More infill is coming to downtown as the central business district adds to its hotel offerings. Preliminary construction work is underway on the TownePlace Marriott Suites, a six-story hotel on the 100 West block of 200 South, directly west of the Holiday Inn.
The project is by Kimball Investment Company and the hotel will have only 95 rooms and replaces a small surface parking lot on 0.23 acres. The first floor will consist of most of the hotel’s amenities including a business center, meeting room, conference room and fitness center. The guest rooms will occupy the top five floors. The rooms will be apartment style with full-size kitchens and in-room workstations for extended-stay visitors and people in Salt Lake for business.
The hotel building will occupy the entirety of the site area with parking made available in the parking structure directly south of the Holiday Inn.
The project’s parcel was previously owned by the city and the developer’s needed approval from the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake to encroach on an adjacent mid-block walkway that connects 200 South to Pierpont Avenue. In 2015, the Salt Lake City Council, acting as the RDA Board of Directors approved the release of a restricted covenant on the city-owned walkway.
Under the agreement with the city, the developers will be required to rebuild and maintain the walkway. The hotel will engage with the walkway to the west with entrances to the building from the walkway, planters, seating and an outdoor dining area. While the hotel owners will need to maintain the walkway, it will remain open to the public.
The project is one of two Marriott hotels currently under construction downtown. Less than a block to the west is the under-construction Marriott AC Hotel, by PEG Development. The eight-story AC Hotel, at the southwest corner of the 200 South and 200 West intersection, is nearly completed will have 164 guest rooms. The AC Hotel is part of a larger mixed-use development that also includes the Milagro, a seven-story mixed-use residential building that will have ground floor commercial and 182 residential units.
An additional two hotels are proposed for the 100 South block of 300 West, just over a block to the west of the Marriott TownePlace Suites. Developers the Ritchie Group plan to built a dual-brand hotel building near the intersection of 100 South and 300 West. The hotel building will be 11 floors and will carry the Aloft and Element hotel brands. Both brands are under the Starwood Hotels group which was recently purchased by Marriott International Inc. The hotel building will have about 271 rooms with a cafe and deli on the ground floor and a rooftop bar. The hotel along with a 230-unit 11-story residential mixed-use building will be the first phase of larger mixed-use development of block referred to as Block 67.