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The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong to Open on March 29, 2011


March 29, 2011 - Hong Kong

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong will make a triumphant return to the city when it opens as the world's tallest hotel on March 29, 2011. Located at the very top of the International Commerce Centre (ICC) in Hong Kong, occupying floors 102 to 118 of this magnificent building, the hotel represents the very pinnacle of luxury and a beacon of contemporary style and excellence in Asia's World City. The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong is the newest addition to the brand's growing global portfolio of 75 luxury properties and its 16th hotel in Asia.

"The opening of this landmark hotel in Hong Kong is the culmination of many years of hard work and dedication to delivering the very best product, facilities and service in this great city," said Hervé Humler, president and chief operations officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. "Partnering with Hong Kong's premier developer, Sung Hung Kai Properties, we have been able to create truly spectacular so we can welcome our guests not just to the tallest hotel in the world, but also to one of the very best hotels in the world. We are taking luxury to new heights in every sense."

The stylish and contemporary interiors by Singapore's LTW set the scene for this thoroughly modern hotel set in the world's fourth tallest building. The sense of arrival is breathtaking with views of Victoria Harbour and the iconic Hong Kong skyline as the backdrop. Guests will be welcomed into the arrival lobby on the 9th floor before being transported up to the hotel lobby on the 103rd floor where panoramic views over Hong Kong await them.

The hotel's 312 guest rooms all offer spectacular city and harbour views. Starting at 50 square metres for a Deluxe Room, and reaching 365 square metres for the magnificent Ritz-Carlton Suite, rooms provide state-of-the-art technology including WiFi, iPod docking stations, Blu-ray DVD players and flat screen TVs. In addition, Club room guests can enjoy the panoramic view from the Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge with complimentary food and beverage presentations 24 hours a day. The Club also gives guests access to a dedicated Club Concierge, work stations, meeting rooms and WiFi throughout.

In a move that perfectly articulates the brand's more casually elegant engagement with its guests, the hotel's six dining venues have been created by some of the biggest names in restaurant design, including Japan's Spin Design Studio and Wonderwall. The hotel offers three restaurants on 102nd floor, including Tin Lung Heen, which is a Chinese restaurant serving refined Cantonese cuisine; Tosca, an Italian restaurant which offers Southern Italian cuisine and the very stylish The Lounge & Bar with fire pits and open kitchens. In addition, there is a chocolate-themed lounge named The Chocolate Library on 103rd floor and a stylish patisserie located on 9th floor.

Perhaps the jewel in the crown is Ozone located on the hotel's 118th floor. This sleek, stylish and contemporary restaurant and bar will set a new benchmark for Hong Kong's drinking and dining scene. Offering contemporary Asian tapas, signature cocktails and a stylish wine list, Ozone has bar and restaurant seating in zoned sections and the world's highest al fresco terrace where guests can indulge in the incredible views over the city.

For those wishing to relax and indulge, The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA is the ultimate in urban spa sanctuary experiences. Located 116th floor and featuring nine deluxe treatment rooms and two couple's suites all with floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views, the spa will appeal to both residential guests and Hong Kong citizens alike and offer true escape from the city some 490 metres below. A world-class team of professional therapists will ensure a spa experience like no other. The hotel also features a fully equipped fitness centre and an indoor infinity pool overlooking the Victoria Harbour on the 118th floor with a 28 x 7 metres LED screen on the ceiling that can display images and videos.

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong has one of the largest ballrooms in the city at 930 square metres. Elaborately decorated with a sea of crystal chandeliers, the décor of the Diamond Ballroom is suited to weddings, meetings and gala events. Complimented by an additional four meeting rooms, the total of 1,300 square metres of meeting space is set to become the new social centre for Hong Kong and the benchmark for events in the region.

In the podium of the ICC, the 93,000 square metres Elements shopping mall offers some of the finest shopping in Hong Kong with luxury brand names featured throughout this world-class location. The ICC will also host an Observation Deck, Sky100 on the 100th floor and offer direct connections to Hong Kong International Airport in 20 minutes and Central in five minutes. The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong is strategically located at the heart of the city and will become a must-see tourist attraction when it opens in March 2011.

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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase (Maryland, USA), currently operates 75 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the UK 0800-234-000 and Ireland 00-800-2413-3333 or visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR)

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Media contact as of April 1:
Allison Sitch
Senior Corporate Director Public Relations
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
Email Contact
Tel: +1-301-5474784

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