Marriott launches AUTOGRAPH Hotels in Europe

One of the newest hotel brands of Marriott International, Inc., the Autograph Collection, is coming to Europe with the addition of four new hotels in Spain, the company announced today at theInternational Hotel Investment Forum here. Last year in the United States, Marriott launched the Autograph Collection, a portfolio of distinct, independent hotels and resorts representing upper-upscale and luxury properties with distinctive personalities.

The first four Autograph Collection hotels in Europe are:

AC Santo Mauro, Madrid, Spain

AC Palacio del Retiro, Madrid, Spain

AC Palacio de Santa Paula, Granada, Spain

AC Baqueira Hotel & Spa, Baqueira, Spain

By May 2011, these four hotels will join the company’s Autograph Collection due to their rich history and unique style as part of a recently announced joint venture with AC Hotels and its portfolio of 9,100 hotel rooms in Europe. The joint venture also includes the launch of a new brand, AC Hotels by Marriott, which will initially be comprised of up to 86 rebranded AC Hotels in Spain, Italy and Portugal, plus the four hotels joining the Autograph Collection.

Autograph Collection was launched in January of 2010, and has grown to include 14 hotels in four unique categories: Boutique Arts, Iconic Historic, Boutique Chic and Luxury Redefined. The hotels include the spectacular Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the newest hotel on the famed Las Vegas strip, the Algonquin Hotel in New York (a New York City Historic Landmark) and the Kessler Collection hotels, including the art-filled Bohemian hotels in Orlando, Florida and Savannah, Georgia. Marriott anticipates it will end 2011 with close to 40 hotels in the Autograph Collection worldwide.