$16M Renovation Planned For Downtown Little Rock Marriott

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Friday, Mar. 14, 2014 11:30 am  

Downtown's Little Rock Marriott will be undergoing a $16 million renovation, hotel officials announced Friday.

The renovation will include all 418 guest rooms and all public meeting and dining spaces and is scheduled for completion in late summer. 

“Today marks the real guts and glory of the renovation," Bill Fontes, the hotel's general manager, told a group of reporters Friday. "We’ve been in minor construction — some wall vinyl, some carpet, some of the guest room amenities — but as of yesterday, the jackhammers are going as we speak.”

Renovations on the guest rooms started Feb. 7 and are scheduled to run through July 27. The guest room renovations are working in rotations of two floors at a time, which averages to about 50 rooms out at any time. 

Fontes said work on the 18th floor rooms was complete, and work on the 17th floor was nearing completion.

Starting April 1, the hotel will begin renovations to its conference centers and ballrooms. The work is supposed to continue into June.

The hotel will remain open throughout the process with progress updates available at Facebook.com/LittleRockMarriott.

"Although we've already made some significant progress in converting to the Marriott Hotels flag, the real transformation won't be realized until this last and final phase of renovation occurs," Fontes said in a hotel news release. "We believe it will better position our hotel to meet the needs and demands of both business and leisure travelers seeking upscale accommodations in the area." 

The hotel previously was the Peabody Little Rock and was rebranded the Little Rock Marriott in May after Fairwood Capital LLC of Memphis bought the lease from the Peabody Hotel Group.

The Little Rock Marriott, which has 40,000 SF of its own meeting and ballroom space and is run by Davidson Hotels & Resorts, is linked to the 200,000-SF Statehouse Convention Center, which is operated by the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The hotel recently added 42-inch flat screen televisions and coffee makers in all guest rooms and has finished a complete renovation of its fitness center. It also opened The Café, which serves Starbucks products. 

As part of the renovation, the hotel will add a lounge located on the lobby level in the former Velvet Humidor Cigar Lounge. It will be open to guests reserving Marriott's Club Level rooms along with Platinum and Gold Marriott Rewards guests.



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