I'm currently staying at the Ft. Wayne Marriott and don't notice any construction around. I'm not sure if I am thinking of the wrong hotel or if perhaps the other person is. Anyways, I am at the one on E. Washington Center Road.
The hotel has a great steakhouse and tons of restaurants that are nearby for families. Cosmo's is a local diner that serves breakfast and lunch. The food is delicious, reasonably priced, and there are huge portions.
Not sure how "family friendly" the hotel is as I stay here for business. However, there are two pools (indoor and outdoor), putting green, and exercise room.
Let me know if you want more details, if I have the right hotel. :)
If you are looking for possibly the best steak or prime rib you have ever eaten, you don't have to go far. I was recommended to the Cork and Cleaver restaurant, and when entering it into the GPS in my rental car I found that it is adjacent to the Marriott and you can walk across the parking lot and get there faster than driving.
There steaks are the best that I have ever had and I butcher my own beef from my fathers farm in Buffalo, NY, and they are really good too, but this was the best. My daughter is a chef and even she reaved of how good the place was. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed.
Price is moderate, it was about $150 for the 3 of us to have drinks, salad bar, great steaks and deserts.