PROVO -- Marriott International, Inc. announced that the 100-room Courtyard by Marriott located at 1600 North Freedom Boulevard in Provo has begun a major renovation of its entire hotel.
Renovations include a brand new lobby as well as extensive upgrades to guest rooms and meeting space. The hotel will feature the brand's new Refreshing Business Lobby concept, designed to give travelers the flexibility to work and socialize however they choose while on the road.
"From day one, Courtyard has prided itself as a brand that listens to what travelers want from a hotel," said Janis Milham, vice president, Global Brand Manager, Courtyard by Marriott. "Guests want more control and choice with services and amenities that create a healthy balance between working and relaxing. We redefined the Courtyard lobby so it invites guests to get out of their rooms to work, socialize or for entertainment, whether traveling alone or with colleagues."
The open, bright and contemporary new Courtyard hotel lobby welcomes guests with vivid contrasting colors, including blue, green, orange and red. The traditional front desk is replaced with separate welcome pedestals to create more personal and private interactions when guests check in. This will allow staff to move about to show guests the lobby features and provide assistance. Flexible seating options range from a communal table in the middle of the action, to more private media booths with high-definition televisions, to a more intimate, semi-enclosed lounge area.
A signature element of the new lobby is the exclusive GoBoard¬Æ technology, a 52-inch LCD touch screen packed with local information, maps, weather, and news, business and sports headlines. Guests will be able to navigate using the touch screen to find restaurants, local attractions and directions.
"The nature of our guest has changed and this renovation / reinvention will meet the demands of our ever changing guest," said Fred Parker, General Manager, Courtyard Provo. "It will provide an amazing space where working on their computer becomes fun and engaging. It allows so much more interaction with other guests and associates than ever before and really allows the guest to determine how they want to use the space. It also will be a great gathering spot for locals who want to enjoy Starbucks while having an impromptu meeting or grab a quick beverage and sandwich while watching a game. We have always considered ourselves to be our guest's home away from home, and this new design makes it easy to be that."
All 100 guest rooms and three meeting rooms will also be renovated to offer a new exciting look and more functional design. Each room will offer a larger work desk, mini refrigerator, and renovated bathrooms. The Courtyard's 2,800 sq feet of meeting space will also be redesigned and will offer new high tech audio-visual equipment.
Green has been Courtyard's signature color since Marriott launched the brand 25 years ago. Now it is even greener with the introduction of a guest recycling program for the environment. Receptacles for paper, glass, plastic and metal will be conveniently located by side exits.
The four-story hotel features an indoor swimming pool with whirlpool spa, fitness center, guest laundry, business center and The MarketÃî, a 24/7 shop for snacks and beverages.