Thursday May 2nd, 2013 - 9:27AM
LITTLE ROCK, AR—-The 418-room Little Rock Marriott downtown here today marks its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with community and business leaders.
The hotel, operated by Davidson Hotels & Resorts and owned by an affiliate of Fairwood Capital, was converted from the former Peabody Little Rock and will undergo a multimillion-dollar renovation of all guestrooms and public spaces starting in early 2014.
“The addition of the Marriott Hotels & Resorts flag, along with its associated accommodations, amenities and reservation system, will better position our hotel to meet the needs and demands of both business and leisure travelers seeking upscale accommodations in the area,” said Bill Fontes, general manager. “We are the only full-service Marriott hotel in Arkansas which we believe gives us a significant competitive advantage.”
Grand Opening attendees included Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, members of the Little Rock board of directors and Convention & Visitors Bureau, as well as a number of other civic and business leaders. Also in attendance were George Katz, regional VP, and Kathy Hood, VP/sales and revenue management from Davidson Hotels & Resorts, as well as Ed Ansbro, EVP and Tom Defreece, VP/controller from Fairwood Capital.
Located in the River Market district, the hotel is connected to the Statehouse Convention Center and is near the William J. Clinton Presidential Library, the Verizon Arena, Old Statehouse Museum, local performing arts centers and the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.