Marriott International, Inc. is hosting grand openings this week for its first two hotels in Sweden — the Courtyard Stockholm Kungsholmen and the Renaissance...

Marriott International, Inc. is hosting grand openings this week for its first two hotels in Sweden — the Courtyard Stockholm Kungsholmen and the Renaissance Malmö.

“This is a very exciting time for Marriott in Europe — we recently announced our goal to double our portfolio in Europe by 2015 and are thrilled to now be expanding into Sweden with our partners on these beautiful new hotels, Scandinavian Hospitality Group and Scandinavian Hospitality Management,” says Arne Sorenson, president and chief operations officer of Marriott International. “We expect this to result in the opening of many more hotels in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.”

Amy McPherson, president and managing director of Marriott International in Europe, added, “We see strong opportunity throughout Scandinavia to grow our portfolio. These first hotels in Sweden are spectacular examples of our Renaissance and Courtyard by Marriott brands and we hope to bring more of our portfolio of brands to this incredible region. Scandinavia has always been known for warm hospitality and cutting-edge design, and we are excited to be able to welcome guests to our new hotels here in Sweden.”

Marriott opened its first hotel in Scandinavia, the Copenhagen Marriott Hotel, in 2001. The Copenhagen Marriott recently completed a renovation of its lobby space to introduce Marriott Hotels & Resorts “great room” concept that creates multiple zones for work and relaxation. The Copenhagen Marriott also recently welcomed a new restaurant, Mid Town Grill, a New York style steakhouse, and will complete a total renovation of its 401 guest rooms next year.

Located in Sweden’s capital city, the 278-room Courtyard Stockholm Kungsholmen — which hosted its grand opening on June 17 — is the largest Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Europe. Guestrooms offer large, panoramic windows with views over the lake Malaren and the Ralambshovs Park. Conveniently located in the Kungsholmen neighborhood of Stockholm, the hotel is situated within walking distance of the city centre and next door to one of the city’s main metro stations.

The public space at the Courtyard Stockholm Kungsholmen evokes a contemporary feel and gives guests the space and functionality to both work and socialize with flexible seating options. For meetings and events, the hotel offers 12 meeting rooms with a total of 1,000 square meters of meeting space.

The Courtyard Stockholm Kungsholmen features Bjork Bar & Grill, an urban, loft-style restaurant for dining and lounging. Taking its name for the Swedish word for “birch tree”, the restaurant’s look was created by designer Henry Chebaane to resemble a virtual forest filled with the colors and textures of the local trees, moss, lichen, granite and berries. Bjork Bar & Grill features both dishes and cocktails made with regional Swedish produce, including sparkling wine made of birch sap from the trees in the local forest.

Hosting its grand opening on June 18, the Renaissance Malmö Hotel blends history with ultra-modern design in the hotel’s three preserved historical buildings. The location of the hotel building named “the rose” dates back to the early 1800s. Located in the heart of Malmö, Sweden, the hotel is located at the vibrant Lilla torg and is a five-minute walk from the Malmö Central Station, which offers a 30-minute train ride to Copenhagen International Airport in Denmark.

The Renaissance Malmö Hotel hotel features innovations in design and décor, technology and culinary art. The 128 contemporary guestrooms are decorated in warm and vibrant colors. Amenities include luxurious bedding, 37-inch flat-screen televisions, and complimentary wireless high-speed Internet. The Renaissance Malmö’s Rosen Bar & Dining blends contemporary Swedish cuisine with Spanish flavors and its menu is based on seasonal and local ingredients. The restaurant’s design was also created by Henry Chebaane, mixing a sense of high style and relaxation within a chic color palate.

Celebrating 35 years in Europe this year, Marriott International today is represented with 178 hotels in the region, and envisions increasing its portfolio from 40,000 rooms to 80,000 rooms by 2015. Seven of Marriott’s 18 brands are represented currently in Europe: The Ritz-Carlton, Bvlgari, JW Marriott, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels, Courtyard by Marriott and Marriott Executive Apartments. In addition, the first European Residence Inn, an extended-stay brand, will open in Munich in 2011.

Renaissance Hotels is an upscale brand with more than 140 properties in 28 countries and has recently welcomed several new “gems” to its global collection — the ultra-modern Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe Hotel, the chic Renaissance New York Hotel 57 in Manhattan and the beautifully restored Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach. These hotels join a portfolio defined by well-known icons such as The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C., the Blackstone Renaissance Chicago Hotel, The Shelbourne Renaissance Dublin Hotel and the Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel.

Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment designed to accommodate guests’ needs for choice and control. With more than 860 locations in 30 countries, Courtyard is Marriott’s largest brand.