Long Island City, NY -- Courtyard by Marriott Long Island City/New York Manhattan View is scheduled to open its doors in Long Island City, New York today. Featuring an innovative lobby space as well as Courtyard's latest contemporary room design, the new hotel provides flexibility and choices that allow guests to optimize and elevate their travel experience.

Located at 29-15 Queens Plaza North, the 160-room hotel will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned and developed New York based by G. Holdings and managed by Interstate Hotels and Resorts of Arlington, Virginia. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, the Courtyard by Marriott Long Island City/New York Manhattan View offers guests convenient access to Central Park, Times Square, Citi Field, and offers easy access to six major subway lines and multiple bike lanes that connect the hotel to Manhattan.

Courtyard constantly researches trends and evolves to meet the changing needs of its guests. The latest room design offers hybrid zones for working, sleeping, relaxing and getting ready. Indirect lighting and a neutral, tone-on-tone color palette makes for a soothing and calm environment.

"From day one, Courtyard has prided itself as a brand that listens to business travelers," said Callette Nielsen, vice president and global brand manager, Courtyard. "Today's technology has changed how people travel. Our guests want a room that has purpose and flexibility that enables a seamless transition between relaxing and working. Courtyard is designed to offer them a relaxing and functional space to work the way they want to, when they want to."

The Courtyard Long Island City is part of an exciting transformation of Long Island City that stands out for its contemporary design and unusual use of concrete as building cladding. In the hotel rooms guests see an abstracted map of the city printed as a wallcovering on the headwall of each room in a grey, black and silver palette. Most of the guestrooms have exciting views, whether of the changing landscape of Long Island City or the iconic panoramic view of Manhattan.

The Courtyard by Marriott Long Island City/New York Manhattan View also offers the Refreshing Business lobby environment, where guests can enjoy an open and bright area outside of their rooms. Along with media pods, complimentary Wi-Fi and a variety of seating zones, the redefined space is ideal for everything from pop-up meetings to social gatherings. The lobby also features Nosh! – Eat. Drink. Connect®, offering casual, flexible seating; easy access to food and high quality, healthy menu options for breakfast; and light evening fare, including snacks, cocktails, wine and beer so guests can unwind.

Throughout the hotel, guests can connect with ample electrical outlets. The business library features several computer terminals, along with a printer and separate computer stations dedicated solely to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status.

"We are so honored we were able to work with Michael Arad, Partner at Handel Architects on this truly unique Courtyard hotel project, and see this vision come to life in New York City," said Abner C. Withers Jr., general manager. "We look forward to offering visitors a one-of-a-kind experience in this beautiful city through an extraordinary product coupled with the services and amenities that Marriott guests have come to expect."

Additional hotel amenities downstairs include a Starbucks®, a 1,200 square-foot gym as well as three meeting rooms arranged around an open pre-function space. The meeting rooms range in size and configuration from one that is designed as a small private lounge, another appointed with a large conference table, and the third as a small lecture hall. A warming pantry serves these three spaces, as well as the open, break-out space that links the three rooms. Also, the NOSH! is located inside of the hotel with a menu that will provide tasty grab and go items, a fast and friendly breakfast service, and dinner options that include sandwiches, soups and salads.

Hotel guests also have access to a generous terrace at the 4th floor with a wonderful overlook of Dutch Kills Green. At this height guests look directly across to the elevated train lines merging as they approach the Queensboro Bridge. The terrace is paved and planted in a syncopated rhythm of rectangular blocks in different colors of grey and green, with a copse of dense bamboo along the building. Built-in benches are cantilevered off of the concrete planters, and movable furniture provide guests with flexible seating.

The building is part of a mixed-used property that also houses 132 apartments with a separate lobby and services, a parking garage, as well as retail space.

Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests' needs for choice and control. With more than 1,000 locations in 38 countries and territories, Courtyard hotels participate in the award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, contact the Courtyard by Marriott Long Island City/New York Manhattan View directly at 718-786-0003, call the Courtyard toll-free number at 800-321-2211, visit courtyard.marriott.com, become a fan at www.facebook.com/courtyard or follow Courtyard at www.twitter.com/courtyardhotels.

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Nina Herrera-Davila
Marriott Signature Brands - Marriott International