Meeting Room-Rich Marriott Prepares for Grand Opening in Raleigh

A new Marriott is scheduled to open later this month near the soon-to-be-completed Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh, N.C., reports local news affiliate WRAL. The hotel, which celebrated a "soft" opening on July 31, is planning its grand opening for Aug. 27, at which point it will single-handedly add 400 hotel rooms to the downtown Raleigh region, nearly doubling its current supply of 610.

The new Raleigh Marriott City Center is connected underground to the $228 million Raleigh Convention Center, which is set to open Sept. 5 with more than 500,000 square feet of event space, including 19 meeting rooms, an exhibit hall and a ballroom.

In case the convention center isn't large enough, the hotel itself will be able to accommodate more than 1,500 meeting attendees inside four different meeting rooms—the 1,468-square foot Congressional Room; the 876-square-foot Chancellor Room; the 614-square-foot Governor's Board Room; and the 635-square-foot Alumni Room—and two ballrooms, including the 2,263-square-foot University Ballroom and the 9,052-square-foot State Ballroom. Both ballrooms, as well as the Congressional Room, can be divided into sub-spaces in order to accommodate separate and smaller groups.

According to WRAL, even with its generous supply of guest rooms and meeting space, the Marriott won't be enough to accommodate the growing Raleigh Convention Center, which has already booked more than 140 conventions that are expected to draw an average of 900 people each to downtown Raleigh for an average visit of four days apiece.

"Right now, we're safe," Downtown Raleigh Alliance Director David Diaz told WRAL. "I would say in the next three to five years, we won't be safe, and it could jeopardize the growth of the convention center."