Welcome to Rio’s... OLYMPIC PARK HOTEL

Carlos Nazario
Marriott International debuts its first dual-branded property in Brazil.

The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games acted as a catalyst for projects in infrastructure, the environment, sports facilities and hospitality. These now leave a legacy for the city, in terms of urban planning and sustainability.

Among the new hospitality projects is Marriott International’s first dual-branded property in Brazil, the Courtyard by Marriott and the Residence Inn by Marriott, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro. The property comprises two buildings in one, with the Courtyard on one side and the Residence Inn on the other, joined by “back of house” and public spaces.

The Courtyard brand aims to be smart and dynamic, helping business travelers make the most of their time on the road. The Residence Inn brand makes longer stays comfortable with upscale design, spacious suites with full kitchens and separate living and sleeping areas, and an in-room grocery delivery service.

The dual-branded hotel features common areas that include a state-of-the-art fitness center, an outdoor pool, self-service laundry center and multiple meeting spaces. Each hotel has an independent entrance, and its own lobby and public spaces.

A relatively new suburb, Barra da Tijuca has scenic mountain vistas and the city’s longest stretch of beach. Of the city’s four main districts that hosted a part of the Games, Barra was the home of the athletes’ village, Olympic Park and Olympic golf course, and saw the most development, with construction of several hotels, and leisure and retail outlets lining the revamped beachfront.

Marriott International has been a Faithful+Gould client for more than 15 years...

The neighborhood offers good space, a secure location for residents and businesses and is near Riocentro, Brazil’s largest exhibition and conference center. The 21-storey Courtyard-Residence Inn is the only hotel located within the 2016 Olympic Park footprint, and guests can enjoy views overlooking the park’s grounds and lagoon.

Marriott operates several hotels in Brazil, but this is its first owned and operated property in the country. It was important to get every detail of the construction and dual branding operations just right, in anticipation of a fully-occupied first two months’ trading. The nonnegotiable Olympics deadline brought extra pressures, with the 404-room hotel accommodating international media covering the Olympic and Paralympic Games, alongside VIP guests.

In Brazil, an independent perspective is especially useful, in what can be a challenging construction environment. Areas where owners typically ask for support include cost certainty assessment, prudent contract management, and procurement free from conflict of interest.

Marriott International has been a Faithful+Gould client for more than 15 years, and we were confident that we could help the company bridge its global standards, industry’s best practices, and Brazil’s local construction practices and governance requirements.

We began working on the new hotel in 2013, providing owner’s representation and project management services. Faced with a tight schedule, a high-profile firm deadline, and different branding requirements for the two segments of the hotel, there were plenty of challenges.

The Rio Olympics heralded a construction boom, and all projects competed for a skilled work force, which wasn’t always available locally in Rio de Janeiro. In addition, given the proximity to Olympic venues, the project team had to plan and manage security/access control constraints, which could have impacted supply of material and personnel access into the work site. However, the project was successfully delivered on schedule, ready for Rio 2016.

Faithful+Gould has a strong global relationship with Marriott International, supporting the company in the UK and Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. We have worked on a variety of projects including the New York EDITION, the iconic New York City landmark formerly named the Metropolitan Life Clock Tower.

In addition to Marriott International, our global hotel clients include Wyndham, Crown Plaza, Disney®, Ritz-Carlton, Jumeirah Group, Shangri-La Group, Hilton Hotels, Hyatt, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Marina Bay Sands, Ascott, Carlson Hotels, FRHI Hotels & Resorts, and The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels Limited (The Peninsula Hotels).

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