The remodeling of 100,000 square feet of meeting space at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center began on Monday. This phase of the riverfront hotel’s $30 million overhaul is expected to be completed in December.
The meeting space at the Detroit Marriot spans three floors with 34 separate rooms and the renovation will enhance functionality as well as aesthetics. The renovation will be done in phases enabling group functions to continue without disruption.
Additionally, the Detroit Marriott will completely refurbish its two-level concierge lounge located on the 56th and 57th floors. Available to elite members of Marriott Rewards and those guests staying in concierge guest rooms, the concierge lounge offers guests a place to socialize and enjoy complimentary refreshments.
“We’re very excited to begin this next big step of a $30 million renovation that is an investment in the City of Detroit, as well as an investment in this Michigan landmark hotel,” said Shonda Johnson, area general manager of the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. “Our modernized, beautiful and more flexible meeting space will help draw more visitors and milestone events to our amazing city.”
One of the tallest buildings in the Western Hemisphere, Marriott International first announced plans to renovate its 71-floor Detroit hotel in August 2013. Renovations to 1,329 guest rooms began in February 2014 and are expected to be finished in October 2014. The renovation of the 52 suites will be completed by December 2014. The 70-floor hotel will continue to remain open throughout the project with a few floors undergoing reconstruction at a time.
Perhaps most importantly, the public areas outside the meeting rooms have been totally rethought to allow for the addition of pre-function space for small group gatherings. All-new flexible seating areas and workspaces will be filled with organically-shaped and contemporary furnishings. An overhead canopy will help define separate areas of congregation and lighted wall panels will feature a stylized skyline of Detroit. Another decorative focal point of the new pre-function space will be an enormous glass light fixture resembling droplets of water suspended from the ceiling.