• The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center Joins Marriott's Growing Tribute Portfolio

     
    POSTED July 31, 2019
     
  • The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center Joins Marriott's Growing Tribute Portfolio

     
    POSTED July 31, 2019
     

The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center in Muscatine, Iowa has recently joined a growing family of hotels run by Marriott, known as the Tribute Portfolio. Each venue in the collection of boutique hotels possesses an indie spirit and a deep connection to its local community, while maintaining its own individual sense of personality.

Accommodations at The Merrill boast 122 guestrooms and five room types suited to all sorts of travelers. River views and club level access are options, as are rooms featuring queen and king beds to full junior and presidential suites. Relaxation is the vibe in the lobby’s lounge or in the landscaped outdoor space accented by fire bowls and an appealing water feature. Guests can make self-care the focus of a visit with a trip to the heated indoor saltwater pool or a workout in the fully-equipped fitness center. Décor is reminiscent of the local area and features local art. A selection of local art, home items and jewelry are available for purchase in The Gallery.

“We offer Midwest hospitality at its best. We anticipate our guests’ needs and aim to meet and exceed them each visit,” says Cathie Lienen, director of sales and marketing for The Merrill.

The Merrill’s on-site restaurant, Maxwell’s, boasts fare that is fresh, local and sustainable. Local beers from Contrary Brewing Company are a special part of the beverage selection. The space of the restaurant accommodates up to 66 guests and reflects its natural menu offerings with floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal views of the Mississippi River. An outdoor patio is available for guests to join colleagues for meeting or dining and seats up to 24. A balcony off the Grand Ballroom runs alongside the Mississippi, offering expansive views.

The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center is the only IACC accredited meeting venue in Iowa. The versatile Howe Conference Center offers an abundance of natural light as well as scenic views and is suited to a wide array of corporate and social events. It boasts 12,723 square feet of space, including 16 functional rooms and it accommodates up to 525 guests. Every space offers A/V capacity, advanced technology, and interactive apps suitable for a variety of meetings, from guest gatherings to business. Guests can even take advantage of a conference service planner for extra event planning assistance and attention to detail. Within the Howe Conference Center there is a combined total of 12,723 square feet across 16 functional rooms, accommodating up to 525 people.

The Merrill was named the “#1 Best Hotel in Iowa” within the prestigious “2019 Best Hotels” rankings by U.S. News & World Report. As far as the changes that will come from The Merrill’s addition to the Tribute Portfolio, guests enrolled in the Marriott Bonvoy program will receive

rewards, but Lienen says the impact could also be important for the region: “Through the long reaches of Marriott, The Merrill will help bring more awareness for Muscatine, Iowa.”

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