Detroit Marriott Plans $30 Million Renovation


DETROIT— More change and investment is coming to Detroit’s riverfront as the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center plans a $30 million renovation project transforming 1,329 guest rooms and 100,000 square feet of meeting space.

This downtown Detroit  hotel is one of the tallest in the western hemisphere and its massive makeover will take about a year to complete. Guest room renovations will start in February 2014 and are expected to take about a year to complete. 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 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 in Detroit. The designers immersed themselves in the fabric of the region and Detroit to incorporate the city’s vibe and personality into the new, comfortably modern decor theme. The color palate is neutrals and greys with teal accents, providing the perfect backdrop to stunning 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.

As part of the overall brand transformation, Detroit Marriott guests will enjoy many new amenities and technological innovations. The enhanced amenity package includes a new line of personal care items, such as soaps and shampoos, as well as new bedding and linens.

In recognition of its increasingly connected mobile guests, Marriott Hotels is now rolling out mobile check-in at 325 Marriott-brand properties in the U.S. and Canada, including the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. With the Marriott Mobile App, Marriott Rewards members can check-in after 4 p.m. the day before their arrival and receive an automatic notification when their room is ready. Members simply walk up to the expedited mobile check-in desk to pick-up their pre-programmed key card.  More information about mobile check-in can be found at