New Charlotte Marriott SouthPark Welcomes Guests

Hotel Will Feature Marriott’s New Bedding

WASHINGTON, March 20 /PRNewswire/ — Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) today announced that The Park Hotel in Charlotte, N.C., has become the Charlotte Marriott SouthPark. Located at 2200 Rexford Road, in the upscale SouthPark district, the four diamond hotel offers 192 guestrooms, including two presidential suites and six executive suites. South Park Real Estate, L.L.C., a subsidiary of JWM Family Enterprises, L.P., a Bethesda, Md. based private investment group, recently acquired the property from the Bissell Companies of Charlotte, N.C. Marriott Hotels & Resorts will operate the hotel under a long term management agreement.

“We’re very excited to be a part of the Marriott family of hotels, and we look forward to welcoming our past guests as well as new visitors to this wonderful hotel,” said Michele Pajot, general manager, Charlotte Marriott SouthPark. “Our customers will be able to enjoy Marriott’s new luxurious bedding, and we will continue to deliver the already outstanding level of service that guests of this hotel have come to trust and rely on.”

All guestrooms will feature Marriott’s new, more luxurious bedding with plusher mattresses, softer sheets and more pillows. Replacing the traditional hotel bedspread is a down comforter nestled inside sheeted duvets, which will be freshly laundered for each new guest. The stylized bedding features 300- thread-count, cotton-rich, white top and fitted bottom sheets and is accented with euro shams, a decorative bed scarf and bolster. Other in-room amenities will include a workspace with ergonomic desk and chair, high-speed Internet access, telephone with data port and speaker phone, coffee maker, iron with ironing board, and cable TV with premium channels.

The Charlotte Marriott SouthPark is ideal for business and social occasions, offering 11,300 square feet of meeting space, including the 3,200 square-foot Park Pavilion, the 2,700 square-foot Morrison Ballroom and the 2,509 square-foot Terrace Ballroom. The Rexford Ballroom and Hospitality Suite, and six additional meeting rooms are also available. Technological capabilities include high-speed Internet access in all meeting rooms and comprehensive audiovisual facilities. A 24-hour onsite business center is also available to meet guests’ needs.

As one of the “Top 50 Cities that Sizzle,” according to Nation’s Restaurant News, Charlotte offers numerous dining options. The hotel’s onsite restaurant, Smoky’s Grill and Martini Bar, is a popular gathering place for hotel guests and local residents alike. Serving southern regional cuisine, steak and chops are specialties, with roasted lamb chops a signature favorite. Thanks to 24-hour in-room dining, guests may also enjoy selections from the restaurant’s menu in the comfort of their own room.

The Charlotte Marriott SouthPark is on the doorstep of the premier retail destination in the Carolinas. The nearby SouthPark mall features top luxury retailers, including Nordstrom, Burberry, Coach, Louis Vuitton, and the region’s first Neiman Marcus will open fall 2006. Other major area attractions nearby include, Bank of America Stadium, Carowinds Theme Park and the new Bobcats Arena. Guests of the hotel also enjoy access to the nearby Charles Grayson Day Spa, preferred golf tee times at Ballantyne Resort and complimentary use of the nearby state of the art Peak Fitness Health Club.

Additional hotel features include an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, an indoor whirlpool and sauna, a fitness center, and laundry service. Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is 20 minutes away.

For more information or reservations, contact the Charlotte Marriott SouthPark directly at (704) 364-8220, call Marriott’s Worldwide Reservations Center at (800) 228-9290, or visit the hotel’s web site at The Charlotte SouthPark 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 2,500 Marriott hotels worldwide.

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with over 2,700 lodging properties in the United States and 66 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 Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. Marriott is also in the synthetic fuel business. The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has approximately 143,000 employees. In fiscal year 2005, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of $11.6 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at

JWM Family Enterprises, L.P. is a private investment fund launched in 1993. Based in Bethesda, Md., the partnership has more than $600 million in assets and owns 10 hotels that are operated and managed under Marriott International, Inc.’s brands. The partnership recently purchased the 351-room Marriott West Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Fla., and the 405-room Columbus Renaissance in Columbus, Ohio, and plans to invest in other hotels to be managed and branded by Marriott. John W. Marriott III serves as President and Chief Executive Officer.

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