Hotel Review: The Phoenician, Scottsdale, Arizona

Located at the base of landmark Camelback Mountain, the Phoenician is set in a ruggedly beautiful landscape softened by verdant golf courses, ponds and swimming pools and punctuated with palm trees and tall Saguaro cacti – the green exclamation points of the Sonoran Desert.

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Marriott International, Inc. has announced it will import its design-focused, Europe-launched AC Hotels by Marriott brand into the U.S. and the rest of the Americas. AC Hotels by Marriott will sit in the upper-moderate lodging tier and will add to the hotel giant’s emerging supply of lifestyle brands.

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The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai has marked its opening by being awarded the title of the world’s tallest hotel from the Guinness Book of World Records. Reaching 1,164 feet in height, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is 85.3 feet shorter than New York City’s Empire State Building.

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By 2017, Marriott envisions its portfolio in the region rising to more than 140 hotels and 30,000 rooms, either opened or in the development pipeline.

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Until recently, West Zurich only had one hotel of note, the Novotel. But the development of the district into a commercial hub has prompted construction of several other large hotels. These include the business-oriented Renaissance Zurich Tower Hotel, which opened in August 2011.

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In major markets of the developed world, dark and depressing airport hotels are becoming a thing of the past. Global hotel chains are providing major upgrades in consumer choice. A good case in point is the Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel, located in Richmond, British Columbia.

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Anchoring the extensive renovation is a re-invented lobby and the adjoining new Waterline restaurant and bar, where guests can work alone or in groups, eat, drink and socialize.

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The 202-room hotel is located on Schubertring, the site of numerous monumental buildings built from 1860 to 1890.

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Boasting 128 guestrooms, the Fairfield Inn Los Cabos is Marriott International’s first property in Los Cabos and is located on Lazaro Cardenas, the principal avenue of Cabo San Lucas.

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The first two hotels to debut the new design will be the 194-room Courtyard by Marriott Aberdeen and the 230-room room Courtyard by Marriott Cologne. Both hotels are scheduled to open in 2013.

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Marriott International has opened its first hotel in Siberia, the 208-room Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk City Center.

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The Courtyard by Marriott New York Manhattan/Herald Square, to be located on the northeast corner of 6th Avenue and 35th Street, will occupy the former Atlantic Bank of New York building, constructed in 1928.

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At the heart of the extensive renovation is the brand’s re-invented lobby, including two restaurants and lounges. The makeover also encompasses the hotel’s nearly 2,000 guest rooms and a new, high-tech, 29,000-square-foot Broadway Ballroom.

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Designed by architect Nobutaka Ashihara, the building will rise to a height of 752 feet, 9 inches. According to Marriott International, this will make it the tallest stand-alone hotel building (without office or residential space) in New York.

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At its scheduled opening in 2015, the 1,003-room Austin Marriott Marquis will be the largest hotel in the Texas city and is likely to transform Austin’s meeting and convention market.

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According to Ritz-Carlton, the strategic plan for expansion will range from Morocco to Mexico, and from Cairo to Chicago and will expand the brand to urban capitals and emerging tourist destinations. It will represent an investment of more than $2 billion by owners.

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Hotels under development will be mostly in emerging business and leisure destinations, with 24 hotels in the Asia/Pacific region, nine in the Middle East and Africa, four in Europe and 12 in the Americas.

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Marriott International is planning to open the first Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Mexico City, the 292-room Courtyard Mexico City Airport located directly across from international terminal number one at Benito Juarez International Airport, in early 2012.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong is located at the top of the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong, occupying floors 102 to 118 and with its hotel lobby 1,394 feet off the ground.

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