PEORIA — The early reviews — from local dignitaries to the first guests to check in — amounted to a unanimous and enthusiastic thumbs-up for the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette Hotel.
The 86-year-old Downtown landmark reopened Friday. Make that 86 years new, because the hotel that closed in December 2011 is sporting a whole new look along with a new name.
“There are new ceilings, a new plumbing system. We replaced all the tile and the carpets,” said Gary Matthews, the president of EM Properties and the developer of the $93 million project that included a $44 million renovation of the 286-room Pere Marquette.
Part of the project, a 10-story, 116-room Marriott Courtyard Hotel, now under construction adjacent to the Pere, is expected to be completed by the second half of 2014.
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Peoria Downtown Hotel Project
Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette NOW OPEN, Marriott Courtyard Now Under Construction
Marriott, one of the world's top hotel companies, has taken over the landmark Hotel Pere Marquette in downtown Peoria after extensive renovation. The Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette is OPEN and the adjacent new 10-story Marriott Courtyard is under construction. The overall $92.8 million project will attract new and larger conventions and sporting events to the area, while enhancing value to the Peoria Civic Center and increasing local tourism business.
|The Plan in 2009|
Renovations included replacing all mechanical systems and plumbing aa well as overhauling each room and public area of the building. The newly refurbished 284 rooms at the Hotel Pere Marquette will nicely compliment the 116 rooms at the attached Courtyard by Marriott.
Other enhancements of the project include a connected skywalk between the hotels, Peoria Civic Center and a new parking deck.
Photos of the Pere July 23, 2013