Marriott Hotels is top renovate more than half of its UK hotels at a cost of £120 million.

It’s the biggest single investment to date by the hotel chain in its UK four and five-star properties. In total 38 properties are involved in the project, due to be completed by 2008. Work will be carried out in two phases.

Rooms will incorporate four design schemes – country club, urban, international and bespoke. Meeting areas and ballrooms will also get a makeover and in some properties health clubs, restaurants and lobbies will also be revamped.

In London nearly £10 million will be spent on the Marriott Hotel Regent’s Park, including work on its exterior with modern wrought iron and glass balconies added. The rooms, restaurant, leisure club, bar and entrance will be upgraded.

The Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club has already enjoyed a £3.3 million new look for its rooms and restaurants.

Director of marketing communications Roger Binks said: “The programme is reinforcing Marriott’s commitment to its customers.”