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Marriott Syracuse Downtown Officially Opens, Managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts

After a $76 million dollar restoration and over two years of dust, hardhats and the occasional discovery of hidden architectural gems, the Marriott Syracuse Downtown – formerly the Hotel Syracuse – is ready to welcome guests to the iconic hotel that at one time hosted guests ranging from Presidents Kennedy and Eisenhower to Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones and John Lennon. Award winning Marriott operator, Crescent Hotels & Resorts will manage the legendary hotel as a full service franchised hotel. “Bringing this hotel back to life was the goal of a committed group of stakeholders which included the city, county and state, Hayner Hoyt as well as so many others who helped make this a reality,” said Ed Riley, owner and developer of the hotel. “This hotel will once again be the gathering place for our community, within which new generations will create their memories as past generations have. It was a destination in its time, and today I’m proud to say it’s ready to be one again.” Those staying in Syracuse find themselves in the heart of downtown Syracuse, conveniently located near Armory Square and Syracuse University. The Marriott Syracuse Downtown is also the headquarters hotel of the Onondaga County Convention Center, also known as The Oncenter. “This has been such a special project for Crescent Hotels & Resorts and myself personally,” said Michael George, CEO of Crescent Hotels & Resorts and Watertown, NY native. “Crescent excels in opening and operating iconic hotels and has been thrilled to partner with Ed Riley and the entire project team in transforming the Hotel Syracuse to the spectacular Marriott Syracuse Downtown...

Restaurants, Tours and Gargoyles, oh my! In the News at our Historic Syracuse Hotel

In case you missed it, here is a roundup of our latest news at our historic Syracuse Hotel Taking the Pre-Opening Tour: The Hotel Syracuse, Will Become the Marriott Syracuse Downtown A showcase of the hotel by the Urban CNY Editor and Publisher, Ken Jackson. A bistro, a lounge, a steakhouse, a pub: When will Hotel Syracuse’s new dining spots open? With five kitchens and five bars, three restaurants and three ballrooms, our historic Syracuse hotel will be a true foodie’s fantasy. “It’s exciting,” said Tom Kiernan, who serves as the property’s executive chef, overseeing all the dining and drinking outlets. “I think this is going to be the lynchpin of downtown Syracuse.” Eleven Waters Set to Open Soon in Former Hotel Syracuse Alexa Green of TWC News of Central NY interviews our very own Executive Sous Chef, Cody Dedischew.  “We’re focused on offering New York amazing products; that includes everything from the refreshed glasses that we use on the tables, which are recycled wine bottles … [to] using different companies all from within, trying to keep within 100 miles of downtown Syracuse.” After 92 years, a facelift for Hotel Syracuse’s gargoyles & Made in CNY: Local business gives new life to hotel gargoyles After the Gargoyles were removed from the property, many wondered if they would ever make their way back. We are happy to say they have! The gargoyles that watched over the former Hotel Syracuse for more than 90 years were replaced with lighter, more durable replicas. We are so close to our official opening and looking forward to making more memories with our guests. Keep following...

New York Wedding Expo: A Syracuse Wedding Show This September

Plan your big day at the Syracuse Wedding Show this fall at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Everything you will need to plan your dream wedding in one spot. The New York Wedding Expo will be making it’s appearance at our historic Syracuse hotel this fall. Come and see a Syracuse wedding show that boasts creative and talented wedding professionals. Delight in all the sights and sounds that will help create a sensational wedding day. You’ll find valuable wedding ideas and opportunities all in one place, including a free honeymoon giveaway. If you’re just starting with wedding details or looking for last minute ideas, this is the perfect opportunity. The New York Wedding Expo takes place September 18, 2016 from 12pm to 4pm and is sponsored by BACH Photo Images, Fairy Tale Weddings and Events, NERIUM, The Marriott Syracuse Downtown (formerly The Hotel Syracuse), Lake Effect DJ and Karaoke with DJ MIKE. You can see full list of participating vendors here. Imagine saying I Do at the historic and luxurious Marriott Syracuse Downtown, formerly Hotel Syracuse. Whether you are looking for a large, decadent event or a small, personal setting, our wedding professionals will help you plan the wedding of your dreams. The New York Wedding Expo is the perfect place to take it all in while you work out the details of planning your special...

Upcoming Events at the Oncenter Syracuse Convention Center Complex

What’s happening up at the Oncenter, Syracuse Onondaga County Convention Center? The Oncenter, Syracuse Convention Center, has been host to international, national, regional and local conferences, conventions, trade shows, concerts, performances and events for over sixty years. Encompassing 3 blocks in Downtown, the Oncenter includes War Memorial Arena, the John H. Mulroy Civic Center Theaters and the Nicholas J Pirro Convention Center. Upcoming events at the Oncenter Syracuse Convention Center complex include: Upstate New York Tattoo Convention Third Day together with Steven Curtis Chapman Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally: Summer of 69: No Apostrophe Tour 3 Doors Down: Us and The Night Tour 216 Peppa Pig LIVE: Peppa Pig’s Big Splash Successful Business Women Awards Amy Schumer World Tour Ed Blaze Jack Hanna’s Into The Wild LIVE! – Presented by Nationwide Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound: Dance Reimagined Onondaga County lawmakers recently named our historic hotel as the Official Hotel of the Onondaga County Oncenter. Guests will be able to look to the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, formerly Hotel Syracuse, as the accommodations they can rely upon when visiting the center. Located on Warren Street, we are just a few blocks from the convention center venues. Organizations planning for their event at the center will also be able to reserve a block of rooms for their convention business. We are IACC Accredited. Reserve your stay at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown for September 2016 and...

Recap of Meet the Staff Monday – Welcoming our Team at our Historic Syracuse Hotel

We’ve got some great people in place at our historic Syracuse Hotel Everyone who comes into the world brings a unique talent and at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, formerly Hotel Syracuse, we are honored to be employing some of the best! Recently we shared a feature on social media; “Meet the Staff Monday” to introduce some of our key associates. Join us in welcoming our newest staff at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown! Paul McNeil, our General Manager brings impressive credentials to our property. His entire 30 year career with Marriott and reputation for opening and renovating large-scale hotels makes him the perfect fit! He is responsible for all aspects of the operation of our hotel. Buffalo, New York native, he returns to New York by making Syracuse his home. Jerry Keohane, Director of Sales and Marketing is a Central New York native and industry veteran. His demonstrated success and understanding of convention and tourism sales and marketing is great news for us, as we are going to be the official hotel for The OnCenter! Phil Austin is our Director of Finance. As an active participant in the community, he is a member of the Board of Education for the Chittenango School District and is inspired by the history and renovation of the property. With a background in operations and food & beverage in addition to finance, he fits in perfectly with our hotel. MJ Piraino, our Director of Human Resources is an experienced human resources professional with academic and professional training that has centered on adult learning, workforce development and labor relations. She is also a Syracuse native! We are looking...

It may still be Summer but now is the Best Time to Plan your Holiday Parties at our Historic Venue in Syracuse

Our historic venue in Syracuse is perfect for your next holiday party. The Hotel Syracuse has certainly hosted some of the most stylish events. From the moment you enter you can feel the warmth, romance and historic charm. Countless weddings and other social events, as well as the meetings of many business groups and conventions, were held in its Persian Terrace, Grand Ballroom and other function rooms. Today we are recreating the grandeur of this historic property as the Hotel Syracuse becomes the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. Now you can put your holiday or end of year event into our hands and allow our culinary team design inspired meals while our professional event planners oversee every detail. Opened in 1924, the Hotel Syracuse was the stunning standout of Central New York hotels for many years before its closing in 2004. As we approach the holiday season in Syracuse, we are dreaming of all of the amazing events we will be hosting and hope that you will consider our property for your end of year occasions! We have over 37,000 square feet of flexible event space just waiting for you. We have an IACC Conference Center with eight breakout rooms, six private dining/meeting rooms and three lovely ballrooms, as well. • Grand Ballroom – 5,952 square feet • Persian – 4,050 square feet • Finger Lakes Ballroom – 7,888 square feet • Empire Room – 2,940 square feet Imagine celebrating the holidays at our historic venue in Syracuse while every last detail is handled seamlessly by our staff of talented professionals. Our team will be happy to discuss the particulars of your event...

Return Your Favorite Student to Syracuse University & Stay the Night at our Historic Syracuse Hotel

Celebrate the empty nest and relax in luxury at our historic Syracuse hotel. Kids off to college? Whether it is it is their first time or their final year, parents will need to help get them off to a good start for the semester. After the last box is unloaded in the dorm, why not treat yourself to a decadent overnight getaway with us at our newly restored, historic Syracuse Hotel. We are located just one mile from SU so you can join us for Family Weekend in October too! While in town, take in some of the local culture and attractions, dine at our brand new restaurant, Eleven Water or simply relax in the comfort of our guest rooms. Once known as the Hotel Syracuse, our lovely Marriott Syracuse Downtown hotel has preserved the grandeur and opulence of this famed hotel and added a modern twist. The hotel’s rich history has been maintained in the design and infrastructure, as well as in the notable works of art that once graced the property. Now taking reservations from August 2016 and beyond.   Enter the doors and you will instantly feel the luxury and splendor that the Marriott Syracuse Downtown exudes. We are located in the heart of Syracuse, making us an ideal hotel for both business and leisure travelers…and parents of SU students! Your new Syracuse University...

Marriott Syracuse Downtown: In the News at our Historic Syracuse Hotel

In case you missed it, here is a roundup of our latest news at our historic Syracuse Hotel Carrie Lazarus presents Extraordinary: Hotel Syracuse – See the full Carrie Lazarus special as she walks through the Hotel. Men behind the Hotel Syracuse comeback: ‘I want to see this place go back to what it was’ – owner Ed Riley and General Manager Paul McNeil sat in its restored lobby to talk about the hotel’s comeback after 12 years of darkness. First guest at restored Hotel Syracuse: ‘This is spectacular’ – A Stickley Furniture sales representative from Tennessee became the first guest to check into the restored Hotel. More than 1,000 celebrate Hotel Syracuse’s revival – The Forever Hotel Syracuse” gala fundraiser for the Onondaga Historical Association was attended by over 1000 and took place at the Hotel this June. With 1920s vintage cars and doormen in period uniforms, the sendoff of the days of Hotel Syracuse and the ushering in of a new era of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. “It’s the history that’s been made inside the building,” he said. “The weddings, the parties, the bar mitzvahs, the memories, the emotional attachment that this community has to this building and what it’s meant to their lives and their own history over the past 92 years is what makes this building the most historic. It’s not just the building itself. It’s what transpired within these walls.” – Gregg Tripoli, executive director of the Onondaga Historical Association We are so close to our official opening and looking forward to making more memories with our guests. Keep following for news and updates...

Introducing our Hotel Packages in Syracuse

Our historic hotel is nearly ready to welcome guests and has some amazing hotel packages in Syracuse Whether looking for a romantic getaway, a business trip or visiting your favorite student to Syracuse University, we would love to welcome you to the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, formerly Hotel Syracuse. With our new hotel packages in place, you will enjoy incomparable savings and amenities to enjoy.  Introducing the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Marriott Rewards Shopping Package Romance Package Romance Dinner Package Dinner Package Stay For Breakfast Package Zoo Package Family Package The Marriott Syracuse Downtown has been named as one of SmarterTravel’s Insanely Affordable Destinations for Summer 2016! Once you enter the doors you will instantly feel the luxury and splendor that the Marriott Syracuse Downtown displays. We are located in the heart of Syracuse, making us an ideal hotel for both business and leisure travelers. Our brand new guestrooms are comfortable and spacious and provide all the comforts of home. For your convenience, we offer both guest rooms and suites that are pet friendly and offer a host of amenities. We can’t wait to welcome our guests for stays summer 2016 and...

A look Ahead: Planning End of Year Meetings at our Event Space in Syracuse

Summer might be just getting started, but it’s never too early to start looking for a fall or winter event space in Syracuse. Opened in 1924, the Hotel Syracuse was the stunning standout of Central New York hotels for many years before its closing in 2004. Countless weddings and other social events, as well as the meetings of many business groups and conventions, were held in its Persian Terrace, Grand Ballroom and other function rooms. Today we are recreating the grandeur of this historic property as the Hotel Syracuse becomes the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. We have over 37,000 square feet of flexible event space just waiting for you. We have an IACC Conference Center with eight breakout rooms, six private dining/meeting rooms and three lovely ballrooms, as well. • Grand Ballroom – 5,952 square feet • Persian – 4,050 square feet • Finger Lakes Ballroom – 7,888 square feet • Empire Room – 2,940 square feet All of our meeting space on the ground floor is IACC approved, as well as our Finger Lakes Ballroom. We are proud to be the largest and newest IACC conference space available in the Syracuse area. Plan your Meeting or Event at the Marriott Syracuse  We look forward to providing a new era of exemplary Marriott service you would expect, luxurious accommodations and spectacular public spaces that marry the past with the...