Jun 7, 2013, 1:06pm EDT UPDATED: Jun 10, 2013, 11:31am EDT
Editorial Intern-Baltimore Business Journal
The Courtyard by Marriott in Harbor East has completed $2.5 million in renovations, part of a rebranding of the business-oriented line of hotels.
The work includes $1 million in upgrades to The Bistro — Eat, Drink, Connect restaurant, the addition of interactive Baltimore travel information and new seating in the lobby. The new bistro serves dinner and drinks nightly from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The lobby now includes new communal tables with power outlets and media pods — private seating areas with tables and televisions.
Patrick McManus, the Courtyard’s general manager, said the new amenities make the hotel more desirable for both business executives and families traveling.
“On the weekends, you find those pods filled with families watching cartoons and then during the work week people are there for a quiet meeting,” McManus said.
The large tables and free WiFi throughout the building make it easy for executives to work in the lobby rather than their own room.
“You find that the current business traveler doesn’t want to sit in his room, he wants to get out to do work,” McManus said.
The additional $1.5 million went toward updating the hotels’ 195 rooms with a new color scheme, carpets, bedding and drapes.
McManus said the entire renovation was important to keep the Courtyard in competition with the upscale hotels in Harbor East.
“I think [the renovation] helps to fit in with Harbor East,” McManus said.