PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Four years and 99 rooms later, the new Courtyard Marriott building stands ready for its first guest. It fits the Marriott's newest hotel prototype and brings to fruition the flagship project of the city's positively Phenix city campaign.
"This is one project that we put together in the planning process that everybody can look and say 'we seen that put together from the beginning,'" says Phenix City Manager Wallace Hunter.
Phenix City leaders open the doors of the nearly finished Courtyard Marriott on the riverfront. The hotel is complete with a Bistro restaurant inside, the city's first Starbucks and is furnished with upbeat modern furniture.
"This is Marriott's newest prototype hotel," says Michelle Spivey, Director of Sales for Ram Hotels.
With that comes the latest improvements in technology and hotel advancements.
"The first thing you notice is the signature Courtyard smell and then you're at the lobby," Spivey explains. "You've got pods for your registration. We have this incredible Go Board, it's a 52" touch screen with information technology about the area right at your fingertips."
And of course a breathtaking view of the Chattahoochee River. But more than its aesthetics, the building boats employment numbers well over 100 with around 100 construction workers and approximately 30 permanent positions with the hotel itself. With a price tag of more than $11 million, it's a project all involved say they're proud to finally get finished.
"I'm proud and happy for the city, for the citizens," Hunter adds. "I'm happy for all the business partners that we have that's participated and worked so hard to make this happen. And I just see bright and great things for the future."