Big Apple just got bigger; New Marriott adds 68 Stories to NY Skyline


1717Broadway-Marriott-NewYorkNew York is now the home of Marriott’s 378 room Courtyard hotel and 261 suite Residence Inn hotel in Midtown Manhattan. The new addition to NY’s skyline spans 68 storey tall, making it the tallest of its kind in North America. You can find it at 1717 Broadway. Constructing such a complex single-use hotel has its costs. In this case, the total amount spent for the construction summed approximately $320 million.

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However, it will be a dual-branded hotel as it is built and owned by G Holdings and managed by Interstate Hotels and Resorts. The estimated number of employees for this location is up to 160 in the New York area.

In terms of tourist attraction level, aside from its highly regarded brand, it is set on a splendid location, very close to Central Park and Times Square. Other nearby locations are Carnegie Hall, the Broadway Theater District, Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall.

Considering that New York has become one of the most desired tourist attractions in the world, with a number of 54.3 million visitors in 2013, the timing for such an investment could not have been more proper.

“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.”

Perfectly suited for tourist, this hotel bears 6,000 square feet of meeting space, a fitness center with a fantastic view on the 35 floor (yes, floor-to-ceiling windows) and an outdoor sundeck. The floor to ceiling windows can also be found in some of the rooms, making the a tourist delight for those passionate about breathtaking views.

“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.