Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel starts makeover, eyes 2015 completion

The Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel started a transformation. Started this October, the changes will affect nearly every corner of the hotel, from its 384 guestrooms,to its more than 7,000 square feet of meeting space.

Scheduled for completion in Spring 2015, the makeover will encompass enhancements to the guestrooms, meeting space, lobby, restaurant/bar and concierge lounge.

The renovation will dovetail with the property's 40th anniversary.

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After the renovation, when guests arrive at the hotel, the new lobby will greet them with an expanded floor space, a reconfigured guest-services area, contemporary décor, and new social seating areas, all of which reflect Marriott's signature GreatRoom concept. The design will be carried through to the rest of the hotel. A new Starbucks location in the lobby will include dedicated seating for guests' convenience, and the 7,075 square feet of existing meeting space will grow by another 4,000 square feet to befit this property's location near the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre.

Upstairs, the guestrooms will also be overhauled. Enhancements include upgraded bathrooms (many of which will be converted to shower-only spaces) that incorporate sliding barn doors for better utilization of space and to provide a more open feel.

One of the big changes to the property will be the arrival of Canada's first M Club Lounge. This upscale concierge lounge will serve as a place for guests to work, connect and recharge with business services, flexible seating options and F&B offerings.

The hotel will also update all of its dining options to improve interiors and expand seating.

To be environmentally friendly, all current carpet will be recycled and therefore have less of an impact on the landfills. Water-saving toilets, smart thermostats with energy-efficient heating/cooling systems and card-reader technology will also be implemented.

Beyond the physical changes, digital innovations will be added, such as mobile check-in and concierge services.

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