MERRILLVILLE, Ind.—The Louisville Marriott Downtown, a White Lodging Services and RLJ Lodging Trust property, has completed a full renovation to the hotel’s 616 guestrooms, suites, concierge lounge, pool, spa, and fitness center. The $6 million-dollar project was completed in February.
The new interior was designed by Chicago-based Zimmerman Weintraub Associates. The rooms and 25 suites were completely redesigned and refurnished with new bathroom lighting, millwork and valances, 42-inch HD TVs installed in each room, and desk tops with multiple plugs and outlets. The rooms also received new ergonomic desk chairs, leather ottomans, and closets with built-in refrigerators. The entire hotel received new art, including pictures, photos, murals and wall hangings, much of it Louisville-themed.
The hotel’s Presidential suite offers a fully furnished butler pantry and kitchen with a private staff entrance. The suite includes a personal dining room, a jetted tub, a glass-walled shower, walk in closets, a four-poster king bed, and an day chase lounge.
“We wanted the new rooms to not only emphasize Louisville, but also take care of guests’ needs. We had heard guests had been unhappy with the lighting in the bathrooms and we often received requests for mini fridges,” said Michael Howerton, market vice president of the Marriott Louisville Downtown. “Our renovation included adding a mini-fridge to every room and enhanced lighting in all of the guest rooms and bathrooms.”
A complete renovation of the concierge lounge provides additional seating areas and a communal table. The fitness center now includes all new cardio equipment with individual television screens as well as bamboo floors, complimentary chilled bottled water, chilled towels, and stereo earphones.
“It’s about staying ahead of the curve in our product and our service,” Howerton said. “We are appreciative of our recognition, but you can’t stop improving. We have a great associate team and have been fortunate that the local developers of this hotel gave us an extraordinary and uniquely designed facility…we are doing our best to continue to improve upon that advantage we were given 8 years ago this March.”
The Louisville Marriott Downtown’s 616 rooms are spread throughout the 17-story building. The hotel offers 30 meeting rooms with 50,000 square feet of meeting space, which can hold 3,500 people. The hotel also features an indoor pool, a Starbucks, Blu Italian Grille, and Champions, a sports bar.