Marriott Opens Courtyard Silver Spring Downtown

Hotel is First to be Built in Downtown Silver Spring in 30 Years

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ — Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) announced today that the Courtyard by Marriott Silver Spring Downtown has officially opened its doors to guests. Located at 8506 Fenton Street, the 179-room property is the first hotel in 30 years to be built in downtown Silver Spring and is an integral part of the city’s downtown redevelopment project. It is owned and operated by Silver Spring Hotel Associates, LLC.

“We’re very excited to be part of the revitalization of downtown Silver Spring. This is an exciting area with great restaurants, art, music and entertainment,” said Bob Peters, general manager, Courtyard Silver Spring Downtown. “We look forward to welcoming guests and serving the residents of this vibrant community.”

Built on the site of the former Silver Spring Armory, the hotel is the most recent addition to Montgomery County’s $1.5 billion redevelopment of downtown Silver Spring. The 21-acre mixed-use development features 250 residential units, 260,000 square feet of office space, 50,000 square feet of retail space, entertainment venues and restaurants. The property features a welcoming lobby decorated with rich mahogany, cool reds and soothing greens; a beautifully landscaped outdoor courtyard where guests can sit and unwind on benches and tables; and a business library with free WiFi internet access. Guests have complimentary access to the Washington Sports Clubs, scheduled to open Nov. 2005. This world-class facility is located on the lower two levels of the hotel and features a 23,880-square-foot fitness center with state-of- the art equipment and an Olympic-sized lap pool.

The guest rooms, part of Courtyard’s nationwide reinvention strategy, are designed not only to enhance productivity but to offer frequent business travelers a fresh, modern look with timeless sophistication. To suit the needs of the savvy business traveler, guest rooms feature free high-speed internet access, task lighting and extra power outlets to increase workspace. Ergonomic desks can be moved so guests can use the table to dine or work in front of the TV. Bathrooms have a modern, residential look with granite vanities, extra shelves, full-length mirrors, brighter lighting and louvered closet doors. Also provided is a seating area with sofa bed or oversized chair, two telephones, a coffee maker, hair dryer, iron with ironing board, and TV with premium movie channels. In addition, five suites with king-sized beds, refrigerator and microwave oven, and five suites with king-sized beds, whirlpool spa and separate walk-in shower, are available.

All guest rooms at the Courtyard Silver Spring Downtown feature Courtyard’s new bedding with thicker oversized mattresses, softer sheets and more pillows. The bedding replaces the traditional hotel bedspread with a comforter snuggly fit between triple sheeting, which is commonly found at luxury hotels and resorts, and includes 200-thread count, cotton-rich top and fitted bottom sheets that are “mercerized” to elevate the softness of the linens. The stylized bedding is accented with euroshams and decorative bed scarf, enhancing its home-like appeal.

Ideally situated in downtown Silver Spring, the hotel provides convenient access to the Silver Spring Metro station, Discovery Communications headquarters, AFI’s Silver Theater, Roundhouse Theater, a myriad of shops and restaurants and Washington, D.C. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is 14 miles away, Washington Dulles International Airport is 24 miles away, and BWI International is 25 miles away.

The hotel’s restaurant, Gazebo Grill, serves a breakfast buffet with eggs made to order, in addition to an a la carte breakfast and dinner menu. The Market is a 24/7, self-serve food and beverage pantry that sells freshly made salads and sandwiches, gourmet snacks, sundries and gift shop items. The Center Court Lounge offers Seattle’s Best Coffee and serves a fine selection of beer, wine and specialty drinks. Room service is also available during dinner hours.

For group customers, the Courtyard Silver Spring Downtown offers a total of 1,500 square feet of event space, including a 1,104-square-foot meeting room and an executive board room that offers panoramic views of Silver Spring and seating for 12 people. The business library, located on the third floor, offers individual workstations with high-speed data ports and ergonomic chairs.

Courtyard by Marriott is the leading select-service hotel brand in the U.S. Providing guests with a functional combination of casual comfort and timesaving services, Courtyard hotels feature large welcoming guest rooms and are conveniently situated where people travel, ranging from airports and office parks to downtown areas and recreational destinations. Courtyard has 600 hotels worldwide.

For more information or reservations, call the Courtyard Silver Spring Downtown hotel directly at (301) 589-4899, call the Courtyard toll-free number at 1-800-321-2211, contact a travel agent or visit us on the web at http://www.marriott.com/wassv.

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, Renaissance, Bulgari, The Ritz-Carlton, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, TownePlace Suites, and Fairfield Inn 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. 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, and the company had approximately 133,000 employees at year-end 2004. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at http://www.marriott.com/.

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