SOURCE: Marriott International

Marriott International

December 18, 2013 16:46 ET

Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel Puts Guests in the Center of Holiday Action

From New Year's Eve to Mardi Gras, Visitors Can Stay Just Steps Away From All the Best Events

MOBILE, AL--(Marketwired - Dec 18, 2013) - Travelers to Mobile never lack for things to do. Between the history, the natural landscape and the museums, restaurants and shops, downtime is hard to come by. But with the advent of New Year's Eve and Mardi Gras, this bustling Southern city gets even busier, and the best place to experience it all is at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel.

The excitement begins December 31, 2013 with the MoonPie Over Mobile New Year's Eve event. Guests can join in the fun starting at 5 p.m. with children's activities and live entertainment at a handful of locations near the hotel, or they can check out the dining scene in Mobile, Alabama. In addition to being a stone's throw away from some of the most creative and popular restaurants in the city, the hotel offers its own on-site dining. The Harbor Room, for example, serves local seafood with a side of stunning Mobile Bay views for an experience unlike any other among hotels near the University of South Alabama. And to get in a festive mood before New Year's Eve officially gets underway, guests can drop in for a drink and live music at the hotel's Fathoms Lounge.

After dinner and drinks, guests can walk a few steps to watch the New Year's Eve Parade at 7:30 p.m. before heading back to the hotel where the event's giant, edible Chattanooga MoonPie will be served. With performances by a local band starting at 8:30 p.m. followed by a performance by the country-music star Gretchen Wilson at 11 p.m., audiences are in for an unforgettable evening. The hotel will facilitate a light show at 11:30 p.m. to prime spectators for the countdown, which takes the form of a 600-pound electronic MoonPie descending from the RSA Trustmark Building. This is Mobile's response to the Times Square ball and, when the evening concludes with a laser and fireworks show over the downtown area, guests will be hard-pressed to say which show is more exciting.

The New Year will usher in another big tradition: Mardi Gras. Carnival season begins January 6, 2014, and the Renaissance is among Mobile, Alabama's best Mardi Gras hotels. Not only is it located near the Mobile Carnival Museum, but the hotel is situated directly on the parade routes for this celebratory tradition that was born in Mobile. The last few weeks of February witness nightly parades and revelry, and this property is the best place to watch them -- or join in.

A limited number of rooms are available for the New Year's Eve celebration, and bookings fill up quickly during Mardi Gras season as well. Travelers, spectators and revelers are encouraged to make reservations soon!

About the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel
The AAA Four Diamond Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel includes 373 guest rooms, 10 suites, two Club Levels and an expansive array of amenities that distinguish it from other University of South Alabama hotels. The property, for example, is connected via skywalk to the Arthur Outlaw Convention Center and affords 44,000 square feet of event space. And the nautical theme in the guest rooms plays well throughout the hotel, as in The Harbor Room restaurant, which serves local seafood, and in Fathoms Lounge, where live music and tapas await guests. Golfers will find a 24-hour fitness center available to get them ready for the 54 championship holes at the nearby Magnolia Grove, which is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Pleasure-seekers, meanwhile, will be equally gratified by the hotel's location. The Museum of Mobile and Fort Conde are across the street, while the Dauphin Street Entertainment District and the Carnival Museum are just short walks away.

About Renaissance
Renaissance Hotels represents a diverse collection of more than 155 hotels in 35 countries worldwide. Each property is unique, offering passionate travelers a one-of-kind experience and memories they will be sure to take with them long after they depart. Within every hotel, guests are greeted by an exceptional array of amenities and an inspiring world of local discoveries. For travelers looking to experience something new, innovative and locally driven programs including the industry leading entertainment platform RLife LIVE as well as R Navigator, ensure that every trip is transformed into an eye-opening, unforgettable journey. Renaissance Hotels. Live Life To Discover. To discover more visit www.renhotels.com.

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