Marriott Opens Springhill Suites Hotel in Austin, Texas

WASHINGTON - June 5, 2002 - Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) announced today that the 132-suite SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Austin, Texas opened on June 1. Located at 12520 North IH-35, the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Austin North/Parmer Lane will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned and managed by White Lodging Services Corp. of Merrillville, Ind.

Located 15 miles from Bergstrom International Airport, the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Austin North/Parmer Lane offers guests convenient access to the Arboretum shopping mall, downtown Austin and University of Texas at Austin. The hotel also is located within five miles of area businesses such as Dell Headquarters, Abbott Laboratories, Motorola, IBM and Samsung. Rates range from $69 to $99 per night.

“We’re delighted that the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Austin North/Parmer Lane is the latest addition to our growing number of properties across the U.S.,” said Carol Gilbert, brand vice president for SpringHill Suites, Marriott International. “This is a hotel for business and leisure travelers who want affordable lodging with the freedom of spacious accommodations and the comforts of home-like amenities, such as mini-refrigerators and microwave ovens.”

Guest suites in SpringHill Suites hotels are up to 25 percent larger than traditional hotel rooms and feature separate areas for sleeping, working/eating and relaxing. Amenities include:

- In-room pantry with mini-refrigerator, microwave and coffee service - Large well-lit desk with ergonomic chair - Two phone lines with data port and voice mail - Free local phone calls - Second phone in bedroom - Remote-controlled TV with cable and premium movie channels - Pullout sofa bed and lounge chair with ottoman - Spacious bathroom with separate vanity - Non-smoking suites and suites equipped for people with disabilities - Iron and ironing board - Hair dryer with nightlight - Free weekday USA TODAY delivery


The SpringHill Suites also offers complimentary Suite Seasons BreakfastSM buffet, business services, same-day dry cleaning, guest laundry facilities, valet service, an indoor swimming pool and whirlpool spa, exercise room and express checkout. Suite ConvenienceSM, an express “grab and go” food service, is available at select hotels.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott is an all-suite, select-service hotel brand that appeals to both business and leisure travelers. Launched in November 1998, the brand currently has more than 75 locations in the United States and is projected to grow to 125 properties over the next two years. SpringHill Suites participates in the company’s award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent guest program. Members earn their choice of points toward free vacations or frequent flyer mileage for dollars spent at more than 2,100 Marriott hotels worldwide.

For more information or reservations, call the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Austin North/Parmer Lane hotel directly at 512-833-8100, call the SpringHill Suites toll-free number at 888-287-9400, contact a travel agent or visit the web site at