Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel Announces Multimillion-Dollar Renovation

CALGARY, Sept. 22, 2014 /CNW/ - The Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel has just unveiled plans for a bold transformation. Scheduled to begin in October 2014, the changes will affect nearly every corner of the hotel, from its 384 guest rooms, to its more than 7,000 square feet of meeting space. And while the property already boasts some of the finest accommodations in Calgary, guests can soon look forward to an even more compelling stay.

Scheduled for completion in Spring 2015, the upcoming makeover will encompass fresh, innovative enhancements to the guest rooms, meeting space, lobby, restaurant/bar and concierge lounge. And the timing couldn't be better. The renovation will dovetail with the property's 40th anniversary and promises to solidify its place as a leader among upscale hotels in Calgary.

"These ground-breaking enhancements will keep our property at the forefront of the competitive hotel market in Calgary," says General Manager Joseph Clohessy. "More importantly, these changes will contribute significantly to helping the city be a leading destination for travellers seeking to achieve their personal and professional goals."

This bold transformation is accordingly immense. When guests arrive at the hotel, the new lobby will greet them with a redefined energy that sets the tone for their stay. Expanded floor space, a reconfigured guest-services area, contemporary décor and new social seating areas, all of which reflect Marriott's signature GreatRoom concept, create a current of excitement that carries through to the rest of the hotel. A new Starbucks location in the lobby will include dedicated seating for guests' convenience as well. 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, visitors will experience innovative and thoughtful guest rooms, which are already the largest among downtown Calgary hotels. Included in the guest rooms' new enhancements are 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 most exciting changes to the property, however, will be the arrival of Canada's first M Club Lounge. This upscale concierge lounge will serve as an inspiring place for guests to work, connect and recharge with features like business services, flexible seating options and food & beverage offerings.

The hotel will also update all of its dining options to improve interiors and expand seating. Additionally, whispers are circulating regarding a brand-new restaurant and whiskey bar that honours the hotel's Canadian roots in epicurean ways, with final details coming soon.

While the new-and-improved spaces will feel as good as they look, guests can rest assured that the changes will be implemented responsibly as well. 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 state-of-the-art card-reader technology are all part of the package, too.

Beyond the physical changes, digital innovations such as mobile check-in and concierge services along with collaborative work and meeting tools will also transform the Marriott experience for future guests. This transformation will be shared with travellers on the Calgary Marriott's social media and digital platforms, where the evolution of the hotel will occur in real-time – a new and compelling way of communicating a brand new vision of travel and hospitality.

About the Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel
The Calgary Marriott Downtown attracts business and leisure travellers with attentive service, plush accommodations and a variety of convenient amenities. Upon the completion of its multimillion-dollar renovation in Spring 2015, the hotel will welcome guests with a new lobby, Canada's first M Club Lounge, inspired dining options that include an on-site Starbucks and a new whiskey bar, and more than 11,000 square feet of dynamic meeting space. Guest rooms invite travellers to relax with luxury bedding, smart TVs and dramatic views of the city and the Canadian Rockies. Other features of this luxurious hotel include a fitness centre with state-of-the-art equipment, an indoor pool, concierge service, a full-service business centre, laundry service and valet parking. Located in the heart of downtown Calgary, the hotel is near the famous Calgary Tower, Calgary Zoo and Glenbow Museum, as well as vibrant restaurants, bars and shops.

Image with caption: "The new upscale guest rooms at the Calgary Marriott Downtown will feature innovative touches and enhancements, including upgraded bathrooms. The hotel's guest rooms will remain among the largest in downtown Calgary. (CNW Group/Marriott Hotels & Resorts Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140922_C2678_PHOTO_EN_5754.jpg

SOURCE: Marriott Hotels & Resorts Canada

For further information: Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel, 110 9th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 5A6 Canada, 1-403-266-7331, http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yycdt-calgary-marriott-downtown-hotel/, @CalgaryMarriott

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