by Max Brantley
As part of the renovation, the hotel will add a lounge located on the lobby level in the former Velvet Humidor Cigar Lounge. It will be open to guests reserving Marriott's Club Level rooms along with Platinum and Gold Marriott Rew
Fontes said a rebranding of the concept is still in the works, but more information should be available this summer.
"We’re excited about the opportunity to put a new lounge and restaurant in that space,” he said.
The hotel will also remodel the guest registration and lobby seating area. The lobby bar will become the Marriott Greatroom, which will feature a media wall with four 80-inch televisions.
With the start of work on the lobby area Monday came the removal of the duck pond.
"If you’re looking for any sign of the [Peabody] ducks, go to the second floor because their home is still there," Fontes said. "It will soon be an heirloom tomato garden.”