Friday, 10 January 2014 11:11 AM
The Big Apple has a new addition to its already-famous skyline, with the opening of the combined Marriott Courtyard hotel and Marriott Residence Inn hotel in Midtown Manhattan; now the tallest single-use hotel in North America.
The 378-room Courtyard hotel and 261-suite Residence Inn hotel in Midtown Manhattan – owned by G Holdings and managed by Interstate Hotels & Resorts – cost $320 million to build.
The impressive 68-story building is just steps from Central Park and Times Square on at 1717 Broadway, offering convenient access to Carnegie Hall, the Broadway Theater District, Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall.
“This opening is a prime example of an ideal dual-branded hotel. Thank you to our long-time partner, Harry Gross and his family, this will surely be both brands’ crown jewel,” said Janis Milham, senior vice president of Modern Essentials and Extended Stay for Marriott International.
“The new hotels’ contemporary designs and stunning views coupled with our friendly associates will surely make the property a great ambassador for the bustling city.”
Aimed at tourists and business travellers alike, the hotels offer valet parking and share 6,000 square feet of meeting space, a fitness centre located on the 35th floor with floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor sundeck. Some guest rooms also feature floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of Central Park, Times Square and the Hudson River.
“We brought the first Courtyard by Marriott to Times Square, in the center of Manhattan in 1998, and these new hotels, the Residence Inn Central Park and Courtyard by Marriott Central Park, are the most innovative hotels we’ve built to date,” said Harry Gross, President & Chief Executive Officer of G Holdings.
“In addition to fabulous views, a stellar New York City location and amenities galore, 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 and tourists expect. We are proud to introduce these spectacular hotels to New York City,” Gross added.
Another amenity includes the complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. In addition, each room 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.
“Groundbreaking” artwork, which includes sculptures and murals by renowned abstract expressionist artist, William DeBilzan traverses five floors of the hotel and is inspired by New York City, as well as themes of love and life.