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The Largest Hotel in Iowa, Des Moines Marriott Downtown,
Receiving a $13 million Renovation

DES MOINES, IA – December 6, 2006 – The largest hotel in Iowa, Des Moines Marriott Downtown, has launched Phase One of an extensive $13 million dollar property renovation, designed to reposition the savvy hotel in the heart of downtown as the premier business and convention destination.  This comprehensive makeover will create a dynamic new look and feel, sure to captivate business travelers and meeting planners for years to come.  Phase One, slated to be completed by early 2007, will encompass the lobby, ballroom, restaurant and lounge, suites, guestroom baths, concierge lounge, pool and fitness facility. 

“This electrifying transformation will take us to a whole-new level as business chic and convention savvy,” said Director of Sales and Marketing, Cindy Roberts.   “Our legendary reputation will surely be enhanced as we continue to meet and exceed the ever-changing needs of our most discerning travelers.” 

Connected via skywalk to the Iowa Event Center in the thriving business district, the Des Moines Marriott Downtown is also only four miles from the Des Moines International Airport, where complimentary shuttle service is provided.  The smoke-free, 415-room property is owned by City Center Development Corporation and managed by Marriott International, Inc. 

Enter into a stunning lobby, outfitted with a soothing water fountain, sparkling new marble floors, granite wall coverings, a nouveau front desk, Starbucks kiosk, revamped business center and a convenient boarding pass kiosk.  Each guestroom and suite will be adorned in sumptuous comfort.  All suites will be completely redesigned to include contemporary furnishings and a sleek wet bar, while the concierge lounge will be relocated, to overlook the vibrant lobby.  Allie’s Restaurant and West Wing will merge together to create the Rock River Grill and Tavern, where socialization and business will go hand-in-hand. 

The 25,000 square-feet of flexible meeting space at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown, is the ideal venue to host any size meeting or themed event.  Planners will surely take notice of the redefined pre-function space and 9,400 square-foot Iowa Ballroom, boasting new state-of-the-art lighting and sound system, air walls, luminous chandeliers, elegant furnishings and more. 

The fitness center will expand to an overwhelming 1,200 square-feet and supply the latest exercise equipment.  Additionally, public spaces including the pool area will receive a subtle makeover, to conclude Phase One of this spectacular renovation project. 

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 2,800 lodging properties in the United States and 67 other countries and territories. 

Contact:

Marriott International
www.marriott.com/dsmia

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Also See: John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc. to Re-Brand The Holiday Inn University Park Hotel in West Des Moines, Iowa, Under Sheraton Flag; Undergoes Renovation as Part of Conversion / November 2004
Shaner Hotel Group Hotel Re-flags the Historic Savery in Des Moines as the Renaissance Savery Hotel / Oct 2002
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