LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- It is only eight years old, but the downtown Louisville Marriott Hotel has just undergone a $6 million renovation.
All 616 rooms of the hotel, including a number of suites, received a major upgrade.
The rooms and 25 suites were completely redesigned and refurnished.
Brighter lighting in the bathrooms, new plugs and outlets for all of those electronic gadgets,and 42-inch HD TVs in every room.
"The hotel opened in April of 2005; it has been a Four Diamond hotel since the opening, so that was one of our key priorities to maintain a very high level of excellence," says Paul Kiley, area director of sales and marketing for Marriott.
The concierge lounge and the spa, pool and fitness center were also renovated.
Normally such a project takes six months to complete but this one was finished in just 54 days.
"We had four crews working at the same time," says Kiley, "and did a lot of logistics to make sure all of that worked together and got the entire project done between mid December to the first week in February."
The fast work means the hotel will be ready for its busiest time of the year, Derby weekend, just nine weeks away.
Sixty-five percent of the hotel's business comes from conventions and groups.
Kiley says the hotel business is strong again following the Great Recession of 2008.
"Especially during the second half of last year," explains Kiley, "we really started to see people move and travel more; I would say much like the global economy people are cautiously optimistic and things are improving at a slow but steady pace."
The Marriott is just across Jefferson Street from the Louisville International Convention Center where renovation plans are being discussed by civic leaders in an effort to make the city more attractive in the highly competitive convention business.
Kiley hopes those renovations will become a reality so his hotel and other in the community remain competitive and their business will continue to grow.
"The more functional that space at the convention center becomes," says Kiley, "the more we will become competitive with other cities."
Kiley says the old blankets, mattresses and lamps at the Marriott were donated to nine local charities.