Courtyard brand plans two for Phuket

Marriott has signed management contracts for two Courtyard by Marriott hotels in Phuket, Thailand.Both hotels are scheduled to open early 2008.

Both hotels will be conversions of existing properties and will undergo extensive renovations prior to being re-branded. The existing hotels are the 399-room Grand Tropicana Hotel Phuket which will convert to the Courtyard by Marriott Phuket at Patong Beach; and the 256-room Surin Beach Resort which will be re-branded as the Courtyard by Marriott Phuket at Surin Beach.

Renovations at both properties will include all guestrooms, restaurants, lobby and public areas.

Courtyard by Marriott Phuket at Patong Beach: will be located in the heart of Patong on the southwestern part of Phuket Island. It will be within a short walk of the famous Patong Beach and the many restaurants, bars and shops that line the beach as well as a recently opened shopping mall offering more than 200 shops.

Patong Beach is the main tourist district of Phuket. The area is well known for its nightlife, entertainment offerings and retail shops. Additionally, the three-kilometer-long Patong Beach offers many recreational activities including motorized water sports.

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Upon completion of extensive renovations, the Courtyard by Marriott Phuket at Patong Beach will have a casual, three-meal restaurant; and a lobby lounge and bar. Recreational amenities will include two swimming pools, an exercise room and a kids club. Additionally, the hotel will offer a gift shop, business center, concierge desk and a “grab & go” counter.

For small conferences and social events, the hotel will have 180 square meters of meeting space comprised of three 60-square-meter meeting rooms.

Courtyard by Marriott Phuket at Surin Beach: will be located near Surin Beach, at the mid-point of the western coast of Phuket Island. It will be accessible to the beach and to the restaurants and bars located along the beach through a public park that sits between the beach and the hotel.

The serene Surin Beach is a largely undeveloped stretch of pristine, sandy beachfront with casuarinas trees and is well known for its seafood stalls and restaurants. Its seawaters are well regarded for snorkeling, kayaking, boogie boarding and surfing.

When renovations are completed, the Courtyard by Marriott Phuket at Surin Beach will have a casual, three-meal restaurant and a poolside bar. Recreational amenities will include a swimming pool and a kids pool, an exercise room, a games room and a kids club. Other amenities will include a “grab & go” counter, business center and a gift shop.

For meetings and social events, the hotel will offer 200 square meters of conference space consisting of three meeting rooms in varying configurations.
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