BERLIN, March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Autograph Collection, Marriott International's (NYSE: MAR) evolving portfolio of independent hotels, announced today it will debut in Germany later this year with the opening of the 87-room Hotel am Steinplatz in Berlin. Celebrating its 100 th anniversary this year, the historic icon will re-open following an extensive renovation after first opening as a hotel in 1913. Hotel am Steinplatz joins a number of Autograph Collection properties currently scheduled to open in Europe this year, helping expand the collection's current portfolio to fifteen hotels in Europe and more than 40 hotels worldwide. "We are thrilled that the historic Hotel am Steinplatz is joining Autograph Collection, marking the collection's debut in the German market," said Amy McPherson, president and managing director for Marriott International in Europe. "We continue to see fantastic growth and appetite for Autograph Collection in Europe as travellers continue to seek enriching experiences shaped by these unique properties." With the original building having first opened its doors in 1907, Hotel am Steinplatz has a fascinating history as an exclusive meeting point for artists, writers, philosophers and even aristocracy. It was designed by renowned architect, August Endell, who also designed the famous Hackesche Hoefe in Berlin. With its heritage listed façade and beautifully recreated interior, the hotel offers a potent mix of historical charm and modern sophistication, making it a prime destination in Germany's historic capital. Hotel ownership group DG Steinplatz 4 GmbH, added, "We look forward to the opening of the masterfully restored Hotel am Steinplatz. Its unique history and superior location are sure to make it one of the most well received Autograph Collection hotels to open in Europe." Each Autograph Collection hotel is thoughtfully selected for its distinctive identity and original features. The collection comprises a dazzling array of beautiful and iconic properties such as Boscolo Budapest in Hungary and The Algonquin in New York City. Autograph Collection launched in 2010 as an opportunity for independent hotel owners to reach millions of travelers through access to Marriott International's extensive network of global consumers. Autograph Collection also provided Marriott International entry into a new segment of the hospitality market, capturing both leisure and business travelers who sought more unique and independent hotel experiences.