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Irvine Marriott Unveils Extensive Renovations

Irvine Marriott Unveils Extensive Renovations

Marriott Hotels and Resorts announced the completion of a $23 million renovation project at the Irvine Marriott in southern California.
The property’s guestrooms now have built-in luggage counters and open closets, as well as ergonomic desk chairs.
Hardwood floors and customized artwork were installed in guestrooms as part of the upgrades, and a palette of white, brown, and blue design elements was used.
Additionally, the hotel plans to roll out further renovations in the …

Marriott Plans to Keep All 30 Brands Post-Merger

Marriott Plans to Keep All 30 Brands Post-Merger

When Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts first announced plans to merge late last year, many wondered which of the company’s 30 brands would be combined after the merger.
The merger closed on September 22, making Marriott the world’s largest hotelier and the company recently provided an answer to the question: Marriott will keep all existing Starwood and Marriott brands.
The company’s CEO, Arne Sorenson, indicated this was the plan shortly …

Lobby Bar – September 30: Air Hulks, Imprisoned Furniture, How to Steal a Gym

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The ignominious end. Jonathan Spira checks out “Spamilton,” a parody on the infamously popular hit Broadway show about the first United States Secretary of the Treasury. In this version of the show, the actor playing Hamilton alters the lyrics slightly and sings, “I’m not going to get shot!”, after which Aaron Burr promptly shoots him and the musical abruptly ends.
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Lobby Bar – September 23: Blinding Aliens, Mail-in Tweets, and Donald Trump’s Golden Ticket

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Marriott Announces Strategy for Marriott Rewards and SPG Guest Loyalty Programs

With Starwood Hotels and Resorts now part of Marriott International, members of both hoteliers’ guest loyalty programs have been wondering what will happen to their respective programs and – perhaps as importantly – to their points.
On Friday, Marriott said it plans to continue to operate both programs – Starwood Preferred Guest, or SPG, and Marriott Rewards – for at least the next two years before it eventually phases out SPG. …

Marriott Completes Merger with Starwood, Becoming World’s Largest Hotelier

Marriott Completes Merger with Starwood, Becoming World’s Largest Hotelier

It’s official. With the closing of its merger with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Marriott International became the world’s largest hotelier Friday.
The combined company brings together Marriott, Courtyard, and Ritz-Carlton brands with Starwood’s Sheraton, Westin, W, and St. Regis properties and will have over 1.1 million rooms in more than 5,500 hotels in 100 countries.
Also effective Friday, members of both hotel’s guest loyalty programs will be able to link their accounts. …

Starwood-Marriott Merger to Close This Week, Creating World’s Largest Hotelier

Starwood-Marriott Merger to Close This Week, Creating World’s Largest Hotelier

Marriott International announced Tuesday that its planned merger with Starwood Hotels and Resorts had cleared its final hurdle – approval by Chinese regulators – and would close by Friday.
The combined entity will be the world’s largest hotelier.
“I know we’ll do great things together as The World’s Favorite Travel Company,” said Arne Sorenson, Marriott’s CEO, at the time the merger was announced.
Under the terms of the merger agreement, Starwood shareholders will …