Marriott is poised to open a state-of-the-art business hotel on the outskirts of Leicester in the East Midlands. It's the first new-build Marriott outside London for over 10 years.
The 227-room property will open on May 31 and is aimed at guests arriving by car. Located close to junction 21 on the M1 and with the M69 close by the Marriott is a short drive from Leicester city centre. It's also convenient for other towns and cities in the Midlands including Derby, Nottingham, Coventry and Birmingham. East Midlands airport is a short drive north on the M1.
Accommodation comprises both regular and executive rooms along with a dedicated lounge. All feature the new Marriott interiors with "Revive" bedding, flat screen TVs and internet access. Wi-fi covers the lobby area.
Food and beverage outlets comprise a cocktail bar, lounge-style café and a new restaurant called Mixx. There are also 20 meeting rooms and a large function suite. Fitness facilities include a gym and pool.
Rates are keen. Introductory midweek offers for standard rooms are £99 for regular rooms (car parking at extra cost) or £105 (including breakfast and parking). Executive rooms (including the usual perks) cost £119. Weekend rates start at £58 (including breakfast), £76 (including breakfast and dinner) while executive rooms are priced at £96.
Marriott Leicester, Smith Way, Grove Park, Leicester LE19 1SW. Tel: 0870 6001348
For more information go to Marriott.com
Report by Alex McWhirter