Makeover underway at Indianapolis Marriott

JANUARY 22, 2008 - INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, a AAA Four Diamond property and the city's largest hotel, is currently undergoing a $9.5 million renovation. The refurbishment of guest rooms and suites began in late November 2007 with all public meeting space scheduled for completion by February 10, 2008. The project, spearheaded by Vivian | Nichols Associates, an interior architectural design firm in Dallas, Texas, marks the property's first renovation since the hotel opened in 2001.

A premier destination for business, convention and leisure travelers, the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown currently has 615 guest rooms in its inventory; by the time the renovation is complete, the property will feature 622 re-styled guest rooms. The multi-phase renovation entails 118 guest rooms being renovated at a time and seven hospitality suites being converted into 14 double bed rooms. Fulfilling a strong market demand, final configurations will include 382 double bedrooms and 240 king bedrooms.

The goal of the project is for each guest room to become a functional and stylish sanctuary for travelers. Vivian | Nichols Associates utilized a proprietary creative process called Spatial Mythology in which they created a distinctive storyline for the space which transforms the initial concept into a finished structure. The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) and overall History of the city served as inspiration for their "Art of the Mix" theme.

Artwork will define each guest room with reproduction paintings by artist Michael James, whose work is on display at the IMA, serving as headboards. An additional focal point will include deep toned, stylized carpeting in a checkerboard motif inspired by the IMS checkered flag. Sphere and circular patterns utilized in the textiles are indicative of the city's landmarks.

Other components will include a lush bedding package with the foundation being The Marriott Bed, sleek furnishings, upgraded soft goods and eye-catching bathroom enhancements including luxurious towels and spacious crescent curved shower rods.

The new classical modern design will flow seamlessly from guestrooms to the Concierge Lounge, 40,000 square feet of banquet space and Lobby. The subtle urban flair of the redesigned public space will be highlighted by a carpeting pattern of organic forms and shapes in hues of persimmon, eggplant, raisin and ochre, contemporary vinyl wall coverings and fashion-forward furnishings, all touches that give the space a warm, residential ambiance.

"Today's style-conscious and discriminating traveler seeks more than just a great room, they demand a complete lifestyle experience," said Michael Moros, the property's director of operations. "The goal of the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown renovation is to exceed all expectations of today's demanding travelers by presenting a memorable atmosphere and exquisite decor."

While the renovation is taking place, the property's quality restaurants will continue to operate with the fine service guests have come to expect from the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.

Vivan|Nichols Associates is a Dallas-based interior architectural design firm that has played an integral role in the hospitality and gaming market segments for over twenty years. Founded in 1985 by partners Dierdre Wilson and Reggi Nichols, V|N has provided award-winning innovative design for prestigious hotels, resort properties, convention centers, historic restorations and Casinos throughout North America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

The Indianapolis Marriott Downtown is the city's largest hotel with 615 guest rooms and 40,000 square feet of meeting space. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis and connected to the Indiana Convention Center & RCA Dome.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Jennifer Chan/ 5 Star Communications/ Ph: 317.259.7198/ Email: [email protected]

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