Marriott pushes Des Moines renovation

The largest hotel in Iowa, Des Moines Marriott Downtown, has launched Phase One of an extensive $13 million dollar property renovation, designed to reposition the savvy hotel in the heart of downtown as the premier business and convention destination. This comprehensive makeover will create a dynamic new look and feel. Phase One, slated to be completed by early 2007, will encompass the lobby, ballroom, restaurant and lounge, suites, guestroom baths and Revive bedding package, concierge lounge, pool and fitness facility. “This electrifying transformation will take us to a whole-new level as business chic and convention savvy,” said Director of Sales and Marketing, Cindy Roberts. “Our legendary reputation will surely be enhanced as we continue to meet and exceed the ever-changing needs of our most discerning travelers.” Connected via skywalk to the Iowa Event Center, the Des Moines Marriott Downtown is also only four miles from the Des Moines International Airport, where complimentary shuttle service is provided. The smoke-free, 415-room property is owned by City Center Development Corporation and managed by Marriott International, Inc.

Enter into a stunning lobby, outfitted with a water fountain, marble floors, granite wall coverings, a nouveau front desk, Starbucks kiosk, revamped business center and a boarding pass kiosk. The Revive bedding showcases plusher mattresses, softer sheets and more pillows, while the spacious guestroom baths boast luxury products, contemporary curved shower rods and generous spray showerheads, providing a revitalizing experience. All suites will be completely redesigned with contemporary furnishings and a sleek wet bar, while the concierge lounge will be relocated overlooking the lobby. Allie’s Restaurant and West Wing will merge creating the Rock River Grill and Tavern. With 25,000 square-feet of meeting space the hotel redefined its pre-function space and 9,400 square-foot Iowa Ballroom with new state-of-the-art lighting and sound system, air walls, chandeliers and furnishings.