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Take a walk down Memory Lane with us at our historic Syracuse hotel. 

Historic Syracuse Hotel
Can you believe it? We are in the final stages of our restoration of the former Hotel Syracuse, now Marriott Syracuse Downtown! As we work to complete the project, let’s take a walk down Memory Lane with a timeline of events as they unfolded to make this all happen.

Timeline of restoring our historic Syracuse hotel.

  • In July 2014, Mr. Ed Reily, a fourth-generation Syracuse native, acquired the Hotel Syracuse property and quickly announced his plans for an extensive renovation project of the historic hotel.
  • Early 2015, demolition crews began to knock down walls and strip rooms to their steel girders. They removed asbestos and demolished guest rooms to convert the hotel to 261, larger and more modern accommodations vs. the 500 hotel rooms of days gone by. This is the first major renovation of the hotel since its opening in 1924.
  • As work progressed throughout 2015, the team was surprised and delighted to uncover some amazing historic artifacts and features – including the iconic barber shop, covered-over windows and balconies, the original Art-Deco terrazzo floors of the Rainbow Lounge, which were thought lost when the once-popular cocktail bar became a sports bar in the 1990s, and of course the amazing Lobby mural that depicts a historical account of early Syracuse history.
  • We unveiled model rooms to the public in November 2015, which pair the historical elegance of the Hotel Syracuse with the modern luxury of a new hotel. The Stickley Co. has helped restore the original guest room doors and install new guest room furnishings.

When our full restoration is complete, the Marriott Syracuse Downtown will feature 261 guest rooms and 18 suites, three ballrooms, a conference center, a full-service restaurant, sports bar, steak house and a coffee shop. Upon entering the Lobby, guests will be greeted by Terrazzo floors and 20-foot columns along with restored original murals and 1924 chandeliers.

Guests can book events at the completely modernized Finger Lakes Ballroom, the Persian Terrace, Grand Ballroom, and reserve the eight meeting rooms in the conference center built to meet International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) accreditation guidelines and leading to the hotel to be graced with the title of the Official Oncenter Hotel.

Marriott Syracuse Downtown reservations are being accepted for dates beginning in summer, 2016 and we can hardly wait to share it all with our guests!

Until next time,
The Marriott Syracuse Downtown