COUNTY WICKLOW, Ireland, Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Autograph Collection ( www.autographhotels.com), Marriott International's (NYSE: MAR) exclusive portfolio of upscale, independent hotels, announced today the debut of the Powerscourt Hotel in County Wicklow, Ireland, representing the first Autograph Collection hotel in Ireland. Earlier this year, Autograph Collection announced its continued growth in Europe with the inauguration of the St. Ermin's Hotel and Threadneedles in the heart of London, and The Glasshouse in Edinburgh, Scotland. The five star Powerscourt Hotel will expand the collection of independent lifestyle hotels to include nearly 50 exceptional travel experiences in the United States, Asia, Europe, Caribbean, and South America. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131001/PH89662)(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110719/PH37690LOGO) The iconic Powerscourt Hotel is set near the village of Enniskerry, only 25 minutes from Dublin City centre and 35 minutes from Dublin airport, amidst one of the most scenic and historic estates in Ireland. The elegant retreat showcases Palladian-style architecture and offers guests a host of luxurious amenities including a 20-metre Swarovski crystal-lit indoor pool. Additionally, the hotel features two championship level golf courses and a 30,000-square foot luxury spa by ESPA. With an emphasis on local excellence and seasonality, the new Sika Restaurant at Powerscourt Hotel offers the best of Irish contemporary cooking against a spectacular backdrop of Wicklow's hills and mountains. "This is an incredibly exciting time for the Autograph Collection in Europe, and a significant event for us in Ireland," said Amy McPherson, president and managing director for Marriott International in Europe. "Our European portfolio of Autograph Collection hotels offer travelers an enviable range of artistic, culinary and cultural adventures and this magnificent hotel is a hugely powerful addition." The vision behind the Autograph Collection is to offer an evolving group of passionately independent hotels that fall under distinct categories of travel experience including Culinary Delight, Artistic Getaway, Historic Exploration, or Sporting Adventure. Each hotel is thoughtfully chosen for its quality, originality, bold character and capacity to offer guests a range of unique and unexpected experiences suited to their individual sense of style and adventure. This unique global portfolio has proven to be a highly successful venture due to its discerning process to select only the most exceptional hotels and enriching travel experiences.