The Former Registry and Holiday Inn is Soon to be a Courtyard by Marriott
Online PR News – 05-June-2012 – Bethesda, Maryland – Courtyard by Marriott is rolling out its new lobby and room design in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is the latest Courtyard in the area featuring the “refreshing business” makeover. The 175-room Courtyard Charlotte/Billy Graham Parkway is scheduled to open on Sunday June 17, 2012. Located at 321 West Woodlawn Road, the hotel, which was formerly a Holiday Inn and the Registry, will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned and managed by SREE Hotels, LLC.
Conveniently located near uptown Charlotte and the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, with easy access to I-77 and I-85, the Courtyard Charlotte/Billy Graham Parkway offers guests quick access to many Charlotte attractions including Bank of America Stadium, Time Warner Arena, SouthPark, Carowinds Amusement Park, the U.S. National Whitewater Center, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the Charlotte Convention Center. The hotel’s location also allows you to take advantage of their free parking and ride the light rail uptown to beat the crowds.
Courtyard by Marriott was the first lodging brand exclusively designed for business travel by business travelers. And now it has completely redefined the hotel lobby experience. This Marriott International (NYSE:MAR) “power brand” is fast-tracking its lobby makeover. The rest of the world is also getting a chance to experience the new lobby by visiting www.courtyard.com.
“From day one, Courtyard has prided itself as a brand that listens to what business travelers want from a hotel,” said Janis Milham, vice president, Global Brand Manager, Courtyard by Marriott. “Guests want more control and choice with services and amenities that create a healthy balance between working and relaxing. We redefined the Courtyard lobby so it invites guests to get out of their rooms to work, socialize or for entertainment, whether traveling alone or with colleagues.”
The open, bright and contemporary new Courtyard hotel lobby welcomes guests with vivid contrasting colors, including blue, green, orange and red. The traditional front desk is replaced with separate welcome pedestals to create more personal and private interactions when guests check in. This will allow staff to move about to show guests the lobby features and provide assistance. Flexible seating options range from a communal table in the middle of the action, to more private media booths with high-definition televisions, to a more intimate, semi-enclosed lounge area.
A signature element of the new lobby is the exclusive GoBoard® technology, a 52-inch LCD touch screen packed with local information, maps, weather, and news, business and sports headlines. Guests can navigate using the touch screen to find restaurants, local attractions and directions.
Guests can connect to free WiFi and there are ample electrical outlets throughout the lobby to power digital devices. The enlarged business library features several complimentary computer terminals along with a free printer and separate computer stations dedicated to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status.
Dining has been completely redesigned with The Bistro – Eat. Drink. Connect.; offering casual, flexible seating; easier access to food and higher quality, healthier menu options for breakfast; and light evening fare, including snacks, wine and beer so guests can unwind. The MarketTM, a 24/7 shop for snacks, beverages and sundries, is always open for late-night cravings or the toothpaste you forgot to pack.
Green has been Courtyard’s signature color since Marriott launched the brand 25 years ago. Now it is even greener with the introduction of a guest recycling program for the environment. Receptacles for paper, glass, plastic and metal will be conveniently located by side exits.
The six-story hotel features The Bistro restaurant serving breakfast, dinner and catered events, an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, guest laundry and business center. The hotel also offers 3,000 square feet of meeting space to accommodate small meetings and functions of up to 225 people.