JW Marriott Brand to Open New Hotel in Santo Domingo
BETHESDA, Md.—Marriott International's brand, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, announced plans to open a new 131-room JW Marriott Hotel in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, in 2014. The property will be operated by Marriott under an agreement with Grupo Velutini, a Panamanian subsidiary of Fondo de Valores Inmobiliarios (FVI). READER COMMENTS
The official announcement was made at the hotel site inside of the Blue Mall with participants including President Leonel Fernandez; J.W. Marriott, Jr. chairman of the board, Marriott International; Luis Emilio Velutini, owner and president of Grupo Velutini; and Rob Steigerwald, chief operating officer, Americas, Marriott International.
"The Dominican Republic is a highly desirable destination for today's luxury traveler and a growing business hub in the Caribbean," said J.W. Marriott, Jr., chairman of the board, Marriott International, in an announcement. "This makes it ideally suited for our JW Marriott brand, which is now in 22 countries around the world."
The JW Marriott Santo Domingo will be located in the first seven floors of a 15-story, mixed-use tower being built above the existing Blue Mall Santo Domingo.
In addition to 131 guest rooms and suites, the hotel will feature a three-meal-a-day restaurant, a lobby bar and lounge and a pool snack bar. It will contain meeting space, including a ballroom and two smaller rooms. The property will also include a fitness center and swimming pool.
The primary architect for the project is Gomez Vasques Aldana Asociados, a Mexican firm with experience in the hospitality industry throughout Latin America and in Santo Domingo.
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