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Irvine Marriott Hotel Unveils Completely Reinvented Lobby, Lounge and Restaurant

Hotel's FLOE Lounge represents a new high water mark for meeting, dining and entertainment in Orange County

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- As Marriott International continues to innovate the hospitality industry, inspiring us to "Travel Brilliantly," the Irvine Marriott introduces a brilliant new venue for meeting, dining and entertaining to the Orange County scene: FLOE Lounge.

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Blending high-concept interior design with advanced technology and fine art – all interpreted through the lens of popular psychology – FLOE is set to change the way modern global travelers stay, dine, meet and play in this epicenter of Southern California trends.

"Our new lobby, lounge and restaurant are designed to be a destination where today's stylish travelers and locals alike can gather to enjoy a warm but modern setting that is approachable, sophisticated and luxurious – yet true to its coastal roots," said Scott McCoy, general manager of the Irvine Marriott hotel.

Designed by Leo A. Daly, one of the largest architecture, engineering, planning and interior design firms in the nation, FLOE Lounge features flexible gathering spaces for social interaction and entertaining or private reflection. Daly's high-concept design also was inspired by coastal Orange County's world famous beaches – a feeling conveyed through the natural, soft color palette and clean lines of the space that draw inspiration from sand, ocean and driftwood. The design further reflects the influence of the region's marinas, with metal cabling that resembles ship rigging and an eye-catching abstract macro photograph of a yacht in the lobby.

FLOE Lounge

FLOE Lounge creates a lasting first impression from the moment you enter the Irvine hotel's front doors. Two grand-scaled floral displays flank the spacious room, which is artfully designed with numerous inviting areas for lounging, meeting and socializing. Seating areas and decorative accents showcase a seaside-meets-city palette of hues with shades of coastal blue, gray and yellow punctuated by vibrant reds and highlighted by compelling works by local artists. Each area provides flexible, movable seating and tabletop components as well as Wi-Fi access and outlets for electronic devices – reflecting the way that tech-savvy travelers gather and meet today. In addition, a specially designed, acoustically enhanced alcove within the lounge of the hotel in Irvine, CA, will host emerging local musical acts on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Inside FLOE Lounge

The excitement continues as FLOE Lounge transitions to the dining area. Large-cut white limestone flooring connects the two spaces, evoking the feeling of an ice floe and paying homage to the destination's name. Southern California artist Jennifer Prichard's ceramic "barnacle" sculptures also extend the ocean theme, gracing the walls above the lounge's exclusive alcove seating, with semicircular banquette tables that provide privacy, quiet (acoustically engineered to encourage conversation), and televisions – all with a view of the action, a feature quite unique from other hotels in Irvine.

At the bar, FLOE Lounge's mixology experts create ahead-of-the-curve cocktails with FLOES's signature single "ice ball" replacing the typical ice cubes and the use of locally grown herbs from Irvine's Tanaka Farms. The Irvine restaurant's communal tables near the bar reflect the trend toward European pub-style socializing – while games offered tableside and at the bar infuse an added sense of fun and camaraderie. Televisions are placed discreetly in the bar area so that guests can enjoy the game, while conversations remain lively.

Throughout FLOE Lounge, furnishings underscore the coastal-urban vibe, with glints of shimmering silver adding even more visual interest. Seating and table configurations have been strategically designed for the way we live and dine today – with set tables for business dining, communal tables for collaborative work and meetings, and inviting banquette arrangements for relaxing dining. Even the cuisine stays true to the FLOE vision, based on ingredients from purveyors within 50 miles of the property and interpreted into relatable yet citified dishes that center on quick, light bites and seasonal offerings.

For intimate gatherings, guests may reserve the restaurant's private dining room in Irvine, CA. Glass sculptures by local artists adorn the exclusive space, which seats up to 20, and minimalist Caesarstone buffets create a contemporary atmosphere that also is functional.

Continuing the FLOE

Designed with Southern California weather in mind, guests have the ability to move from the interior to exterior spaces with great ease at FLOE. Guests of the lounge can gather around the massive indoor marble fireplace with its low-slung sofas and armchairs, or join the fun outdoors, where inviting seating areas designed around fire features beckon. By day, umbrellas shade the sunny terraces, complete with a ping-pong table and 70-inch TV screen. By night, the space comes to life with LED lighting and "Dive In" movies that are scheduled to be shown in the pool area below.

"The introduction of FLOE Lounge reflects the continuing evolution of the Irvine Marriott hotel," McCoy said. "Travelers and locals are seeking a place that feels current, yet approachable, a place that's exciting, yet inviting. FLOE is that place, and we're proud to introduce this new concept and destination to the coastal Orange County market."

About the Irvine Marriott

The Irvine Marriott is located at 18000 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA and is just two blocks from John Wayne Airport (SNA). The hotel is convenient to Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, South Coast Plaza, Disneyland Park and Disney's California Adventure. Guests stay in any of 485 well-appointed rooms with comfortable beds topped with down comforters, custom duvets, cotton-rich linens and fluffy pillows. The hotel features a newly renovated lobby, restaurant and FLOE Lounge that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Irvine hotel boasts 25 meeting rooms with 27,000 total square feet of flexible space and an on-site state-of-the-art fitness center. For information, visit www.marriott.com/LAXIR, call 1-949-553-0100, like the hotel on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and add them to a circle on Google Plus.

Media Contact: Cristen Stapp, Irvine Marriott, 1-949-433-6735, [email protected]

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