Newport Beach Marriott begins second and final phase of $60M renovation

9th Mar 2005

In approximately ten months, the 30-year-old hotel that sits at 900
Newport Center Drive will sport a whole new look and feel. Yesterday, it moved into its second and final phase of a US$60 million, year-and-a-half-long renovation and will re-emerge this December as the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa.
The hotel will feature 20 luxury suites, including five penthouse suites
with ocean views; 532 guest rooms with the new plush Marriott bedding; a 14,000-square-foot spa with 16 treatment rooms, hair salon and spa pool; 41,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space, including an 8,000-square- foot ballroom, 5,400-square-foot junior ballroom and 23 meeting rooms; an 8,000-square-foot lobby with a porte cochere and water feature; a lounge pool with a pool bar and whirlpool; and an exciting new restaurant concept reflecting a relaxed, yet refined California lifestyle.

“We have a lot to celebrate,” says Bill Gunderson, general manager. “This November marks our 30th anniversary, a milestone that invites us to re- dedicate ourselves to providing unrivalled experiences for our guests and new opportunities for employees and the surrounding community.”

The two-phase project began last July with the reconstruction of the
hotel’s North Wing. Now completed and re-opened, it boasts 260 redesigned guest rooms featuring the recently announced Marriott bed. It consists of an 11-inch mattress, feather bed topper, 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, a down blanket, six down pillows, and a colorful bed scarf.

The bed is one of many elements of Marriott’s new look and feel. It incorporates the latest in design, technology, culinary expertise, service and comfort, and guests will begin to experience it across all brands this year.



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