Marriott takes Residence Inn brand to UK

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND Marriott International plans to open the 107-key Residence Inn Edinburgh under a management agreement with Gladedale Ventures Ltd., marking the extended-stay brand’s debut in the United Kingdom.

The hotel is expected to open in October and will be the second Residence Inn by Marriott in Europe. The first—Residence Inn Munich Orleanstrasse—is slated to open this fall.

Residence Inn Edinburgh will be located in the Quartermile mixed-use development in the city center, a quarter-mile from Edinburgh Castle and the famed Royal Mile. When complete, Quartermile will boast 900 luxury apartments, more than 10,000 sq. m of retail space and more than 30,000 sq. m of office space.

With more than 600 properties in the United States, Canada and Costa Rica, Residence Inn is a leader in the extended-stay segment. Marriott’s third largest brand offers spacious suites with separate living and sleeping areas, plus full kitchens, grocery delivery, 24-hour markets and complimentary hot breakfast.

Last year, Marriott announced its goal of doubling its portfolio in Europe by 2015. In addition to expansion in Europe, Marriott also plans to bring the Residence Inn brand to South America next year with the opening of its first property in Guayaquil, Ecuador.