Crews have been working hard renovating the old Holiday Inn Select on Diehl Road. Back in January, the Janko Group bought the hotel, and they are busy giving the building a facelift before opening as a Marriott next spring.
“We are actually down to the bare bones of the hotel,” said Dan Gustafson, General Manager of the Chicago Marriott Naperville. “The hotel itself has great bones in terms of a structure. Everything inside this building we are completely renovating, taking out and redoing.”
“It’s quite an ambitious project,” said John Schmitt, President & CEO of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce during a recent tour of the facility. “When I look at the pictures and I see what they’re going to do, it’s going to really be a great addition to the community.”
Construction crews are completely replacing all the plumbing, heating, cooling, furniture and decorations to produce a hotel that representatives say will have a more luxurious feel to it.
One of the highlights of the Marriott will be what hotel officials call the “Great Room.” The “Great Room” will have three parts: a business zone for check in and check out, an individual zone with cocktail accessibility and a library like feel for reading and relaxing, and a social zone complete with a day/night bar.
“It’s about how the customer, or the guest, flows through the hotel,” said Gustafson.
One of the other main attractions will be the ballroom where citizens all over the community come for social events.
“Whether it’s a wedding or local fundraiser, we certainly are excited and looking forward to bringing all that business back to the hotel,” said Gustafson.
Hotel and city officials both say the business aspect between the two parties has gone very smoothly, and both are excited for what the hotel will bring to the Naperville community.
“The ripple effect throughout the community is spectacular,” said Christine Jefferies, President of the Naperville Development Partnership and The Convention & Visitors Bureau. “So not only are you looking at a large group business coming in, but that’s also sending people to restaurants and shopping and our attractions, our museums. So the net effect throughout the community is just incredible.”
“It will be a state of the art facility that really will truly be very impressive for the city of Naperville,” said Gustafson.
Officials expect to finish the Chicago Marriott Naperville in the spring of 2012 and are aiming specifically for March. So far they are right on schedule and budget. The total cost of the renovations will be about $30 million.
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