Courtyard in San Diego, Calif., completes major lobby renovation

Bethesda, Maryland – January 7, 2009 – Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) announced that the 149-room Courtyard by Marriott located at 9650 Scranton Road in San Diego, CA has recently completed a major renovation of its lobby. This is one of the first Courtyards featuring the "refreshing business" makeover.  

Courtyard by Marriott was the first lodging brand exclusively designed for business travel by business travelers.  And now it has completely redefined the hotel lobby experience.  This Marriott International (NYSE:MAR) "power brand" is fast-tracking its lobby makeover.  The rest of the world is also getting a chance to experience the new lobby by visiting www.gocourtyard.com <http://www.gocourtyard.com>  – a highly interactive website.

"From day one, Courtyard has prided itself as a brand that listens to what business travelers want from a hotel," said Brian King, vice president, Global Brand Manager, Courtyard by Marriott.   "Guests want more control and choice with services and amenities that create a healthy balance between working and relaxing. We redefined the Courtyard lobby so it invites guests to get out of their rooms to work, socialize or for entertainment, whether traveling alone or with colleagues."    
 
The open, bright and contemporary new Courtyard hotel lobby welcomes guests with vivid contrasting colors, including blue, green, orange and red.  The traditional front desk is replaced with separate welcome podiums to create more personal and private interactions when guests check in.  Flexible seating options range from a communal table in the middle of the action, to more private media booths with high-definition televisions, to a more intimate, semi-enclosed lounge area. 
 
A signature element of the new lobby is the exclusive Courtyard GoBoardTM, a 52-inch LCD touch screen packed with local information, maps, weather, and news, business and sports headlines.  Guests can navigate using the touch screen to find restaurants, local attractions and directions.  
 
Guests can connect to free WiFi and there are ample electrical outlets throughout the lobby to power digital devices.  The enlarged business library features several complimentary computer terminals along with a free printer and separate computer stations dedicated to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status.

Dining has been completely redesigned with casual, flexible seating; easier access to food and higher quality, healthier menu options for breakfast; and light evening fare, including snacks, wine and beer so guests can unwind.  The MarketTM, a 24/7 shop for snacks, beverages and sundries, is always open for late-night cravings or the toothpaste you forgot to pack. 

Guests looking to take their minds off work can grab a snack, their favorite beverage and take a seat in front of the large high-definition television located in the lounge to watch a variety of programming, including top news, business, sports and entertainment channels.  They've added a welcoming outdoor element integrated into the lobby design that encourages guests to grab a beverage and get a breath of fresh air at the end of the day.  

Guests walking into the lobby will immediately notice individual welcome podiums designed to create more personal interactions between staff and guests when checking in. Courtyard staff will be able to move about to show guests the lobby features and provide assistance.

The Courtyard Sorrento Mesa is one of the first of the new lobby redesigns.  To take a video tour of our first lobby redesign click on the link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mB05QhrG2s

Located 15 miles from the San Diego International Airport and 20 minutes from downtown San Diego, the Courtyard Sorrento Mesa offers guests convenient access to SeaWorld, The San Diego Zoo and Qualcomm Stadium.  Rates begin at $229 per night. Courtyard guest rooms feature either a king-size bed or two queen-size beds, a seating area with sofa bed or oversized chair, a large, well-lit work desk and two telephones equipped with data ports.  The Courtyard Sorrento Mesa features 12 suites with a king-size bed, refrigerator and microwave oven.  Other in-room amenities include coffee maker, hair dryer, iron with ironing board, and cable television with a free premium movie channel.

For group customers, the Courtyard Sorrento Mesa has two meeting rooms with 1,500 square feet of meeting space to accommodate small meetings and functions of up to 50 people.  Other guest facilities and services include the Bistro™ restaurant, serving breakfast and dinner, a full-service bar featuring signature cocktails, an outdoor swimming pool with whirlpool spa, exercise room, guest laundry and faxing/copying. 

Courtyard by Marriott is the leading select-service hotel brand in the United States. Providing guests with a combination of casual comfort and time saving services, Courtyard hotels feature large functional guest rooms and are conveniently situated where people travel. All Courtyards now offer free high-speed Internet service to guests. Locations range from airports and office parks to downtown areas and recreational destinations. Several locations feature revitalized historical buildings. Courtyard is nearing 800 hotels worldwide. Courtyard 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 3,000 Marriott hotels worldwide. 

For more information or reservations, call the Courtyard Sorrento Mesa hotel directly at 858-558-9600, call the Courtyard toll-free number at 1-800-321-2211, contact a travel agent or visit us on the web at www.marriott.com/sanmm <http://www.marriott.com/sanmm> .

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