LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Renovation plans are underway for the 418-room Little Rock Marriott. The $16 million comprehensive renovation will include all guest rooms and all public meeting and dining spaces. The property will remain open throughout the renovation, which should be completed by late summer.
The property recently added 42-inch flat-screen televisions and coffeemakers in all guest rooms and completed a full renovation of the hotel’s fitness center. Additionally, it opened the Café, which serves Starbucks products.
The renovation will include the addition of a new space for hotel guests reserving Club Level rooms, which will be located on the lobby level in the former Velvet Humidor Cigar Lounge. Platinum and Gold Marriott Rewards guests will also be able to enjoy this new nonsmoking space Sunday evening through Friday morning. Special room key access gains entry to this space for these guests only.
Additional renovation work will include the guest registration and lobby seating area, which will be completely transformed. The lobby bar renovation will follow the Marriott Hotels’ Greatroom lobby concept, with engaging spaces for the locals and hotel guests. The new space will feature a media wall with four 80-inch televisions, comfortable gathering spaces and an abundance of outlets to plug in and work while enjoying a meal and refreshments.
As part of the renovation, the hotel is implementing a new energy savings program with energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs while replacing the old thermostats with digital ones. The new thermostats will contain sensors to detect when the room is occupied, helping control temperatures and provide energy savings. The Greatroom will feature new LED lighting.