Sneak peek of Marriott Courtyard to be revealed soon

By WEEK Producer

December 31, 2013 Updated Jan 2, 2014 at 11:39 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Work on the new Marriott Courtyard hotel in Peoria is continuing, aiming for a May 1 opening.

We can't take you inside yet, since the elevators aren't working and there's no heat yet.

However, we could get a sneak peek at the interiors by late next month.

The 116 room Courtyard Hotel will complement and join to the Pere Marquette Marriott hotel next door.

An enclosed walkway will connect the parking decks of both hotels to the Peoria Civic Center.

"I think most people are having a hard time seeing how the logistics of this project works. But, when the courtyard opens, then it will make sense. The finished product will be, I think, very impressive," said developer Gary Matthews.

Gary Matthews says he's looking at having shops on the bottom floor of the 400 car parking deck serving the hotels.