At a press conference today, Hotel Syracuse Owner Ed Riley announced the Hotel Syracuse property will now become part of Marriott International’s flagship Marriott Hotels brand. Marriott will work closely with the Hotel Syracuse Restoration team and the hotel’s operator, Crescent Resorts & Hotels, as part of the ongoing restoration.
Riley also unveiled the new name of the hotel as Marriott Downtown Syracuse. “The new name and nationally recognized brand further demonstrates the revival of downtown Syracuse, while the building itself stands as a testament to the rich history of the City,” said Riley. “Together they celebrate the past, present and future.”
Michael George, Founder, President & CEO of Crescent Hotels & Resorts, and Danny Liedka, Global Account Executive with Marriott Hotels, were in attendance along with local dignitaries and executives.
The renovation of Hotel Syracuse has captured the hearts and support of the local community, and attracted the attention and interest of multiple worldwide hotel brands. “This hotel will be the official headquarters hotel for the Onondaga County convention center, with the potential to nearly double the demand for hotel room nights each year because of new business it will bring to the Oncenter,” said Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney. “The strength of the Marriott Hotels brand will help the Marriott Downtown Syracuse and partner organizations like Visit Syracuse to encourage more conventions and large events to come to the area.”
“Seeing the Hotel Syracuse revitalized is a goal shared by all of Syracuse for a long time,” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. “After much hard work, I am pleased the City was able to partner with an excellent developer, Ed Riley, to make this shared dream a reality. I look forward the opening of the Downtown Syracuse Marriot and seeing this building in productive use once again.”
The Marriott Downtown Syracuse will integrate the landmark’s historical components with modern amenities – providing a unique, upscale experience for business or leisure travelers, and the local community. In addition to stylish guestrooms and high tech meeting spaces, the hotel will offer restaurants, shops, and other social spaces. Rob Simpson, President of CenterState CEO, also highlighted the significance of the hotel renovation and today’s announcement on the local economy: “As one of downtown Syracuse’s most iconic properties, this 90-year-old hotel connects us to our past while standing as a symbol of downtown’s bright future. Visitors and conventions will be attracted to the hotel through the Marriott Hotels brand, and will shop, eat and visit downtown businesses. It also brings this historic landmark back to life for use by our local community, while giving them another reason to explore our city center.”
Marriott Downtown Syracuse will continue to provide updates to the community throughout the project, and has already started to receive reservations for events and weddings following their opening slated for Spring 2016.