Marriott New Orleans at the Convention Center Opens Its Doors in Historic 150-Year-Old Warehouse

Full-Service Property Located Steps Away From Morial Convention Center

WASHINGTON, July 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) announced today the opening of the Marriott New Orleans at the Convention Center. Just steps away from the Morial Convention Center, the 331- room property is located in the heart of New Orleans’ Arts/Warehouse District and will operate as a Marriott managed hotel owned by High Cotton Ventures, LLC.

“We have combined the history and hospitality of New Orleans with Marriott’s legendary service to create a memorable guest experience,” said Joe Blanchek, general manager, Marriott New Orleans at the Convention Center. “The hotel’s architectural features provide a glimpse into the past, while its wireless technology and other advancements remind guests that this is a state- of-the-art property. This perfect blend of old and new is underscored by the tradition of service that has made Marriott a leader in the lodging industry,” he said.

With a restoration cost of more than $60 million, the property has been designed with the personal look and feel one would find in a boutique style hotel. The design and function of the front desk, lobby and public spaces invite guests to relax, network and conduct business depending on their needs.

Featuring 24,000 square feet of meeting space, specialized prefunction areas and personalized meeting services, the hotel is a perfect fit for in- house meetings up to 450 attendees. Event services include personal event managers who assist planners from the initial planning stages of the event, all the way through to the departure of the last attendee. Additionally, an executive meeting concierge services the day-to-day execution of the meeting, taking care of any requests the planner may have such as business center solutions, technology requests, tour arrangements and much more.

For dining and entertaining, the hotel is home to Starbucks and the hottest new celebrity chef restaurant in town, Wolfe’s in the Warehouse. The menu features renowned Chef Tom Wolfe’s take on contemporary New Orleans cuisine, using the foundation of New Orleans as a true melting pot to create a twist of contemporary Creole cuisine influenced by different nationalities. Wolfe’s in the Warehouse will provide a fine dining experience and exemplary service in a casual, low-key ambiance.

The location in the heart of the Warehouse District provides guests with a different look into New Orleans. Steps away from art galleries, museums and hip, new restaurants, the Marriott New Orleans at the Convention Center is the crown jewel of the Warehouse District. It is blocks away from the storied St. Charles Streetcar line and easily accessible to the Riverfront Streetcar that travels to and from the French Quarter.

For those who don’t want to venture too far, guests can find enjoyment and relaxation at the hotel’s pool and fitness center as well as in the guest rooms. Featuring Marriott’s new, more luxurious bedding, guest rooms have down comforters nestled inside freshly laundered duvets, 300-thread-count, cotton- rich, white top and fitted bottom sheets and plush mattress toppers. The stylish layered bedding includes additional pillows and euroshams against a tall headboard and is accented with a decorative bedscarf. Flat screen televisions and individual digital climate control thermostats add to the residential atmosphere. For more information or reservations, call the Marriott New Orleans at the Convention Center directly at (504) 613-2888, contact the Marriott Worldwide Reservations Center at (888) 364-1200, or visit the hotel’s web site at

The Marriott New Orleans at the Convention Center is conveniently located directly across from the Morial Convention Center, Riverwalk Mall and New Orleans Cruise Ship Terminals. The 331-room hotel boasts 24,000 sq. ft. of meeting space along with tailored meeting solutions to create the ultimate meeting experience. The Arts/Warehouse district location delivers the full New Orleans experience of shopping, the French Quarter, river boat cruises, museums, the Aquarium of the Americas, Harrah’s Casino, street car excursions and the city’s finest restaurants.

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

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