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Alabama's Grand Hotel in Point Clear Reopens

After taking a direct hit from the flood surge in Hurricane Katrina, the Grand Hotel is back to full glory, thanks to an army of construction workers, landscapers and resort associates

[Point Clear, AL – January, 2007] - After taking a direct hit from the flood surge in Hurricane Katrina, the Grand Hotel is back to full glory, thanks to an army of construction workers, landscapers and resort associates. Originally opened in 1847, the Gulf Shores hotel’s historic buildings have been methodically preserved, an additional restaurant created and more than 8,000 new plants and 50 trees added, leaving The Grand in spectacular shape.

“The Grand Hotel has been a favorite with families for generations,” said David Clark, general manager of the Grand Hotel. “We have brought back traditions such as afternoon tea each day, a croquet lawn, Kid’s Camp, wonderful signature pools, magnificent Sunday brunch and many others,” said Clark. “New traditions include seating around fire pits overlooking Mobile Bay and new family-friendly Gulf Shores restaurants.”

Celebrate the re-emergence of this legendary property with an Alabama vacation or weekend getaway. Package offerings include the Bellingrath Gardens Package, the Grand Spa Package and a Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center package.

Bellingrath Gardens and Home offers 65 acres of aesthetic sensation, colors, fragrances and scenic views. With rates starting at $249*, the package includes:

• Deluxe guest room for one night
• Breakfast buffet for two in the Dining Room
• Two tickets to Bellingrath Gardens and Home

The hotel’s 20,000 square foot Grand Spa is designed to calm and rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit. Only the very finest marine-based and botanical ingredients for skin and nail care are used, and a variety of massage treatments, and fitness and body experiences are thoughtfully tailored to meet your unique needs and preferences. With rates starting at $310*, the package includes:

• A deluxe room in the spa building with resort view
• Breakfast buffet for two
• $90 spa credit at the Grand Spa, ranked #1 of all Marriott spas in North America.

A day at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center and a night at the Grand will take visitors back in time to experience life and death in the cosmopolitan city of Pompeii. The exhibit features hundreds of exceptional objects that lay buried in Pompeii's ruins for over 17 centuries, including room-size frescoes, marble and bronze sculptures, jewlery, gold coins and everyday household items. With rates starting at $247*, the Escape to Pompeii package features:

• Deluxe resort view guest room
• Breakfast buffet for two
• Two tickets to the Pompeii exhibit

About the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club and Spa Experience a stunning Alabama beach resort making a historic comeback from Hurricane Katrina at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa. Situated on 550 secluded, waterfront acres in Point Clear, this Alabama resort offers a dramatic departure from standard Gulf Shores resorts. It boasts two challenging golf courses as part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, as well as a luxurious 20,000 square foot European-style spa, a fabulous array of exceptional dining options, and a sizeable marina for sailboats, yachts, and fishing boats. The delightful beaches and extraordinary pool complex offer plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Overlooking scenic Mobile Bay, this Gulf Coast resort boasts 37,000 square feet of elegant meeting and event space for corporate events that defy convention, and weddings that dreams are made of. Escape from ordinary Gulf Shores beach hotels and discover the Marriott Grand, the Queen of Southern Resorts. For more information, call (251) 928-9201, or visit http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/ptlal. ### * Rates are per room, per night and subject to availability. Some restrictions may apply. Appropriate taxes and amenity fees not included.