Marriott Opens Louisville Marriott Downtown

Premier Convention Hotel is First in Louisville to Offer Marriott’s New, More Luxurious Bedding

WASHINGTON, March 29 /PRNewswire/ — Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) today announced the opening of the Louisville Marriott Downtown. The 17-story convention hotel features 616 rooms, including 25 suites and two Presidential suites, and is located at 280 West Jefferson Street. The property is owned by Kentucky Hotel Convention Partners, LLC and managed by White Lodging Services of Merrillville, Ind.

“We’re very excited to be opening this great new hotel, which is in the heart of downtown Louisville and on the doorstep of everything this dynamic city has to offer,” said Jon Peck, general manager, Louisville Marriott Downtown. “This hotel appeals to business travelers, leisure travelers and meeting planners looking for a great new location to hold their events. We’re pleased to have come out of the gates strong, with a very busy first 90 days and business on the books through 2009.”

The Louisville Marriott Downtown is the area’s first full-service Marriott to offer the company’s new, more luxurious bedding, which features 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.

Ideal for business and social occasions, the 17-story hotel is one of the premiere convention hotels in the central United States. The property is connected to the 300,000-square-foot Kentucky International Convention Center via an enclosed skywalk, and area attractions just minutes away include Fourth Street Live (Louisville’s new $80 million entertainment district), the Kentucky Derby Museum, Churchill Downs, Slugger Field and the Slugger Museum, and the new Muhammad Ali Center, which opens in Nov. 2005. Louisville International Airport is just ten minutes away.

The hotel’s 50,000 square feet of meeting space includes the 21,000- square-foot Marriott Ballroom, which is divisible into 10 sections and can accommodate up to 2,500 people. The Kentucky Ballroom features more than 11,000 square feet of meeting space, is divisible into seven sections and can accommodate up to 1,100 people. Technological capabilities include wireless high-speed internet access, videoconferencing, web streaming and teleconferencing capabilities.

The hotel’s Blu restaurant offers Italian Mediterranean cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Signature menu items include fresh mozzarella with yellow and red tomatoes and eight-year balsamic vinegar; whole golden trout baked in rock salt with haricot vert, squash and sweet tomatoes; and balsamic filet with garlic potato pave, cipollini onions and roasted asparagus. Guests can also enjoy specialty cocktails, wine and appetizers in the hotel’s lounge area, Bar at Blu, or gourmet coffee and “grab and go” snacks at the Starbucks Coffee Shop. Champions Sports Restaurant is a Kentucky sports themed dining venue with a fun, casual atmosphere and 22-inch flat-screen TVs for sports viewing.

Guest rooms offer flat-screen TVs with cable television and pay-per-view movies, individual climate control, laptop-sized in-room safe, two-line telephones with voice mail and data ports, high-speed internet access, in-room coffee and tea service, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, and an oversized work area with ergonomic desk chair. Other hotel amenities include a fully equipped business center, room service, oversized fitness center with state- of-the-art equipment, indoor pool and whirlpool, gift shop, guest laundry and laundry valet service. Also available is a concierge level with upgraded amenities and a concierge lounge offering spectacular views of the Ohio River and serving daily continental breakfast and cocktails.

In addition, the Louisville Marriott Downtown is offering an introductory 2,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points per stay through Oct. 3, 2005. For more information, contact the Louisville Marriott Downtown directly at (502) 627-5045, call the Marriott Worldwide Reservations Center at (800) 455-8254, or visit Marriott Hotels & Resorts properties participate in the Marriott Rewards(R) frequent guest program, offering members a choice of points towards a free vacation or frequent flier miles for every dollar they spend at Marriott International hotels and resorts. With more than 2,500 participating hotels and 21 million members, Marriott Rewards is the world’s most popular frequent guest program and features more resorts, on-site golf and spas than any other hotel company.

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, 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

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