Tokyo Marriott Hotel eyes December opening

 Mori Trust Group and Marriott International Inc. have announced an agreement for the US hospitality company to convert the Gotenyama Garden Hotel Laforet Tokyo (Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo) to its flagship Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand. Currently managed by Mori Trust and operated by Mori Trust Hotels & Resorts, the Gotenyama Garden Hotel Laforet Tokyo will be rebranded as the Tokyo Marriott Hotel and is expected to reopen in December 2013.

Marriott Hotels & Resorts is one of Marriott International's 18 brands of hotels, as well as being its flagship brand, comprising more than 500 properties in 60 countries and territories around the world. With this alliance, the Marriott Tokyo Hotel will be the fourth Marriott-brand hotel in Japan in addition to its properties in Okinawa, Nagoya and, in 2014, Osaka.

Marriott is said to be “re-imagining” the guest experience, transforming lobbies and public spaces. The hotel will be converted to feature an atmosphere of the upscale and historical Shinagawa-Gotenyama area. Almost all facilities will be renovated. The open atrium (approximately 600 square meters or 6,458 square feet) contains a restaurant and lounge, as well as a bar and terrace overlooking the Gotenyama Garden.

Rooms will have an average size of 38 square meters (409 square feet). The main color of the interior uses a palette of pale rose in memory of the time when Gotenyama was known for its cherry blossoms. Tokyo Marriott Hotel will also offer unique wedding opportunities, adding a newly-built waterfront chapel that faces the greenery of the Gotenyama garden.

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