By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – After 15 years, the Courtyard Marriott in Tupelo was more than ready for a facelift.
Now, after more than a year and $1.9 million worth of work, the 93-room hotel looks and feels like its sister properties in the popular chain geared toward business travelers.
The exterior has been repainted, but the bulk of the renovation was done inside.
“All the guest rooms have been renovated, and the restaurant has been converted to a bistro,” said Leigh Ann Duke, the hotel’s director of sales.
Breakfast and dinner served to order are offered at the bistro, which also serves Starbucks coffee around the clock.
A new lobby greets guests, who will also notice the new carpeting, furniture and earth-tone colors throughout the hotel.
“Customers love the refreshed look,” said hotel general manager Blair Denhof.
The Courtyard Marriott was bought almost two years ago by John Tampa of Ascent Hospitality in Georgia. Ascent also owns the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Tupelo and the Hampton Inn in New Albany.
Courtyard Marriott hotels are geared toward business and leisure travelers, and Denhoff said they’ll feel right at home with the new-look Tupelo property.
A new business center and work area has been built to better accommodate their needs, and the rooms have been updated to reflect a more modern flair.
“It was time to update the look, which had served the hotel well for so long,” Duke said.