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Historic Property Emerges as "Smart" Marriott St. Louis Grand

The old has united with the new; the Renaissance St. Louis Grand, historically known as the Statler Hotel, has undergone $30 million in renovations, including hospitality technology improvements, now to be known as the Marriott St. Louis Grand.
Hosting up to 400,000 travelers a year, the Marriott St. Louis Grand intends to be on the leading edge in the shift to "smart hotels." It is reportedly looking to satisfy more Millennials, who, according to Forbes, are 62 percent more likely to extend a business trip into a vacation, and are quicker to embrace loyalty programs, than older generations. They are also notorious for wanting to stay connected socially and professionally while on the go.
And so, from the comfort and convenience of their rooms, Marriott St. Louis Grand guests will now have free access to their personal Netflix, YouTube and music streaming accounts through the new 47-inch high-definition flat-screen TVs. These features are made possible via the Enseo guest room entertainment services.
Marriott also offers easy-to-use tech and applications for guests and hosts to book and check-in through mobile devices. The Red Coat Direct App allows meeting planners to request, respond and connect in real time with the Red Coat Concierge, while the Attendee App provides meeting attendees with scheduling information to increase meeting engagement.
Marriott designed its open spaces with guests’ connectivity needs in mind. Each seat at its Zenia Bar & Grille features two USB and two electrical ports. Charging outlets are also located throughout the Marriott Greatroom, allowing guest's to enjoy connectivity, free high-speed Internet and a glass of wine from the bar all at the same time. As part of the renovation, the hotel increased bandwidth from 100 to 1,000 megabytes.
Even with all the technological advancement, the property still retains its historic integrity; Marriott will maintain the iconic Crystal Ballroom of the original 1917 Statler Hotel, as well as the Statler Ballroom, which served as the lobby of the Statler Hotel.
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