The Historic Cornhusker Hotel Becomes a Marriott

Hotel Is First Full-Service Marriott in Lincoln and Second in the State of Nebraska

WASHINGTON, April 26 /PRNewswire/ — Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) announced today that the Cornhusker Hotel, in Lincoln, Neb., has been re-flagged as The Cornhusker — A Marriott Hotel. The 297-room property is located at 333 South 13th Street and will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by Shubh Hotels and managed by Innkeepers Hospitality.

“We’re delighted to be a part of the Marriott family of hotels, and we look forward to welcoming our past guests and introducing new visitors to this prestigious hotel with its rich history,” said Robert Fabiano, general manager, The Cornhusker — A Marriott Hotel.

The original Cornhusker Hotel was built in 1926 and has been a fixture in the Lincoln community for over 75 years. In 1982, the original Cornhusker was imploded, rebuilt and reopened in December 1983. The lone links from the original Cornhusker to the one that stands today are the 26 “Corn Maiden” figures that grace the atrium’s interior. The hotel features Georgian architecture, lavishly colored decor, hand-painted murals, a grand staircase in the lobby and unique “saw tooth” windows on the building’s exterior.

The hotel recently completed a comprehensive $8 million renovation, and all guest rooms have been completely refurbished with a fresh, residential feel. The Terrace Grille restaurant, public space, meeting space and business center have also been updated, and a new fitness center and 10th floor concierge level have also been added.

The Cornhusker is among the first hotels in the country to feature Marriott’s new, more luxurious bedding with plusher mattresses, softer sheets, more pillows, and a new, fresh, white look. Replacing the traditional hotel bedspread is a down comforter nestled inside a sheeted duvet, which will be freshly laundered for each new guest. Mattresses are thicker and more comfortable with the addition of a two- to four-inch mattress topper, and the 300-thread-count, cotton-rich, white top and fitted bottom sheets are among the finest and softest sheets of any global hotel chain. The stylized bedding is accented with euroshams, a decorative bed scarf and a bolster.

As part of the renovation, guest room bathrooms have been enhanced with new fixtures and flooring, as well as granite countertops for a more upscale, homelike feel. Other in-room amenities include a 27″ television with cable TV and pay-per-view movies, a work desk with ergonomic desk chair, high-speed wireless internet access, telephone with data port and speaker phone, voice mail, hair dryer, coffee and tea service, and iron and ironing board. Also available is a concierge level with upgraded amenities and a concierge lounge serving continental breakfast and offering an evening reception with cocktails.

Located in the heart of downtown Lincoln, The Cornhusker is within walking distance of many area attractions, including the State Capitol building, the University of Nebraska, Lied Center of Performing Arts, and the historic Haymarket district, featuring a myriad of restaurants and shopping destinations. Lincoln Municipal Airport is approximately 15 minutes away.

Ideal for business and social occasions, The Cornhusker, in conjunction with the adjoining Burnham Yates Conference Center, offers 46,000 square feet of event space and 22 flexible meeting rooms, including the 10,545-square-foot Grand Ballroom. Technological capabilities include high-speed internet access in all meeting rooms and comprehensive audiovisual facilities. A 24-hour business center is also available to meet guests’ needs.

The hotel’s restaurant, Terrace Grille, featuring contemporary American cuisine, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; the Five Reasons Lounge, with a casual yet sophisticated ambience, serves cocktails and signature martinis; the Terrace Espresso serves Starbucks coffee, pastries and bagels. Room service is also available.

Other hotel features include a gift shop, indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, laundry valet and complimentary transportation to Lincoln Municipal Airport.

For more information or reservations, contact The Cornhusker directly at (402) 474-7474, contact the Marriott Worldwide Reservations Center at (800) 228-9290, or visit the Marriott web site at www.marriott.com. Marriott Hotels & Resorts participates in the company’s award-winning Marriott Rewards(R) frequent guest program. Members earn their choice of points toward free vacations or frequent flyer mileage for dollars spent at more than 2,300 Marriott hotels worldwide.

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 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, Bulgari, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn and SpringHill Suites 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 www.marriott.com.

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