Autograph Collection Expands Portfolio with Debut of New Travel Experiences This Fall Third New York City Hotel Joins Along with New Offerings in Florida and North Carolina

BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Autograph Collection, an exclusive portfolio of passionately independent hotels, continues to grow with the inauguration of four new distinct travel experiences this Fall.  Nearing its 50th hotel milestone, the collection proudly introduces its third hotel in New York City, The Lexington New York City, the luxurious Siena Hotel in North Carolina and the boutique Castle Hotel in Florida. Most recently Autograph Collection made entree into the United Kingdom with the induction of the majestic St. Ermin's Hotel in London.

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Exactly like nothing else, the Autograph Collection is an upscale portfolio of hand selected independent hotels each offering its own unique identity. Autograph Collection hotels fall within diverse categories of travel experience including Urban Excitement, Indulgent Escape, Culinary Delight, Artistic Getaway, Historic Exploration and more. Each hotel is thoughtfully chosen based on quality, character and individuality.

Detailed information on the below additions and their signature experiences is showcased in its own unique way on Autograph Collection's award winning web site, www.autographhotels.com.

The Lexington, New York, NY

After a multi-million dollar renovation aimed to restore the property's former jazz age glamour, The Lexington New York City features 725 stylish guest rooms and suites designed to cater to the luxury business and leisure traveler. An icon of the jazz era, the hotel presents a new design style that blends the property's legacy with a modern expression of classic New York.

Located in the heart of Manhattan's midtown district, The Lexington New York City originally opened in 1929 at the height of New York's hotel boom. It has played host to some of the country's most notable personalities and exclusive groups; the hotel was also home to American icons Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe, who lived in a suite on the 18th floor – currently being relaunched as the Centerfield Suite.

The newly renovated Lexington New York City welcomes guests through an elegantly draped entrance and into a grand two-story lobby. The reception desk, crafted in bronze and black lacquer, guards a pronounced feature wall that hosts a three-dimensional sculpture by Alba Clemente, a stand-out piece in The Lexington New York City's art collection commissioned by industry insider and former confidante of Andy Warhol, Paige Powell. The Mixing Room, the hotel's new jazz-inspired bar and lounge concept radiates from the main lobby, along with a library area that presents a place for gathering.

The Lexington New York City offers a range of food and beverage options including gourmet Chinese eatery, S. Dynasty; a lobby level Starbucks; and the hotel's longtime dining destination, Raffles, an American-style bistro with a jazz flare, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

To celebrate its inauguration into Autograph Collection, the hotel is offering 2500 Marriott Rewards Bonus Points for stays through the end of October and Triple Marriott Rewards Rewarding Events points for events hosted at the hotel through the end of 2013.

The Siena Hotel, Chapel Hill, NC

Inspired by the beauty of Italy, The Siena Hotel, located in beautiful Chapel Hill North Carolina, adds its distinctive European character to the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC area. A AAA Four Diamond hotel and restaurant recipient since 1987, travelers that step through the doors of this elegant Tuscan villa discover a luxurious decor with hand-selected European antiques, Italian marble floors and majestic columns, against a backdrop of rich colors and fabrics.

With an intimate seventy-nine rooms, each room is designed to have the feel of a world-class luxury boutique hotel. Every room is individually appointed with its own decor including elaborate gilded mirrors and artwork from European artists with classic style.

The Siena Hotel has a relaxing and versatile dining scene from casual al fresco, interactive bar/lounge and a formal dining room. The Siena Hotel's restaurant, Il Palio is named after a festival in Siena, Italy where the neighborhoods come together in celebration and competition twice a year. In a similar spirit of celebration, Il Palio at The Siena Hotel is the place where neighbors and friends come to enjoy Italian inspired cuisine and celebrate their special occasions. Consistently awarded Four Diamonds by AAA and acclaimed by Conde Nast, Il Palio offers the finest Italian cuisine by Executive Chef Adam Rose and his staff, along with choices of some 400 wonderful wines. The restaurant prides itself on delivering a local farm to fork menu which changes frequently flowing with the wonderful artisan producers and farmers offerings.  Surrounded by the rich colors and fabrics of an Italian villa with contemporary European touches, the atmosphere in Il Palio takes diners to another place and time.

Castle Hotel, Orlando, FL

Located in the heart of Orlando and officially joining Autograph Collection this October, an enriching experience awaits at the Castle Hotel. Leisure guests, business travelers, and those seeking a distinctive venue for a wedding or social event will find a sophisticated and contemporary retreat perfectly located on International Drive. The AAA Four-Diamond Castle Hotel immerses guests in art, music, cuisine and culture within its Bavarian-inspired walls, providing an oasis to travelers with uncommon taste.

Evoking an air of creativity and artistry, the Castle Hotel offers elegant accommodations and amenities, inspired meeting space, gourmet cuisine, intuitive service, and captivating views of Central Florida's signature attractions and nightly fireworks displays.

Part of the Kessler Collection and now, Autograph Collection, the Castle Hotel is curated to inspire its guests in one of the most exciting and vibrant cities for tourism in the United States.

About Autograph Collection
Exactly like nothing else, the Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Each destination has been hand selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit www.autographhotels.com or via social media on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr.

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