York Marriott 'to get £500,000 make-over'

York Marriott Hotel is getting a £500,000 make-over in a three-month project which will see the entire ground floor of one of Yorkshire's leading conference venues transformed.

The reception, bar, restaurant and lounge will all be refurbished and private dining facilities will be added, according to the York Press.

Katharine Barenthian, general manager of the hotel, tells the newspaper: "This will complete the full five-year cycle of improvements and it will help us to keep our heads high during the recession."

A total of around £3 million has been spent on revamping the venue, which has been voted the top conference facility in Yorkshire by the Business Development Research Consultants in 2006 and 2007.

Ms Barenthian says the hotel expects to be ranked among the top facilities in the country again this year.

Last month, the Edinburgh International Conference Centre announced plans to build a new 1,600-seater auditorium and create banqueting space for up to 2,000 people, according to the Scotsman.

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