Upmarket hotel operator Marriott has been selected as the preferred tenant for the Marischal Square hotel site in Aberdeen.
Aberdeen City Council has backed the recommendations, supported by the Marischal Square Working Group, to select the Marriott Residence Inn as the preferred brand for the four-star hotel, which will be operated under franchise by Cycas Hospitality. Property consultancy CBRE, alongside CBRE Hotels, secured the operator on behalf of Muse Developments.
The Aberdeen Marriott Residence Inn will be one of the first in the UK. The new Edinburgh hotel is the second Residence Inn in Europe, following the opening of the Munich hotel last year.
Deputy council leader Councillor Marie Boulton, chair of the Marischal Square Working Group, said: "We gave Muse and CBRE a clear remit to identify a four-star hotel operator which would satisfy the working group's desire to see a high-quality hotel in Marischal Square.
"Marriott is a very well-known hotel chain, renowned for providing a high level service. Although the Residence Inn brand is not yet well known in Europe, it has a high reputation in the United States, Canada and Mexico, where there are more than 600 Residence Inn hotels. This will be one of the first Residence Inns in the UK and the company's clear desire to place its brand in such a prominent development reflects the level of high interest that major firms are showing in doing business in Aberdeen."