ConventionSouth

DEC 2017

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THE GRAND HOTEL MARRIOTT RESORT, GOLF CLUB & SPA The Place: Point Clear, Alabama Scheduled Completion Date: May 2018 Legendary Hotel Undergoes Grand Transformation A major transformation of the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Point Clear, Ala. is underway and scheduled for completion May 1, 2018, when the 550-acre property will become part of Marriott's Auto- graph Collection. Renovations to the historic property on Mobile Bay, which dates back to 1847, began in mid 2016 and the project includes everything from redesigning meeting space and guest rooms to enhancing the re- sort's legendary service and culinary options, according to General Manager Scott Tripoli. "The Grand Hotel has played a major role in the region historically, socially and finan- cially," Tripoli said. "After much research and planning, the next chapter in the Grand's history is nearly com- plete. Over the past year, buildings have been transformed one at a time to minimize guest disruption over the process." Tripoli emphasized that both groups and leisure travelers will be able to enjoy accommodations and many of the resort amenities while the final stage of renovations takes place. Many of the guest rooms have already undergone a complete redesign and upgrade, which combines the his- toric feel of the resort with a modern look and updated features. To complete the final phase of the renova- tions, the main building, which includes the lobby, restaurants, bar, gift shop and 54 of the property's guest rooms was closed in early December. Additionally, the Grand Ballroom, Patio and Foyer and the North Bay House The AWARDS Issue! COMING ATTRACTIONS Here's a look at ConventionSouth's New & Renovated Award Winners for 2018 that will unveil their transformations and expansions in the coming year. ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 7 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 54 The AWARDS Issue! Readers' Choice Award Winners • BMW Performance Center, See Ad On Page 55 • Breakers Resort • Charleston Area CVB • Charleston Marriott Hotel • Columbia Conference Center • Experience Columbia SC • Florence CVB • Francis Marion Hotel • Fripp Island Resort • Harbour Town Resorts & Yacht Club • Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa • Island Vista Resort • Marina Inn at Grande Dunes • Myrtle Beach Area CVB • Rock Hill/York County CVB • Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island • Spartanburg Marriott • VisitGreenvilleSC • Wild Dunes Resort Honorable Mention Award Winners • Summit Pointe Meetings & Events Center New & Renovated Award Winners • DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront • Florence Civic Center South Carolina Renovated guest room in main building of Grand Hotel Renovated Grand Ballroom at Grand Hotel

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