The Columbia Marriott is a popular luxury hotel in Columbia, nearby are Finley Park and University of South Carolina, ideal for a holiday or high profile business trip. This five-star property holds a hair salon, a spacious in-house fitness center and its business center services guests with business services as well as a technology help-desk. The hotel lounge bar features a 24-hour room service. Amenities for events at this 5 star exclusive building consist of banquet facilities and conference rooms. Marriott Hotels International, Inc. is a world-known franchiser and operator in the hotel industry of a broad portfolio of luxury hotels and deluxe lodging facilities. Founded by Marriott, the company is currently directed by his son J.W. Marriott, Jr. Today, Marriott Hotels International offers about 3,150 upscale hotels & resorts.
Marriott was founded thanks to J. Willard Marriott in 1927 when he and his wife opened a root beer stand in Washington D.C.. Marriott was the missionary in Washington and he was convinced that what Washington needed a place to rest for a cocktail in the sweltering, humid summer time. After some time Marriott expanded their range of services from a simple beer bar to a luxury chain of restaurants & luxury hotels. The Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Virginia is Marriott International’s first hotel accommodation , and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009. Son and current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the business, J.W. Marriott, has led the cooperation to enormous growth across the world. Currently, Marriott International has round about 3,150 fine hotels and resorts located in the United States and 67 in other destinations. Marriott Hotels International was founded dating back to 1992 as the Marriott Corporation was divided into two companies, Host Marriott Corporation and Marriott International.
Looking back to 2002 Marriott International initiated a large restructuring by performing a spin-off affecting many of the Senior Living Services Communities (which is now part of Sunrise Senior Living) and Marriott Distribution Services, and therefore it could focus on hotel management, leadership and ownership. By 2003 the restructuring was terminated.
In April 1995, Marriott International acquired a 49% interest in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC. Marriott International believed that it would grow revenue and profit margin at the Ritz, a less effective luxury hotel chain with a significant number of luxury hotels either not making money or just breaking even. Marriott’s initial investment was budgeted to be about $200 million in cash and assumed debt. The next year, Marriott spent $331 million to take over the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta and buy a majority interest in two properties owned by William Johnson, a real estate developer who had purchased the Ritz-Carlton Boston in 1983 and expanded his Ritz holdings over the next two decades. The Ritz launched expansion into the profitable timeshare market among other new projects made financially possible by the deep pockets of Marriott, which also lent its own in-house expertise in certain areas. There were other benefits for The Ritz-Carlton taking advantage from its relationship with Marriott, the Ritz used its parent company’s reservation system and buying power. The partnership was solidified in 1998 as Marriott International made it very clear to be interested in Ritz-Carlton to 99 percent. By 1999 revenues from the 35 5-star luxury hotels it directed around the world totaled just over $1.4 billion. Marriott International owned Ramada International Hotels & Resorts up to the 15th September 2004 when the business was sold to Cendant. At all of the North American luxury hotels the Marriott International is the first luxury hotels chain providing food that is completely free of trans fats. In 2005, Marriott Vacation Club International and Marriott International enfolded two of the 53 hotels that added the max of $250,000 to the second inauguration of President George W. Bush. Marriott announced on the 19th July, 2006 that all luxury hotel establishments they manage in the US and Canada would become non-smoking beginning September 2006. “The new policy includes all guest rooms, restaurants, lounges, meeting rooms, public space and employee work areas.”
A good number of the hotels in rome are established near well-known landmarks, as well as popular places for shopping and dining along the Via Veneto, Castro Pretorio, Trevi fountain, the Quirinale, Barberini and Repubblica areas.