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Friday, March 14, 2014

Marriott plans $16 million renovation to downtown Little Rock hotel

Posted By on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 12:49 PM

The Marriott in downtown Little Rock plans $16 milliion in renovations, which will include changes to some public rooms such as the lobby bar,  the former cigar lounge and restaurant. More details available at Arkansas Business.

Some items of interest.

As part of the renovation, the hotel will add a lounge located on the lobby level in the former Velvet Humidor Cigar Lounge. It will be open to guests reserving Marriott's Club Level rooms along with Platinum and Gold Marriott Rew
ards guests.

Fontes said a rebranding of the concept is still in the works, but more information should be available this summer.

"We’re excited about the opportunity to put a new lounge and restaurant in that space,” he said.

The hotel will also remodel the guest registration and lobby seating area. The lobby bar will become the Marriott Greatroom, which will feature a media wall with four 80-inch televisions.

With the start of work on the lobby area Monday came the removal of the duck pond.

"If you’re looking for any sign of the [Peabody] ducks, go to the second floor because their home is still there," Fontes said. "It will soon be an heirloom tomato garden.”

The "reinvention" of the Pancetta restaurant will occur this summer.

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