Aruba Marriott adjusts completion target

The Aruba Marriott Resort & 
Stellaris Casino has adjusted its $40 million renovation schedule and
is now slated to reach completion by Summer 2008.“We’ve split the process in two phases in order to maximize time and
minimize interference.  Our guests’ experience is our number one
concern and come December we’ll have a full house and will re-focus
our efforts,” stated General Manager Rick Zeolla.  “This will enable
us to guarantee that quality standards are being properly met, giving
our valued guests the best experience possible.”

The $40 million renovation began on July 7th with the shutting down
of the South Tower of guestrooms, which will be the first area to
complete the makeover.  Rooms will undergo a complete redesign, top
to bottom, inside and out.

“It’s basically a brand new room.  The only thing that will remain
from the current rooms is the phone.  New paint, bathroom fixtures, 
flooring, furniture, bedding and amenities. Even the building’s
internal structure will be improved, as we’ll be using advanced
methods to soundproof the rooms and will be rewiring the entire hotel
with cable that not only will support wi-fi, but future technologies
as they change and evolve,” Zeolla commented.

Also part of the first phase is the lobby area and atrium rooms, 
which were closed on October 1st. Tuscany, formerly the hotel’s fine
dining Italian restaurant, is also now undergoing a transformation to
turn it in to a first-class Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. These components
are all scheduled for completion by mid-December.

The next phase of renovations will commence in Spring 2008 and will
include an upgrade to La Vista Restaurant and the pool area.  Upon
completion of the full $40 million enhancement project, the entire
resort, with the exception of the Stellaris Casino, will be smoke free.

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In order to help communicate the latest information about the
renovation to guests, both prior to and during their stay, a
construction concierge has been put in to place onsite at the resort
as well as a website dedicated to the enhancement project. 
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