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August 19, 2016

Marriott Syracuse Downtown Opens With Restored Ballrooms

Michael George, CEO of Crescent Hotels & Resorts, and Ed Riley, owner and developer of the hotel, in the hotel's Persian Terrace ballroom.
Michael George, CEO of Crescent Hotels & Resorts, and Ed Riley, owner and developer of the hotel, in the hotel's Persian Terrace ballroom. 

The former Hotel Syracuse has reopened as the Marriott Syracuse Downtown following a two-year, $76 million renovation project that included a restoration of the property’s ballrooms. 

All three of the hotel’s ballrooms were restored, with the project focusing on preserving the historic details of two of them and modernizing the third for the needs of contemporary business meetings. The Persian Terrace maintained its original architectural details, including softly arched windows, columns, hand-painted ceiling murals, a customized stage area, and a hand-laid wood dance floor. Accommodating up to 175 people, the Persian Terrace is available for wedding ceremonies, receptions, and other social events. The Grand Ballroom on the 10th floor of the hotel has been restored to highlight its original balconies, floor-to-ceiling two-story windows, golden columns, crystal chandeliers, skyscape ceiling, and original hand-laid wood floors. Weddings booked in the Grand Ballroom can take advantage of the newly renovated and expanded Bride and Groom Suites, which adjoin the space 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, with new tech-focused amenities aimed at appealing to modern business meetings. The space has been awarded membership into the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC), meeting the organization’s standards in design, food and beverage service 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. Other conference amenities include high-speed wireless Internet, built-in video systems with LCD and LED technology to accommodate presentations and videoconferences, and dedicated tie lines to route audio, video and data signals to and from conference rooms. The space was also redesigned with advanced acoustics engineering designed to reduce unwanted sounds and noise and point-source speakers in each conference room that can easily be controlled by the presenter.

Crescent Hotels & Resorts, which manages the property, led the concept development, branding, design and operating plan of the new food and beverage services and venues at the hotel through its “Crescent Culinary” arm. The revamped hotel’s feature restaurant is Eleven Waters, a Finger Lakes-style bistro open now for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Cavalier Room serves 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. 

Other updates to the 261-room hotel include terrazzo floors and 20-foot columns in the grand lobby, along with a 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 and furnished with Stickley furniture. Remaining in each door is a 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 that the Marriott Syracuse Downtown continues. 

Guests of the hotel can also take advantage of high-speed Internet access, business centers and express check-in and check-out, as well as a top-floor exercise facility on the 11th floor of the hotel. 

Visit www.marriottsyracusedowntown.com

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