Newport Beach Marriott Begins Second and Final Phase of $60M Renovation

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., March 8 /PRNewswire/ — Let the countdown begin. In approximately ten months, the 30-year-old hotel that sits at 900 Newport Center Drive will sport a whole new look and feel. Today, it moves into its second and final phase of a $60 million, year-and-a-half-long renovation and will re-emerge this December as the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa.

The hotel will feature 20 luxury suites, including five penthouse suites with ocean views; 532 guest rooms with the new plush Marriott bedding; a 14,000-square-foot spa with 16 treatment rooms, hair salon and spa pool; 41,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space, including an 8,000-square- foot ballroom, 5,400-square-foot junior ballroom and 23 meeting rooms; an 8,000-square-foot lobby with a porte cochere and water feature; a lounge pool with a pool bar and whirlpool; and an exciting new restaurant concept reflecting a relaxed, yet refined California lifestyle.

“We have a lot to celebrate,” says Bill Gunderson, general manager. “This November marks our 30th anniversary, a milestone that invites us to re- dedicate ourselves to providing unrivalled experiences for our guests and new opportunities for employees and the surrounding community.”

The two-phase project began last July with the reconstruction of the hotel’s North Wing. Now completed and re-opened, it boasts 260 redesigned guest rooms featuring the recently announced Marriott bed. It consists of an 11-inch mattress, feather bed topper, 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, a down blanket, six down pillows, and a colorful bed scarf. The bed is one of many elements of Marriott’s new look and feel. It incorporates the latest in design, technology, culinary expertise, service and comfort, and guests will begin to experience it across all brands this year.

For more information on the Newport Beach Marriott renovation, Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) or to make reservations, visit http://www.marriott.com/ or call (800) 228-9290.

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with over 2,600 lodging properties in the United States and 65 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 International, Horizons, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Marriott Grand Residence Club brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has approximately 133,000 employees. It is ranked as the lodging industry’s most admired company and one of the best places to work for by Fortune(R) magazine. In fiscal year 2004, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of $10 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at http://www.marriott.com/.

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