PUNE, MAHARASHTRA--(Marketwire - Mar 20, 2013) - A brand that epitomizes the hospitality favourite of lifestyle and business travelers, Pune Marriott Hotel and Convention Centre forayed into a new chapter as it converted to JW Marriott Hotel Pune.

This historic business hotel in Pune is not only the first JW Marriott in the city and the 3rd in the country, but also the first Marriott property in the Asia Pacific region to undergo a conversion. Nestled in the heart of the city, JW Marriott Hotel Pune opened doors to its patrons welcoming them to appreciate and be a part of the brand change.

The spectacular conversion launch saw the presence of Mr.Rajeev Menon, Area Vice President, South Asia. "We are happy to announce the conversion of Pune Marriott Hotel and Convention Centre to a JW Marriott property," said Menon. "The property always reflected luxury with world-class amenities and elegance that are significant to a JW Marriott brand. The hotel, which was the 500th Marriott property, was a HALO hotel under the Marriott portfolio. Through the 2.5 years of its functioning the hotel has managed to effortlessly seam its way past the MHRS brand guidelines, thus proving to be a befitting choice for a JW conversion. This change will see Marriott International come together to ensure that we surpass the hotels hospitality touchpoints making it more luxury driven, promising and splendid."

General Manager of JW Marriott Pune Jatin Khanna said, "JW Marriott Pune celebrates constant innovation and will continue to offer to the city of Pune a life of elegance. The hotel that is a wedding, lifestyle and F&B destination will see the introduction of various luxury touchpoints over the next year. The spa and restaurants will see gradual changes to their overall hospitality and dining experience."

The unveiling of the extraordinary Griffin marked the highlight of the launch evening, a musical Broadway themed event. An extravagant party that saw the glitterati of the city in attendance followed the unveiling. The event marked a milestone in the hotel's success story, with the likes of Chairman and MD Panchsil, and Owner of JW Marriott Pune, Mr. Atul Chordia and his wife Varsha Chordia in attendance.

World-renowned dancer, singer and choreographer Shiamak Davar and his troupe presented the guests with a Broadway musical that left the audience captivated.

As the crown to the city's skyline, this JW Marriott 5 star hotel in Pune will aim at providing its patrons with relaxed elegance and effortless luxury. It is here that luxury will be experienced through the richness of authenticity, discovered in the beauty of craftsmanship and delivered with an intuitive response to personal expectation.

JW Marriott Pune is a conveniently located hotel near the railway stations, expressway and airport, where guests can also enjoy complimentary on-site parking or valet parking. To make reservations or learn more about this hotel, contact 91-20-6683-3333 or visit www.marriott.com/pnqmc.

About JW Marriott
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International's luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today's sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 59 JW Marriott hotels in 23 countries; by 2015 the portfolio is expected to encompass 79 properties in 28 countries. Visit us online, www.jwmarriott.com, @jwmarriott and www.facebook.com/JWMarriott

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JW Marriott Pune
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