Sleek, social and starry | InspireDesign An innovative vision for today’s hotel

Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette, the landmark hotel in downtown Peoria, Illinois, operated by Davidson Hotels, is set to renew itself as an integral part of the local community after a revitalization and refresh. The renovation and repositioning, led by Eva Hill of Venture Oaks Real Estate Group Inc. with acclaimed interior design team Gina Goodin and Christie Ramos-Pacheco of CallisonRTKL, pays homage to the hotel’s storied past as seen through a modern lens. Recently transformed with bold sophistication, the design of the lobby, great room, fitness center and 286 guest rooms and suites skillfully blends preservation and classic elegance with contemporary luxury.

Located off the hotel lobby, the Great Room serves as the epicenter of energy with convivial seating groups and a bourbon-centric bar. Textured red velvet and gold metal accents add a sense of grandeur, tempered by neutral-toned furniture. Clean lines and modern details define the inherent dualities of the property’s design narrative.

In the Presidential Suite, a rich palette of colors and textures strikes a delicate balance between unapologetic playfulness and sophistication. Bright white washed walls bring an airy element of carefree ease to a space where paneled walls and crown molding establish an otherwise stately presence. Custom artwork from past presidents at leisure adorns the walls of the two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom suite that spans over 1,800 square feet and includes a separate living and dining room.

The new Bridal Suite is inspired by the timeless, understated elegance of Audrey Hepburn. Soft-spoken blush hues envelop the space and recall the qualities embodied by the film and fashion icon. The curved, sculptural furniture in the living room offers a moment of calm with grace, while the black and white of the chairs in the dining room channels the clean lines of Hepburn’s signature style. In the suite’s prep room, Lucite accent chairs and a jewel-like mirrored vanity add sparkle and glamour.

Other accommodations include suites as well as single rooms with one king bed and one double bed. The beautiful deep blue of the walls exude dignified confidence while sculptural lighting lends visual interest and warmth. Windows welcome natural light with city or river views.

“From the time the hotel opened in the Roaring Twenties to the present day, Pere Marquette has been recognized as a hub of social and diplomatic life,” said Tom Hobson, General Manager, Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette. “The grande dame is back, and it’s alive, beautiful and timelessly modern. We have reinvented an icon by integrating the hotel’s history and culture into a dynamic experience for new and returning guests.

First opened in 1927 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette has hosted many celebrities and dignitaries, from former Presidents Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford and Dwight D. Eisenhower to artists Bob Hope, Tony Bennett and Liberace.

For inspiring weddings, meetings and social events, Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette offers more than 18,000 square feet of function space, including four lavish ballrooms. Additional on-site amenities include a newly updated fitness center, indoor pool, hot tub, and pantry. The hotel is conveniently located in downtown Peoria and connected to the Peoria Civic Center, which hosts concerts, trade shows, sporting events and exhibits throughout the year.

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