Marriott opens 150th hotel in India; Another 80+ are on the way

Marriott, which is the largest non-Indian hotel chain ever since the merger of Starwood and Marriott was completed, has been going from strength to strength in India. And today (May 3, 2024), they completed a major milestone on their expansion in India.

Marriott opens the 150th hotel in India.

Marriott International, with over 8000 hotels around the globe, is the largest hospitality company to operate on the face of this planet. They set foot in India in 1999, opening up its first Indian property, the Goa Marriott Resort and Spa. Today, Marriott has inaugurated its 150th property in India, Marriott Katra Resort & Spa, also a resort property. Marriott is 25 years old in India now. Within 2024 itself, Marriott expects to open another 10 hotels around the country.

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From the launch of Marriott Katra Resort & Spa, Marriott’s 150th property in India.

As Rajeev Menon, President for Marriott International for Asia Pacific excluding Greater China told me in March 2024 on the sidelines of the Skift India Summit, 2024, Marriott also has a large pipeline of hotels signed on in India. The chain has 83 hotels in the pipeline, that are expected to open in the next 3-4 years, taking the room count from 28,000 rooms in 40+ locations across India to over 40,000 rooms. The chain just launched its 17th brand in India, the Moxy, in Bengaluru a few months ago. Marriott hopes to open 250 hotels in India by the year 2025.

As per Ranju Alex, Marriott International (South Asia) Vice President, Marriott has signed 31 properties just in the last five quarters, and most of the hotels signed up for in 2023 are premium and luxury hotel brands of Marriott (such as the JW Marriott and St. Regis). Some of the hotels expected to open in the years ahead will include the Marriott Marquis at Delhi Aerocity, the St. Regis Delhi (again at Aerocity), a JW Marriott in Alibag, a Marriott-branded hotel in Ayodhya, and a Ritz Carlton in Jaipur, amongst others.

Commenting on this significant opening for India, Ranju Alex, Area Vice President, South Asia, Marriott International said

As we celebrate the milestone opening of our 150th Hotel in India, we acknowledge not just our prominent presence in the country, but also the unique and enriching experiences our hotels provide through their distinctive architecture and design, world-class food and beverage offerings and curated amenities that provide exceptional, one-of-a-kind stays. We continue to have confidence in the resilience of our brands and our teams, and remain steadfast in our commitment to advancing our growth through a strong pipeline of hotels.


Marriott has opened its 150th hotel in India, in its 25 years of operation in India. The hotel chain further has ambitious plans for India, and has over 80 hotels in the pipeline for the coming years, and many new hotel development projects which will go on for the years ahead under Marriott’s premium and luxury hotel banners.

What do you think of Marriott’s meteoric rise in India?

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  1. Open a hotel in Northeast too. Guwahati, Shillong. Huge potential markets. Tourism is booming nowadays here with tourists from all over the world.

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