RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Marriott International, Inc. Monday announced the opening of a combined 135-room Courtyard hotel and 75-suite Residence Inn hotel in Richmond, Virginia. The hotels are owned by Apple Hospitality REIT and will be managed by White Lodging Services of Merrillville, Indiana.
The hotels are located at 14th and Cary Streets in Richmond's historic Shockoe Slip district and on the site where the Virginia General Assembly passed the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom in 1786. The hotels are adjacent to the First Freedom Center and are close to the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, Brown's Island, Valentine Museum and Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.
The hotels will share a custom lobby with a Colonial Federal style, a fitness center and 2,862 square feet of meeting space to accommodate functions of up to 210 people.
"Attracting both business travelers as well as tourists, this historic area of Richmond is an ideal location for the dual opening," said Janis Milham, senior vice president, modern essentials and extended stay brands for Marriott International. "Each brand offers distinct amenities and services that tailor to all visitors."
The leadership team is comprised of General Manager Aaron Pellitt, most recently of the Courtyard Richmond Airport for the last five years, and Julia Raftery, director of sales, who previously worked at the Omni Richmond.
"The Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott Richmond Downtown, offers upscale select service and extended stay options in the heart of the vibrant Shockoe Slip area of downtown Richmond," Pellitt said.
About The Courtyard by Marriott
Courtyard constantly researches trends and evolves to meet the changing needs of its guests. The latest room design offers hybrid zones for working, sleeping, relaxing and getting ready. Indirect lighting and a neutral, tone-on-tone color palette makes for a soothing and calm environment.
The new room design is intuitive and thoughtful, offering flexible yet comfortable spaces that enable technology. Upon arrival, guests can store bags on the "Luggage Drop" and plug personal devices into the "Tech Drop" ledge for seamless technology integration.
Signature furniture and architectural elements replace traditional art in the new guestroom. The "LoungeAround" sofa offers a pop of color and a comfortable area for relaxing or for working.
The Courtyard Richmond Downtown also offers the Refreshing Business lobby environment, where guests can enjoy an open and bright area outside of their rooms. Along with media pods, complimentary Wi-Fi and a variety of seating zones, the redefined space is ideal for everything from pop-up meetings to social gatherings. The lobby also features The Bistro – Eat. Drink. Connect®, offering casual, flexible seating; easy access to food and high quality, healthy menu options for breakfast; and light evening fare, including snacks, cocktails, wine and beer so guests can unwind.
Throughout the hotel, guests can connect with ample electrical outlets. The business library features several computer terminals, along with a printer and separate computer stations dedicated solely to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status.
About The Residence Inn by Marriott
Residence Inn is an all-suite brand that offers studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites. Designed for stays of five nights or more, each suite also has a fully-equipped kitchen with a coffeemaker, microwave oven and residential-sized appliances. Guests looking for a revitalizing sleep experience will enjoy the hotel's plush mattresses and crisp linens, while guests focused on being productive will value their suite's large, well-lit work desk, ergonomic chair and complimentary high-speed Internet access.
The Residence Inn's complimentary breakfast has a variety of great options, including specially made featured items. Guests can start their day off right with healthy food choices and, with a convenient to-go offering, can make sure they do not miss the most important meal of the day.
Extending the feeling of comfortable living on the road, the hotel offers guests inviting and functional public spaces to relax or collaborate. Road warriors and families alike enjoy the hotel's grocery delivery service, complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour onsite food and beverage market, dry cleaning services, and onsite guest laundry room.
Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn participate in Marriott International's award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, contact the Courtyard Richmond Downtown directly at 804-754-0007, call the Courtyard toll-free number at 800-321-2211 or visit www.marriott.com/ricrl, for the Residence Inn Richmond Downtown call directly at 804-225-5550 or call the Residence Inn toll-free number at 800-331-3131 or visit www.marriott.com/ricrt.
About Marriott International, Inc.
Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.
About White Lodging Services
Established in 1985 and headquartered in Merrillville, IN, White Lodging is a fully integrated developer, owner and manager of premium brand hotels - a recognized leader that consistently delivers superior, leading-brand hotel experiences and premium returns on investment among mid- to-large scale hotels across the country. With over 29 years of expertise, White Lodging continues to break ground as one of the fastest-growing independent hospitality companies in the country. Its managed portfolio of more than 160 hotels in 21 states and encompasses representation of the leading brands. For more information about White Lodging, please visit www.whitelodging.com or call 219-472-2861.
About Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc.
Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc. is a real estate investment trust headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. The Apple Hospitality REIT portfolio of real estate includes 191 hotels, with 23,787 guestrooms, in 33 states. Visit www.applehospitalityreit.com for additional information.
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