Rome City Manager John Bennett said that he had gotten a notice from Marriott officials Monday afternoon.
“What they are doing in Rome is a custom facility,” Ben-nett said.
The fact that the Rome hotel is being built on top of a parking deck means that the local project deviates significantly from the Courtyard by Marriott prototype.
“As of last Thursday they had to go back to the drawing board and make a few changes, plus changes relative to the swimming pool,” Bennett said. The restaurant and lobby sections of the hotel also differ from the typical Courtyard by Marriott design.
“We are very supportive of the project and in a collaborative effort we are working with Duke Hospitality in making a few design revisions that will improve the project, including the requirement for a swimming pool,” the letter from Marriott officials reads. “I am confident that we will have their project finalized within a couple of weeks.”
The City Manager said the letter came out of the Marriott regional office in Orlando.
Duke Hospitality officials are in the process of building a new Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Duluth.