Am I happy this hotel is now open. I hadn’t stayed here in any of its previous incarnations and this is my first time needing to stay in Peoria. I was told the hotel has been open for six weeks since a major two year remodel. It is wonderful! We were there on a quiet Sunday night and were able to park right in front of the hotel instead of in their parking garage. The garage is $12 to park and, right now, valet is also $12. I believe the price for valet will go up soon but they have it at $12 now because it is a long 1.5 blocks walk to the hotel from the garage. I believe this will change once some garage construction is completed. They are reworking the garage so that it will have a skywalk into the Peoria Convention Center. The hotel is a grand dame from a bygone era that has been reworked into a modern hotel while still maintaining touches of the past (to include the entire facade). The front desk has a gorgeous crystal light fixture that is about 10’ by 1.5’ - totally mesmerizing. The staff who greeted us were exceedingly friendly and helpful. I have platinum Marriott status and was upgraded to a wonderful suite without asking (the hotel was very empty). The room was at least 1,000 SF and had two sofas, a large table with four chairs, a bar and two bathrooms. It had more lamps and lighting of various types than I have even seen in one hotel room. The main bath had a tub/shower combo which suited me just fine as I enjoy soaking. I have noticed many remodels are going with showers only and was pleased that this remodel seemed to have kept the tubs. The bed was the best I have slept in for many a night. It was firm with a wonderful soft topper that enveloped you.
The concierge lounge was large and had a lovely view of Peoria. I did find that the appetizers were lacking. They had some type of deep fried egg roll type thing and that was it; no vegetable tray, no fruit tray. They did have cubed cheese and some water crackers and whole pieces of fruit (oranges, apples, bananas). There were plenty of snacks such as nuts, tortilla and potato chips. It would have been great to have had something healthy other than the fruit. Breakfast was better - they had yogurt parfaits and the attendant got one for me from the kitchen when they ran out. There were real eggs, bacon and oatmeal as well as the sliced fruit I missed the night before.
The small disappointment regarding the lounge offerings in the evening due not impact my overall rating much. I did not use the restaurants/bars in the hotel so I can’t comment on those. I look forward to an opportunity to stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the historical elegance of the most premier hotel in Peoria, Illinois. The Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette Hotel invites guests to experience the $70M renovation which has retained the essence that made this hotel in Peoria a favorite choice among celebrities. The hotel features 15,500 sq. ft. of new commercial space on the ground level and coming in 2014, will be connected to the Peoria Civic Center via skywalk. In the hotel lobby, an inviting great room greets guests and leads to Table 19, an upscale restaurant and bar where delicious entrees, drinks and lively conversation are the order of the day. In each of the brand new 286 rooms, guests will relax on comfortable linens, custom duvets, and plush mattress toppers. Wireless high-speed Internet access and new HDTVs balance the historical ambience and elegant décor. With modern amenities and simple luxuries, it’s our mission to make every business trip a pleasure and every vacation the trip of a lifetime. ... more less
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