By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor
Kansas City’s largest convention hotel is nearing completion of its $20 million multi-year makeover. The most prominent phase of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown hotel renovation project is currently under way and it aims to transform the hotel’s traditional lobby into Marriott’s new “Marriott International Great Room” concept.
The new lobby will feature free wireless Internet service, a coffee/cocktail bar which transitions from day to night while offering a diversified menu with dishes in intervals of five, 10, or 20 minutes to accommodate schedules.
The first two phases of the refurbishment project concentrated on improving the guest rooms, while the third phase improved the front drive and upgraded the fitness center and pool. The last stage of the project will target the restaurant, executive lounge and other public spaces.
Cynthia Savage, director of marketing, said the refurbishment project aims to improve the downtown Marriott hotel’s competitive position compared to convention hotels in other cities. The renovation plans to keep the hotel in tune with the $6 billion investment that has sparked Kansas City’s downtown renaissance. “The Sprint Center, Power & Light District Convention Center’s expanded ballroom and recently opened Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts have given our community something to sing about,” says Savage. “We are adding another verse that is resonating with travelers and meeting planners.”
Compared to other cities in the United States, Kansas City, in the past 10 years, has invested the most in revitalizing its downtown.
The new M.I. Great Room is designed as a plugged-in, multipurpose space with three distinct but interconnected zones. Rick Hughes, President & CEO, Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association says the new M.I. Great Room is an important function space, from a convention perspective.
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