be expanding our footprint in Thailand and bringing these three wonderful new hotels to the country. We have had a long relationship with Thailand having opened our first hotel here, the JW Marriott Bangkok, some 15 years ago. It is great to be able to bring these new hotels to Thailand which we feel will have a very positive impact on both domestic and international travellers to the country. We are totally committed to Thailand for the long term, and in addition to these three hotels we will continue to grow in Thailand with a further five hotels set to open in the next three to four years.’

The 296-room, Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit is located close to the BTS Skytrain station, and is aimed at the business travel segment, offering both leisure and business facilities. The 206-room, Rayong Marriott Resort and Spa, is located on the Mae Phim beach and offers beautiful ocean views, while Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok – Sukhumvit Thonglor is a full service luxury hotel for extended stays, located in the same building as the existing Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit. All the hotels are offering amenities including restaurants, lounges and bars, and event space, as well as leisure facilities.