Intuitive lobby design features high-tech GoBoardÂ® 4.0, flexible work and social spaces, and 24/7 food and beverage market
Online PR News – 21-November-2012 – Killeen, Texas – Courtyard by Marriott is rolling out its innovative lobby and room design in Killeen, Texas. This is the first Courtyard in the area featuring the Refreshing Business lobby environment, where guests can enjoy an open and flexible space. Along with media pods, Wi-Fi and a variety of seating zones, the redefined space is ideal for everything from pop-up meetings to social gatherings.
Scheduled to open on Friday, November 30, 2012, the 148-room Courtyard Killeen also offers a refreshing and stylish room design that helps guests stay connected, productive and comfortable. Thoughtfully planned, each room features plush bedding, a functional work space, spacious bathrooms, a separate seating area and complimentary in-room high-speed Internet.
Located at 1721 East Central Texas Expressway, the hotel will operate as a Marriott franchise, managed by MH Partners LLC of Memphis, Tennessee. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, the Courtyard Killeen offers guests convenient access to Fort Hood, Vive Les Arts, Lions Club Park and Killeen Civic & Conference Center.
Courtyard understands business travelers, and, through extensive research, the brand continues to evolve to meet guestsâ€™ changing needs. Combining innovative technology with style and comfort, the adaptable lobby space offers options so guests can make the most of their time on the road.
â€śFrom day one, Courtyard has prided itself as a brand that listens to what business travelers want from a hotel,â€ť said Janis Milham, vice president and global brand manager, Courtyard. â€śGuests want more control and choice with services and amenities that create a healthy balance between working and relaxing. The Courtyard lobby invites guests to get out of their rooms to work, socialize or be entertained, whether traveling alone or with colleagues.â€ť
The open, bright and contemporary 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 and allow staff 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.
Dining has also been completely redesigned with The Bistro â€“ Eat. Drink. Connect.Â®, offering casual, flexible seating; easier access to food and higher quality, healthier menu options for breakfast; and light evening fare, including snacks, cocktails, wine and beer so guests can unwind. Coffee lovers can also enjoy freshly brewed Starbucks coffee. The MarketTM, a 24/7 shop for snacks, beverages and sundries, is always open for late-night cravings or the toothpaste guests may have forgotten to pack.
A key component of the Courtyard lobby is the newly enhanced GoBoardÂ® 4.0, which presents local information, maps, weather, and headline news on a 55-inch LCD touch screen. Designed with todayâ€™s busy traveler in mind, the award-winning GoBoardÂ® features mobile integration, enabling guests to send directions from the GoBoardÂ® directly to their smart phones. Guests can also touch the screen for immediate access to detailed flight information for local airports, popular entertainment and local event information, as well as walking directions.
Throughout the hotel, guests can connect to complimentary Wi-Fi, and there are ample electrical outlets in the lobby to power digital devices. The business library features several computer terminals, along with a printer and separate computer stations dedicated solely to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status.
Green has been Courtyardâ€™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 are conveniently located by side exits.
The six-story hotel features a heated outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool spa, a fitness center and guest laundry, and offers 11,000 square feet of meeting space to accommodate functions of up to 500 people.
Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Intuitive services and design accommodate guestsâ€™ needs for choice and control. With more than 900 locations in 38 countries and territories, Courtyard hotels participate in the award-winning Marriott RewardsÂ® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, contact the Courtyard Killeen directly at 254-616-2000, call the Courtyard toll-free number at 800-321-2211, visit www.courtyard.com or become a fan at www.facebook.com/courtyard.