Courtyard by Marriott to open in Setif, Algeria

ALGERIA-Marriott is developing an 198-room Courtyard by Marriott Setif, Algeria, under management agreement with ownership group Prom-Bati SPA.

The hotel will be part of the Park Mall mixed use development, located in the heart of Setif, a prosperous and diverse city in central Algeria, about 100 kms/62 miles from the Mediterranean coast and 482 kms/300 miles southeast of the capital Algiers.

The Courtyard by Marriott Setif and the Courtyard by Marriott Algiers, announced previously, are both scheduled to open in 2014.

Marriott International’s first hotel in Algeria, the Renaissance Tlemcen, opened in 2011. In 2014 the company will open four others in one complex – the Algiers Marriott, Algiers Marriott Executive Apartments, Courtyard by Marriott Algiers and Residence Inn by Marriott Algiers – followed by the Courtyard by Marriott Setif.

The 198-room Courtyard by Marriott will have a casual restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a lobby lounge. On the third floor will be 6,896 square feet of flexible meeting space. Other guest amenities will include a prayer room, fitness center and pool, business center, room service and gift shop.

Each guest room, including 109 standard rooms, 37 larger rooms and 52 suites and junior suites, will be equipped with flat-panel televisions, complimentary Wi-Fi access and a functional work area with a multi-level desk. The centerpiece of the living area is a loveseat sofa that also doubles as a pullout bed.

Algeria is the largest country on the Mediterranean Sea and the 11th largest country in the world in terms of land area, with a population of approximately 34.9 million. Setif is an agricultural as well as an industrial center and is also home to the fifth largest University of Setif, with 56,000 students. In addition to the Courtyard hotel, the Park Mall complex will include a shopping mall, an office tower, residential apartments and underground parking facilities.

Although 80% of visitors to Setif are business travelers, the city has some important cultural attractions, such as the archeological museum and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Djemila. Located 50 km/31 miles from Setif, it is considered one of the world’s most beautiful Roman ruins and the site of the ancient Roman colony founded during the reign of Nerva (96 – 98 A.D.).

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