The 261-room Marriott Syracuse Downtown has debuted in Upstate New York, following a $76 million restoration. The landmark property, which originally opened in 1924 as the Hotel Syracuse, had been closed since 2004. The hotel will now serve as the official headquarters for the Onondaga County Convention Center. The Marriott has 41,000 square feet of its own meeting space, including the Finger Lakes ballroom, which has recently become a member of the International Association of Conference Centers. Other offerings include five restaurants and bars, and an exercise facility on the top floor.
"Bringing this hotel back to life was the goal of a committed group of stakeholders…who helped make this a reality," said Ed Riley, owner and developer of the hotel. "This hotel will once again be the gathering place for our community, within which new generations will create their memories as past generations have. It was a destination in its time, and today I'm proud to say it's ready to be one again."