"We wanted the new rooms to not only emphasize Louisville, but also take care of guests' needs. We had heard guests had been unhappy with the lighting in the bathrooms and we often received requests for mini fridges," said Michael Howerton, Market Vice President of the Marriott Louisville Downtown. "Our renovation included adding a mini-fridge to every room and enhanced lighting in all of the guest rooms and bathrooms."A complete renovation of the concierge lounge provides additional seating areas and a communal table for informal meetings and networking. The fitness center now includes all new cardio equipment with individual television screens as well as bamboo floors, complimentary chilled bottled water, chilled towels and stereo earphones to further enhance the workout experience for guests. Located in the center of the city, the Louisville Marriott Downtown offers convenient access to the Kentucky International Convention Center as well as the 4 th Street Live entertainment and dining district through a climate controlled skywalk. The hotel is located just two blocks away from the KFC Yum! Center, a short drive from Churchill Downs and only six miles from the Louisville International Airport. Last year the Louisville Marriott Downtown was ranked by meeting planner guests as the number one Marriott convention hotel in North America. "It's about staying ahead of the curve in our product and our service," Howerton said. "We are appreciative of our recognition, but you can't stop improving. We have a great associate team and have been fortunate that the local developers of this hotel gave us an extraordinary and uniquely designed facility...we are doing our best to continue to improve upon that advantage we were given 8 years ago this March." The Louisville Marriott Downtown's 616 rooms are spread throughout the 17-story building. The hotel offers 30 meeting rooms with 50,000 square feet of meeting space, which can hold 3,500 people. The hotel also features an indoor pool, a Starbucks, Blu Italian Grille and Champions, a sports bar.