Marriott International is planning to open its first Courtyard by Marriott hotel in the Jamaican capital, Kingston.
The hospitality company said the 129-room hotel is being developed by Caribe Hospitality Jamaica and is expected to be opened in the third quarter of 2015.
Courtyard by Marriott is located 19km from Norman Manley International Airport and is situated close to some of the city’s best dining and shopping destinations.
Marriott is designing the building so it will be 30% more energy-efficient than an average property in the city. It will also consume 16% less water than a standard building and produce 5% of its energy on-site through solar panels.
The hotel will have a new business lobby, a casual dining restaurant, lobby bar, a flexible meeting space, a swimming pool and a fitness centre.
Guest rooms will have a modern feel with signature furniture and architectural elements.
Marriott International Caribbean area vice-president Andrew Houghton said: "The changing economic climate across the world and today’s technology has changed how people travel.
"Our guests want a room that has purpose and flexibility that enables a seamless transition between relaxing and working.
"Courtyard is designed to offer them a relaxing and functional space to work the way they want to, when they want to."
According to Marriott International Caribbean and Latin America chief development officer Laurent de Kousemaeker, the company’s latest venture in Jamaica is part of its expansion across the Caribbean.
Image: A guest room at Courtyard by Marriott. Photo: courtesy by Marriott.