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Kansas City, Missouri – August 24, 2016 – Marriott International, Inc. today announced that a combined 153-room Courtyard hotel and 108-suite Residence Inn hotel in Kansas City, Missouri will open this Friday. Located at 1535 Baltimore Avenue, the hotels are owned and managed by Chartwell Hospitality of Franklin, Tennessee. The 10-story property will share a large indoor swimming pool, a fitness center and 3,050 square feet of flexible meeting or event space to accommodate functions for up to 300 people.

Located in downtown Kansas City in the historic Crossroads Art District, the hotels offer convenient access to the Sprint Center, the Power & Light District, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and the Kansas City Convention Center/Bartle Hall. This is the first brand new hotel to be built in downtown Kansas City since 1985 and the only hotel on the new Kansas City Streetcar route.

"Attracting both business travelers as well as tourists, the Kansas City area is an ideal location for the dual opening," said Janis Milham, senior vice president, modern essentials and extended stay brands for Marriott International. "Each brand offers distinct amenities and services that tailor to all visitors."

About The Courtyard by Marriott

Courtyard constantly researches trends and evolves to meet the changing needs of its guests. The latest room design offers hybrid zones for working, sleeping, relaxing and getting ready. Indirect lighting and a neutral, tone-on-tone color palette makes for a soothing and calm environment.

The new room design is intuitive and thoughtful, offering flexible yet comfortable spaces that enable technology. Upon arrival, guests can store bags on the “Luggage Drop” and plug personal devices into the “Tech Drop” ledge for seamless technology integration.

Signature furniture and architectural elements replace traditional art in the new guestroom. The “LoungeAround” sofa offers a pop of color and a comfortable area for relaxing or for working.

The Courtyard also offers the Refreshing Business lobby environment, where guests can enjoy an open and bright area outside of their rooms. Along with media pods, complimentary Wi-Fi and a variety of seating zones, the redefined space is ideal for everything from pop-up meetings to social gatherings. The lobby also features The Bistro – Eat. Drink. Connect®, offering casual, flexible seating; easy access to food and high quality, healthy menu options for breakfast; and light evening fare, including snacks, cocktails, wine and beer so guests can unwind. 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.

Throughout the hotel, guests can connect with ample electrical outlets. The business library features several computer terminals, along with a printer and separate computer stations dedicated solely to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status.

About The Residence Inn by Marriott

Residence Inn is an all-suite brand that offers studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites. Designed for stays of five nights or more, each suite also has a fully-equipped kitchen with a coffeemaker, microwave oven and residential-sized appliances. Guests looking for a revitalizing sleep experience will enjoy the hotel’s plush mattresses and crisp linens, while guests focused on being productive will value their suite’s large, well-lit work desk, ergonomic chair and complimentary high-speed Internet access.

The Residence Inn’s complimentary breakfast has a variety of great options, including specially made featured items. Guests can start their day off right with healthy food choices and, with a convenient to-go offering, can make sure they do not miss the most important meal of the day.

Extending the feeling of comfortable living on the road, the hotel offers guests inviting and functional public spaces to relax or collaborate. Road warriors and families alike enjoy the hotel’s grocery delivery service, complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour onsite food and beverage market, dry cleaning services, and onsite guest laundry room.

Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn participate in Marriott International's 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 or reservations, contact the Courtyard Kansas City Downtown/Convention Center directly at 816-221-7400, call the Courtyard toll-free number at 800-321-2211 or visit www.marriott.com/mciks, for the Residence Inn Kansas City Downtown/Convention Center call directly at 816-221-1400 or call the Residence Inn toll-free number at 800-331-3131 or visit www.marriott.com/mcisr

About Marriott International, Inc.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Contact: Nina Herrera-Davila

nina.herrera-davila@marriott.com / 301-380-2691

About Chartwell Hospitality

Chartwell Hospitality LLC is a fully integrated real estate company specializing in the acquisition, development and management of high-quality, branded, limited-service and full-service hotels. Our occupancy and market rates consistently surpass the competition, and we have a proven track record for maximizing the cash flow and returns on our investments. Our growth and success are based on our mission to be the best in the business, as well as a commitment to constantly exceed the expectations of our investors, partners, guests and associates. Chartwell Hospitality was founded in 2003 and is based in Nashville, Tennessee.

Contact: Curt Cerise, General Manager, Courtyard & Residence Inn Kansas City Downtown/Convention Center

ccerise@chartwellhospitality.com

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