SEATTLE - June 5, 2003 - J.W. Marriott, Jr., chairman and CEO of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR), and Thomas J. Hutchison, III, chief executive officer of CNL Hospitality Properties, Inc., today joined General Manager Dan Banchiu, local officials and over 300 invited guests for the grand opening of the Seattle Marriott Waterfront hotel. The property is the company’s first full-service Marriott in downtown Seattle and just the second hotel to boast an address on Seattle’s famous waterfront. Located at 2100 Alaskan Way, the Seattle Marriott Waterfront is owned by CNL Hospitality Properties and managed by Marriott International.
“We are delighted to have our first full-service Marriott in downtown Seattle. This is a great addition to the Marriott family. With its unparalleled waterfront location, stylish accommodations and dedicated staff, we’re confident that the Seattle Marriott Waterfront will quickly become one of the city’s premier hotels,” said Mr. Marriott.
“We are extremely pleased about our investment in the Seattle Marriott Waterfront, which fits squarely into our strategy of owning premium hotels in major markets and working alongside the industry’s leading lodging companies,” remarked Mr. Hutchison.
Overlooking Elliott Bay, the Seattle Marriott Waterfront is located on a prime piece of real estate on Seattle’s famous waterfront. Additionally, the hotel is directly across from the Bell Harbor International Conference Center and within walking distance of major attractions and shopping destinations including, Pike Place Market, the Seattle Aquarium, the Space Needle and Seattle Center. “This beautiful hotel is a key component in the revitalization of the central waterfront district, which is now a thriving neighborhood that contributes significantly to the economic and cultural vitality of the city,” said Port of Seattle Chief Executive Officer M.R. Dinsmore.
Capitalizing on its waterfront location, all guest rooms at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront overlook Elliott Bay and provide views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountain range. Approximately half offer private balconies. Guest rooms are elegantly appointed and feature the signature “Marriott Bed” with pillowed mattresses, oversized down comforters and feather pillows. Amenities include two-line telephones, voice mail and data ports, cable television with pay-per-view movies, in-room coffee and tea service, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, and work desk with ergonomic desk chair.
In-room high-speed internet access is also available and the property offers “Wired for Business®,” a service designed to meet the needs of guests who want to stay connected to work and home by offering them a bundle of communications services including high-speed internet access and unlimited local and long distance phone calls within the U.S. for $9.95 per day.
The Seattle Marriott Waterfront is also home to Fish Club, celebrity chef Todd English’s first restaurant in the Pacific Northwest and his first venture with Marriott International. Todd English is internationally known for developing “hot” new restaurant concepts serving culinary inspirations, including the acclaimed Olives, King Fish Hall, Rustic Kitchen, Tuscany, Bonfire and Figs restaurants. English and his restaurants have received numerous accolades, including Bon Appetit’s 2001 Restaurateur of the Year and People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People. Fish Club’s menu draws from cultures around the world, offering a variety of seafood-centric dishes. Guests also can enjoy cocktails and appetizers in the Lobby Bar, coffees and light snacks at the Trolley Cafe, and 24-hour room service.
With 11 meeting rooms totaling 11,000 square feet of meeting space and a choice location next to the 78,000-square-foot Bell Harbor International Conference Center, the Seattle Marriott Waterfront is ideal for business and social occasions. For large-scale functions, the hotel features the 8,226-square-foot Grand Pacific Ballroom, divisible into seven smaller spaces. Technological capabilities include wireless high-speed internet access in all meeting rooms and public spaces, and a full-service business center.
Other hotel features include a 24-hour fitness center, an indoor/outdoor pool and whirlpool, a gift shop, guest laundry and laundry valet service. A concierge level with upgraded amenities and concierge lounge serving daily continental breakfast and cocktails is also available.
For more information or reservations, contact the Seattle Marriott Waterfront at (206) 443-5000, call the Marriott Worldwide Reservations Center at (800) 228-9290, or visit the Marriott web site at www.marriott.com. Marriott Hotels & Resorts properties participate 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 2,300 Marriott hotels worldwide.