Exciting news for the city of Allentown: the Renaissance by Marriott Allentown has opened its doors and is ready for guests.

The 170-room hotel connects to the PPL Center hockey arena and overlooks Center Square. J.B. Reilly, cofounder and president of City Center Leigh Valley, owns the hotel. A fitness center, free Internet and 10 meeting rooms are just some of the amenities the hotel offers. Capacity for events ranges from nine to 433. Guests can even bring their pets.

In August, Reilly hired Scott Bullock as general manager and Mark De Intinis as director of sales and marketing.

“I think it’s a wonderful project,” says Bullock in an interview with LVB.com. “A hotel connected to an arena … and in the middle of more than a billion dollars of real estate development, that’s fun.”

Bullock has extensive experience working in award-winning hotels and four-star properties across the county. He joined Center City Lehigh Valley from his previous position as vice president of hospitality with Morgan Management in Rochester, N.Y.

De Intinis has been in the hospitality industry for 25 years. He has held sales and marketing executive roles with Marriott, Hilton Worldwide and Starwood Hotels and Resorts as well as two years as general manager of a Cambria Suites property in downtown Pittsburgh.

Close to many local attractions and easily accessible by a number of transportation means, the Renaissance Allentown is sure to be a hit. 

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