Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS) today announced The Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, Neb. has been re-affiliated with Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) under its signature Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand and renamed The Cornhusker, A Marriott Hotel. The hotel’s Marriott sign was unveiled at a lighting ceremony yesterday. Marcus Hotels & Resorts assumed management of the property September 6 and is planning a multi-million dollar renovation of the hotel beginning in 2013.
“We are proud to partner with Marriott International, the global hospitality leader, on this exciting project in downtown Lincoln,” said Gregory S. Marcus, president and chief executive officer of The Marcus Corporation. “Guests will appreciate the extensive renovations the hotel will undergo and will also benefit from the high-quality amenities Marriott International provides, including a global reservation system and a tremendous loyalty program serving over 36 million members. Together, our goal is to reposition this landmark property as the social spot of the city.”
“We are delighted to have The Cornhusker back in the Marriott family, representing our Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand,” said Todd Walther, regional vice president of franchise operations, Marriott International. “With the extensive renovations that are planned, we are looking forward to reintroducing this prestigious hotel to our loyal Marriott guests and other discerning travelers visiting Lincoln.”
The extensive property renovations will include all 297 guest rooms and suites, 45,600 square feet of meeting space, the hotel lobby, restaurant and bars. “Under the Marriott flag, the second floor lounge will be converted to a Marriott great room designed for the next generation of travelers who blend work and play. The Marriott great room lobby creates a seamless experience merging modern, stylish design and comfort, with greater access to food and beverage, and technology. The lively atmosphere transforms throughout the day, giving guests options to work individually or in groups, socialize, or connect with their social networks while watching the great room scene unfold. The great room at The Cornhusker features a media center, quiet work stations and complimentary Wi-Fi,” said Charles Harper, general manager.
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