Courtyard Chicago Highland Park/Northbrook Completes Major Lobby, Guest Room Renovations

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New Lobby Design Features High Tech GoBoard, Flexible Work and Social Spaces; Redesigned Guest Rooms Offer Luxurious Bedding and Spacious Bathrooms

“From day one, Courtyard has prided itself as a brand that listens to what travelers want from a hotel. Guests want more control and choice with services and amenities that create a healthy balance between working and relaxing.

Marriott International Inc. announced that the 149-room Courtyard by Marriott at 1505 Lake Cook Road in Highland Park, Illinois, has completed a major renovation of its lobby and guest rooms. The hotel now features the brand’s new Refreshing Business lobby concept designed to give travelers the flexibility to work and socialize however they choose while on the road.

“From day one, Courtyard has prided itself as a brand that listens to what travelers want from a hotel,” said Janis Milham, vice president, Global Brand Manager, Courtyard by Marriott. “Guests want more control and choice with services and amenities that create a healthy balance between working and relaxing. We redefined the Courtyard lobby so it invites guests to get out of their rooms to work, socialize or for entertainment, whether traveling alone or with colleagues.”

The open, bright and contemporary new lobby at the Highland Park hotel welcomes guests with vivid contrasting colors including blue, green, orange and red. The traditional front desk is replaced with separate welcome pedestals to create more personal and private interactions when guests check in. This will allow staff to move about to show guests the lobby features and provide assistance. Flexible seating options range from a communal table in the middle of the action, to more private media booths with high-definition televisions, to a more intimate, semi-enclosed lounge area.

A signature element of the new lobby is the exclusive GoBoard® technology, a 52-inch LCD touch screen packed with local information, maps, weather, and news, business and sports headlines. Guests can navigate using the touch screen to find restaurants, local attractions and directions.

Guests can connect to the Highland Park, IL, hotel’s free Wi-Fi and there are ample electrical outlets throughout the lobby to power digital devices. The enlarged business library features several complimentary computer terminals along with a free printer and separate computer stations dedicated to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status.

The Ravinia Festival hotel’s dining has been completely redesigned with The Bistro – Eat. Drink. Connect. offering casual, flexible seating; easier access to food and higher quality, healthier menu options for breakfast; and light evening fare, including snacks, wine and beer so guests can unwind. The MarketTM, a 24/7 shop for snacks, beverages and sundries, is always open for late-night cravings or the toothpaste you forgot to pack.

Thoughtfully planned, each new guest room at the Highland Park hotel features plush bedding, a functional work space, spacious bathrooms, a separate seating area and complimentary high-speed Internet access. The ample work space and ergonomic chair enable guests to accomplish their tasks, while the large flat-screen TV provides a great break and opportunity for downtime enjoyment. Providing a warm, sophisticated environment, the hotel’s rooms accommodate guests’ desire to stay connected, productive and refreshed during their stay.

Green has been Courtyard’s signature color since Marriott launched the brand 25 years ago. Now it is even greener with the introduction of a guest recycling program for the environment. Receptacles for paper, glass, plastic and metal will be conveniently located at the Highland Park, IL, hotel’s side exits.

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