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New JW Marriott Hotel Opens in Houston

New JW Marriott Hotel Opens in Houston

Marriott announced the opening of JW Marriott Houston Downtown hotel in Texas. The property occupies the 104-year-old Samuel F. Carter Building, and is the second JW Marriot to open in the city.
The hotel has 328 guestrooms and suites, including long-term apartment suites and four wellness-inspired spa suites. Each room has a 55” LCD TV, a Nespresso coffee machine, complimentary wireless Internet, and touch screen room controls.
Two dining establishments are located …

New JW Marriott Resort Opens in India

New JW Marriott Resort Opens in India

Marriott announced the opening of JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort and Spa in northern India. The hotel is the sixth JW Marriott property in the country.
The hotel has 115 guestrooms, including ten suites. Each room has a 42” flat screen TV, a minibar, and coffee and tea maker.
The resort has five dining options, including JW Cafe, which features international cuisine; Wisteria Deck, an Italian-style restaurant; Tepan, which features Asian …

Hilton and Marriott Announce New Cancellation Penalties

Hilton and Marriott Announce New Cancellation Penalties

Two major hotel chains, Hilton and Marriott, announced plans to dramatically change their policies on last-minute room reservation cancellations.
Starting January 1, 2015, travelers will be charged a penalty fee equivalent to a one-night stay.  Previously, most hotels within the two chains permitted cancellations as late as 6:00 p.m. on the day of arrival without any penalty.
The change does not affect hotels operated by the two companies that have far more …

Marriott to Offer Free Wi-Fi to Marriott Rewards Members

Marriott to Offer Free Wi-Fi to Marriott Rewards Members

Marriott announced that it will begin offering complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access to members of its Marriott Rewards program who book stays directly through the company’s website, mobile app, call center, or a Marriott hotel.
The new policy will go into effect beginning January 15 of next year.
Free Wi-Fi will be available at properties under the Marriott Hotels, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, Marriott Executive Apartments, and AC Hotels by …

Marriott Unveils Renovations to Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Marriott Unveils Renovations to Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Marriott announced the completion of a multi-million dollar renovation of the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown’s meeting and event space. All 64,000 square feet (5,945 square meters) of the property’s meeting areas received upgrades during the renovation, including the 19,000-square-foot (1,765-square-meter) grand ballroom, the 10,000-square-foot (929-square-meter) Renaissance ballroom, 30 breakout rooms, and all of the hotel’s pre-function space.
The areas were outfitted with new designs featuring repeating geometric patterns and what the …

Marriott Fined for Blocking Guests’ Wi-Fi Networks

Marriott Fined for Blocking Guests’ Wi-Fi Networks

The Federal Communications Commission fined Marriott International for blocking rival Wi-Fi networks at a Nashville resort in order to force guests to pay for access to the hotel’s Internet service.
The agency’s investigation revealed that employees of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, used the hotel’s Wi-Fi monitoring system “to contain and/or de-authenticate guest-created Wi-Fi hotspot access points in the conference facilities.”  This forced guests and event …

Calgary Marriott Downtown to Undergo Renovations

Calgary Marriott Downtown to Undergo Renovations

The Calgary Marriott Downtown announced it will begin extensive renovations on the property in October.  The work is expected to be completed by next spring.
As part of the refurbishments, the hotel’s lobby will become bigger, with new seating areas and a reconfigured check-in area.  In addition, a new Starbucks will also open in the lobby area.
The guestrooms are being redone although no details were released about the new design.  Bathrooms …