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Marco Island Marriott reopens after initial upgrade

The property will become the first beach resort to operate under the JW Marriott brand
Marco Island Marriott, Golf Club & Spa

Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa

After a three-month closure to start a multi-phase brand conversion, the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa has reopened to guests. The 726-room property is undergoing a $250 million upgrade and expansion and is scheduled to convert to a JW Marriott brand resort in 2017.

The completed first phase of the expansion includes bigger pool decks, a refurbished lobby and a new front entrance. A redesign of guest rooms will allow for a larger shower.

Restaurants on the property including Quinn’s, Pazzi’s and Cafe San Marco have reopened, and so have the resort’s two swimming pools.  Hammock Bay, the resort’s par 72 golf course, will reopen in October.

The second phase of the $250 upgrade and expansion will continue through the end of the year. Construction of a new 94-room, adults-only tower with a rooftop pool is ongoing. The property’s built-out oceanfront Tiki Bar is scheduled to open in late fall, and its rebranded fine dining restaurant ARIO is set to open in mid-September.

In January 2017, the property will become the first beachfront resort operating under the JW Marriott brand, with 100,000 square feet of event space, 810 guest rooms and an updated, 24,000-square-foot spa. – Mike Seemuth