May 31, 2017
Hotel Skyler Syracuse in Syracuse, N.Y., has become the first independent hotel to join the Tapestry Collection by Hilton, the hotel company's newest brand.

Announced in January, Tapestry is Hilton's second collection flag, joining the Curio Collection. According to the company, its independent properties will consist of "original upscale hotels" curated by Hilton for their "individual spirit." In exchange for membership in the collection, properties receive an endorsement in the form of Hilton's name, as well as admittance into the company's marketing platforms and its Hilton Honors loyalty program.

Opened in 2011, Hotel Skyler Syracuse, near Syracuse University, is inside a former synagogue that was constructed in 1922 to house the city's Temple Adath Yeshurun. The congregation occupied the building until 1968, after which it housed the Salt City Center for the Performing Arts.

Today, the hotel has 58 guest rooms and retains many of the building's original features. The property is best known for its sustainability: The hotel is one of only five LEED Platinum-certified hotels in the United States, and one of just 11 in the world. Green features include room keys that activate lights and temperature controls, both of which power down when guests exit the rooms, and low-flow fixtures in guest bathrooms that aid in water efficiency. The property also features organic fabrics, low-emission carpeting and non-toxic housekeeping products.

"Hotel Skyler Syracuse has proudly earned a reputation for providing inspiring and invigorating guest experiences, thanks to cutting-edge technology, eco-friendly features and attentive service," said Robert Benetti, area general manager for the property and its owner, Woodbine Hospitality. "Today, as the inaugural hotel in the Tapestry Collection, we are that and more -- backed by the strength and reliability of Hilton and the advantages of the Hilton Honors program."

Hotel Skyler Syracuse will soon be joined in the Tapestry Collection by several dozen peers; according to Hilton, the brand has 24 deals in various forms of committed development -- including properties in Glen Allen and Hampton, Va. -- and an additional 50 deal discussions taking place.

"With its storied history, contemporary style, and eco-friendly focus, Hotel Skyler Syracuse perfectly embodies the independent spirit of our newest brand," said Mark Nogal, global head of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton. "Our first hotel illustrates how the collection encourages hotels to preserve what makes them original while also offering new opportunities for our guests to enjoy the reliability and benefits that come with our Hilton Honors program."