Courtyard by Marriott
Marlborough – From weddings to high-technology conferences, the ballrooms at Courtyard by Marriott, located at 75 Felton St. in Marlborough, are open for business. After nearly two years of renovations, the hotel has converted itself from having traditional standard features to exhibiting a high-end executive ambiance.
The 8,000 square feet of meeting space has been transformed. Two grand ballrooms off er seating for 260 and 110 guests. Included are five additional breakout rooms for guests to spill into from an event in a ballroom or for smaller group activities.
Sandra Miller, Director of Sales of Courtyard by Marriott, said that the goal of the renovation was to tie in the warm charm of dark wood paneling and rich colors to give the rooms an elegant upscale look.
"I still get the 'wow' factor when I walk down the corridor," Miller said.
Because the ballrooms appeal to the social market on the weekend and the corporate market during the week, it was important to the hotel to create the optimum environment for these two very diverse needs.
For the corporate market, Miller said, their top priority during the renovation was to emphasize hi-tech accessibility in both the rooms and the ballrooms. The implementing of wireless infrastructure was essential to accommodate the needs of the large technology base of businesses, corporate clients and event attendees who may need to check e-mail or use the Internet.
"In the planning of everything, we put a lot of emphasis on components like the bandwidth," Miller said.
To date, that component has been tested, Miller said, when the hotel hosted more than 45 people attending a conference in the ballroom and using wireless access simultaneously. All in a room designed to be warm and elegant.
Both ballrooms are perfect settings for any social occasion – from a large ornate wedding or anniversary party to a bar/ bat mitzvah or a sweet-16 party. Both of the rooms can be sectioned to accommodate either large or intimate parties.
"It is such a pretty space, it provides a beautiful venue for any type of party," Miller said.
In addition, she said that Marriott boasts a team of executive chefs who can create a menu for everyone, from the most distinguished palate to tried-and-true favorites.
"If you say, 'My budget is $50 a person; what can you do?' I can do it," Miller said. "I can say that because I am backed by some unbelievable people who can make it happen."
As a full service hotel, Courtyard by Marriott offers an indoor swimming pool and two in-house gyms, one free of charge for guests and an additional one available for a moderate fee to both guests and anyone else interested in becoming a member.
Also included in the renovation is a café serving breakfast and dinner, as well as the updating of the 202 guest rooms.
"It was wonderful before the renovations," Miller said, "but we are always looking to improve and this now really reflects the Marriott's very elegant upscale look."
For more information about any Marriott, visit online at www.marriott.com/bosmd or call 508-480-0015.
Editor's Note: the preceding is not an endorsement and is presented for informational purposes only.
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