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Marriott St. Louis Grand
Renaissance St. Louis Grand in downtown St. Louis has undergone a $30 million renovation and will now be known as Marriott St. Louis Grand. The hotel is historically known as the Statler Hotel.

Renaissance Grand Becomes Marriott St. Louis Grand
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, August 9, 2015 - Downtown St. Louis is loud with the sounds of resurgence, echoing from the Gateway Arch to Washington Avenue.

The international travel company Marriott International is contributing to this symphony with a $30 million overhaul of Renaissance St. Louis Grand, historically known as the Statler Hotel. The hotel, which will now bear the company's flagship Marriott brand name, is at 800 Washington Ave. Renaissance is one of the 19 hotel brands that comprise the Marriott portfolio.

With respect to the historic value of the property, Marriott St. Louis Grand will maintain the iconic Crystal Ballroom of the original 1917 Statler Hotel, as well as the Statler Ballroom, which served as the lobby of the Statler Hotel. Both ballrooms will provide space for scalable meeting rooms and sophisticated wedding and event venues.

"The transition to a Marriott hotel is a natural response to the type of traveler our hotel is accustomed to hosting," stated St. Louis Grand General Manager Nour Laasri. "We are looking forward to completing the transformation that will allow us to offer a full range of amenities that today's traveler expects."

Every detail of the redesigned rooms in the new Marriott St. Louis Grand were made to fit the needs of today's travelers - from technology to sleekly appointed rooms featuring the signature Marriott Bed.

Upon entering the lobby, visitors and guests will instantly notice a smart sophisticated style that is comfortable and uncomplicated, starting with the meeting spaces. The renovated Marriott St. Louis Grand boasts three new meeting spaces, making a grand total of 36 meeting rooms for more than 65,000 square feet of meeting space.

The Marriott Greatroom is the perfect open space to work, network and lounge or enjoy drinks at the Zenia Bar & Grille. Contemporary furnishings bring to life the warmth of the Greatroom and set the tone as an adaptive space that welcomes business and leisure travelers alike. Marriott designed the space with guests' needs in mind, and connectivity has never been easier. Each seat at the Zenia Bar & Grille features two USB and two electrical ports. Charging outlets are also located throughout the Greatroom, allowing guest's to enjoy connectivity, free high-speed Internet and a glass of wine from the bar all at the same time. As part of the renovation, the hotel increased bandwidth from 100 to 1,000 megabytes to elevate the Greatroom as yet another amazing workspace.

The transition is more than just cosmetic updates to rooms and services. The food and beverage departments will see upgrades with the opening of the 8th Street Pantry, a convenient "grab-and-go" store with breakfast sandwiches, Paninis, pizza and more. In addition, guests and locals can enjoy options locally sourced from the St. Louis area including Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, Billy Goat Chips, Fitz's Sodas and KaKao Chocolates.

"We are making more than just an investment in the hotel. We are making a commitment to the local community," said Laasri. "Our staff is proud to serve a role in revitalizing downtown by providing travelers from near and far with the type of stay they expect to find in an iconic city like St. Louis, one already known for its rich historical background, technology and business industries, great sports and countless cultural opportunities."

The hotel is just steps away from America's Center, St. Louis' premiere Convention Center. Short walks outside the front door can lead guests to the Edward Jones Dome and St. Louis landmarks like Busch Stadium and the Gateway Arch.

Downtown Historic Lennox Hotel to RE-Open As Courtyard by Marriott
Home theater/ library in lobby of The Courtyard by Marriott St. Louis Downtown / Convention Center Hotel (PRNewsFoto/Courtyard by Marriott)

Historic Lennox Hotel to RE-Open As Courtyard by Marriott
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, July 29, 2015 - After being shuttered since 2011, the original Hotel Lennox will re-open Sept. 2, 2015 the same day that the hotel originally opened in 1929, as The Courtyard by Marriott St. Louis Downtown/Convention Center Hotel.

The newly revitalized hotel will be one of the most unique and historically significant Courtyard-branded hotels in the country. The building's eastern face features a massive tromp l'oiel painting by Evergreene Painting Studios.

The hotel has undergone a major renovation, with an investment of $22M into the property and will operate as a Courtyard franchise, owned and managed Maritz Wolff & Co. whose principals are St. Louis natives and previously owned The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis.

This National Register of Historic Places property was originally designed by Preston Bradshaw, one of the most significant St. Louis architects in the 1920s. The hotel was built in the Renaissance Revival style and the most notable (and fully restored) interior features of the original building include green marble wainscoting, wood paneling and ornamental brass elevator lobby doors. The renovations blend the building's historical elements with modern day amenities offering:

  • 165 suites converted to extra large guest rooms with new furnishings designed by St. Louis' Lawrence Group
  • Wet bars, security safes, oversized refrigerators and 55" HD SMART TVs with the most current industry entertainment package
  • Mid-century modern furnishings throughout including pieces inspired by Eames and Saarinen
  • Commissioned artwork from well-known local artists
  • Comfortable guest bathrooms featuring modern back lit mirrors and updated Spiekman shower heads
  • State-of-the-art business center, 24/7 Market, Bistro and Starbucks coffee
  • Fitness center featuring Life Fitness equipment
  • 1,100 square feet of meeting space
  • Home theater and library in open lobby
Located within walking distance to numerous St. Louis' leading business, 40+ restaurants, and major sports and entertainment venues, the hotel is the only one physically connected to the Convention Center. "The Hotel Lennox had some amazing architectural elements and a rich history that make the building truly unique and original; today it will offer downtown visitors an intimate boutique hotel option, with only eight rooms per floor - a dramatically different experience than one would find at most massive convention hotels. We are thrilled to be a part of revitalizing downtown St. Louis and strengthening its position in the business and tourism arenas," says Patrick Lowery, Principal, Maritz Wolff & Co.

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