Residence Inn by Marriott Arrives in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) continues to expand in Eastern Europe with the opening of its first hotel in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the 75-suite Residence InnSarajevo. The hotel, operated by an affiliate of U.S.-based Interstate Hotels & Resorts, is the first internationally-branded hotel in the country and fills a gap in the extended stay market with spacious suites and studios that enable guests to thrive on long stays.
Residence Inn by Marriott Ideal for stays of five nights or more, the Residence InnSarajevo comprises 62 studios and 13 suites, each with a fully-equipped kitchen and separate areas for eating, working and relaxing. The well-designed rooms promote productivity with large, well-lit work desks, ergonomic chairs and complimentary high-speed Internet. A welcoming and restorative feel is created throughout with warm, earthy colours and light wood fixtures and fittings. Natural light floods the rooms through floor to ceiling windows and each suite has its own private terrace.
Designed to meet the needs of extended-stay guests, the inviting public spaces feature flexible seating for working or relaxing and a 24-hour Market selling drinks, snacks and meals. Additional facilities at the Residence Inn Sarajevo include free grocery delivery, airport pick up and drop off (at additional charge) and a fitness centre with sauna.
Ideally located just twenty minutes from the airport and near the old city, the Residence Inn Sarajevo provides convenient access to the city’s historical and cultural attractions as well as restaurants, cafes and shops. An attractive year-round destination, Sarajevo is known for its variety of summer festivals and skiing throughout the winter months.
Courtyard by Marriott Expands to Bosnia & Herzegovina
Courtyard by Marriott, a Marriott International brand designed especially to address the needs of business travellers, plans to open its first hotel in Bosnia and Herzegovina next year. The 130-room Courtyard by Marriott Sarajevo is expected to open in mid-2015 and will operate under a franchise agreement with Lake d.o.o. and Interstate Hotels & Resorts. The hotel will be the second Marriott International property in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the Residence Inn Sarajevo, which will open in early 2015.
Courtyard Sarajevo will feature the brand’s refreshing new European design created to provide business travellers with comfortable and stylish surroundings, integrated technology to promote productivity and 24-hour access to food and drink. The hotel will offer spacious guestrooms with clean lines, an energising Mediterranean colour palette and contemporary, locally inspired furnishings. Multiple, accessible outlets and free high-speed internet will make plugging in and working seamless and easy.
Courtyard Sarajevo guest roomThe spacious lobby area will provide free Wi-Fi, flexible seating for working, meeting and socialising and an interactive GoBoard® screen displaying the latest news, weather and local information. A 24-hour market and Bistro restaurant offer a range of meals, snacks and drinks throughout the day. A conference room, two meeting rooms and a fitness centre complete the hotel facilities.
Courtyard Sarajevo will be located in the city centre with the restaurants, cafes and shops in the attractive old city just ten minutes walking distance via a pedestrian bridge over the Miljacka River. A number of embassies and the Sports and Expo Center, “Center Skenderija”, are located nearby making the hotel an ideal base for business travellers.
After recently celebrating its 30th anniversary and now with almost 1000 hotels, Courtyard by Marriott is the 12th largest global hotel brand*. This year saw the high profile and much acclaimed launch of Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott New York Manhattan/Central Park – the tallest hotel in North America. For more information, visit www.courtyard.com
Courtyard Sarajevo guests will be able to earn points for their stay towards free holidays, flights, room nights and more through Marriott Rewards, an award-winning frequent traveller programme with over 45 million members worldwide offering exclusive membership privileges across 16 brands, 3,800 destinations and 72 countries.
*source MKG Hospitality