Detroit Marriott to Undergo $30 Million Renovation

DETROIT—The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center announced that it will begin a $30 million renovation project in February 2014, transforming 1,329 guestrooms and 100,000 square feet of meeting space.

This downtown Detroit hotel is one of the tallest in the western hemisphere and its makeover is expected to take about a year to complete. Guestroom renovations will start in February 2014 and meeting room remodeling will begin in the Spring 2014 and conclude in Fall 2014. The 70-floor hotel will remain open throughout the project with a few floors undergoing reconstruction at a time.

“We’re energized by the current revival of Detroit and excited to be a big part of it by making a $30 million investment in a landmark property that welcomes visitors from around the globe to our amazing city!” said Shonda Johnson, area general manager of the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. “Like Detroit, we’re undergoing our own rebirth of an original icon.”


Given Marriott’s commitment to Detroit, the corporate design team created a one-of-a-kind look specifically for this hotel. The designers immersed themselves in the fabric of the region to incorporate the city’s vibe and personality into the new decor theme. The color palate is neutrals and greys with teal accents, providing the perfect backdrop to photography of Detroit architectural landmarks that will adorn the walls.

The new Detroit meeting rooms will feature the colors of a Michigan beach at sunset—mauve, taupe, purple, and brown. Renovations include an extensive remodeling of the ballroom and exhibit hall space to allow greater functionality of the meeting space.

The Detroit Marriott’s massive makeover is part of Marriott Hotels’ current brand transformation to reflect the lifestyle of the next generation of travelers.