INTERNATIONAL REPORT—Marriott International’s brands have continued to grow across the globe, with debuts in West Africa and the Netherlands, as well as properties in the U.S. and Belize.
Accra Marriott Hotel, Ghana
Marriott Hotels has debuted in West Africa, with the opening of Accra Marriott Hotel. Owned by African Hospitality Limited, the hotel has 208 guestrooms, three dining venues, more than 8,500 sq. ft. of meeting space, a pool and a fitness center. Accra Marriott Hotel has a contemporary design with local touches blended to create a distinct aesthetic.
Moxy Amsterdam Houthavens
Marriott’s Moxy brand has entered the Netherlands with the Moxy Amsterdam Houthavens. The 120-room hotel includes the brand’s “bold design and edgy style,” as part of the its #BlankCanvas program. It calls on international emerging artists to submit works for the opportunity to debut their art at new Moxy hotels. Artist Kristel Steenbergen was on hand to present her winning mural—The Amsterdam Jungle. The artist aims to brings the capital to life by illustrating the fashionable and modern culture of Amsterdam juxtaposed as a jungle. The design moves left to right, from day to night, to tell the story of a day in the life of the many personalities residing in Amsterdam, portrayed by different animals.
Marriott Hotel on Ambergris Caye
ECI Development plans to introduce the Marriott Hotels’ namesake brand to Belize with a project designed for customers seeking a Caribbean lifestyle. The hotel will open on Ambergris Caye, Belize’s largest island, known for its scuba diving, fishing, water sports and beaches.
The hotel, along with the Marriott Hotels-branded residential component, will fuse Old World British charm and modern amenities while keeping an eye toward the heritage and history of Belize, according to developers. ECI plans as many as 70 branded residences as a part of the 203-room oceanfront resort.
Guests will have access to restaurants, a rooftop lounge, conference and event space, a spa, fitness center and retail outlets. Amenities will also include a dive shop to cater to the island’s many visitors who come to explore the Belize Barrier Reef—the largest reef system in the northern hemisphere and a UNESCO World Heritage designated site.
AC Hotel and Residence Inn Dallas by the Galleria
DG Hotels Ventures LLC, an affiliate of Pacific Hospitality Group Ventures Inc., has opened the 256-room dual-branded AC Hotel and Residence Inn Dallas by the Galleria. In addition, the company has purchased the property from Atlantic Hotels Group.
The five-floor property has more than 17,000 sq. ft. of combined meeting space and anchors a new $3.5 billion, mixed-use development project that includes over 6.5 million sq. ft. of office space, 9,000 residential units and over one million sq. ft. of retail, restaurant and entertainment space.
AC Hotel Dallas by the Galleria has 140 guestrooms that include a European style along with workstations and flat-panel TVs. Guests can stop by the AC Kitchen for a European-inspired breakfast. In the evening, the AC Lounge in the hotel lobby offers the AC Signature Gin Tonic, Spanish wines, local microbrews and crafted cocktails created with locally distilled liquors. There is also a tapas menu.
Residence Inn Dallas by the Galleria has 116 suites designed for longer-stay guests. Every guestroom is a suite with studio, one- and two-bedroom options with fully equipped kitchens. Additional amenities for this pet-friendly hotel include a barbeque and picnic area, complimentary buffet breakfast, a grocery delivery service, housekeeping service, an on-site laundry area, a safe deposit box at the front desk and valet dry cleaning.
TownePlace Suites Louisville North
Marriott International’s TownePlace Suites Louisville North in Indiana is a joint venture between Fishers, IN-based hospitality management and development firm Dora Hotel Company LLC and Arc Construction Management LLC.
Spanning three floors and including 93 suites, the hotel has an on-site dining option, the BridgeHouse Bar & Restaurant, and offers complimentary breakfast. Other amenities include an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center and guest laundry services.