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New Marriott hotel brings 105 rooms to city
New Marriott hotel brings 105 rooms to city

By Elvia Aguilar
February 5, 2008

The Courtyard by Marriott

CORPUS CHRISTI — Corpus Christi's hotel room supply will increase by 105 today with the opening of the Courtyard by Marriott.

The hotel, at 5133 Flynn Parkway, represents an investment of about $7 million, said Esperanza Calvo, a spokeswoman for the managing company.

With the addition, the Corpus Christi area now has 10,305 hotel rooms available. But Corpus Christi's occupancy rate is at about 60 percent -- low by industry standards, said Keith Arnold, president and CEO of the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Calvo said the chain's decision to built in Corpus Christi is based on Southside growth.

"We think a new hotel will give people more choices," she said. "Other hotels we own in this market are successful."

The Courtyard will offer rates beginning at $139 per night. About 30 people will be employed at the hotel.

The hotel will feature a business library with individual workstations, high-speed data ports, a pantry-style, 24-hour food and beverage area called "The Market" and a lounge area.

The three-story hotel has 684 square feet of meeting space to accommodate small meetings and functions of as many as 50 people.

Other guest facilities and services include the Courtyard Cafe restaurant, serving breakfast and meeting room meals, an outdoor swimming pool with whirlpool spa, gazebo, a heated courtyard, exercise room, guest laundry and business center.

Calvo, spokeswoman for Texas Western Hospitality Management of Dallas, the company that will manage the hotel, said the restaurant at the hotel may add dinner and open for additional hours if the demand emerges.

Courtyard rooms feature either a king-size bed or two queen-size beds, a seating area with sofa bed or oversized chair, a work desk and two telephones equipped with data ports. The hotel features two suites with a king-size bed, refrigerator and microwave oven and one boardroom suite with a king-size bed. Other in-room amenities include coffee maker, hair dryer, iron with ironing board, and cable television with a free premium movie channel. The Courtyard is owned by Western International.

Wade Echols, director of sales at the Hilton Garden Inn in Corpus Christi, which is part of Western International, said the Courtyard by Marriott also would be involved in marketing and packages with the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau.

All Courtyards now offer free high-speed Internet service to guests. Courtyard has more than 700 hotels worldwide, including properties in the United Kingdom, Germany and China.

For more information or reservations, call the Courtyard's Corpus Christi hotel at 361-808-8400 or visit the web site at www.courtyard.com.

Contact Elvia Aguilar at 886-3678 or aguilare@caller.com

Source: Corpus Christi Caller-Times