Marriott Minneapolis City Center celebrates Grand Re-Opening

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Downtown hotel unveils $25 million renovation.

The Marriott Minneapolis City Center today celebrates its grand re-opening after completing a $25 million renovation to totally modernize the hotel and its amenities. Its guest rooms, lobby, restaurant and meeting rooms underwent extensive renovations to create a more comfortable and accessible environment for guests.

"The Marriott Minneapolis City Center is excited to offer state-of-the-art hotel accommodations to visitors and residents of the Twin Cities," said John Buntemeyer, the hotel's general manager. "The renovations will improve the quality of stay for every guest from business to leisure travelers, and we look forward to introducing our visitors to the brand new Minneapolis Marriott City Center."

The first phase of the project was a complete redo of the hotel's 497 guest rooms and 86 suites. The Marriott donated the rooms' old furniture to a local charity and replaced it with brand new desks, chairs and lamps, among other changes.

In May, the Marriott overhauled the hotel's fifth floor lobby to create a brand new welcoming environment for guests. The lobby is the first in the Midwest to embrace Marriott's new groundbreaking lobby design intended to accommodate business travelers who like to work, relax and socialize simultaneously. The new space features a welcome zone with check-in pods; an individual zone; a social zone with intimate tables for quiet meetings or a glass of wine; and a business zone with workstations. The space features brick work, dark wood as well as a custom-made chandelier made by International Ironworks in Scottsdale, Ariz. The area also features more than 5,000 specially-created directly from Italy.

As part of the renovations, Marriott's restaurant, the Northern Shores Grille, also has become a totally new dining and culinary experience. The restaurant was gutted and rebuilt to create a 3,500-square-foot dining area that now accommodates 140 people. The new menu features American Nouveau cuisine and was developed by Executive Chef Donna Lovett with an emphasis on local and Midwestern flavors. Signature items include Walleye Cakes, American Kobe Burger, Miso Glazed Salmon and Brownie with Chocolate Mousse, among many other offerings.

"This restaurant features exceptional menu items that come specifically from the Minneapolis area and other parts of Minnesota," said Chef Lovett. "It is exciting for us to showcase these food items, as well as our culinary talents, in such an inviting new facility that is unique to our area. We're so excited to get started and we can't wait to serve our guests in the new space."

For more information, please contact Leslie Wright, director of sales and marketing for the Minneapolis City Center Marriott, at (612) 349-4050 for more information.

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company with nearly 2,900 lodging properties in the United States and 67 other countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, Horizons by Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and had approximately 151,000 employees at 2006 year-end. It is ranked as the lodging industry's most admired company and one of the best places to work for by FORTUNE®. The company is also a 2006 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® Partner. In fiscal year 2006, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of $12.2 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at http://www.marriott.com.

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