October 01, 2013 at 08:55 AM EDT
Autograph Collection Welcomes Majestic Powerscourt Hotel
Exclusive Portfolio of Passionately Independent Hotels Announces First Hotel in Ireland

COUNTY WICKLOW, Ireland, Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --  The Autograph Collection (www.autographhotels.com), Marriott International's (NYSE: MAR) exclusive portfolio of upscale, independent hotels, announced today the debut of the Powerscourt Hotel in County Wicklow, Ireland, representing the first Autograph Collection hotel in Ireland. Earlier this year, Autograph Collection announced its continued growth in Europe with the inauguration of the St. Ermin's Hotel and Threadneedles in the heart of London, and The Glasshouse in Edinburgh, Scotland. The five star Powerscourt Hotel will expand the collection of independent lifestyle hotels to include nearly 50 exceptional travel experiences in the United States, Asia, Europe, Caribbean, and South America.

The iconic Powerscourt Hotel is set near the village of Enniskerry, only 25 minutes from Dublin City centre and 35 minutes from Dublin airport, amidst one of the most scenic and historic estates in Ireland. The elegant retreat showcases Palladian-style architecture and offers guests a host of luxurious amenities including a 20-metre Swarovski crystal-lit indoor pool. Additionally, the hotel features two championship level golf courses and a 30,000-square foot luxury spa by ESPA. With an emphasis on local excellence and seasonality, the new Sika Restaurant at Powerscourt Hotel offers the best of Irish contemporary cooking against a spectacular backdrop of Wicklow's hills and mountains.

"This is an incredibly exciting time for the Autograph Collection in Europe, and a significant event for us in Ireland," said Amy McPherson, president and managing director for Marriott International in Europe. "Our European portfolio of Autograph Collection hotels offer travelers an enviable range of artistic, culinary and cultural adventures and this magnificent hotel is a hugely powerful addition."

The vision behind the Autograph Collection is to offer an evolving group of passionately independent hotels that fall under distinct categories of travel experience including Culinary Delight, Artistic Getaway, Historic Exploration, or Sporting Adventure. Each hotel is thoughtfully chosen for its quality, originality, bold character and capacity to offer guests a range of unique and unexpected experiences suited to their individual sense of style and adventure. This unique global portfolio has proven to be a highly successful venture due to its discerning process to select only the most exceptional hotels and enriching travel experiences.

The Powerscourt Hotel is owned by Brehon Capital Partners and Midwest Holding and managed by Interstate Hotels & Resorts, a leading U.S. based global hotel management company. Chief Executive Officer Jim Abrahamson is eager to support the iconic hotel, stating, "Interstate's qualified bench strength, best-of-world systems and dedicated teams promise a memorable experience for every guest."

To celebrate the inauguration of Powerscourt Hotel into the Autograph Collection, the hotel is offering an introductory limited offer for guests who wish to book Powerscourt Hotel in advance.  Beginning 1st October, the hotel will offer very special mid week Advance Purchase rate to for the Autumn and Winter.  All details of this can be found on the new hotels website; www.powerscourthotel.com.

All Autograph Collection hotels participate in Marriott Rewards, Marriott International's award-winning guest loyalty program, where guests can earn points at more than 3,200 hotels in 68 countries. In addition to their placement on Marriott.com, each property is showcased in its own unique way on the Collection's award winning standalone site, www.autographhotels.com.

Autograph Collection hotels can be found in an increasing number of key travel destinations around the world including The Algonquin and The Carlton hotels in New York, The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, the Boscolo Budapest Hotel, the newly opened The Stones Hotel - Legian in Indonesia, The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa in Colorado, and the AC Baqueira Ski Resort in Spain.

About Autograph Collection

The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit www.autographhotels.com, or explore our social media channels to learn more about the independent spirit:

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About Marriott International

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SOURCE Autograph Collection Hotels

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