Hotel & Restaurant Spotlight: Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette in Peoria, IL

Leigh Kunkel
| February 15, 2024 | 4 Minute Read
Roof top of hotel with a red neon sign reading, “HOTEL PERE MARQUETTE.” Marriott

Anyone staying in Peoria will be thrilled to find themselves at this AAA Four Diamond property located in a historic 1920s building (above) in the city’s downtown. Guests at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette are welcomed into the recently renovated hotel through a sleek, spacious lobby that opens up to a grand staircase and eye-catching crystal chandelier. Throughout the property, you’ll find a blend of modern and vintage styles. Many original features, such as the beautiful dark woodwork, have been thoughtfully combined with updated decor and furniture. The bedrooms (below) are outfitted with modern brass fixtures and marbled bathrooms; many even have a view of the nearby Illinois River. Quirky art and murals adorn the suites, which offer a combination of living and working space.

A hotel room with blue walls, green carpets and white bedding. A chair, table and window are in the background. Marriott

There are plenty of amenities for travelers missing the comforts of home, like the 24-hour fitness center outfitted with free weights, elliptical machines, treadmills and more. Or take a dip in the heated saltwater pool and whirlpool, perfect for relaxing at the end of a long day. If you’ve forgotten anything, the grab-and-go in the lobby provides everything from toiletries to snacks. And for long-term guests, there is laundry facilities available.

The hotel offers a daily breakfast buffet as well as stylish American cuisine and a wide selection of bourbons at their on-premises restaurant, The Great Room. But for those who want to venture outside, there are plenty of tasty options to keep you busy. Stop by nearby Obed and Isaac’s Microbrewery and Eatery for local specialties like the Horseshoe Sandwich, an open-faced sandwich topped with cheese sauce and french fries, and a wide variety of beers, all located in a stunning 19th-century church. If you’re in the mood for Italian, you can’t go wrong with nearby Connected, a AAA Three Diamond bistro with classic pasta, seafood and meat dishes as well as a comprehensive wine list.

In addition to being connected to the Peoria Civic Center by a skywalk, making it convenient for business travelers, the hotel is close to all of the area’s attractions. Get to know the city with a historic walking or bus tour, traverse the local wine trail or take the family to the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

A hotel lobby with burgundy rugs, mustard couches and a bar. Marriott

AAA Inspector Notes:

“This upscale, historic downtown hotel has an impressive lounge area with plush seating as well as stunning ballrooms. The gorgeous rooms have contemporary designs and boast a variety of layouts. The only remaining example of a 1920s-built hotel in the area, they have retained much of the historical charm and elegance of the property, including refurbished murals and original woodwork throughout. A large saltwater pool area is shared between the hotel and the smaller hotel that is connected to it.”

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