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Marriott Launches First Renaissance Hotel in Harlem

The opening marks the fifth property for the brand in New York City

By Madeline Fuerstenberg

Renaissance New York Harlem Hotel’s lobby restaurant || Courtesy of Marriott International

Renaissance Hotels, part of Marriott’s global portfolio, debuted its fifth New York City property this month. Renaissance New York Harlem Hotel, the first of the brand to find its home in the iconic Harlem neighborhood, is on the site of the historic Victoria Theater and is just steps away from Apollo Theater. Located in the Victoria Building, it is in the tallest building north of Central Park.

Renaissance New York Harlem Hotel boasts 211 rooms and suites and more than 9,000 square feet of event space across five on-site venues that can accommodate up to 300 attendees. The hotel was designed to emanate the vibrant spirit and culture of Harlem with the polished glamor of the Harlem Renaissance era. “Harlem is a historical epicenter of art, cuisine, music, and culture and is of the upmost importance that we stay true to the authenticity of the locale—from the details in the design to our daily programming and entertainment,” says Jennifer Connell, global brand leader for Renaissance Hotels, in a prepared statement. “In bringing the Renaissance Hotel brand to this famed neighborhood, we are inviting travelers near and far to enjoy all that this community has to offer.”

Preserving the original essence of the Victoria Theater, the hotel conserves its outer facade, marquee, outdoor ticket booth, and entrance staircase. The hotel itself pays homage to musical legends like Billie Holiday, Josephine Baker, Louis Armstrong, and Cab Calloway with custom artwork throughout its interior.

Also featured at the Renaissance New York Harlem Hotel is The Victoria, a restaurant operated by Silk Hospitality Group. The restaurant boasts a marble bar, lounge seating, and a fifth-floor mezzanine overlooking the heart of the hotel. The Victoria’s menu features a variety of global cuisine curated by Executive Chef Bobby Bouyer.