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BETHESDA, MD - March 10, 2015  - Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) and Noble Investment Group debut the first AC Hotels Marriott property in Kansas City's Westport District.   It is also the second AC Hotels by Marriott branded property to open in the U.S. Located in the heart of Westport, the region's oldest established community and popular shopping and entertainment destination, the 123-room lifestyle hotel embodies a sleek European look and feel coupled with unique local design elements. 

"We are excited to bring our newest lifestyle brand to this dynamic neighborhood of Kansas City," said Toni Stoeckl, Vice President of Marriott International, Lifestyle Brands. "At AC Hotels by Marriott, we aim to celebrate the beauty of design and craftsmanship, steeped in Spanish roots and with a European soul. AC Kansas City Westport showcases our commitment to creating these meaningful experiences through every element of the hotel."

AC Hotels by Marriott is a highly acclaimed urban lifestyle hotel brand that currently offers a portfolio of more than 72 hotels throughout Spain, Italy, Portugal, France and the United States. Originally founded in 1998 by renowned Spanish hotelier Antonio Catalan, it quickly became one of the most established hotel brands in Spain. Following its success in Europe, a joint venture was formed with Marriott International in 2011 launching AC Hotels by Marriott. AC Hotels was created for the design conscious traveler with an urban spirit looking for a cosmopolitan hotel experience. The brand boasts a fresh, stylish, urban design while creating a tailor-made guest experience, to make guests feel like they're a part of their chosen destination. Premium touches balanced with comfortable service, each hotel is accessible to travelers looking to experience their destination in a stylish and easy way. 

Guestrooms and suites at AC Hotel Kansas City Westport feature clean and sophisticated design elements, plush seating furnishings and multifunctional workspaces. 

The AC Kitchen, open for breakfast daily, serves a fresh European influenced breakfast, and the AC Lounge features signature cocktails, regional beers, draft wines and small plates.

The AC Library, a collaborative space with a communal table, boasts individual reading areas and a carefully curated selection of books, magazines and guides to all that Kansas City has to offer.

High-tech amenities include mobile check-in, "media salons" with Bluetooth technology and USB charging stations, and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

Other amenities include 1,000 square feet of flexible, high-tech meeting/function space; a 24-hour, fully equipped business center and fitness center; and complimentary shuttle within a three-mile radius.

To learn more about AC Hotels by Marriott or to book an experience at AC Kansas City Westport, visit AC Hotel Kansas City Westport or call +1.816.931.0001.  

About Noble Investment Group

Noble Investment Group was founded in 1993, and specializes in making value-added, opportunistic investments in the lodging and hospitality real estate sector. Through its private equity real estate funds, Noble has made more than $3 billion of investments throughout the United States in primarily select service and extended stay hotels which are affiliated with premium brands by Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, Intercontinental and Starwood. For additional information, please visit www.nobleinvestment.com.

Contact: Scarlett Ainsworth

scarlett.ainsworth@nobleinvestment.com

About AC Hotels by Marriott

AC Hotels by Marriott is a lifestyle brand within Marriott International's luxury and lifestyle portfolio of brands. AC Hotels currently offers more than 75 hotels throughout Spain, Italy, Portugal and France, along with New Orleans. Growth plans for the brand include the opening of its next North American locations Washington, D.C. and in the heart of Miami Beach early this year, as well as more than 50 additional hotels set to open within the next three years throughout the U.S. and Latin America.

Marriott International's luxury and lifestyle brands portfolio currently includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott and Moxy Hotels. Accounting for approximately 25 percent of the company's system-wide pipeline, Marriott expects to add more than 200 luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years, reflecting over $15 billion of investment by the company's owners and franchisees. 

About Marriott International, Inc.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading global lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including: Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy Hotels, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Protea Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club. Marriott has more than 361,000 people working worldwide at managed or franchised properties and corporate offices. Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 49 million members. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Contact: Verona Carter

verona.carter@marriott.com

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