Marriott Goes Big in NYC

Marriott Chain opens tallest hotel in North America—and two brands with Courtyard, Residence Inn

Marriott International, Inc. and G Holdings opened what they’re calling an “iconic addition” to the New York skyline, a combined 378-room Courtyard hotel and 261-suite Residence Inn hotel in midtown Manhattan. The $320 million, 68-story property is the tallest single-use hotel in North America is located at 1717 Broadway, just a few blocks from Central Park and Times Square.

“This opening is a prime example of an ideal dual-branded hotel, and this will surely be both brands’ crown jewel,” says Janis Milham, Senior Vice President of Modern Essentials and Extended Stay for Marriott International. “The new hotels’ contemporary designs and stunning views will surely make the property a great ambassador for the city.”

The hotels offer valet parking and some 6,000 square feet of meeting space, a fitness center located on the 35th floor with floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor sundeck for stretching, relaxing or seasonal use. Some guest rooms also feature floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular views of Central Park, Times Square and the Hudson River.

“In addition to fabulous views, a stellar New York City location and amenities, our 21st century telecommunications, with free international phone calls, digital systems and hi-tech wiring, set these hotels far above the standard that business travelers expect,” says Harry Gross, President & CEO of G Holdings. “These new hotels, the Residence Inn Central Park and Courtyard by Marriott Central Park, are the most innovative hotels we’ve built to date.”

The new property includes complimentary Wi-Fi throughout and each guestroom delivers 1.25 gigabytes of bandwidth with horizontal and vertical fiber optical cable network that allows for fast, extensive use on multiple devices at one time. In addition, Smart TVs offer 60 HD channels.

Housed on floors six to 33, the Courtyard hotel guest rooms feature modern design with a contemporary feel. The room design offers hybrid zones for working, sleeping and relaxing.

“The Bistro,” Courtyard’s food and beverage offering, serves up casual, flexible seating; easy access to food and higher quality, healthier menu options for breakfast; and light evening fare. Local beer and wine will be featured.

Courtyard’s touch-screen concierge—GoBoard 4.0—provides local information, maps, weather and headline news on a 55-inch, LCD screen. Guests also can obtain immediate access to detailed flight information for local airports, popular entertainment and local event information, as well as walking directions.

Meanwhile, the Residence Inn hotel is located on floors 37 to 65 and offers studio suites designed for stays of five nights or more. Each suite has a fully functional kitchen with a coffeemaker, microwave oven and custom appliances.

And for those management consultants who need to stay on site and work through the weekend, Residence Inn also offers casual nighttime receptions with cocktails and light fare.