By Terry Trucco
Good-bye, power suits. Hello, 21st century.
Earlier this month the Marriott Marquis unveiled its new lobby, centerpiece of its $39 million renovation. As befits a big hotel almost three decades old and 1,900-plus rooms strong big changes are on view in the sprawling 8th floor John Portman atrium lobby, punctuated by colorfully lit elevator cars whizzing up and down.
With the demise of the sushi bar, a touristy American restaurant and a fleet of tables littered with empty Starbucks cups, the hotel has sluffed off its shopping mall food court look and moved upscale in keeping with its high season room prices, currently starting around $500.
The décor still sports an offends-no-one appearance – understandable given the throngs passing through. But the look is buzzy and fun, adjectives that didn’t spring to mind in its previous incarnation. (more…)