Marriott’s corporate design team renovates Detroit Marriott

The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center completed a one-year renovation project that transformed 1,298 guestrooms and 100,000 square feet of meeting space, with an investment of $30 million. The Detroit Marriot’s makeover began in January 2014 with guestroom renovations that were completed in November 2014. Remodeling of meeting room space, two-level concierge lounge and its 52 suites began in May 2014 and concluded in December 2014.

Highlighting Marriott’s link to Detroit, the corporate design team created a look specifically for the guestrooms of the Detroit Marriott. The designers were said to have immersed themselves in the region and Detroit to incorporate the city’s vibe and personality into the new décor theme. The color palette is neutrals and greys with teal accents, providing backdrop to the photography of Detroit architectural landmarks that adorn the walls.

As part of the guestroom renovation, the hotel’s 52 deluxe suites on floors 62 to 70 were redesigned. Many suites now have dedicated space for hosting small events, conducting executive board meetings or casually entertaining guests. The Presidential Suite on the 70th floor has a new design with hard wood floors, a separate living room and dining area, three bathrooms and views.

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The meeting space at the Detroit Marriot spans three floors with 34 separate rooms, and the renovations enhanced functionality as well as aesthetics. Similar to the décor of the new guestrooms, the hotel’s meeting areas have a contemporary feel. The design team took inspiration from the Detroit River and the round, concrete and glass architectural features of the Renaissance Center. Grey, taupe, watery blue, moss green and touches of gold formed the color palette. Textured wall vinyl on large pillars resemble ripples of water, while polished wood paneling adds warmth to the space.

The public areas outside the meeting rooms were rethought to allow for the addition of pre-function space for small group gatherings. All-new flexible seating areas and workspaces have organically-shaped and contemporary furnishings. An overhead canopy helps to define separate areas of congregation, and lighted wall panels form a stylized skyline of Detroit and the Ambassador Bridge.

The Detroit Marriott also refurbished its two-level concierge lounge located on the 56th and 57th floors. Available to members of Marriott Rewards and visitors staying in concierge guestrooms, the concierge lounge offers a place to socialize and enjoy refreshments. The space was refreshed with design elements like those of a modern automobile showroom, with elements including new furnishings, shiny edges, contemporary seating, polished surfaces, burled walnut and silver mesh. Artwork of actual car parts adorns the space that offers a view of the city. Additionally, the bi-level space was reconfigured for better traffic flow and lighting.

The Starbucks cafe, which resides in the same location on level one of the hotel, was also upgraded and now has a slick décor, compliments of the Detroit Marriott

As part of the overall brand transformation, Detroit Marriott guests will now enjoy new technological innovations and amenities, including free Internet access for Marriott Rewards members, 12-inch King mattresses, plus updated bedding and linens. Innovations also include the installation of touchscreen electronic reader boards located in the main lobby, by Starbucks, in the first floor Motor Lobby; and also near the meeting room space on all three levels. These interactive touchscreen monitors provide details about events in the hotel, as well as attractions in the Renaissance Center and Detroit. They are also equipped with way-finding capability within the Renaissance Center complex. Digital meeting signs are also now available and can be customized for in-house groups.

For music lovers, the Presidential, Governor’s and Chairman’s Suites are equipped with Bluetooth technology to sync with a guest’s mobile device and deliver music through speakers mounted in the bed.

The Detroit Marriott is one of 29 Marriott Hotels in a pilot program to provide Kube Systems’ portable charging stations in Greatroom lobbies. Mobile guests can now more charge their devices using Kube Systems’ Qi technology.


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