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 WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Courtyard by Marriott, Marriott's moderately priced lodging product, today announced the conversion of a hotel property in Washington to the Courtyard flag. The 146-room Washington Courtyard, formerly the Quality Hotel Central, is scheduled to open Dec. 1.
 Prior to opening, more than $6 million in renovations were completed, including total refurbishment of guest rooms, pool and garden area and public space including the lobby, restaurant and lounge. The conversion is the result of a franchise agreement and will be owned and managed by Wyoming Hotel Corporation of Washington, a subsidiary of Doyle Hotels of Ireland, that will operate the new Courtyard.
 "The Washington Courtyard represents a special undertaking for Marriott and Wyoming Hotel Corporation," according to Todd Clist, executive vice president and general manager of Courtyard by Marriott and Fairfield Inn by Marriott. "Providing the Courtyard concept in major metropolitan areas meets the need of business and pleasure travelers seeking moderately priced accommodations with all the convenience of a downtown location. The Washington Courtyard will play an important role in the Washington, D.C., market."
 The hotel, one of 14 Courtyard hotels in the greater Washington area, is offering a special opening room rate of $89, seven days a week (based on availability), from Dec. 7 through Jan. 15, 1994.
 The nine-story hotel features 146 guest rooms and one suite and a 60-seat restaurant, featuring breakfast buffet, lunch and dinner menu and a quiet lounge. Other hotel amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, a meeting room to accommodate groups up to 50, a guest laundry and an underground parking facility. Hotel guests can also take advantage of a nearby health club available at a discounted rate.
 The hotel is conveniently located near the Smithsonian Museums, the Capitol and the White House.
 Guests to the Washington location will find the amenities they have come to rely on at other Courtyard hotels. These include guest rooms featuring a queen-size, a king-size or two double beds, telephones with extra-long extension cords, complimentary in-room coffee, remote control television with cable programming including HBO, CNN and ESPN and in- room pay movies.
 Courtyard guest rooms also include safety features not found in many hotel rooms, including double-locking mechanisms and night door latches on each door, in-room smoke detectors and sprinklers.
 Courtyard by Marriott has 214 locations throughout the United States and four hotels in the United Kingdom. Courtyard by Marriott is a division of Marriott International (NYSE: MAR) of Washington, which manages lodging and service businesses. It has operations in 50 states and 24 countries, with approximately 175,000 employees.
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 /CONTACT: Geary Campbell of Courtyard by Marriott, 301-380-8521/

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