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Dulles, Virginia, April 5, 2004 – Lerner Enterprises and The Tower Companies are pleased to announce the start of construction of a 151-suite Residence Inn by Marriott in Dulles, Loudoun County, Virginia. The hotel will be jointly developed by Lerner Enterprises and The Tower Companies, both of North Bethesda, Maryland and will be operated by Marriott International of Washington, D.C. The hotel will open in the fall of 2005 and will be known as the Residence Inn-Dulles Airport.

Located three miles from Washington Dulles International Airport at Route 28 and Waxpool Road (Route 625) in Dulles 28 Centre, the Residence Inn-Dulles Airport will be within minutes of Dulles' technology corridor and many area companies, including America Online, EDS, Cisco Systems, Xerox, MCI and many others. The Residence Inn-Dulles Airport offers guests convenient access to the Washington Metropolitan Area's largest business, retail and leisure centers, including, Tysons Corner, Dulles Town Center, Reston Town Center, Leesburg and Washington, D.C. In addition, it is just a short distance away from the new National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center located at Washington Dulles International Airport.

The Residence Inn-Dulles Airport is architecturally and environmentally designed to resemble an upscale residential complex and is purpose-built to extended-stay travelers. The architect for the project is Gordon & Greenberg Architects of Cabin John, Maryland. The general contractor will be Herman/Stewart Construction of Lanham, Maryland.

The hotel will offer one and two bedroom suites and oversized studio suites. Some of the unique room features include:

The hotel will offer unique features such as:

Residence Inn, a leader in extended-stay lodging, offers more than 360 hotels in 43 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Mexico. Residence Inn participates in the company's award-winning Marriott Rewards program, which enables members to earn their choice of points toward free vacations or frequent flyer mileage in their preferred airline program for dollars spent at more than 2,000 Marriott hotels in 56 countries.

For more information, call the Residence Inn toll-free number at 800-331-3131, a travel agent or visit the web site at

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:MAR), a leading worldwide hospitality company celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2002, has over 2,600 operating units in the United States and 64 other countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, Towne Place Suites, Fairfield Inn, Spring Hill Suites and Ramada International brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club International, Horizons, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Marriott Grand Residence Club brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. Other Marriott businesses include senior living communities and services, and wholesale food distribution. The company is headquartered in Washington, D. C.
For more information or reservations, please visit the web site at

Lerner Enterprises, founded by Theodore N. Lerner in 1952, is one of Washington, D.C.'s largest real estate developers and is involved in all phases of office, retail, hotel and residential real estate including planning, development, construction, leasing, asset and property management. Among its hotel portfolio is the Greenbelt Marriott in Greenbelt, Maryland and Courtyard by Marriott at Dulles Town Center in Dulles, Virginia.

The Tower Companies committed to creating successful communities and workplaces has been Tower's driving force for over 40 years. Founded by Albert Abramson, The Tower Companies are a national leader in the development of high-tech, environmentally friendly "smart/green" buildings. Local Tower sites of note are The Tower Building in the Tower Oaks park off I-270 in Rockville; Bethesda Place and a headquarters building for MCI. The Tower Companies also developed River Creek, a 1200-home, gated golf course community on the Potomac River in Loudoun County, Virginia.

For more information about The Tower Companies, please visit the web site at

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