as Operator of Grosvenor House Hotel in London
and the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin,
both Former Le Meridiens
|February 2, 2004 - The historic Grosvenor House Hotel in London and
the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin have joined the Marriott International,
Inc. lodging portfolio under lease agreements with The Royal Bank of Scotland
plc. In 2007, following extensive restorations of both hotels, the Grosvenor
House will be converted to Marriott's prestigious JW Marriott brand, and
the Shelbourne Hotel will join Marriott's Renaissance brand portfolio.
Marriott International will operate both hotels during the restoration programs.
"We are thrilled by the addition of these two sensational hotels to our global lodging portfolio and are delighted to be able to introduce our JW Marriott brand to London and to expand our Renaissance brand in the United Kingdom and Ireland," said Ed Fuller, president and managing director of international lodging for Marriott International.
Following completion of its restoration program, The Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott Hotel will have 498 guest rooms, a concierge lounge, a business center, a gift shop, and a health club and spa. Plans for its food and beverage offerings are still being developed.
Having one of the largest ballrooms in Europe with a banqueting capacity for over 2,000 guests, the hotel will offer 52,323 square feet of space, including a 21,528-square-foot Great Room, a 6,146-square-foot ballroom, 32 meeting rooms in various configurations providing a total of 24,251 square feet of space, and one 398-square-foot board room.
Following completion of its restoration program, The Shelbourne, a Renaissance
Hotel will have 276 guest rooms, an addition of 86 rooms to its current
accommodations mix. For dining and recreation, the hotel will have two
restaurants and three lounges. Other amenities will include a gift shop,
health club with indoor swimming pool, a business center and off-site valet
parking. For conferences and social events, the hotel will have 12,249
square feet of space, including a 3,940-square-foot Great Room, 10
individual meeting rooms offering a combined total of 5,909 square feet,
In London, the Marriott International lodging portfolio is represented by eight Marriott and Renaissance hotels offering 2,417 rooms. Two additional hotels will open later this year at Canary Wharf -- the 301-room London Marriott West India Quay and the 47-unit Marriott Executive Apartments West India Quay.
In Ireland, the Marriott International portfolio is represented by the 148-room Druids Glen Marriott Hotel & Country Club located about 25 miles south of Dublin.
JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts is Marriott's distinctive collection of luxurious hotels providing attentive personal service, elegant accommodations and an extensive array of services desired by the world's most discerning travelers. The collection currently encompasses 32 properties in 16 countries.
Renaissance Hotels & Resorts is an upscale, distinctive, sophisticated full-service hotel brand designed to enhance the enjoyment and productivity of its guests. Renaissance guests can expect stylish, comfortable environments, respectful service and contemporary restaurants that feature well-defined, quality dining experiences.
Marriott International is a leading worldwide hospitality company with over 2,600 lodging properties in the United Sates and 68 other countries and territories.
Marriott International, Inc.
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