The Courtyard by Marriott Budapest City Center will retain the Marriott brand, complete with all the loyalty programmes and benefits

Corinthia announces first hotel in United States

Czech hotel group CPI to manage Budapest Marriott

CPI Hotels, one of the largest hotel groups in the Czech Republic, has added two Marriott Hotels to its portfolio: the Courtyard by Marriott Budapest City Center and the other in Prague. While both hotels will retain the Marriott brand, complete with all the loyalty programmes and benefits, they will be managed by CPI.

Courtyard by Marriott Budapest City Center is a four-star with 234 rooms. It is on the József körút section of the Grand Boulevard, metres from Blaha Lujza tér. CPI Hotels operates two other hotels in the Hungarian capital, namely Mamaison Hotel Andrássy and Mamaison Residence Izabella, a kilometre apart in District VI.

CPI will open two more soon in Budapest: the four-star Mamaison Hotel Chain Bridge Budapest (formerly Starlight Suiten Hotel) in District V, and a new 99-room hotel offering three-star accommodation and services.

Jan Kratina, CEO of CPI Hotels, said: “We are proud to welcome Marriott as another internationally renowned brand in our portfolio. We have every confidence in our ability to leverage our extensive experience in operating big and prominent hotels. We can’t wait to demonstrate our skills to our guests once the situation allows for it.”

Kratina said the change of ownership will not mean any lessening in the scope or the quality of the services offered by the hotel.

In addition to the Marriott-branded hotel in Budapest, CPI Hotels has expanded its portfolio with the addition of the Courtyard by Marriott Prague City, a hotel located near Atrium Flora shopping centre in the Czech capital. The four-star offers 161 rooms. This new addition complements a selection of eight other CPI hotels in Prague, mostly operating under the Clarion and Mamaison brands. CPI has hotels or residences in the Czech Republic, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Russia and Slovakia.

In other hotel news, Corinthia, which includes the Corinthia Hotel Budapest in its portfolio, has announced its first hotel in the United States, by entering into agreements to operate The Surrey Hotel on Manhattan’s elegant Upper East Side, near Central Park.

The property will undergo an extensive renovation and reopen as The Surrey, a Corinthia Hotel in early 2023. Corinthia says The Surrey is known for its extraordinary location and history. The company wishes to breathe new life into the hotel, together with Corinthia’s partners and investors, the Reuben Brothers, a private investment firm. This is the second hotel collaboration between Corinthia and Reuben following the recent commencement of a Corinthia Hotel development in Rome.

View from The Surrey Hotel

Upon completion, The Surrey in Manhattan will feature 97 elegantly appointed rooms, including 38 suites, to be designed by award-winning studio Martin Brudnizki with which Corinthia is partnering for the first time.

Corinthia is also teaming up with Casa Tua on the food and beverage offering, “bringing the Miami Beach hotspot and treasured celebrity favourite to New York for the first time”. A spa, boutique meeting rooms and private dining spaces will complete the offering.

The Surrey is the seventh Corinthia development under way, all landmark trophy hotels in various stages of development and construction in Rome, Brussels, Bucharest, Moscow, Dubai and Doha.

Corinthia Hotels Limited, based in Malta and founded by Alfred Pisani in 1962, currently has nine hotels, one each in Budapest, London, St Petersburg, Lisbon, Prague, Khartoum and Tripoli, and two in Malta. The Budapest hotel is on the Erzsébet körút section of the Grand Boulevard in District VII.

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