Courtyard by Marriott opens in Kuwait City
MARRIOTT International opened the Courtyard by Marriott branded hotel in Kuwait City last month.
The magnificent Marriott property, the first in the Middle East, was inaugurated in the presence of 40 dignitaries and other distinguished guests. The opening ceremony of the Courtyard was presided over by the guest of honour, Abdulla Abdulrahman Al Taweel, Kuwait’s Minister of Commerce and Industry. Also present on the occasion were Henry Davies, senior vice-president of Marriott International UK, Ireland, Middle East and Africa, Samir Daqqaq, vice-president of Global Sales and 25 general managers from Marriott Hotels throughout the world.
Thomas Buehner, general manager, Marriott International (Kuwait) said: “This is a huge stride for Marriott International within the region and we are very excited about the opening of the first Courtyard by Marriott in the Middle East. This wonderful property will surely add to the success of all the other Marriott Hotels in the region.”
The Courtyard by Marriott is located in the Arraya Complex, situated in the heart of Kuwait City. The Complex comprises an Office Tower, the Arraya Ballroom, Arraya Shopping Mall and a multi-level parking lot. Ghazi Al Nafisi, chairman of the Board of Al Salhia Real Estate, said: “We are very proud to partner with Marriott International to bring this quality hotel to the region. The Arraya Complex aims to re-energise the Eastern side of Kuwait City and the Sharq Business District.”
Al Salhia Real Estate is an extremely successful company boasting of development projects throughout Kuwait, including the JW Marriott Hotel, the Salhia Shopping Mall and Office Complex, besides various commercial properties in the Western side of Kuwait City and the Arraya Complex.
The Courtyard consists of 306 rooms split between two towers. The rooms are spacious, modern and equipped with the latest technology. Features include in-room satellite television, high-speed Internet access, a 24-hour laundry service, 24-hour room service, valet parking, business centre, health club and outdoor swimming pool.
Flaunting a modern and vibrant atmosphere, the Courtyard’s reception leads into a large atrium with magnificent views of The Liberation Tower and The Kuwait Towers. The Atrium lounge is in the centre of the hotel, which leads into the restaurants, the panoramic elevators and the guest rooms. For dining, the Courtyard by Marriott offers three outlets. Located in the lobby level is the II Forno, the Italian restaurant, which serves traditional Italian food for lunch and dinner – from pasta and risotto to fresh baked pizza from the oven. Live entertainment includes a two-piece band and a singer.
Also on offer is the Atrium, an all-day dining restaurant, which serves international menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The third dining outlet at the Courtyard is the Tiramisu, which is a continuation of the Atrium Restaurant, serving a wide variety of homemade Tiramisu, cakes and gourmet coffee.
Other services on offer at the hotel include meeting rooms, a gift shop, car rental desk, airline confirmation desk, full concierge services and direct access to the Arraya Shopping Mall.