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Embrace the Winter Fun in Syracuse at Winterfest

Marriott Syracuse Downtown is the official hotel of Winterfest!

winter fun in Syracuse

In Syracuse we have winters of epic portions but we not only embrace the winter, we celebrate it with Winterfest!

Winter fun in Syracuse takes center stage for twelve days of activities and food at both indoor and outdoor events throughout the city from February 16 – 26. Over 100,000 visitors come to join in the festivities and this year, as the Official Hotel of Winterfest, we are proud to be a part of it all!

Join us for the Winterfest Kick-off Dance Party of February 17 from 7-11pm at the Finger Lakes Ballroom. Live music, cash bar and food.

Plenty of opportunities to enjoy our Winterfest offerings:

  • Culinary Cruise on February 18 from 12pm-4pm at Eleven Waters. “Cruisers” will purchase tickets for $5 to visit participating restaurants and sample their culinary specialties and vote for their favorites.
  • Martini Mix-off on February 18 from 12-4pm at the Cavalier Room. The Marriott Syracuse Downtown will be participating in the competition to see which area restaurant has the best martini!
  • Chili Cook-off on February 25 from 11am-3pm at Clinton Square featuring Shaughnessy’s. Who will have the best chili in town?
  • Chowder Cook-off on February 26 11am-3pm at Clinton Square featuring Eleven Waters. It is every restaurant for themselves as they all vie to see who has the best chowder in Central New York.
  • Bloody Mary Mix-off on February 26 12pm-4pm at Eleven Waters. Stop at the participating downtown restaurants and try the various bloody Mary offerings to determine who has the best taste and presentation.
  • Wing Walk on February 26 from 12pm-5pm outside on the Sidewalk featuring Shaughnessy’s in this Winterfest favorite. Which wings will come out on top?

While there are countless foodie events to take advantage of, visitors can also enjoy comedy shows, dancing, entertainment, kids’ events, museum events, trivia and a host of other varied activities throughout the celebration.

Everyone at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown hopes you have a wonderful time at this year’s Winterfest activities.

2017 has just begun – Time to Get Down to Business with the Perfect Event Space in Syracuse

Book Your Next Meeting at our Business Event Space in Syracuse

Business Event Space in Syracuse

At the Marriott Syracuse Downtown we have a variety of flexible spaces, including an IACC certified meeting center, on-site Sales and Catering Team and skilled Conference Managers available to plan with you. There really is no better choice than our historic Syracuse hotel.

We feature over 41,000 sq. ft. of flexible event space across multiple meeting rooms including 14,200 sq. ft. of IACC certified member venue conference space and three ballrooms offering up a total of 18,500 sq. ft. Smaller gathering? There are twenty breakout rooms to choose from as well.

Our state-of-the-art technology and acoustical packages are supported by our team of professionals with on- audio visual equipment and when staying the night we feature wireless Internet access in guest rooms, suites, and meeting rooms, a full service business center, 24-hour fitness center with Life Fitness equipment and Club Level amenities for Marriott Rewards guests.

Ready to do some off-site team building when in town? Guests can enjoy the numerous area golf courses, historic Armory Square District and Clinton Square, Everson Museum of Art, the Landmark and Palace Theatres, Carrier Dome and Oncenter Events (we are the official hotel of the Oncenter!)

If in town for other business, travelers can take advantage of our Business Boost Package which includes breakfast for one each morning, complimentary Wi-Fi and a complimentary signature cocktail each evening to relax after a full day of meetings.

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 have recreated the grandeur of this historic property as the Hotel Syracuse is now the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. Get the year off to the right foot and plan your day at our business event space in Syracuse or stay today.

Love is in the Air! Celebrate with a Romantic Getaway in Central New York at our Historic Hotel

We invite you to plan romantic getaway in Central New York. 

Romantic Getaway in Central New York
Valentine’s Day is coming up but February 14th is not the only time to celebrate your love! Enjoy a romantic getaway in Central New York all year long at our historic Syracuse hotel.

Let the romance begin at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown! Treat yourself to our Romance Package that includes a split of Champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, our decadent breakfast buffet for two adults and a relaxingly late check out by 2 p.m.

Dinner plans?  Our Romance Dinner Package will treat you and your special someone to a split of Champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, a $50 dining credit in Eleven Waters Restaurant, breakfast buffet for two adults and a late check-out by 2 p.m. (based on availability).

Stroll the streets of Syracuse and take in some the amazing attractions like historic Armory Square or a show at the Landmark Theatre. Enjoy a shopping trip to Destiny USA or tour the wineries and breweries of Syracuse.

These romantic getaways in Central New York are available year round. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary or anytime you need to add a little more romance to your love life! Offering a rich history, the Marriott Syracuse Downtown mixes enchanting accommodations with modern luxury and top-notch service.

Wishing you a Joyous New Year from Marriott Syracuse Downtown

Happy New Year from the Marriott Syracuse Downtown

As the New Year approaches us with hopes anew, here is wishing you and your family a wonderful year ahead!

Marriott Syracuse Downtown
The New Year is always such a special time to share with family and friends as you say goodbye to the past and usher in the future. We hope your New Year’s Eve plans include our Roaring 20’s Party at our historic Syracuse hotel, but however you plan to celebrate, we wish you every happiness this season and throughout the year.

Welcome 2017!

Our Warmest Holiday Wishes from Everyone at The Marriott Syracuse Downtown

Wishing you all the Hope, Wonder, and Joy that the Season can bring!

Happy Holidays Marriott Syracuse Downtown
If you will be in Syracuse for the holiday season, we invite you to celebrate with us at the historic Marriott Syracuse Downtown!

While in town, you can enjoy some amazing events this season like the Annual Gingerbread Gallery at The Erie Canal Museum to Lights on the Lake in Onondaga Lake Park and of course skating the Clinton Square Ice Rink and Meachem Rink where more than 20,000 skaters take to the ice each year. Of course, our New Year’s Eve Celebration at our historic Syracuse hotel will create memories to last a lifetime.

We look forward to celebrating the holiday season with all of our cherished guests.

Happy Holidays!

Essential Cold Weather Wedding Tips

Consider our cold weather wedding tips when planning your special day in Syracuse

Cold Weather Wedding Tips

There is nothing quite like the winter in Syracuse! If you are planning a wedding in Salt City over the winter months, it’s important to consider some cold weather wedding tips to keep everyone happy and toasty despite frigid temperatures.

There can be many benefits to having a wedding in winter, such as incorporating the festive mood of the holiday season. It’s entirely appropriate to combine seasonal décor with the wedding. Even if the event is after the New Year, you can maintain some winter-themed centerpieces and decorations with snowflakes, winter trees covered in sparkling lights and cool winter colors. If the wedding is taking place in the coldest of months, you might even consider the opposite approach and create a beach or Hawaiian theme complete with palm tree decorations and tropical drinks.

3 Cold Weather Wedding Tips to consider
1. Dress Appropriately
You don’t want to spend your big day shivering! If you’ll be getting married with chilly temperatures outside, you can be elegant and warm, stylish and cozy…and so can your wedding party. Consider closed-toe shoes, shawls, fur stoles, or matching formal coats for the bride and bridesmaids. Formal dresses with sleeves are also an option. The groom and groomsmen can opt for dark formal coats, matching scarves, and dressy gloves to keep the chill away.
2. Run with a Cozy Theme
Who doesn’t love getting cozy on a cold day?
In the same tone, your guests will appreciate cozy touches for your wedding and reception. Glowing and flickering candles give a warm ambiance, and providing soft blankets in a chilly venue is a thoughtful touch. Special drinks like hot cocoa, cider, and hot toddies will warm guests down to their toes.
3. Choose a Flexible Venue
In the colder months, guests will have layers to shed when they come in from the outdoors. The event venue should have a way to accommodate these, such as a coat area or a room for storing guests’ personal items, like outerwear.

When consider a winter wedding in Syracuse, the Marriott Syracuse Downtown is the perfect spot! Imagine your photos set in front of our grand fireplace in the Lobby and dancing the night away under the blue skies in our ballroom. 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.

At the Marriott Syracuse we would love to be part of your special day!