The history behind our beautifully restored ballrooms at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.
In order to know where you’re going, you must know where you’ve been. When our hotel first opened in 1924, the magnificent ballroom resembled a blue sky with scattered white clouds. The idea was to create the impression that the ceiling was open to the sky. As the years went on, the ceiling was covered with acoustic tiles and painted white. During our restoration, the beautiful skyscape scene was recreated in our 10th floor ballroom at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, restoring the Hotel Syracuse’s famous Grand Ballroom to its 1924 glory.
The sky ceiling restored:
Employees of John Tiedemann Inc., a NJ company that specializes in painting and decorating churches and historic buildings, used historic photos and research to create the ceiling that you admire today. Yes, the old tiles are still there but the workers plastered over them, painting the ceiling blue and then air-brushing the white clouds.
A fresh coat of paint goes a long way:
Along with the ceiling, the walls were also painted white years ago, giving a “washed out” appearance to the room. Peeling back the layers, the specialists discovered that the grand ballroom at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown was originally shades of gold, a refreshing look compared to the crisp white appearance that it has been for decades. To match the gold color scheme, workers also painted the columns faux marble, a nice complement to the glamorous gold walls.
Our Grand Ballroom was one of the last rooms to be renovated, receiving extra attention to ensure a magnificent and “wow” finish. The sky ceiling at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown is certainly a favorite among our guests and wedding parties. “This whole floor is really the showcase of the building,” our new owner, Ed Riley said. “This has the views. They’re amazing, something you don’t normally see in a ballroom.”
Interested in planning a wedding with us? Take a tour of our grand ballroom today. Click here for additional information.
Meeting Planning in Syracuse is Easy when Booking with us!
We invite you to plan your next Syracuse meeting with us right here at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. With over 41, 000 square feet of flexible event space, we have just what you need for a successful corporate event.
Our IACC Conference Center features eight breakout rooms, six private dining/meeting rooms and three ballrooms to ensure a comfortable fit for events of every size.
- Grand Ballroom – 5,952 square feet
- Persian – 4,050 square feet
- Finger Lakes Ballroom – 7,888 square feet
- Empire Room – 2,940 square feet
After choosing one of our Syracuse event spaces, let our specialists work with you to create the perfect afternoon or evening for your clients. Our culinary team is ready to prepare meals or snacks to help satisfy every palette.
For your convenience, our business center provides:
- Complimentary wired and wireless internet access
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, just steps away from The Oncenter Convention facility, a few blocks from the historic Armory Square District and less than one mile from Syracuse University and Upstate Medical Center, consider us for your next corporate event. Begin the meeting planning process in Syracuse today. Give our specialists a call directly at 315-474-2424.
Consider our historic Syracuse wedding venue for your magical day.
If the question was popped and the answer was yes this Valentine’s Day you are in good company. There are countless of brides-to-be that said yes the same way. While your head may still be spinning with all of the excitement, now is the perfect time to put the wheels in motion for the day that you have always dreamed of at our historic Syracuse wedding venue.
As a couple, your nuptial celebration should be a day of peace and elegance. It’s a time to relax and bask in joy and happiness among friends and family, and at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown our wedding planning services allow you to focus on being fully present on your special day while we meticulously attend to every detail of the event.
Couples looking for a Syracuse wedding venue can work with our planner, a talented professional who has your interests and needs at heart. We offer complete menu selection from a range of meal packages, and we’ll take a collaborative approach to working with your vendors. Unsure of who to choose? We can even provide you with a list of high-quality recommendations for fine linens and place settings as well as musicians, photographers and other service providers.
When you’re searching for the perfect wedding location, don’t overlook the amenities available at our historic Syracuse hotel. We offer lavish overnight accommodations suites and a range of wedding packages and luxurious spaces for both the bridal and groom parties to prepare for the event.
Host the wedding of your dreams at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown and let our Certified Wedding Specialists take that exciting journey with you for the most special day of your life. We have thought of everything to help create the most beautiful and unique weddings.
Congratulations on your Valentine’s engagement from all of us at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.
Considerations for wedding planning in Syracuse
Congratulations! Planning your wedding can be a dream of many brides to be. But with the planning, comes many decisions. Choosing the ideal wedding venue will be one of the most important (right up there with the dress). The Wedding Planners at our historic hotel have some helpful tips to consider:
Space for all of your guests – Make sure the event space is roomy enough to accommodate the number of people on your guest list. The space may look enormous when it’s empty, but wedding essentials — tables, chairs, a buffet, a bar, the band or DJ setup, the dance floor — can take up a lot of space. Not to mention your guests will need some elbow room. The best way to assess the size of a site? Ask to take a peek of the space when another wedding (with an equivalent guest list size) is all set up.
A storied venue – What will your guests see when they pull up to your wedding? Exceptional locations with a unique history are always a plus. Look to the decor or architectural details of your venue as well!
The Cuisine – Special dietary needs? Cultural dishes desired? Make sure that you are able to create a menu plan that will suit all of your tastes.
Overnight Accommodations – Having access to overnight accommodations for out of town guests as well as space for your bridal party to get into their special occasion finery is a must.
Professional Coordination – Does the venue offer Wedding Planning assistance? You may think you have all of the details ironed out but a true professional will handle all the details of your special day and facilitating all aspects of your wedding. A wedding planner will work closely with your vendors to ensure your day is stress free! From limousines and other transportation for you and your guests, a wedding coordinator can also offer referrals for linens, chairs, place settings, musicians, DJ’s, photographers, florists and more.
When working out the details of your wedding planning in Syracuse, let our professionals at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown set the stage for an incredible occasion and help you make a memorable start together.
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!
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.
Wishing you all the Hope, Wonder, and Joy that the Season can bring!
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.