Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. have unveiled a multi-million dollar renovation of the flagship New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
At the heart of the extensive renovation is the brand’s re-invented lobby, including two restaurants and lounges where guests can work, socialize, relax, eat and drink. The makeover also encompasses the hotel’s nearly 2,000 guest rooms and a new, high-tech, 29,000-square-foot Broadway Ballroom.
”Even though we celebrated the New York Marriott Marquis’ 25th anniversary last year, it feels like a brand new hotel opening,” says Mike Stengel, vice president, market general manager for Marriott International. “We still have the great staff and service our guests have come to know – but now it’s in a whole new setting. Our guests are thrilled with the transformation we’ve undergone this past year.”
Envisioned and created by the interior architecture and design firm ForrestPerkins of Washington, D.C., the hotel’s new interior and custom furnishings are designed to reflect the vibrancy and energy of New York City.
The renovated guestrooms in the New York Marriott Marquis feature custom furnishings with clean lines designed to enhance and accentuate the space of the room.
Neutral colors of cocoa-brown, cream and champagne prevail within guestrooms. Accent pin lighting is mounted on over-sized headboards inlaid with nickel, meant to evoke a streetscape grid. High-definition televisions and desk consoles, pull-out love seats and new carpeting and curtains complete the new look. Enhancements to the bathrooms include spa shower curtains.
More than 1,000 guest rooms have been totally redesigned, with the remainder to be completed by spring 2012.
The new restaurant and lounge, named ‘Crossroads – an American Kitchen and Bar’, features a two-story mirrored spiral bar encircled with 11 high-definition television screens. Surrounding the restaurant’s centerpiece is a mix of low sofas and armchairs accented by four waterfall towers. Crossroads also offers a more traditional seating area for more than 100 guests, surrounded by perforated panel screens that slide to accommodate private or more open events.
Illuminated crystal light rods hang above, creating a linear feel, or a street-scape grid pattern. The menu items are New York classics with a modern twist, such as Niman Ranch Pork Rib Pot Roast and Roasted Turkey BLT with Pecan Wood Smoked Bacon.
The design of the new Broadway Lounge is inspired by New Year’s Eve and the traditional ball drop. Guests’ eyes are drawn to six spherical chandeliers, each with 234 shimmering clear glass balls, reflecting Broadway’s bright lights and electronic billboards.
Two-story arched glass windows give guests panoramic views of Times Square. The multi-level seating in the Broadway Lounge offers guests the choice to be in the middle of the action or enjoy privacy. The lounge is richly colored in deep turquoise, petrol blue, dark ginger and grays. The menu features sharing and artisanal tasting dishes, as well as offerings inspired by New York City food trucks, including tacos, sliders and flatbreads.
The Broadway Ballroom, which seats up to 2,400 guests, is designed to be futuristic. The ballroom features chandeliers in amorphous shapes which resemble geodes sliced down the middle. The room’s “vanishing ceiling” in black allows it to be transformed in many ways for every type of occasion. The programmable chandeliers offer thousands of choices for customers, with color-changing LED technology.
For smaller functions and banquets, The Liberty Room is scheduled to open in October on the hotel’s eighth floor. This is a windowed room that seats 140, overlooking Shubert Alley.
Owner Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc.’s overall renovation of the hotel (to be completed in spring 2012) will include all guestrooms, restaurants, lounges and public areas and will cost approximately $39 million. ForrestPerkins in Washington, D.C. is the design and architectural firm responsible for both guestroom and public-area renovations.
Located at 1535 Broadway, between West 45th and West 46th Streets in Times Square, the New York Marriott Marquis has 1,946 guest rooms and over 100,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space. The hotel has had a complete makeover, to provide guests with more choices and to convey its understanding of how today’s traveler likes to work and relax. It is one of the busiest Marriott hotels in the world.
Marriott Hotels & Resorts is Marriott International’s most widely distributed brand, with more than 500 hotels and resorts in 60 countries.
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