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A look at the future guest rooms at our Historic Syracuse Hotel

New, improved guest spaces in our historic Syracuse hotel.

It was a magnificent structure consisting of three towers connected to a base. It housed over 600 guest rooms that featured only one or two double beds and a small bathroom. While the rooms were cozy, Hotel Syracuse was one of the leading hotels of its time.

Today, as we restore the grandeur and preserve the past, we also look toward our future for our guests and providing them comfort at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. Our new guest rooms will be twice the size of those historic rooms!

historic Syracuse hotel

Guests staying in our standard guest rooms will be treated to spaces with either one king bed or two double beds and beautiful Syracuse skyline views. All will be non-smoking and either 400 or 450 square feet with comforting amenities throughout. Guests at our Marriott Syracuse will enjoy the convenience of: AM/FM clock radio, work and desk chair, oversized chair and sofa, 49″ LCD HDTV flat screen television, cable/satellite programming, two phone lines with voicemail and more.

Our Marriott suite accommodations will be ideal for visitors who seek additional space to work or relax. Each suite will offer over 800 square feet of space with all of the amenities of our standard guest rooms as well as a sofa bed, sitting area and separate living room.

We also understand that some of our guests will have special needs. We are pleased to offer luxurious accessible guest rooms as well with mobility and hearing accessible features including a roll-in shower, accessible bathtub and 32” wide door openings.

Modern, luxurious yet filled with all of the historical charm you would expect from our property. For more information about our future accommodations at our historic Syracuse hotel, and to inquire about reservations, please visit our website.

Round up of Memories of Hotel Syracuse History

Visitors, Guests and former employees show their love for Hotel Syracuse history. 

In its heyday, the Hotel Syracuse saw its share of visits from famous people. It was a hot spot for celebrities, politicians and important public figures. Some of the high profile guests that spent time at this downtown Syracuse hotel, included the likes of President John F. Kennedy, President Eisenhower, Elvis Presley, Bob Hope, Charles Lindbergh and John Lennon.

Hotel Syracuse history But it isn’t just that it was an attraction for the famous, the Hotel Syracuse has been a beloved landmark in Syracuse by locals, weary travelers and employees alike for close to 100 year years. History is what makes us who we are and our experiences are the special moments in time that tell our story.

At the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, we are working hard to preserve the rich history of the Hotel Syracuse and with that, we have put out requests for all who love our property as much as we have to share their memories with us…and we have been overwhelmed by the response to our request!

From the submissions we have received directly, to the many reminiscences that Syracuse.com readers have shared, it is clear that so many guests and former employees have had such wonderful encounters at the Hotel Syracuse. A special thanks to Sean Kirst for amassing so many of these letters and comments!

Want more? Read on for the collection of the Hotel Syracuse Restoration here.

Nowhere in Syracuse will you find a more historical hotel than at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel. It may have a brand new look, but the memories will forever remain unchanged.

Until next time,
The Marriott Syracuse Downtown

Wedding Planning in Syracuse

Consider our historic hotel when wedding planning in Syracuse. 

Newly Engaged? Congratulations! You have just embarked on an amazing adventure. One of the first big decisions you will face is choosing a location for your special day. We invite you to consider our historic hotel when wedding planning in Syracuse!

wedding planning 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.

Imagine celebrating your love at our historic property while every last detail is handled seamlessly by our staff of talented Wedding Professionals. From the “I Do” all the way through to that last bite of wedding cake, getting married is one of the most special times of your life and planning takes quite a bit of time and thought. We would love to be a part of your special day! Our team will be happy to discuss the particulars of your event with you. The Marriott Syracuse Downtown will be open in the spring of 2016. Please reach out to us at (315) 474-2424.

Until next time,
Marriott Syracuse Downtown

Hotel Syracuse Restoration: Lobby Then & Now

Back to its original glory days, we are bringing the lobby back to the 1920’s with the Hotel Syracuse Restoration.

The old becomes new again with the renovation at Marriott Syracuse Downtown as the crew is bringing back the historic lobby to its 1924 dimensions.

Hotel Syracuse Restoration

Walls are coming down: The wall that was built in the 1960s and shortened the lobby by about 50 feet. This division was to the left of the hotel’s registration desk to create a bar and work space behind the bar. Removing the wall has given access to the view of two large, arched windows as well as a balcony overlooking East Onondaga and South Warren streets.

Ed Riley decided to get rid of the wall and bar to bring the lobby back to the way it looked when the hotel opened in 1924. “It will increase the size of the lobby, and we get to use it not just as a lobby, but as a pre-function space,” Riley said.

The balcony behind the wall will also be restored by removing a second-story floor that was built behind the wall. It will match a balcony that still exists at the opposite end of the lobby, above the Cavalier Room. The Hotel Syracuse restoration plans include renovating the Cavalier Room and put the lobby’s new bar in there.

As the details of the project continue to unfold, we are happy to share them. Stay tuned over the coming weeks for even more details!

Until next week,
Marriott Syracuse Downtown