Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center Begins Renovation of 100,000 Square Feet of Meeting Space and Concierge Lounge

May 15, 2014, 18:00 ET from Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

DETROIT, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of a $30 million renovation project, the remodeling of 100,000 square feet of meeting space at Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center will begin on May 19. This phase of the riverfront hotel's massive 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, this downtown Detroit hotel will completely refurbish its two-level Concierge Lounge located on the 56th & 57th floors. Available to elite members of Marriott Rewards and those guests staying in Concierge guest rooms, the Concierge lounge offers 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 hotel in downtown Detroit, MI 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.

Similar to the decor of the new guest rooms, the hotel's meeting areas will have a comfortably modern theme reflecting the vibe of the city and the fabric of the region. The design team took inspiration from the Detroit River and the round, concrete and glass architectural features of the Renaissance Center. Grey, taupe, watery blue, moss green and touches of purple combine for a soft yet striking new color palate. Textured wall vinyl on large pillars will resemble ripples of cool water while polished wood paneling adds warmth to the space.

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 ultra-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 that is a stunning work of art in itself resembling droplets of water suspended from the ceiling.

Also beginning a major transformation this month is the Detroit Marriott's concierge lounge. It will be totally refreshed with chic design elements like those of a modern automobile showroom -- sleek furnishings, shiny edges, contemporary seating, polished surfaces, burled walnut and silver mesh. Artwork featuring actual car parts will also adorn the space that offers a breathtaking view of the city. Additionally, the two-level salon will also be reconfigured for better traffic flow and lighting.

The massive makeover of this hotel in downtown Detroit, Michigan is part of Marriott Hotels' current brand transformation to reflect the lifestyle of the next generation of travelers who seamlessly blend work and play in a mobile and global world.  And, as the industry leader in hosting meetings, Marriott is introducing new technology designed for the mobile worker including Workspring at Marriott, Red Coat Direct and Workspace on Demand.  

About the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center is located on the riverfront in the heart of downtown Detroit. The hotel's guest rooms offer some of the most spectacular views of Detroit with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the city skyline, the Detroit River and Canada. This downtown Detroit, MI hotel has 100,000 square feet of flexible meeting space to accommodate up to 2,200 guests. The Detroit lodging destination is within the General Motors Renaissance Center complex, 25 minutes from Detroit Metro Airport and five minutes from Windsor, Ontario.

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With 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 60 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest's stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit

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