The Hotel Group Celebrates 1,000th hotel opening with Washington Courtyard

The Hotel Group opened the new Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Walla Walla, Wash. The property was celebrated as Courtyard’s 1,000th hotel, bringing to a close a global celebration for the brand.

The 1,000th celebration, held on March 31, was kicked off by a ribbon cutting including welcome remarks from Marriott executive Janis Milham, SVP, modern essentials and extended stay brands; The Hotel Group's Lara Latture, COO; and the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce president & CEO, David Woolson.

During the celebration, hotel guests and local dignitaries were treated to live music, wine tastings from three local wineries, a performance by iLuminate, a technology-driven theatrical company based in New York, and a champagne toast, where Courtyard VP and Global Brand Manager Callette Neilsen spoke to how far the brand has come in its 32-year operating history. Also part of the toast, Courtyard by Marriott Walla Walla GM Terra Luthi spoke to the commitment and dedication of those involved in opening the property and putting them on the history map with Courtyard and Marriott International.

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The 120-room hotel has a lobby space wine barrel furnishings, as well as local artwork that are displayed throughout. The guestroom design includes Courtyard’s contemporary look and feel, as well as flexible workspaces and seating. The hotel also has an indoor saltwater swimming pool and outdoor whirlpoolspa, fitness center and three meeting rooms with over 2,500 square feet of meeting space to accommodate events of up to 250 people. The Courtyard Walla Walla also offers an exhibition kitchen, which will have local cooking demonstrations and wine pairing and tasting events.

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