History and romance at our Syracuse wedding venue
Congratulations on your recent engagement! Now that you are betrothed, it is time to begin planning for your wedding day. If you are looking for a romantic and elegant location, our stunning Syracuse wedding venue is a dream-come-true.
Opened in 1924, the Hotel Syracuse was the grand lady 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 have recreated the grandeur of this historic property from Hotel Syracuse to Marriott Syracuse Downtown.
Imagine celebrating your love at our historic property while every last detail is handled seamlessly by our staff of Certified Wedding Specialists.
Here is what you can expect:
- A team of certified wedding planning experts.
- Our newly restored and historic Imperial Ballroom and Grand Ballroom
- Flexible, new, and revitalized event spaces that can accommodate small, intimate affairs, as well as grand celebrations for your wedding or other bridal celebration.
- Wedding packages that are perfect for any budget.
- Highly acclaimed chefs that assist in the creation of distinctive and delicious wedding menus.
We invite you join us at the newly opened Marriott Syracuse Downtown for a tour and we will ensure that your wedding is stress-free and full of love and joy.
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 from the start.”
Historical Elegance, Modern Luxury
Every facet of the 261-room hotel has been restored or rebuilt to maintain its historic elegance as well as offer guests the latest in modern amenities. Terrazzo floors and 20-foot columns adorn the soaring grand lobby along with a painstakingly restored 1940s mural behind the front desk and refurbished original 1924 chandeliers with furnishings by Harden and Stickley, both local companies. Each room and suite has been completely renovated for comfort and luxury and furnished with exquisite Stickley furniture. Remaining in each door is a rare built-in compartment called a servidor. Servidors, which were invented in the early 1900s, allowed hotel staff to pick up and deliver items without disturbing guests, a service luxury that the Marriott Syracuse Downtown continues for today’s travelers.
Each guest can enjoy the convenience of high-speed Internet access, business centers and express check-in and check-out. The Marriott Syracuse Downtown will also offer one of Marriott’s latest concepts: a top-floor exercise facility, located on the 11th floor of the hotel.
Beautifully Restored Ballrooms
From the time it opened, The Hotel Syracuse has been associated with grand wedding receptions, graduations, proms and other milestone events by so many Central New Yorkers. All three of the hotel’s ballrooms have been beautifully restored – two of them to their original historic grandeur, and the third ballroom modernized for today’s business needs.
The beloved Persian Terrace commands attention with the return of its original architectural details including softly arched windows, stately columns, hand-painted ceiling murals, a customized stage area, and a hand-laid wood dance floor. Accommodating up to 175 people, the Persian Terrace creates an intimate and formal setting for wedding ceremonies, receptions, and other social events.
The magnificent Grand Ballroom on the 10th floor of the hotel has been restored to show off its original enchanting balconies, floor-to-ceiling two-story windows, golden columns, crystal chandeliers, skyscape ceiling, and original hand-laid wood floors – which all leave guests speechless. Brides and grooms of weddings booked in the Grand Ballroom also enjoy newly renovated and expanded Bride and Groom Suites, which adjoin the Grand Ballroom on the 10th floor and allow for pre-wedding ceremony or reception dressing areas, as well as a private location for still and video wedding photography.
The third ballroom, the former Imperial Ballroom, has been renovated to become the new Finger Lakes Ballroom, which is now one of the most technologically advanced meeting spaces in the region.
Meeting Services and Technology Earn International Recognition
The Finger Lakes Ballroom at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown has been awarded membership into the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC). Members of IACC need to meet the highest quality standards in design, food and beverage services, and meeting technology. Conference and meeting planners will find built-in audio and video systems and flexible conference rooms built for groups of ten to 600 people.
Modern design, skilled staff members, upscale dedicated food and beverage services and state-of-the-art high-tech services that exceed IACC standards were designed to provide a level of service that is practiced by the best meeting facilities in the world.
A Culinary Experience
Crescent Hotels & Resorts’ culinary arm “Crescent Culinary” led a significant effort throughout the renovations to put together some of the greatest dining outlet designs and teams for this hotel. Crescent’s expert culinarians lead the concept development, branding, design and operating plan of the dining outlets, including menu and recipe development for specialty foods and cocktails at several themed restaurants, and culinary training to ensure all restaurants provide the highest levels of service. Throughout this partnership, the experts at Crescent partnered with local teams to incorporate many local products and inspiration.
Hotel guests and all diners in the Greater Syracuse area will enjoy the feature restaurant Eleven Waters, a Finger Lakes Style bistro open now for breakfast, lunch and dinner; and the Cavalier Room for cocktails and small plates during lunch and dinner. In addition, restaurants Shaughnessy’s Irish Pub and the Legacy Steakhouse will open later in the year to the delight of the Syracuse community and hotel guests.
Please continue to follow us for updates, events and news as we move forward into a new era!
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 for news and updates of our historic Syracuse hotel, the Marriott Syracuse Downtown (formerly Hotel 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 with you.
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 of our historic Syracuse hotel.
Until next week,
The Marriott Syracuse Downtown
The latest on Marriott Syracuse Hotel renovations continue to evolve.
In case you missed it, the latest collection of news as we renovate and evolve at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, formerly Hotel Syracuse.
First look at restoration of Hotel Syracuse’s magnificent Grand Ballroom
When the hotel opened in 1924, the ballroom’s ceiling was painted to resemble a sky with clouds. Later at some point the artwork was covered with acoustic tiles and painted white. Today, artisans from John Tiedemann Inc. have been completing a restoration of the beautiful skyscape, returning it to the beauty that once was.
Cuomo: Two Syracuse companies expanding to add 242 jobs
Governor Cuomo chose to hold a press conference on June 2, 2016 at our historic Syracuse hotel because he believe is “stands as a symbol of the area’s renaissance” Later he said, “From the complete renovation of the Syracuse Hotel to attracting top talent and big business to the region, this state is committed to revitalizing Central New York and strengthening the upstate economy.”
Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel Photo Gallery
Syracuse New Times photographer Michael Davis shares some amazing images of the ongoing restoration of the hotel.
10 Insanely Affordable Destinations for Summer 2016
The Marriott Syracuse Downtown made the SmarterTravel list!
Room Service – Ed Riley checks in to bring back the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel.
The Syracuse New Times, Walt Shepperd interviews Ed Riley on the past, present and future of the hotel.
Our Syracuse hotel renovation is nearly complete! The days are getting closer to when we will be welcoming our first guests! Stay tuned to our blog, Facebook and Twitter for the latest developments.