• Marriott Syracuse Celebrates Anniversary

     
    POSTED August 20, 2017
     

Marriott Syracuse Downtown celebrates the one year anniversary of its reopening after extensive renovations. The building, formerly the home of Hotel Syracuse, has been central to the Syracuse community since it initially opened in 1924, and its 2016 reopening marked the beginning of a new era of accomplishment.

Since reopening, the hotel has added 260 new jobs to the local economy, accommodated 75,000 visitors to the area, cultivated a thriving wedding business by hosting over 120 weddings, attracted more than 1,400 business meetings to Syracuse, supported the community through a monthly $2,000 grant to local nonprofits selected by hotel employees and added two new restaurants to the downtown scene: Eleven Waters and Shaughnessy's.

Mindful of its historic significance, the hotel has also kept to traditional holiday celebrations held by its famous predecessor, including a New Year's Eve celebration that hosted 1,000, St. Patrick's Day festivities that for 1,500, 700 guests at Easter brunch and 1,000 guests on Monther's Day.

Celebrations for the upcoming anniversary are planned as well, with 11 for $11 menu specials at Eleven Waters, happy hour specials at O'Shaughnessy's, and a proclamation on August 18 by Mayor Stephanie Miner accompanied by refreshments.

Owner Edward Riley applied his expertise in historic hotel preservation to the monumental task of restoring its public spaces while transforming the original 600 accommodations into 261 larger guest rooms and suites that meet the needs of 21st century travelers.

“Syracuse is in the midst of an exciting rejuvenation and we’ve committed the resources of this hotel to drive its continued growth,” says Riley “As a fifth-generation Syracusan, I know firsthand the historical impact this hotel has had on the city and its residents. To see it once again a vital player in the local economy and social fabric of Syracuse fulfills a long-held dream.”

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