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Marriott brand chalks up 500

Marriott’s Residence Inn brand is opening its 500th hotel, in the heart of New
York City.The Manhattan/Times Square Residence Inn features elements of the
brand’s new Innfusion decor, reflecting the comforts and luxuries of a modern
American home and is the first Residence Inn in New York City.

Representing the new urban emphasis of the brand, the Manhattan/Times
Square Residence Inn is part of a 45-story mixed-use development on the corner
of Sixth Avenue and 39th Street, overlooking Bryant Park.  Its state-of-the-
art guest rooms feature five “zones” for cooking, dining, working, relaxing
and sleeping to ensure maximum comfort and convenience.  Highlights include
stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, luxurious bedding, and a
multi-functional living area with a 27-inch flat-screen LCD TV.  The hotel is
entirely smoke-free.
  “The new Innfusion decor redefines the extended-stay experience and we’re
delighted to report that the response from our guests, owners and franchisees
has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Laura Bates, senior vice president of
extended-stay brands, Marriott International. 

Extended-stay guests who
evaluated the new decor gave it high marks for being stylish, sophisticated,
distinctive and innovative.  The suite was rated “good” or “excellent” by 98
percent of guests, who also indicated they would be willing, on average, to
pay more than a 15 percent premium for the experience.