Hubby and I stayed overnight Christmas eve and day at the Pere Marquette. We were originally going to go to the gambling boat, but ended up just relaxing at the hotel.
They had a fixed price dinner on Christmas eve, but we weren't too interested in the selections. We asked the bartender if he knew any other places open and he told us about a steak house down the street that was open.
On Christmas day, we had brunch at the hotel and it was very good, for only $15 per person. I was really sleepy after that, and they let us extend our checkout on Christmas day so I could take a nap!
There was free parking and free valet service that day. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
The hotel has been renovated and I liked the combination of modern (flat screen TV, waterfall showerhead) and vintage (narrow doors, nooks and crannies) in the room.
The one bother was the heating system. It was very cold outside, and the blower from the heating system ran often and was noisy. We had earplugs, so we slept OK.
The yellow/brown decor in the halls wasn't to my taste, but I liked the way they've decorated the ball rooms and meeting areas.
The hotel is close to a lot of things downtown, like the riverfront and the civic center (all closed for Christmas). But we just wanted a nice place to stay, eat and relax, and this was great!
- 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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