Marriott International, Inc. and ownership group Granite Broadway Development have signed a franchise agreement to develop the Courtyard and Residence Inn Manhattan/Central Park, a new 68-story property housing two different hotels – the 378-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel and the 261-room Residence Inn by Marriott hotel.
The multi-million dollar project, located at 1717 Broadway (at 54th Street), will open in late 2013 and will be managed by Interstate Hotels and Resorts.
Designed by architect Nobutaka Ashihara, the building will rise to a height of 752 feet, 9 inches. According to Marriott International, this will make it the tallest stand-alone hotel building (without office or residential space) in New York. The Courtyard hotel will provide an environment for business and leisure travelers, while the Residence Inn will offer all-suite accommodation for longer stays. The property will also incorporate leased retail and restaurant space.
The hotels will share a main entrance and arrival lobby on 54th Street, with public areas for the Residence Inn on the 3rd floor and for the Courtyard on the 4th floor. Guest rooms for the Courtyard will be located on floors 6 through 32 and for Residence Inn on floors 36 through 64, with separate elevator banks to serve the guestrooms and public areas for each brand.
In addition to ground-floor retail space, a leased restaurant will occupy the 2nd floor, and a 5th-floor lounge and terrace with outdoor seating will have a view overlooking Broadway. Both hotels will share a fitness facility on the 34th floor.
“We are thrilled that this development is becoming a reality and will feature two of our strongest brands – Courtyard and Residence Inn – at such a premier location,” says David Marriott, chief operations officer – Eastern Region, The Americas for Marriott International. “We could not be happier with our partnership with Granite Broadway Development and with Interstate Hotels and Resorts that will manage both hotels.”
“This project is a long time coming, and we believe that these two brands, along with the leased retail shops and restaurant, will offer needed services in this part of Manhattan,” says Ronnie Gross, vice president of Granite Broadway Development. “The building will be absolutely stunning, and the hotels are the right lodging brands for this wonderful location.”
The 378-room Courtyard by Marriott will offer the brand’s “refreshing business” lobby, featuring bright contemporary design, innovative technology and flexible space. An element of the new lobby is the exclusive GoBoard technology, a 55-inch LCD interactive touch screen offering local information, maps, weather, and news, business and sports headlines.
As an extended-stay hotel, the new 261-room Residence Inn by Marriott will feature suites with kitchens, providing zones for travelers to spread out and maintain their routines while away from home. Services such as daily complimentary full breakfast, free high-speed internet, grocery delivery, laundry facilities and weekly manager social hours will be offered to help fulfill Residence Inn’s promise of making guests feel cared-for and comfortable.
Marriott International currently has 33 open properties across nine brands including Autograph Collection, Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Marriott ExecuStay, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels, Residence Inn by Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Ritz-Carlton Residences.
With more than 900 locations in 35 countries, Courtyard by Marriott hotels participate in the Marriott Rewards frequent travel program, which allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay at more than 3,100 Marriott hotels. For more information, go to www.courtyard.com.
With more than 600 properties in North and Central America and the Caribbean, Residence Inn is Marriott’s third largest lodging brand and more than 100 additional hotels are on the way. Residence Inn also participates in the company’s Marriott Rewards program. For more information visit www.residenceinn.com.
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