BETHESDA, MD.—Courtyard by Marriott is rolling out its new lobby and room design in Kansas City, Mo. This is the latest Courtyard in the area featuring the “refreshing business” makeover. The 123-room Courtyard by Marriott Kansas City at Briarcliff is scheduled to open in early September as a LEED certified property. The hotel will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned and managed by Capital Management of Overland Park, Kan.
Located 10 minutes from downtown, four miles from the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport and15 miles from the Kansas City International Airport, the Courtyard by Marriott Kansas City at Briarcliff offers guests convenient access to Briarcliff Village, Kansas City Power and Light District, and Arrowhead Stadium.
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.
“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.”
Design Encourages Interaction
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 57-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.
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.
For its contributions in making the environment a healthier place by recycling and reducing waste, conserving energy and water, the hotel is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified and the first property in Kansas City to receive this certification.
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