Marriott Announces Two New Properties in Russia

As the 518-room Warsaw Marriott Hotel celebrates the 20th anniversary of its grand opening this month, Marriott International has announced the signing of two more hotel operating agreements. The two newly signed hotels bring the company's development pipeline in the region to 10 properties due to open through 2012.

The Warsaw Marriott was Marriott's first hotel in the former Eastern Bloc and was the first western-managed hotel to open behind the then-Iron Curtain. Since then, Marriott's hotel portfolio in the region has grown to include 24 operating properties and more than 5,500 rooms in seven countries. Six lodging brands are represented: JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton in the luxury tier; Marriott and Renaissance in the full-service, upscale deluxe category; Courtyard by Marriott in the moderate tier and Marriott Executive Apartments for extended stay travelers.

Announced today are the 150-room Courtyard by Marriott Kazan, Russia, planned to open in early 2010; and the 204-room Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk, Russia, scheduled for opening in 2011.

Marriott International has eight additional properties currently under construction in the former Eastern Bloc nations including the Courtyard by Marriott Budapest and the Renaissance Budapest Hotel in Hungary; the JW Marriott Hotel Almaty in Kazakhstan; the Courtyard by Marriott Bucharest in Romania; and the Renaissance Moscow Monarch Center Hotel, the Courtyard by Marriott St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre; the Krasnodar Marriott Hotel and the Courtyard by Marriott Moscow Paveletskaya Station in Russia. All are expected to open now through 2012.