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Marriott Adds New Member to Autograph Collection

April 5, 2010 By: Staff

The Kessler Collection and Marriott International, Inc. have named New Mexico's El Monte Sagrado as the latest member of the Autograph Collection, Marriott's newest brand featuring independent hotels and resorts.

Earlier this year, Marriott introduced the Autograph Collection, a group of independent hotels and resorts representing upper-upscale and luxury properties with distinctive personalities. To launch the Autograph Collection, Marriott has partnered with Kessler, a hotelier and art collector. Seven Kessler properties will soon all be a part of the Autograph Collection.

Located in Taos, NM, El Monte Sagrado is an 84-room hotel that offers guests a travel experience inspired by Native American culture, foreign lands, and local artists.

"By welcoming El Monte Sagrado and future Kessler hotels into the Autograph Collection, Marriott has expanded the experiential offering to our guests around the world, including our 31 million Marriott Rewards members," said Don Semmler, executive vice president of global full service brands for Marriott.

Kessler's private art collection boasts more than 10,000 works of art, ranging from oil paintings to glass, wood and bronze sculptures, among other mediums. Thousands of these works of art are displayed in Kessler Collection properties.

To commemorate the new partnership with Marriott International and the Autograph Collection, Kessler has commissioned the painting of an original work of art from noted expressionist-colorist Jean Claude Roy. All visitors to Kessler hotels in the Autograph Collection before May 1 will have a chance to win Roy's original work of art. One winner from each hotel will also be selected to receive a limited edition giclee of the piece.

Six additional Kessler Collection hotels currently hold or will soon hold the Autograph Collection designation:

Grand Bohemian Hotel, Asheville, NC
Casa Monica Hotel, St. Augustine, FL
The Mansion on Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA
Bohemian Hotel Riverfront, Savannah, GA
Grand Bohemian Hotel, Orlando, FL
Bohemian Hotel Celebration, Celebration, FL

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