Marriott opens shop in Nagoya

NAGOYA, Japan -- Marriott International opened its first Marriott-flagged hotel in this city late last year -- the Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel.

The 780-room property is Marriott's seventh Japanese hotel.

According to Marriott, one of the hotel's key selling points is its location directly above the JR Nagoya railroad station in the heart of the city, about one-and-a-half hours by bullet train from Tokyo and 45 minutes from Osaka.

The hotel is part of the mixed-use JR Central Towers building -- the fourth tallest building in Japan -- which also houses offices, upscale restaurants, shops and a department store.

It is near popular Nagoya sites like the Tokugawa Art Collection, Nagoya Castle, Noritake Ceramic Museum and Atsuta Shrine.

Geared to business travelers, the Nagoya Marriott is the only hotel in the city that offers voice mail in guest rooms, according to Marriott.

In addition, the rooms, which average 400 square feet, have dual phone lines and dataports.

The better-equipped Concierge Level units come with fax machines, and guests in these rooms enjoy a private check-in/checkout lounge, plus complimentary breakfast and evening cocktails.

The hotel offers a business center with personal computers with Internet access, printers and personal workstations. It also offers meeting rooms with seating for up to 10 people.

When guests aren't working, they can dine at a choice of six restaurants: Mikuni Nagoya (French), Lin-Ka (Chinese), La Jolla (California), Ka-Un (Japanese), Nakotei (Teppan-Yaki) and Pergola (coffee shop).

The hotel's banquet and wedding facilities include a chapel, Shinto shrine, photo studio and 16 banquet rooms, the largest of which holds 1,500 people.

For more details or reservations, call (800) 831-1000, or visit the Web site at

The property also can be booked through any of the major CRSs.

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