Two Marriott International Hotels in Paris Get Five-Star Status in New French Hotel Classification System

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A Renaissance and Marriott hotel in Paris, France, make the grade

The five-star hotel rating existed everywhere except in France, and this was confusing for international hotel guests used to staying in five-star hotels

Under the new hotel classification system in France, the Marriott Hotel Champs Elysees and Renaissance Paris Vendome Hotel are two of the first hotels in Paris to achieve the new five-star luxury designation. The hotels received the designation last week after a lengthy French Ministry of Tourism audit consisting of 240 criteria related to guest expectations of comfort and hygiene, as well as new aspects such as hotel services, sustainable development and new technologies.

The new classification program, announced by the Tourism Ministry in January 2009, replaces the system in force since the 1960s that classified hotels in France from zero to four stars, with luxury hotels receiving the "palace" designation.

"The five-star hotel rating existed everywhere except in France, and this was confusing for international hotel guests used to staying in five-star hotels," says Hervé Novelli, Secretary of State for Tourism. By the end of the year, Mr. Novelli estimated that 100 - 150 hotels will receive the five-star, luxury hotel designation, and the "palace" classification will disappear.

Paris Marriott Hotel Champs-Elysees
The downtown Paris Marriott hotel on the Champs-Elysées is a historic building that once housed France's prestigious luggage manufacturer Louis Vuitton. Situated on the Champs-Elysées avenue with a secure underground car park and luxury hotel services, all hotel rooms were renovated this year. The inner courtyard terrace of this luxury hotel is open all year round, offering a sunny summer terrace or a heated winter garden, depending on the weather, in the heart of downtown Paris, France.

Renaissance Paris Vendome Hotel
Located a few hundred meters from the Place Vendome and the Louvre Museum this boutique hotel is frequented by Music and Fashion professionals and enthusiasts. The intimate Chinese bar serves tea specialties and the Pinxo restaurant, managed by two-star Michelin Chef Alain Dutournier, serves authentic, fresh dishes inspired from the Basque region. The luxury hotel has an indoor swimming pool and a spa with treatment rooms, sauna, Turkish bath, cardio-training and body-building equipment.

For more information about the Paris Marriott Hotel Champs Elysees, the Renaissance Paris Vendome Hotel and the 8 other Marriott International hotels in Paris, France, visit marriott.com/paris.

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 3,200 lodging properties in 66 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, 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 Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and had approximately 146,000 employees at 2008 year-end. It is recognized by BusinessWeek as one of the 100 best global brands, by FORTUNE® as one of the best companies to work for, and by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as Partner of the Year since 2004. In fiscal year 2008, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of nearly $13 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at marriott.com. For an interactive online version of Marriott's 2008 Annual Report, which includes a short video message from Chairman and CEO J.W. Marriott, Jr., visit marriott.com/investor.

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