by Michael J. Shapiro | February 27, 2013

Marriott International announced Tuesday its first property in Northeastern Brazil, the 162-room Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Recife, Pernambuco. The hotel, to open in the second quarter of 2014, in time for the World Cup, currently is under construction in Recife, the largest city in the country's northeast. The hotel will be in the upscale Boa Viagem neighborhood, 10 minutes from Guararapes International Airport, and will include Courtyard's business lobby, a casual restaurant, 3,230 square feet of meeting space, a swimming pool and a fitness center.